Although, a house shelters one from the elements and environment of the exterior, it also prescribes societal norms through a compartmentalization of space, which is determined by program, zoning, and design. One could argue; the nuclear family is partly a result of our repetitive and dogmatic application of spatial relationships, for example: the typology of the American suburban home. The design intent for Villa Hawai’i Kai aims to provide a compositional layering of overlapping programatic spaces—influencing open choice—flowing with continuity, imbuing the idea that we are all in this together.
Upon entry, bamboo visually penetrates the interior foyer from the exterior garden via floor to ceiling glass windows. The use of structural steel allows for long interior spans, creating large voluminous and communicative spaces. These spaces organize around an interior circulation core of concrete walls and cantilevered stairs. Views of the pool and surrounding tropical vegetation are abundant, yet one feels concealed within the house due to the recessed nature of the first floor.