Mountain Cottage

Honolulu, Hawaii
This quaint 1930’s mountain cottage sits comfortably on a sloped site with sweeping views of Diamond Head and the Pacific Ocean. Though airy and well proportioned, it lacked the essentially Hawaiian “lanai.”  The primary challenge was to create a gracious outdoor living space sensitive to the modest scale of the existing structure.  The design achieves this through subtle level changes and grade manipulations which have the added advantage of creating a meaningful connection to the site.  The addition of a trellis and retractable shade fabric provides cooling shadows for the over-exposed south- facing interior living spaces.