Nishikawa Architects captures BIA Grand Award for Lona Ridge

Nishikawa Architects Inc. blended C.W. Dickey’s distinctive style of Hawaiian architecture along with a modern sensibility to living spaces when designing the Wailuku residence called Lona Ridge. Tropical Light Photography photo

Nishikawa Architects Inc. was awarded the prestigious “Grand Award” (for new residential projects more than $999,001) for a Wailuku residence during the 31st annual BIA Renaissance Building and Remodeling Gala held on Oahu on Oct. 5. Architectural Design and Construction Inc. also received an “Award of Merit” for a Wailea residence (for new residential projects more than $999,001).

ADC is a design-build firm based on Maui. Nishikawa Architects was the architect. Building Industry Association of Hawaii’s annual award recognizes the diversity and excellence in quality construction and design of new and remodeled projects.

Located on 6 acres atop Wailuku Heights, 1,200 feet above sea level, the Wailuku residence called Lona Ridge offers a sweeping view of Central Maui from northern coast to southern coast.

“Our concept was to create a design with Hawaii’s unique historic character — to give the feeling the home had been there for generations,” said Project Architect Morgan Gerdel of Nishikawa Architects.

“In the 1920s and ’30s, Hawaii architect C.W. Dickey designed a number of homes incorporating the California Mission revival style; his work was our inspiration for this project.”

The Wailea residence is situated at the top of a crest that overlooks an adjacent golf course that provides open view planes. Utilizing a curved design to make a modern architectural statement, three large curved sliding doors pocket into the adjacent curved walls, enhancing the view while creating a seamless flow to the pool deck area. The curved lanai roof above has large 8-foot overhangs that cantilever out to provide protection and eliminate the need for columns.

The design incorporates feng shui concepts throughout and maintains a clean contemporary Hawaiian feel that caters to the outdoor living lifestyle.