A Tour of Hawaii Through Its Architecture


Anyone who has traveled through Honolulu's airport can appreciate the work of Hawaii-based architect Vladimir Ossipoff. His renovations in the 1970s created open-air corridors between terminals that let travelers experience Hawaii's temperate breezes immediately upon disembarking. Like the airport, Ossipoff's modernist buildings typically incorporate local materials and careful consideration of the environment to marvelous effect.

Ossipoff, who was born in Russia in 1907, raised in Japan, and educated in California, completed over 1,000 buildings, all in the Hawaiian Islands. This month, the Honolulu Academy of Art will host the first major exhibition of his work, "Hawaiian Modern: The Architecture of Vladimir Ossipoff." The collection will be in Honolulu from November 29 to January 27, 2008, after which it will move to Frankfurt (summer 2008) and then to New Haven (fall 2008).

The following slide show is a look at 10 structures that Ossipoff designed during his career, which spanned from a time when Hawaii was an isolated land ruled by sugar barons until its present as a tourist mecca of the jet age (900 S. Beretania St., Honolulu, 808/532-8700, honoluluacademy.org, $10, closed Mondays).

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