The urban Honolulu site for this house has the street and the ocean as its two significant boundaries, within which a carefully configured site plan enables the owners to live adjacent to the ocean in privacy and deep comfort. Respecting its neighbors and honoring its inhabitants, this house’s form allows all rooms to open to a central courtyard, with a linear entry sequence presenting visitors with both intimate courtyard views and broad ocean vistas along its perimeter.
The owner’s program for the house included the requirements for a living room, dining room, kitchen, breakfast nook, study, family room, laundry, bedrooms, and bathrooms. In formulating these elements, the house design is based upon achieving a balance of shelter and openness which creates a full and constant intimacy with the environment for its inhabitants. It focuses on those essential characteristics, possible in a benign climate, such as natural ventilation, large lanais and overhangs, and multiple exposures to daylight.
The house creates a casual yet uniquely elegant way of life for a family of six, based upon layers of enclosure employing shutters, screens and glass doors. A refined and resolved character, permeating and unifying both structure and landscape, emanates from the contemporary detailing of traditional durable materials, including teak, stone, and plaster.