This elegant residence for a family with four children is located on an irregular parcel of land in Makiki, open on the far side to a majestic view of Tantalus. By placing the building mass close to the property perimeter, the house design allows internal elevations to create a private central courtyard lawn, protected from the valley’s wind and rain.
Arcades and lanais overlooking the central court connect the entry to the living room, which reveals the dramatic view of Tantalus in its length. Covered lanais throughout the house allow views from rooms to the court or lush mountains and relax the distinction between inside and outside spaces, while pocket doors, shutters, and screens provide variable definitions of closure.
On fine evenings the central courtyard becomes a remarkable outdoor room for the parties and entertaining which are an essential part of the informal Hawaiian lifestyle. Defined by this contemporary architecture, it is a lifestyle framed by light-filled spaces, textured plaster walls, a cedar shake roof, and oak and rustic terrazzo floors.