Hawaiian Beach House

Beach House was designed with simplicity in mind, as straightforward, linear architecture that is in touch with its natural surroundings.
The site is organized around two primary garden spaces: the lush entry courtyard to the south, shaded by a canopy of monkeypod trees, and the contrasting minimalist pool garden to the north, a wide lawn punctuated by tall coconut palms. From the courtyard, visitors pass through the main living quarters and lanai and emerge at the pool, which focuses views out toward the Pacific. The house and pool were built on grade, to emphasize the visual and physical connection to the earth.


The rooms ot the house were designed as individual "blocks" that jut into the landscape to create surrounding garden spaces. Each room has windows on at least two sides, maximizing views, airflow, and light, as well as walls that recede into pockets for accessibility to the ocean breeze.


The home design was inspired by both simple Hawaiian huts and local Mission architecture, which was derived from the New England-style frame houses built by missionaries who arrived on the islands in the mid-1800s from the East Coast. At Beach House, the primitive architectural form of floor, open walls, and a roof supported by columns was combined with elements of New England architecture such as double-hung windows, which extend nearly floor-to-ceiling.

In keeping with the theme of simplicity, the materials palette is minimalist: floors are fossil-rich limestone, chosen to match the color of the beach; exterior walls are unpainted stucco and lava; window and door frames are teak; and structural columns are local ohia logs.


The interiors celebrate traditional Hawaiian craftsmanship, with tikis by local carver Tom Pico, ceiling lights that reference the linear patterns of local Kapa cloth, and ceilings made of the woven grass mats known as Lauhala.
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