Waipolu Gallery and Studio

2006

Situated where Diamond Head meets the Pacific Ocean at the east end of Waikiki Beach is a unique space for the display of a private modern art collection.  The multiple award winning building consists of two varied wings separated by an exterior stair.  The main gallery is a copper sheathed sculptural form set against a solid rectangular lava clad wall. The gallery is oriented to provide framed views of Diamond Head and the Pacific at each end and has large overhangs sized to protect the art from direct sun.  A spectacular clear glass bridge that appears to float between the two wings is accessed from the office in the eastern element and allows an upper floor overlook of the gallery.  The office is located on the middle floor of a three story concrete slab - stainless steel column structure that steps up the steep slope.  The upper floor has guest quarters and includes a large sunny deck with views of the Pacific through the tops of the palm trees.  A swimming pool reflects light into the ground floor which contains additional art display and storage.  Some of the paintings here are displayed on five pivoting walls that allow for exhibition of the art in several different configurations. 

 

Photography by Nic Lehoux Architectural Photography.