One could say that the approach to architectural design
by Spencer Architects is almost spiritual. The firm shows
a special respect for the land where its projects are built.
“We literally 'listen' to the land and strive to place an
appropriate building on it—one that meets its needs as
much as the client requirements,” says principal Spencer
Leineweber. Specializing in residential and historic
preservation projects, the Hawaiian practice has been
recognized nationally for its work by the American
Institute of Architects and the National Trust for Historic
Preservation and counts the National Park Service as one
of its clients. While the firm's architectural signature is
as varied as the landscape and as individual as its clients,
its 26-year-old reputation is built on working one-on-one
with clients, giving them the focused and personal
attention a boutique practice is able to deliver. “The
foundation of good design begins with attentive listening
and close collaboration between architect, owner and
contractor,” Leineweber says. “It's what allows us to
create buildings that respect the uniquely collective way
in which Hawaiians live.”
A native hau tree provides comfortable shade to an oceanside Diamond Head residence, while a double pitched roof is reminiscent of early post-contact Hawaiian structures. TRANQUIL BEAUTY
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LARGE SQUARES OF GREEN-STAINED CONCRETE FLOORING, PLASTERED
ELEMENTS TO THIS SECOND FLOOR FAMILY LANAI OVERLOOKING THE OCEAN.
LAVA ROCK WALLS AND RESAWN TIMBER CEILING RAFTERS ADD ATTRACTIVE
COMFORTABLE OCEAN LANAI.
HAWAIIAN MOTIFS ARE USED IN THE KAPA DESIGN OF THE DOOR PANELS
AND THE LAUHALA MAT PATTERN OF THE PLASTER CEILING ON THIS
CURVE APPEAL A circular cantilevered concrete staircase is dappled in sunlight through a grass shade.
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OF THE QUEEN ANNE STYLE TURRET.
CURVED GLASS WINDOWS EDGE THE LANAI
KOA, A NATIVE ISLAND WOOD, IS USED THROUGHOUT
THE INTERIOR OF THIS HISTORIC HOME.
This historic bed and breakfast on Reed’s Island, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, has been in the same family since its construction in 1899. MAJESTIC ALLURE
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