Spotlight On Contemporary Island Architecture – Waialae Iki V
Architect Kenneth C. C. Chang created a residence on a Waialae Iki V lot in the early stages of the development that is truly one-ofa-kind. He completed the home in 1991 working closely with the owner. Among the exceptional features of the luxurious, approximately 5,000-square-foot home are a 500-square-foot swimming pool with an adjacent raised spa in an atrium at entry level and a master suite that occupies the entire second level. The atrium and pool are the focal point of all major living spaces, which also overlook the gardens and the ocean.
The owner commented that the open floor plan and unique multi-level layout enable her to view a “wonderful skyscape” from all parts of the house and provide natural lighting that lasts until after sundown. “The house is airy and cool and, although it’s air conditioned throughout, we rarely need it. One of the features that was really important to us was having our own, private master suite on the upper level. It includes an office and an oversize, elegant bathroom that opens to a trellised outdoor area. Additional bedrooms and baths, for our children and guests, are in separate wings on the lower level, as well as a family room with a fireplace and entertainment center with an adjacent barbecue area. The layout makes the best possible use of the property.”
High-quality finishes and detailing throughout the home include imported ceramic tile and marble, Rosa Gerona limestone, tigerwood flooring, granite countertops in the kitchen, oak bookcases, built-in teak his and hers work stations in the office, reinforced beveled glass insets in front doors, shuttered windows, swimming pool lighting and fountains controlled from the dining room, and more.
“Eclectic design concepts of the past were blended with current concepts to create a successful contemporary Island project with emphasis on openness and views,” Chang said. “Our goal was to create a home that expresses contemporary architectural design in a Hawaiian setting.
“Additionally, the objective was to achieve an intimate and personal ‘sense of space’ by balancing functional aspects with the innate design aspects of the layout. The ‘joining’ of walls within the spaces contributes to the balance and harmony of the overall project.”
The home is listed by Vernon K. T. Chock (R) ABR, CIPS, CRB, CRS of Vernco Properties, Inc. at $2,499,000 and shown by appointment. An open house will be held on Sunday, February 5, 2-5 p.m. (The owner noted that fans can watch the Super Bowl on the TV located in the family room.)
Kenneth C. C. Chang is the president and principal architect for InnovativeArchitectural Designs, Inc. founded in 1980. He received his Bachelor degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and his Master of Architecture degree from the College of Architecture Planning and Interior Design at Kansas State University. His portfolio includes both residential and commercial projects in Hawaii and on the Mainland.