Spotlight On Contemporary Island Architecture – Diamond Head
Situated on the lower slopes of Diamond Head, this luxurious and spacious home designed by Architect Pip White overlooks an ocean and coastal panorama extending to Barbers Point. With approximately 10,000 square feet of living space, the home is described by Choi International Realtor Wanaao W. Eldridge as, “the epitome of casual elegance…with everything in the way of amenities and leaving nothing to be desired.”
The 28,962 square foot Noela Drive estate, which is extensively landscaped and very private, is bordered by Preservation land and open space that extends to the summit of Diamond Head crater. In addition to the expansive main living and dining areas that overlook spectacular views and open to covered decks, the three-level home includes five bedrooms, a guest house, seven and a half baths, an updated kitchen with wine refrigerator, a game room, movie theater, office, gym, swimming pool, hot tub, and putting green. A guest house is adjacent to the pool deck and patio, which provide ample space for large scale entertaining. In addition to the three-cargarage, parking for another six vehicle is available within the gated driveway. The beach is a short walk just across the park.
The structural and interior detailing exemplify the high quality craftsmanship that is characteristic of Architect Pip White. Completed in 2013, the home was remodeled by the owners last year. Listing Realtor Wanaao W. Eldridge has listed the estate at $10,495,000 and is showing it by appointment.
The original Noela Drive home was beautiful, but by the time we were involved, the structure was in near-complete disrepair and, unfortunately, beyond saving. However, it was obvious to us that the bones of the existing residence were beautiful and had incredible potential as a starting point for a gracious new home.
Noela Drive is a neighborhood of gracious, island-style homes on the foothills of Diamond Head. We felt a clear responsibility to design a home that was appropriate for this distinct community, one that would be timeless and of lasting value – a home that could be passed down through the generations and cherished, yet very contemporary in a local island context.
Our design was literally built upon the foundation walls of the existing home, and we were able to incorporate the original lava rock into our plantation-style design.
Its footprint was greatly expanded to take full advantage of the adjacent open space, as the unique property backs up to a conservation district. Our design concept opened the home to the gentle tradewinds and natural light from all sides.
As an updated version of a classic plantation-style home, a large front porch was created that evokes the charm of old Hawaii, but updated for a 21st century family. The new home is comfortable, designed for a local lifestyle with breezy, open gathering spaces to accommodate a large ohana and provide easy indoor-outdoor access to the rest of the estate. – “Pip” White
Philip K. “Pip” White
Pip began his career in architecture nearly 35 years ago, inspired by an innate sense of aesthetics and environmental sensitivity coupled with personal values of integrity and resourcefulness. His firm – now known as WhiteSpace Architects – is infused with a spirit of purpose and a deep understanding of design. Over his career, he has assembled a diverse portfolio of projects including custom homes, commercial centers, hotels, and public spaces – on every major Hawaiian island. As a seventh generation kamaaina and world traveler, Pip truly understands design and what characteristics make Hawaiian architecture unique and appropriate for an island lifestyle. His “signature” style is a product of his belief that each project should uniquely reflect the combination of client, location, and climate. He acknowledges that architects are often entrusted with helping people realize their dreams, and he is grateful for that privilege.