Lavaflow 7 sits on volcanic rock from 1955 in Hawaii’s Pahoa region, encased in five acres of dense forest. Influenced by the persistence of Ohia trees — endemic to Hawaii and the first vegetation to breathe life on lava flows — “the reductive architecture aims to enhance of the experience of living in this compelling environment,” according to architect Craig Steely. The importance of sustainability is shown through the elimination of air conditioning, maximization of natural light, and the use of rainwater catchment and solar heating systems.
Exposed cast-in-place concrete creates a stark contrast between the organic and not, and an 140-foot-long beam frames the home, allowing spans of uninterrupted glass and covered outdoor space. Its expansiveness highlights the permeable bridge connecting the home to the best of what Hawaii has to offer.