doris duke's shangri la, part one

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

I know this "polar vortex" has a lot of friends Stateside on ice. Think warm thoughts! And to help you do that, let's tour another Hawaii house! This house is amazing, and famous - I'm talking about Shangri La. The house Islamic-style mansion built in 1937 designed by Marion Sims Wyeth. It was owned by heiress Doris Duke, who spent her winters here. The house is on the outskirts of Honolulu, near Diamond Head. Look at this loggia on the "playhouse"

The house

The Entry:

Central Courtyard:

Going inside:

Damascus Room

Syrian Room

Mihrab Room:


The Dining Room:

Going into the Living Room:

Lastly for today, the private hall which leads to my favorite space:

 sources: mostly here, some here, here, here, here
ArchitectDesign™ said...

yes -one of the few things that might actually drag me as far as Hawaii - what a fascinating and utterly amazing place!
verification word: glam!