Anaha by Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB) has received the <<Award>> at International Architecture Awards 2018. International Architecture Awards 2018 is the annual Awards hosted by Architecture Podium. After the consecutive success in hosting IAA, Architecture Podium in its Third year had launched IAA 2018 with even more Categories and Awards.
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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 largest LEED Platinum Certified for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) master plan in the country. Located in the vibrant Kaka’ako district of Oahu, the 857,000-square-foot, 40-story tower creates 311 condominium homes that helped to transform the previously industrial and retail-focused district into a 24-hour, mixed-use community.
Anaha translates to “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, softly curved floor plates, the high-performance curtain wall 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 coast line.
The orientation of the tower’s long axis is placed mauka-makai (mountain to ocean), which preserves coastal views from inland vantage points. The tower is brought cleanly down to the street to mark the residential entrance. The podium retail and townhomes activate Kamakee Street. Retail spaces, geared toward local artisans, are arranged along a shaded pedestrian promenade that connects Auahi and Queen Streets and feature operable façades to directly connect and stimulate street life.
Between the tower and podium geometries, a tranquil water feature is framed by a verdant living wall, which passes through the lobby façade, connecting the exterior with the interior. Perched 80 feet above Auahi Street, a glass-bottomed pool cantilevers 15 feet off the edge of the amenity deck, creating a memorable spectacle.
The design for Anaha employs numerous sustainable strategies and materials to create a building that is both environmentally responsive and focused on resident comfort. Since conventional faceted glazing could not convey the design intent and sinuous contours of the façade, the design team turned to large-format, solar-efficient, radiused glass to meet both the technical performance and desired aesthetic. Juliet balconies allow the façade to open up, taking advantage of warm ocean breezes and creating an indoor/outdoor living experience for residents. Locally sourced materials contain recycled content to the greatest degree possible and were selected to reduce or eliminate volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Kitchen appliances and plumbing fixtures and fittings are energy- and water-conserving models.