WINNER   |   Best Condominium Community

Best Condominium Community

Nominated By:      Solomon Cordwell Buenz            

Location:               Honolulu

Project Statement:

Combining history, context and culture, Anaha is an extraordinary example of contemporary architectural place-making. The tower begins the implementation of Ward Village, which is the first and largest LEED Platinum Certified for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) master plan community in the United States. Located in the vibrant Kaka ako district of Oahu, the 857,000-square-foot, 40-story tower creates 318 condominium homes that helped transform the previously industrial and retail-focused district into a 24-hour, mixed-use community. Anaha means "reflection of light" in Hawaiian. The tower’s undulating form is inspired by the island’s artistic tradition of abstracting waves. Through a sequence of shifted, interlocking and softly curved floor plates, and a high-performance glass curtain wall, the facade appears to be ever-changing in the light, like a wave shimmering in the sun, making the tower a distinctive and dynamic addition to the coastline. The orientation of the tower’s long axis is placed mauka-makai, which preserves coastal views from inland vantage points. The tower is brought cleanly down to the street to mark the residential entrance. The podium’s retail and townhomes activate Kamakee Street. Between the tower and podium geometries, a tranquil water feature is framed by a verdant living wall that passes through the lobby facade, connecting outside and inside. Perched 80 feet above Auahi Street, a glass-bottomed cantilevered pool projects 15 feet off the edge of the amenity deck, creating a memorable spectacle.

Developer:                          The Howard Hughes Corporation

Architect:                           Solomon Cordwell Buenz

General Contractor:     Albert C. Kobayashi

Interior Designer:           Woods Bagot

Photographer:                  Nic Lehoux Photography

Project Website:              Anaha