In the design of this Hawaiian house, we looked at several references: ancient Hawaiian structures with thatched roofs over low lava rock walls and classic buildings from the island’s colonial period. We studied the Dickie roof and Hawaii’s 50’s modernist architect, Vladimeer Ossipoff. We threw these ideas in a mixing bowl, flipped the switch and let it blend. We started over more than once, each time adding or subtracting different ingredients. The result seemed at first like a traditional Hawaiian dish, but it wasn’t quite like anything we had tasted before. All the ingredients were there, but it had become a South Pacific Asian-fusion pineapple upside down cake with a Cascadian cosmopolitan backspin, stirred not shaken. Although this method sometimes leads to chaos, with this house everything began to fit. Through careful curating, the varied influences produced something familiar yet new at the same time. That’s what we look for – comfortable, familiar, somewhat aggressive and forward looking. Almost, but not quite, a bridge too far.
Hawaii is a confusing place. Crazy wind and heat, typhoons, deserts, volcanic fire, monster waves, even snow. It’s wild and harsh. Yet the breeze often feels soft and the sea water is soothing. Whales breach, aromas delight, exotic birds steel your breakfast toast. It’s so wonderful. A Hawaiian house should capture all this magic.