The site for this residence had a  cornucopia of physical restrictions  including an active landslide, an  Environmentally Sensitive Habitat,  unbuildable slopes and an array of  easements. “By the time we plotted all of the  constraints, there really was only one  place that the house could be sited.   Ideally the owner wanted to retire to a  cane plantation house in Hawaii, but  didn’t see himself retiring anytime  soon, so we designed this house  keeping that in mind.” The client’s main goal was to have the  house feel like a Five Star resort hotel. The residence itself is a series of  stand alone cantilevered structures  that are placed in ascending order on  the slope to take full advantage of the  spectacular views.  The Great Room is  at the lowest level, with the Master  Suite placed at the highest perch.  A  swimming pool will be built at a later  date that will go under the cantilevered deck of the Great Room.  No two  rooms are at the same elevation.  All  of the rooms are situated around a  central lanai with a meandering stair.
“The owner/builder told me that he didn’t like how I laid out the stairs in the lanai.  I told him that he was  welcome to make adjustments to them as he saw fit, but that I really had spent a fair amount of time  figuring out how to make them work in the somewhat tight space.  The next time I went out to the site I  noticed that he built the stairs almost exactly how I drew them.  The owner told me that after spending  much time on the matter himself, he decided that I came up with the only way that the stairs could  possibly be configured, and in fact he was surprised I even got that layout to work.” 
All of the floors of the house are structural slabs.  It was the only way to keep the floors a thin profile and still achieve a double cantilever condition for all of the decks at the corners.  The floor slabs also seemed natural for installing a radiant heating system as well.
At one point during construction, the  client had to put the house up on the  market.  One serious buyer actually hired a world famous “starchitect” to do some  studies of how the house could be  reconfigured more to suit his family’s  tastes. “I saw his sketches; they were  interesting.  He had some good ideas.   But it was clear he didn’t understand the  structure as I designed it, and I don’t  think the City would’ve approved it.”  The potential buyer asked his architect  what the projected cost would be to  revise the structure, and that was the end of it.  He didn’t even make an offer.
“I was very happy that my client was able to secure the funding to complete construction and he took it off  the market.  This house really was designed with his personal needs and lifestyle in mind.  It’s probably  not for everyone.  It kind of turned out like a tropical version of Case Study House #21, which I’m pretty  sure is exactly what he wanted, even if he never gave me that specific directive.”