With Ward Village, Richard Meier and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Bring Signature Architecture to Honolulu

08:00 - 7 December, 2015
Gateway Towers / Richard Meier & Partners. Image © The Howard Hughes Corporation
Gateway Towers / Richard Meier & Partners. Image © The Howard Hughes Corporation

It's become a familiar sight: glossy renderings from big-name architects promoting new luxury condo towers. But in this case the setting is unexpected, rather than New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles, these new towers are cropping up in a gentrifying area of Honolulu known as Kaka'ako, nestled between the resorts of Waikiki, and the Downtown business district. For its latest offering, Ward Village, one part of a massive redevelopment plan for the entire Kaka'ako neighborhood, has enlisted Prizker Prize-winner Richard Meier, and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (best known for the Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York), to design iconic towers that will no doubt attract premium prices to match their architects' celebrity cachet. And while most people celebrate the influx of new housing units in a region of limited supply, some may be wondering who these new condos are really for.

Gateway Towers / Richard Meier & Partners. Image © The Howard Hughes Corporation Ae’o / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Image © The Howard Hughes Corporation Waiea / James KM Cheng Architects + WCIT Architecture. Image © The Howard Hughes Corporation Anaha / Solomon Cordwell Buenz + Benjamin Woo Architects. Image © The Howard Hughes Corporation +29