Type: Condo renovation in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Size: 1,040 sq. ft.
Size: 1,040 sq. ft.
Situated at the heart of the Waikiíkí neighborhood, lies this meticulously remodeled 2-bedroom condo spanning 1,000 square feet. This thoughtfully crafted redesign combines elements of modern aesthetics and a deep appreciation for the surrounding environment. As well, the new design concepts originated from the contemplation of permanence and impermanence.
The name “Waikíkí” signifies a place of spouting waters. However, the “constant” flow of water that once characterized this locale has given way to the bustling shops and transient tourists. In this ever-changing scene, the significance of things and activities has become fleeting and ephemeral.
Sand, contrarily, was not abundant here and is to be washed away with time. However, it has found a new home in Waikíkí as agencies bring sand from other places, so tourists can enjoy the forever sandy beaches. Taking inspiration from these contrasting ideas, the redesign of the space is a new collage of colors reminiscent of the water, lush greens, and the sand textures.
Upon entering the living space, one is greeted by large sand-textured floor tiles, connecting them to the nostalgic sensation of fresh sand from the nearby beach. A new floating wall has been constructed to block the view from the entry door, leading to the private area. The living room ceiling remains exposed, showcasing the natural beauty of the concrete. A partial dropped-ceiling surrounding the living room adds an air of grandeur to the living space, while furniture and kitchen cabinets bring in a mixture of sapphire blues and emerald greens, superimposed upon sandy textures.
Progressing into the private rooms, ideally to be experienced barefoot, a seamless transition awaits as one’s feet meet the white-washed oak flooring. Each of the two bathrooms has a similar texture but distinct character: one features a waterfall of indigo tiles adorned with golden faucets, while the other carries a plain of olive-green walls complementing the view of the Monkeypod tree outside the window.
Given the constraints of the condo renovation, natural day-light conditions remain fixed. Consequently, artificial lighting was put in great thought, as Louis Kahn said "one sense Light as the give of all presences, and materials as spent Light.” The lighting fixtures themselves adopt a minimalist approach, allowing light to seamlessly blend into the space. Smart switches have been installed, enabling auto-adjustments based on the time of day, facilitating healthy inner adaptation aligned with one’s body clock.
The design of this space arises from my deep affinity for the water and beaches of Waikíkí. The colors, materials, furniture, and objects have been thoughtfully chosen to reflect the local elements. With an abundance of history, memories, and beauty present in Waikiíkí, I aspire to bring the charming elements of the surrounding environment into the very fabric of this home, providing a welcoming retreat for both visitors and residents alike.
*This project story is featured on the Hawaii Home + Remodeling magazine.