Waipolu Residence

Highly transparent and minimal glass structures within a new new house, dealing with the sigificant building deflections of an exposed coatal location subject to high wind loads.

Diamond Head, Hawaii

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson


Working for the specialist glazing contractor Commercial Glass and Metal, we provided detailed engineering analysis and support for the production of shop drawings for the principal glass elements of the project, which was a development by a private art collector. The site aspect at Diamond Head encourages views out over the ocean and so there was a strong desire from Client and Architect to maximise the use of glass, both to capture light and to take advantage of the views. 

An all-glass walkway links the design studio to the private art gallery spanning the external space between the two blocks of the building and cantilevering into the interior of the gallery to make a high level viewing balcony. It is formed using four panels of glass creating a structural square tube in section. The glass panels are formed of a variety of laminations depending on function, load and required stiffness, using heatstrengthened and tempered glass substrates. 

Given the wind loads on such an exposed site and the potential for seismic activity, the studio and gallery can potentially move very differently to one another. Careful detailing of the movement joint at the studio needed to be developed and detailed. A high performance coating on the glass provides some respite from the solar gain while maintaining transparency. 


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