House Without a Beach

This tropical indoor-outdoor pavilion is a true hub for family life.
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American Institute of Architects Honolulu Chapter Editor’s Choice Award, Runner Up

On this 2.2-acre property on Kailua Bay, two single-family, two-story homes are centered around a separate pool pavilion, which acts as a retreat from the midday sun and wind-whipped sands of the nearby beach. Serving as a true hub for family life, the indoor-outdoor pavilion has a layered lanai pergola that doubles as a natural light shelf to reinforce the indirect daylighting strategy provided by eight solar-powered, openable skylights with automated shades.

“We always try to be innovative and creative, taking from our past experiences but weaving newer, more contemporary themes into our work. As construction industry methods and means evolve, so do we as architects, with new materials to use and new methods of construction to apply.”
— Jeffrey Long, Long & Associates Architects

This multifunctional, family-friendly grotto features a pool, slide, waterfall and spa. “We worked closely with Pacific AquaGroup to finely tune the water features to enhance the resort feeling and meet the client’s fun factor,” says Jeffrey Long of Long & Associates Architects.
The pool cabana provides a centralized entertainment area for the two main houses. “The owner’s specific needs and program dictated that we create this type of space as a shared gathering space, sometimes used by multiple family members and generations staying in neighboring homes, and sometimes singularly in smaller family gatherings with friends,” says Jeffrey Long of Long & Associates Architects. “Either way, it made sense to combine multiple options for smaller private pool areas into one common, unified area that could enhance the connection to water and sun, so often sought out by visitors and local families alike.”

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“Architects will always embody a professionalism and integrity that brings a client an objective and experienced eye to the process of design and construction. This body of knowledge gives clients a stable and cohesive journey between creating the design to finishing the project.” — Jeffrey Long, Long & Associates Architects

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