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Soak up Hawaii’s natural beauty in this Vladimir Ossipoff-designed midcentury home

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The 1964 residence is big on views and water features

Exterior of house surrounded by tropical trees. Harcourts Auctions

Vladimir Ossipoff, Hawaii’s legendary modernist architect, designed over a thousand projects in the state over his 60-year career, including a terminal at Honolulu International Airport and a host of midcentury modern gems.

One of those homes will soon go up for auction, with a starting bid of a cool $8,000,000. Built in 1964, the five-bedroom, six-bathroom home in Honolulu covers some 8,000 square feet, and sits on a lush acre of land between a shoreline fishpond and a lagoon.

Aerial shot of ranch house next to pond. Harcourts Auctions

Like most of Ossipoff’s residences, this home is designed to take advantage of Hawaii’s natural appeal. The back side of the house features a series of sliding doors and screens that open the living room and master bedroom to the backyard and patio. Ossipoff’s love of lanais, the roofed, open-sided verandas common all over Hawaii, inspired the indoor-outdoor lounging areas that are sprinkled throughout the house.

Ossipoff was known for highlighting Hawaii’s best features into his designs, and this house is no exception. The living room incorporates stone floors and a small pond that flows from the outdoor patio to the interior. Meanwhile the master bathroom is wrapped in large windows, effectively turning the landscape into a painting you can soak up while you soak in the tub.

Living room with sliding doors opened to back patio. Harcourts Auctions
Master bedroom with door open to back patio. Harcourts Auctions
Opulent master bathroom with large windows. Harcourts Auctions
Outside seating area next to water feature. Harcourts Auctions
Indoor seating area surrounded by windows. Harcourts Auctions