19The shape and design of the Waikiki Business Plaza’s façade panels were initially inspired by a Hawaiian quilt with different shapes in an abstract pattern. The final reference (made in meetings to the DPP) described the triangle as an ancient symbol – for Hawaiians, and others – with different representations for air, earth, fire and water, depending on the triangle’s orientation. The shape of the glass tower, now fronting H & M, originally drew from the English translation of Waikiki, or spouting water, and carried over into the design of the tower as a reference of water spouting up from the ground.
WAIKIKI IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION
2014 Ho`owehiwehi Award
(Renovation Excellence Award)
Size: 29,000 SF
Scope: Exterior renovation, façade improvements