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Spotlight On Contemporary Island Architecture – Paiko Lagoon

Opportunities to acquire homes designed by celebrated architect Vladimir Ossipoff FAIA are rare. Currently, a home referred to as an “Ossipoff masterpiece” is being offered by Locations Realtors Dolores Bediones and Takako Friend, who have co-listed it for $17,000,000. The five bedroom, six bath home is nearly 8,000 square feet under roof; a covered lanai overlooking the unique Paiko Lagoon setting adds another 2,713 square feet of usable living space.

The expansive, open floor plan provides all major living/dining areas and bedrooms with panoramic water views, as well as views of the landscaped property and swimming pool. A pool with waterfall and separate hot tub are built into an open area fronting the spacious living room with its high, pitched ceiling.

The 47,737 square foot, one-of-a-kind estate is surrounded by water, with a private lagoon on one side and a bird sanctuary that opens out to the ocean on the other for a total of 700 feet of water frontage. Accessed by a private driveway, the estate is secluded and serene.

Designed in 1963 and built in 1964, the structure incorporates details and materials, such as a coral floor and natural wood ceiling and trim, that contribute to a Hawaiian sense of place. With an open floor plan and ocean orientation, the interior of the home enjoys an abundance of natural light and ventilation. The oxidized copper roof complements the natural masonry exterior finishes.

Architect Kimbal Thompson AIA, TF, LEED-AP, who relocated on Oahu in late 1968 after an Apprenticeship at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in Arizona and Wisconsin, notes that he became familiar with the work of Vladimir Ossipoff shortly after his arrival. “I was attracted to Mr. Ossipoff’s work, as well as that of architect Tom Wells, a product of the Ossipoff office, due to their sensitivity to design in harmony with natural elements of the site, location, microclimate and use of materials in achieving the functional desires of their clients. This, of course, was also the legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright, and it was terrific finding such a Hawaiian interpretation of similar principles. When I contacted Mr. Ossipoff he invited me to meet with him at his office. On learning that I was entering the University of Hawaii to continue architectural studies in the spring of 1969, he offered me employment through the beginning of the school semester and gifted me with his copy of the January 1938 Architectural Forum magazine featuring the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, which is still in my library. With regard to this early 1960s house at Paiko Lagoon, I find the siting and detail quite reminiscent of those Ossipoff residences to which I was initially so attracted.”

Realtor Dolores Bediones said, “An impeccable custom remodel in 2009/2010 added up-to-date features and finishes, all the amenities of a contemporary home. The kitchen was modernized with new appliances, teak cabinetry, and granite counters. This home has a special feel and everyone who visits becomes aware of it…some say it’s due to the proximity of Kanewai, a freshwater spring that feeds into the fishpond and wildlife sanctuary and is considered a healing spring. My co-lister, Takako Friend, and I are showing the estate by appointment only.”

Vladimir Ossipoff FAIA

Born in Russia on November 25, 1907, Vladimir Ossipoff grew up in Japan, where his father served as a military attaché of the Russian embassy in Tokyo. At 16, he emigrated to the United States and eventually graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. He moved to Honolulu at age 24 and established a firm which, over a period of 70 years, designed approximately 1,000 homes and public buildings, many honored with prestigious awards and featured in local and national publications. Numerous distinguished Honolulu buildings – among them Outrigger Canoe Club, the Pacific Club, the IBM Building, Bachman Hall and Saunders Hall at the University of Hawaii, and Thurston Memorial Chapel at Punahou School -were designed by his firm.

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