Makena . Maui . Hawaii . USA . 1991-1998
Nick Milkovich Architects
Arthur Erickson . Design Consultant
Michel Laflamme . Project Architect
Waterfront Retreat (Harper); Architectural Digest
Our goal was to provide our client with the ideal backdrop to this spectacular natural environment. To accomplish this task, we used retractable glass walls to erase the divide between indoor and outdoor. The infinity edge swimming pool runs the full length of the house to reflect the surrounding views. Sober materials were used throughout, to avoid visual competition with commanding views of the nearby islands of Molokini and Lanai.
The result is a powerful yet intimate connection to the elements, providing the owner with an experience not unlike standing on the prow of a ship. In spite of its massive cantilevers, explosive 14,000 watt sound system and high-tech devices, this technological tour de force always manages, through integration of all its components, to remain both elegant and discreet in appearance.