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Modern Retro: A guide to modern island architecture with roots in Hawaiian history

We’ve talked about the history of Hawaiian architecture before — focusing on traditional designs that offer a sense of timeless elegance to new builds. But if you’re looking more a more adventurous aesthetic, the latest trends in residential architecture incorporate modern styles while paying homage to mid-century modern design. Featuring different materials, clean lines, and lots of light, it might be time to find an architect who specializes in making your home a contemporary work of art.

This trend might work for you if you like…

  • Non-traditional building materials. Expansive glass walls and windows reinforced by steel and concrete are quickly replacing plantation-style homes with exposed wood and craftsman-style detailing. Used correctly, these materials are often more affordable and practical. More importantly, the emphasis on natural light and open space allows home-owners to truly appreciate the Hawaiian landscape. Led by famed Hawaiian architect Vladimir Ossipoff, modern architecture is quickly becoming the standard in residential construction.

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  • Modern aesthetics with a connection to Hawaii’s past. This isn’t the first time Hawaiians embraced modern/minimalist building trends. Reimagining the midcentury modern architecture of the 1950’s and 60’s reminds us of key landmarks on the islands, from the Hawaii State Capitol building with its clean lines to the Hilton Resort’s Rainbow Tower at Waikiki Beach. With modern architecture expanding beyond commercial buildings and into residential design, you don’t need to be building a skyscraper or government building to appreciate midcentury modern’s clean-lines and functionality.

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  • Modern aesthetics with a connection to Hawaii’s past. This isn’t the first time Hawaiians embraced modern/minimalist building trends. Reimagining the midcentury modern architecture of the 1950’s and 60’s reminds us of key landmarks on the islands, from the Hawaii State Capitol building with its clean lines to the Hilton Resort’s Rainbow Tower at Waikiki Beach. With modern architecture expanding beyond commercial buildings and into residential design, you don’t need to be building a skyscraper or government building to appreciate midcentury modern’s clean-lines and functionality.

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