Hawaii Residence

  • Hawaii
  • Structure
  • House (Multi Residence)
  • This project page was created by community member Lundberg Design

    This was our first Hawaiian project. Our goal was to come up with a contemporary expression of Hawaiian architecture. Our solution is a composition of hip-roofed pavilions connected by a covered lanai. We deviated from the typical Hawaiian solution in two significant ways - in the site plan organization and in how we used local materials. Rather than locate the pool in the view where all the children’s activity and energy becomes the foreground, we excavated the site down one level - creating a grotto for the pool (which also kept it out of the wind). Simultaneously, we navigated the site’s very strict height limit by adding a complete lower level that looks out upon the pool area. The pool becomes the functional and symbolic center of the plan and the lower spaces benefit from the light and air of its private open space. The ocean view meanwhile remains uninterrupted from the main lanai, bedroom, office, living, dining, and kitchen spaces above.

    For the material palette we wanted to come up with choices that were Hawaiian in spirit and would stand up to the rigors of oceanfront living but would still be unique. So the main walls of the house are lava, but they are stacked slabs of varying thickness - smooth on the interior and split-faced on the exterior. All of the pavilions have a continuous clerestory window band, allowing natural ventilation through the entire structure, even when the doors are secure. Large sliding glass panels pocket into the stone walls - enabling a complete open plan between inside and out, which was perhaps the most important aspect of the Hawaiian lifestyle that we wanted to capture. The end result is a sophisticated, yet very comfortable beach house where activity and contemplation can coexist in their Hawaiian context. Photos by: Matthew Millman, Olle Lundberg, and Michelle Kriebel

    Live edge bench at lava wall entry

    Photo Courtesy of Lundberg Design
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    Lundberg Design
    Lundberg Design is a San Francisco-based twenty person architectural firm founded by Olle Lundberg in 1987 that does work for private and commercial clients throughout the United States. We specialize in high-end modern design, with no particular emphasis on any particular building type. While the core of our practice is architectural, we remain committed to providing design at many levels and are often involved in product, landscape, graphic, and sculpture design. Our signature style tends to be characterized by sculptural form, simply and elegantly executed, with a firm belief in the importance of the carefully thought out detail. We also have our own dedicated 4,000 sq. ft. metal fabrication facility for custom design work and experimentation. All of the design work is centered on the qualities of materials – how they can be plied, bent and cut to produce a visual and tactile result. We are a firm that loves the physical qualities of the objects we create. We are located in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco, in a 1933 mattress factory building. It is a perfect building for the kind of firm we are – raw concrete walls and exposed timber trusses, with high volumes and enough square footage to house our architectural practice, fabrication shop, and even a work-week apartment for Olle. The practice has always been very diverse – we have designed homes, restaurants, wineries, corporate headquarters, distilleries, hotels, apartment buildings, bars, lobbies, and even San Francisco’s bus shelters. We describe our style as “nature-inspired modernism,” and we strive for elegant, simple solutions in our work. We like materials with substance – wood, stone, steel; materials with heft and texture – really the opposite of veneer. For us the making of architecture is a collaborative act; between ourselves and especially with our clients – while we aim for poetry we also pride ourselves on making buildings that work very, very well.
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