Tropical Cluster House

Cluster House is a response to the client's wish for a residential "village," in which all components are broken apart and distinct. The plan is simple: seven scattered rectangles, reminiscent of a school of fish.
Tropical Cluster House Site Plan
With the exception of one guest pavilion that faces the lush entry courtyard to "greet" visitors, the pavilions are oriented to the northwest, allowing for ocean views. All have westerly-facing lanais, which keep direct sunlight out of the interior living spaces.

Tropical Cluster House

The primary structure houses the kitchen, living and dining areas, and the main lanai overlooking the Heath-tiled swimming pool. Here, the stone exterior and cedar trusswork ceiling reference early Hawaiian Mission-style churches. The other pavilions are smaller, simple stucco structures that are "subservient" to the main building. Floors throughout are Chinese slate.

Tropical Cluster House Swimming Pool

The lack of hallways creates a constant interaction with the outdoors as one moves about the house. Further enhancing this quality are the public outdoor gardens and private shower gardens at each pavilion.

Tropical Cluster House Garden
Tropical Cluster House Structure

In the master pavilion, the full volume of the roof is expressed, lined inside with bamboo matting. The room's core vanity, closet, toilet float within the space. A sculptural bathtub was carved in China from a solid piece of granite.

Tropical Cluster House Exterior
Tropical Cluster House Living Room
Tropical Cluster House Bedroom
Tropical Cluster House Bathroom
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