Hawaiian Modern: The Architecture of Vladimir Ossipoff


Paperback, 304 pp.

An illuminating study of the architecture of one of the 20th century’s most important tropical modernists.

Vladimir Ossipoff (1907–1998) was at the forefront of the postwar phenomenon known as tropical modernism. Although he practiced at a time of rapid growth and social change in Hawai`i, Ossipoff criticized large-scale development and advocated environmentally sensitive designs, developing a distinctive form of architecture appropriate to the lush topography, microclimates, and vernacular traditions of the Hawaiian islands.

This stunning book surveys Ossipoff’s buildings, which demonstrate a striking interplay of indoor and outdoor space, as well as a vibrant and glamorous architectural style that has proven delightfully particular to its place and durable over time.