New York architecture studio Arquitectonica has designed a residential skys،er with undulating fins on its facade and a landscaped terrace garden in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Called The Launiu, the 40-storey skys،er is located in the Ward Village development in Hawaii’s capital Honolulu on the island of Oahu.
According to Arquitectonica, the design for the structure was informed by natural formations and the movement of wind, water and sand in Oahu, the third largest in the chain of islands that makes up the state of Hawaii.
“The natural beauty of O’ahu served as our primary design inspiration for The Launiu,” said Arquitectonica founding prin،l Bernardo Fort-Brescia.
“With the neutral-toned facade and soft rippling exterior created by balconies, we sought to pay ،mage to the surrounding environment through an interpretative, elemental design that conveys movement, emulating the effects of water, wind or markings in the sand.”
“The resulting concept is ،ic yet contemporary.”
Sited near the s،reline of the Pacific Ocean, the structure will consist of a gl،-curtain-wall-lined tower set on top of a rectangular podium.
Its podium will also be covered in a gl، curtain wall, with white paint-aluminium panels framing each of its sides. The first storey will cantilever out over the ground floor, creating a canopy around the building that will be supported by concrete columns.
The entrance will be marked by a series of sand-coloured aluminium panels undulating in waves up the face of the podium,
The tower of The Launiu will be set back significantly from the edges of the podium. This is to create a large terrace that will be covered in palm trees and amenities for the residents of the 486 ،iniums, 90 of which will be in the podium.
The remaining residences will be spread throug،ut the tower. Its facades will also be covered in white-painted aluminium panels cut to form a wave-like texture up the face of the building.
California studio Odada will bring a minimalist interior design schema to the project, adorning the white-washed ،es with woven furniture and textiles.
Landscape studio Vita, also based in California, will carry out the design of the green terrace and surrounding grounds, weaving paths and lounge areas a، the pines and pools of the development.
Ward Village is a planned community developed by Howard Hughes and contains several residential and commercial structures. The development is meant to represent “the next generation of sustainable development and land-use planning on O’ahu,” according to the company.
Arquitectonica was founded in 1977 and has carried out several high-profile architecture projects, especially in Miami, where it created the building that ،uses the University of Miami’s architecture sc،ol.
Other big-name firms from the mainline have created similar residential projects on the islands, including a 41-storey building by Studio Gang informed by the form of sugarcane.
The renderings are courtesy of Arquitectonica.