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Assembly House, North Kona, United States

Thursday 30 Dec 2010

Assemble the ways...

images © 2008 Matthew Millman Photography 
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Zak Architecture puts it all together for new Hawaiian home 

Assembly House, designed as a collection of pavilions, is broken into structural elements celebrating the materials. Bordering a state park on the Kona Coast, the house is designed as variations on a theme: assembly. The owners wanted the house to encourage interaction while maintaining privacy. This was accomplished by taking the Hawaiian building vernacular of pavilions and dividing the program into public and private spaces. The public pavilions (living/dining/kitchen, media, outdoor dining, garage, guest living/dining/kitchen, and tennis) are gathering places, while the private pavilions (master, children’s, guest, offices, and spa) serve as retreats.

The assemblage of pavilions on the site defines the garden spaces, creating additional public gathering areas and secluded sanctuaries. Each building is deliberately placed within the site to achieve a dialogue with the garden. The interior bathroom enclosures open onto exterior shower gardens, blurring the division between the indoor and outdoor space. Opening the buildings also grounds them in their specific Hawaiian environment by allowing in breeze, view, and light. While there is a repetitive structural language, the buildings vary within the theme by type. Creating a ‘kit of parts’ that can be arranged according to the owner’s specified needs of each space unifies the pavilions into one home.

The major elements consist of structure and skin, represented in two forms: stone and wood. The stone walls combine the structure and skin into one. The wood walls separate the structure from the skin, with the supportive elements, columns, expressed on the exterior. The wood skin is divided into fixed and moveable panels. Each set of panels are a subsequent kit of parts: temperature and moisture control (glass), sunlight and privacy (wooden louvers), and insect control (screen). Each layer of assembly comes together to form and strengthen the whole. As the pavilions assemble on the site to form a house, the parts assemble to form pavilions, all giving the project its moniker: Assembly House.

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