Kuki‘o Residence II
Kohala Coast, Hawai‘i
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In this house design, the gen­eros­i­ty of the one-acre site adja­cent to the ocean main­tains pri­va­cy while allow­ing the res­i­den­tial com­pound to be an open, care­ful­ly pro­por­tioned jux­ta­po­si­tion of three ele­ments: the main house, a guest house, and a garage includ­ing a stu­dio apartment.

The sub­di­vi­sion require­ments for wide pitched roofs above large floor plans gave rise to the design of the main house as a cen­tral pavil­ion flanked by two equal small­er pavil­ions, punc­tu­at­ed by lin­ear and off­set skylights.

The archi­tec­tur­al lan­guage is one of the intro­duc­tion of nat­ur­al light, of pro­por­tion, of cal­i­brat­ed pro­gres­sion from open to inti­mate, and of deep walls which become lay­ers “carved out” by the inte­ri­or detail­ing to form spe­cial spaces for the client’s col­lec­tion of art and pre­cious objects.

A mon­u­men­tal sculp­ture by artist Jun Kaneko was com­mis­sioned by the own­er for inte­gra­tion into the land­scape framed against the sea edge.    

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Excellence in Architectural Design
Hawaiian Cement Awards Program
Merit Award, 2006
The American Institute of Architects, Honolulu Chapter