“I don’t think of Jim as an architect – I think of him as an artist who has crafted a beautiful sculpture for my family to live in. Every tiny detail amazes me.”
- Lee Unkrich, Director, Pixar Animation Studios
KAUAI PRIVATE GARDEN HALE HO’OMALU
At Hale Ho’omalu (“a place of refuge”), the Unkrich family enjoys a slower pace. The property’s open-air architecture and lushly planted grounds are more alluring than any exotic retreat. “Our friends call it the nicest ‘resort’ they’ve been to,” says Lee, a Pixar Animation Studios veteran whose feature-length film (as director) Toy Story 3 will be released in June 2010 (he also co-directed Finding Nemo and Monsters, Inc.). “The garden is our lush, idyllic vision of a Hawaiian jungle.
On Kaua'i's North Shore, a narrow road runs past a field where horses and goats nibble pockets of wild lantana. Hidden from view and perched on a bluff, the structure offers superb structural detail, choice of materials, furnishings, placement, landscaping and design elements. It was designed and built by Antony Design & Construction in 1994. The house’s second owners have embarked on an evolution of sorts, working with builder and custom home designer Jim Antony and Andrea Lecusay of Lakshmi Interiors to take an already remarkable home to the next level.