Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson | Diamond Head Residence

The Residential project on the island of Oahu by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson that has offices in Wilkes-Barre, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Seattle and San Francisco. The firm’s work is known for exceptional design, for its commitment to the particularity of place and user, and for an extraordinary aesthetic based on a quiet rigor which is both intellectual and intuitive.

This house is a fresh interpretation of the traditional Hawaiian lifestyle, blurring the interior and exterior boundary. Organized into two dense wings that stretch along the east and west edges of the site, a strong border is created for privacy while framing desirable ocean views.

The entry sequence begins in the vehicle courtyard created by the two wings, and relies on both landscape and architectural elements to reinforce the casual nature of a beach house and yet create a sense of security. Local materials were chosen carefully, to reveal and reinforce the connection to this particular place.

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