Kahala Residence V
Honolulu, O‘ahu
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This house in an estab­lished sub­ur­ban Hon­olu­lu neigh­bor­hood is a res­i­dence for a fam­i­ly of four com­pris­ing a liv­ing room, din­ing room, kitchen, library, laun­dry, bed­rooms, and bath­rooms. The house is framed around a court­yard which cre­ates a pro­tect­ed area for the swim­ming pool.

The plan reveals that the court­yard is the entrance to the house, with the mass of the build­ing shel­ter­ing the court from winds from the sea.

Mul­ti­ple lay­ers of enclo­sure via shut­ters, screens, and glass doors are uti­lized to cre­ate a care­ful bal­ance between shel­ter and open­ness, with the dig­ni­fied tran­si­tion from each room occur­ring via con­tin­u­ous arcades. Tra­di­tion­al durable mate­ri­als includ­ing ash, tile, gran­ite, and plas­ter devel­op a con­tem­po­rary expres­sion which cap­i­tal­izes on nat­ur­al ven­ti­la­tion, large lanais and over­hangs, and mul­ti­ple expo­sures to daylight.