Phoenix House Sits at the Base of the World’s Most Active Volcano

Phoenix House Sits at the Base of the World’s Most Active Volcano

This tiny guest house by designer Will Beilharz stands on a lava field on Hawaii's Big Island, and has views of the steam produced where molten rock flows into the sea.

The 450-square-foot home is named Phoenix House as it is "literally rising from the ashes" of volcanic activity in the area. It is located in an off-grid community in Kalapana, at the base of the Kīlauea volcano – which has been continuously erupting since 1983.

Designed by Will Beilharz, founder of sustainable tourism company ArtisTree, the house is available for guests to book. Visitors only need to cycle four miles (6.4 kilometres) to watch molten lava fall 100 feet (30 metres) into the sea, and the resulting steam created where the hot liquid hits the cold water is visible from the house.

The building is clad in wood blackened using the ancient Japanese charring technique of Shou Sugi Ban, to blend with the dark surrounding landscape. Recycled, rusted corrugated metal covers the roof to mimic the colour of the hot lava.

"We built this house with deep respect for Mother Earth," said Beilharz. "For that reason, you will find the design minimalist, the development . . .

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