Preservation, Adaptive Use, Rehabilitation
Since 2001, MASON has partnered with the Doris Duke Foundation to open Shangri La’s five-acre complex—with its 14,000-square-foot house, guesthouse, pool, courtyards, gardens and water features—to the public. The restored residence now supports the Foundation’s mission to promote the study and understanding of Islamic art, design, and culture.
Photo Credit (above): HDCC
Photo Credit (below): Linny Morris
MASON preserved the public rooms as they were designed for Duke; adapted the basement and servants’ wings for use as administrative offices and conservation spaces; and installed new mechanical, electrical and security systems throughout.
Recently MASON worked with the Foundation’s conservators to restore Shangri La’s rooftop pavilion with its openwork marble panels, or jali. We detailed a new pre-cast concrete structure to accommodate the conserved marble panels. Additional repairs to bronze doors and windows and jewel-encrusted interior finishes were required in Duke’s private bedroom, a Mughal art-inspired suite. New exhibit vitrines, recreation of historic furnishings, lighting and security improvements completed the restoration. Other recently completed work includes reroofing the main building, as well as repairing and retrofitting the swimming pool and intricately patterned marble deck.
Doris Duke and James Cromwell, 1930s
All work undertaken within the constraints of a stringent Conditional Use Permit. Sixteen phases have been with Constructors Hawaii as the general contractor.
Historic Hawaii Foundation