Grounded Tropical Luxury
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Set against breathtaking oceans and mountains, Hawaiian architecture has retained one quality throughout its history: blending in with nature. The lanai or outdoor patio, a mainstay in Luxury homes, hotels and resorts in the state, is specifically designed to extend the landscape into the home.
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Characteristics of Hawaii Architecture
Once characterized by its brand of mid-century modern, Hawaiian architecture has morphed into an edgy fusion of contemporary and natural elements. The influence of the lush green mountains and white beaches is visible throughout the state’s homes, resorts, and hotels. Top landscape architects in Hawaii fuse towering bamboo, reclaimed Koa wood, glass, and vegetation into the rolling luxury estates of Hawaii.
Luxury Architecture Kauai
A top Hawaii architect brings together Modern Hawaiian architecture and Tropical Kauai design in the Running J Farms estate in Kilauea. The rolling contemporary estate combines stainless steel, wood, glass, and concrete to create a charming mix of open and private spaces, including hidden ponds, fruit orchards and layered gardens. A resort-style pool surrounded by spacious hardwood decking enjoys sweeping ocean and mountain views.
The Big Island Luxury Architecture
Tucked away in Hokuli’a - Kona lies a luxury home radiating with classic Big Island–style architecture - cantilevered double-pitch roofing reminiscent of a traditional Hawaiian house.
The estate, though expansive, effortlessly maintains an intimate feel through the use of four pavilions joined by landscape-flanked pathways. The home’s architecture makes full use of the favourable climate with a continuum of indoor-outdoor spaces that contrast soft natural wood with hard Kukio lava rock.
Maui Luxury Architecture
The Hotel Wailea’s famed romantic, tranquil vibe is accomplished in the laid-back beach house design that houses private residential-style cabanas. Inside the contemporary cottages, coral and limestone walls set off smoked white-oak floors while bespoke woodwork and Pete Cabrinha artwork complete the laid back aesthetic.
A few miles away, a celebrity tropical getaway highlights the best of traditional Hawaiian architecture. The home’s expanse opens with a lily pond courtyard, leading into a Great Room. One of the home’s balconies, off the master bedroom, overlooks a terraced garden, pineapple fields and the Kapalua golf course beyond.
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Honolulu Luxury Architecture
The renovated Moana Surfrider Resort and Spa, Waikiki’s oldest hotel, retains its original charm in the building’s Beaux-Arts facade, white columns and grand staircase while adding a fresh, modern sensibility. Outside, a modern bar serves from a banyan-tree shaded courtyard, while a freshwater pool, beachfront spa and piano bar offer additional entertainment spaces.
On Oahu’s east shore, the 5403 Kalanianaole estate, set in the prime oceanfront estate, offers a dramatic entryway flanked by fire and water features. A pool pavilion and a neighbouring tennis pavilion offers residents a relaxing outdoor space.
Lanai Luxury Architecture
The Four Seasons Resort in Lanai represents the cream of Tropical luxury hotel architecture. Native sculpted bamboo furniture and carvings punctuate the resort’s clean contemporary design. The resort’s lush gardens surround two oceanfront pools with a shared restaurant, spa and golf course. Nearby, another Four Seasons restaurant, The Hotel Lanai at Koele, evokes a tranquil retreat using white interiors and artwork-filled gardens.
Miguel Rueda Designs - Luxury Hawaii Architecture Firm
One of the best architects in Honolulu, Miguel Rueda combines years of experience with a masterful use of texture and color to create stunning beachfront homes and hillside mansions. Miguel Rueda Designs, a boutique studio with a global reach, has a skilled team led by a top residential and landscape architect in Hawaii, Miguel Rueda. Whether you’re after a tranquil getaway in the mountains or an expansive beachfront estate, Hawaii architect Miguel Rueda has the experience with Hawaii modern architecture needed to bring your dream home to reality.