The Maclaren Residence is an 8000 square foot ocean front estate situated at the apex of Napili Point on the island of Maui. Rae collaborated with local Maui architect Rich Young on the project.
The design is loosely based on a southern Dog-Trot house with a lanai joining the living room with the rest of the main house. Two lozenge, or boat-shaped spaces frame either side of the central lanai to form the main public rooms of the house. The ends of these rooms open with unique sets of sliding doors that completely disappear into concealed pockets within the solid walls. the ceiling of the living room is vaulted with a heavy timber structure that recalls the frame of a wooden boat hull.
A large roof envelops most of the second level to recall the lines of traditional tropical dwellings without resorting to the French colonial “Dickey” style roof that has been all too overused in Kama’aina style architecture. The shape and orientation of the roof helps to shelter the entry court from excessive winds.
A village atmosphere is created between the main and guest house. A grass lawn cascades gracefully down to the rocky shore below a zero edged swimming pool.