Black Domes, Volcanic Rock: a private retreat on an isolated peninsula on the island of Maui
Architecture and design studio minotto disegno has completed the design for a vacation villa for a client conceived as a refuge from his busy life in New York City. The villa will be located on a very remote part of Maui and operate totally off the energy grid. Along with white concrete providing both thermal mass and reflection of solar energy, a green roof and solar panels will help reduce energy usage. The roof will be entirely concrete as well and open up in the Main Living Space creating a skylight.
Among the architectural features are 3 domes: Kitchen, Master Suite shower and Guest Suite shower. The outside will be a special black concrete which does not conduct heat. Colorful mosaic and glass tiles will make up the inside of the domes in each of the suites. The black domes will echo the black volcanic rock found in the Pond and surrounding landscape.
Other notable custom elements include: black iron accents at the entrance to the villa and Master Suite, hand-made black iron entry screen, and a front door entirely of opaque black glass that fades to clear at the top and bottom.
‘The client is an avid art collector, he owns a few of my paintings,’ explains Paul Minotto, founder & director of minotto disegno. ‘But this home is meant to be a total escape from life in the big city, including art, at least in the sense of objects.”
The central idea was to separate the living areas yet create convenient connections between them, something found often in Hawaii due to the mild climate. In addition to integrating the living areas with the surrounding landscape, tropical plants throughout the villa blur the boundaries between inside and outside.