In a basic and practical sense, a house provides shelter from the elements outside. Perhaps more interestingly, the house also prescribes societal norms through the 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 is to provide a compositional layering of overlapping programatic spaces, influencing and promoting open choice.
Upon entring the foyer, bamboo is visually apparent in the exterior garden. The use of structural steel allows for long interior spans, creating large 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.