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Island Residence in Honolulu, Hawaii by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
April 13th, 2016 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Situated on the Ocean’s coastline at a corner of an ancient fishpond, this private residence reflects the culture of the Hawaiian Islands by embracing its lush surroundings. The clients sought a modern expression that drew inspiration from their Japanese heritage, without being overly imitative or contrived. This influence is often subtle, manifesting itself through an attention to detail, an affinity for craftsmanship, and a delight in natural materials.
The house has diverse outdoor spaces and a highly transparent envelope with intimate views of the landscape, the coastal reef and the surf.
The clients desired a flexible living space for an active family of four, comfortable for intimate gatherings but capable of accommodating larger groups of friends and relatives. This uniquely Hawaiian lifestyle is at once both welcoming and unassuming, thriving on the energy of social interaction and chance encounters.
The initial dialogue with the client began with a site visit, to explore the opportunities and constraints inherent to the property. The clients hoped to establish a meaningful connection with the surrounding landscape and to maximize natural daylight within the house, taking advantage of the area’s lush vegetation and pleasant climate. This desire for openness was complicated by the need for privacy; with a public access path to the ocean directly west of the site, a steady stream of surfers pass by every day. In response, the bedrooms and children’s playroom were consolidated on the upper level and shifted towards the east, screening them from below while still providing extraordinary mountain and ocean views.
Given Hawaii’s highly corrosive coastal environment, intense sunlight, and tropical storms, the durability of building components was paramount. The deep roof eaves extend outward, providing shelter and prolonging the lifespan of the materials underneath. The majority of the exterior is clad with cedar siding, with the lanai and exterior decks constructed of Cumaru, all of which can weather naturally without the need for extensive maintenance. Durable copper roofing and wall paneling complement the natural wood finishes, developing a rich patina that varies subtly with the exposure. Marine-grade stainless steel hardware and teak detailing provide accents at the human scale.
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