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.