Clifftop House Maui by Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti

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Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
Area: 250 m2 + 250 m2
Year: 2011

Architects: Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti

Project team: Aljoša Dekleva, Tina Gregorič, Flavio Coddou, Lea Kovič

Photography: © Cristobal Palma

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  • American Architecture Prize 2016, honourable mention in Residential Architecture category
  • Golden Pencil 2013
  • International Architecture Awards 2012, The Chicago Athenaeum
  • AIT award 2012, 2nd prize in luxury living category
  • Architizer A+Award 2013, special mention in Single Family Home category
  • WAN House of the Year Award 2012, shortlisted

Windsurf sail designer Robert Stroj moves from Europe to Maui to lead the design research studio of Neil Pryde in Kahului, Maui. It is in the middle of the ocean, far away from almost everything. The home in such an environment becomes crucially important. Besides being just a home, this house also works as a social venue for the owners. Therefore the kitchen and the dining form the centre of the house. The concept defines several ’houses’ under a common roof. Each separate ‘mini house’ is a U-shaped volume in order to open up and frame the perfect ocean view. The houses are self-contained private units combining bedroom and bathroom as an en-suite double room. A fluid public space between enclosed private volumes serves for cooking, eating, lounging… The roof concept is strongly related to the rough climate, with lots of sun and strong ocean winds. The area of the roof is twice the size of the house, so the size of the covered outdoor space equals the size of the indoor space. It needs no air-conditioning, since it is cross ventilated throughout. The folded roof is carefully attached to the walls of the U-shaped volumes and defines specific spaces. It also serves as a folded wooden sky deck and materially and topologically integrates the house with the landscape. Only local materials are used for the finishing of the house.

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Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti

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Dekleva Gregorič Arhitekti was set up by Aljoša Dekleva and Tina Gregorič in 2003 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. They both graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and continued studying at the Architectural Association in London, where they received Master degrees in Architecture, with Distinction, in 2002.

The work of Dekleva Gregorič Arhitekti first received international attention with XXS house, and was awarded the Silver Plate, European Architecture Award Luigi Cosenza, in 2004, and the WALLPAPER* award, Best breakthrough designers, in 2005. In 2009, the Metal recycling plant ODPAD was nominated and shortlisted for the Mies van den Rohe Award 2009, was awarded at the International Architecture Awards 2009, and won Plečnik’s Medal prize in Slovenia among others. In 2009 they also won the international 40 under 40 award from the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies. In 2012 the Clifftop house on Maui received 2nd place at the AIT awards, in the Luxury Living category, and at the International Architecture Awards 2012. The same year the office was selected for a Highly Commended group of practices for ’21 for 21′ WAN AWARDS 2012 – searching for “21 architects for the 21st Century. The initiative aims to highlight 21 architects who could be the leading lights of architecture in the 21st Century; outstanding, forward-thinking people and organisations who have the demonstrable potential to be the next big thing in the architectural world.” Two of their projects, Housing Perovo and KSEVT (Cultural Centre of EU Space Technologies), were nominated for the Mies van den Rohe Award 2013. Recently, their latest finalized project: Compact Karst House, has been nominated for the Mies van den Rohe Award 2015.

Aljoša Dekleva, M.Arch (AA Dist), b.1972, Postojna, Slovenia, 1998 graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2002 Master degree in Architecture with Distinction, DRL, Architectural Association, London, UK. Since 2014 director of Architectural Association Visiting School Nanotourism. In 2014 he was guest professor at École d’architecture de l’Université de Montréal, Canada. Currently, he is visiting professor at the l’ENSAPVS in Paris, France.

Tina Gregoric, M.Arch (AA Dist), b.1974, Kranj, Slovenia, 2000 graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2002 Master degree in Architecture with Distinction, DRL, Architectural Association, London, UK. From 2002 – 2004 a lecturer in architecture at the IGuW, Technische Univesitaet Graz, Austria. Since 2014 full-professor and Head of the Department for Building theory and Design, Institute of Architecture and Design, Vienna University of Technology, Austria.

Tina and Aljoša are also co-founders of RAMTV ( – an international architectural network formed in 2000 at the AA, London. RAMTV’s master thesis on mass-customisation in housing, ‘Negotiate my boundary!’, received international professional acclaim and was published as a book by Architectural Association Publications, 2002, London and re-issued by Birkhauser, 2006, Basel. (RAMTV are: Dekleva, Aljoša; Gatto, Manuela; Gregorič, Tina; Sedlak, Robert & Stroumpakos, Vasili)

They have been visiting lecturers and critics at the Architectural Association London, Technical University Graz Austria, University of Ljubljana, IUAV Venice, Akademie der Kunste Berlin, University of Napoli Italy, DWM Mexico and many others. They have also been running a Summer school studio at the Architectural Association, London and a workshop at CEDIM, Mexico. In 2014 Aljoša and Tina mentored a nanotourism design research group, which received the Best Collaboration Award at BIO 50 (24th Biennial of Design, Ljubljana, Slovenia), for being an outstanding example of design ingenuity being used to reinvent and reinvigorate an important area of the Slovenian and other economies.


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