Posts From April, 2017

Spotlight On Contemporary Island Architecture 

Hawaii Loa Ridge Residence, Star Advertiser featured April 16, 2017
Sunday, April 16, 2017 11:17:00 AM Categories: Architecture Star Advertiser

Just inside the secured gate of Hawaii Loa Ridge, situated on a 24,775 square foot lot on Puuikena Drive, is a spectacular indoor-outdoor home designed to take advantage of unobstructed, panoramic ocean views. Architecturally elegant with broad open spaces, sculptural detailing, and soaring ceilings, the structure articulates the classic timelessness of masonry construction. With five bedrooms and five and a half baths on two levels, the roofed area is a spacious 5,300 square feet augmented by lanais. 

The grand hall, with formal and informal dining areas, opens to the expansive deck with a swimming pool, spa, and manicured gardens. Marble, tile, and hardwood finishes are enhanced by natural illumination admitted by walls of glass and skylights. The home is priced at $5,800,000 and shown by appointment by Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties Realtor Kainoa Lee. 

Architects’ Design Statement

Strict design guidelines with height limitations, minimum roof pitches, setbacks and view corridors were observed in the design of this contemporary home nestled at the base of Hawaii Loa Ridge. The goal was to design a home offering a fresh, new contemporary style that fi t within the context of the neighborhood. 

Precise design studies and creativity maximized the plan and the aesthetics. The home would need to be cut into the sloped site, so a large retaining wall was planned on the mauka side. With no neighbors on the lower end of the site, the house and pool were oriented to take full advantage of the natural ventilation and unobstructed views. Utility areas were arranged along the retaining wall while the kitchen flowed into the grand hall and dining with a guest suite sharing in the ocean views. Expectations were exceeded with the roof requirements as the double-pitched hip roofs were achieved in addition to a fl at roof area for the solar water heater panels and skylights strategically located for natural lighting.

Exterior finishes included a heavyweight concrete tile roof in a charcoal color with copper gutters and downspouts and a smooth, hand troweled synthetic stucco on the walls and soffits. Bronze colored aluminum doors and windows and aluminum garage doors with opaque glass and a hint of cedar on the exterior columns completed the contemporary style.

The nine-foot-tall corner-pocketing doors span 18 feet in each direction and disappear into the walls, allowing the Grand Hall to open directly to over 600 square feet of pool and dining lanais. A column is offset from its typical location creating a cantilevered overhang shielding the south-facing interiors, further enhancing the indoor-outdoor living experience. Above, an interior bridge connects the mauka and makai wings as it looks down into the Grand Hall and beyond toward an ocean of blue. Open spaces and clean lines, absent of traditional moldings and trims, with a simple palette of neutral colors and textures add to the sophistication of the design. Travertine floors are complemented by the warmth of the mahogany doors and bamboo flooring. An infinity edge pool and spa blend seamlessly into the ocean horizon. With the ocean at its front door, this contemporary home strikes the perfect balance between originality and preserving the natural design characteristics of the Ridge.

--- Jeffrey T. Long and Timothy H.Hamilton, Jr.

The Architects Jeffrey T. Long AIA is President & CEO of Longhouse Design+Build (Long & Associates AIA, Inc. and Longhouse Development, LLC). He is a registered Architect in California and Hawaii. With over 35 years in the business and field of architecture, he has provided individual attention to over 150 major custom residential and specialty projects in Hawaii and the West Coast.

Timothy H. Hamilton, Jr., AIA, LEED AP, Senior Associate, is a registered Architect in Hawaii. With the firm for over 25 years, he has been instrumental in establishing and enhancing the use of 3D technology and has substantial experience developing 3D computer animations and multimedia presentations.

Spotlight On Contemporary Island Architecture 

Black Point Residence, Star Advertiser featured April 2, 2017
Monday, April 3, 2017 6:42:00 PM Categories: Star Advertiser

Black Point is truly unique among Oahu’s numerous and diverse neighborhoods. The small prestigious community began taking shape in the mid 1900s on a lava flow of alkalic basalt that erupted from the lower eastern flank of Diamond Head a half million years ago. Accessed by Black Point Road, a spur road with no through traffic extending from Kahala Avenue to the coast, this enclave neighborhood between Diamond Head and Kahala has its own distinct character. Modern structures stand side-by-side with classic “old Hawaii” style homes built by kamaaina families, many with their original architecture intact and remodeled many times over the years. Approximately 40 properties are located within the gated, lower portion of Black Point.

Numerous celebrities and prominent figures in the arts have been closely identified with the neighborhood over the years. A luxurious 5,000 square foot home, originally designed by Hawaii architect Jeff Long and remodeled five years ago, has been placed on the market by Sachi Hawaii Pacific Century Properties at $6,900,000. Located on a 13,000 square foot lot on Puu Eleele, Hawaiian for “black hill,” this gated estate is one of the neighborhood’s landmark properties.

Architect’s Design Statement

Contemporary Mediterranean in concept, this Black Point home spans lengthwise across the manicured grounds. Strict design guidelines limited the structure to one story to avoid obstructing views from the residential lots above. This prompted a linear configuration with a rear retaining wall and tiered levels for the site, as well as creative programming to accommodate family functionality, entertaining, and privacy. The stoic nature of the retaining wall is contrasted by the soft, semicircular shapes on the Makai side mimicking the natural topography of the shoreline and allowing for unobstructed inside panoramic ocean views. The undulating plan with a strong and deep exterior soffit design provides a commanding and comfortable retreat from the strong morning sun.

Located off a private road, the driveway slopes down below the view plane of the home and wraps around to the far end of the property. This allowed utility spaces to be grouped together with sound buffered by the rock wall sand natural vegetation. The entry, kitchen, living and dining areas plus a recreation room were centrally located to take full advantage of the southeastern exposure and views. The open kitchen with its ample storage is well suited for everyday activities from daily meal prep and casual gatherings to catered events for formal entertaining. The dining room showcases a panoramic view of the ocean.

The private zone is located on the northern end of the estate. Natural ventilation, sunlight, and views were incorporated into each of the bedroom/bath suites through strategically placed windows and skylights. The master suite experiences the early morning sunrise each day and an unobstructed ocean view. The site tiers down a quartzite pathway leading to a private pool and spa, intentionally set away from the house and on the bluff to overlook the beaches from Maunalua Bay to Koko Crater. Surrounded by tropical plants and natural rockscapes, it is an oasis within a neighborhood that is itself already considered paradise.

– Jeffrey T. Long

Jeffrey T. Long, AIA President & CEO of Longhouse Design+Build (Long & Associates AIA, Inc. and Longhouse Development, LLC) Jeffrey T. Long is a registered Architect in California and Hawaii and holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Cal Poly State University. His diverse upbringing from Hawaii to the East Coast introduced him to the cultural and architectural influences of both Asia and Europe and provided the perspective and expertise to infuse traditional design with modern solutions, blending art with science and whimsy with logic. He has effectively provided individual attention to over 150 major custom residential and specialty projects in Hawaii and the West Coast contributing to over 35 years of success in the business and field of architecture.

Long & Associates AIA Inc.