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Mandarin Oriental, Honolulu

Anchored by a 125-room five-star luxury hotel and 109 branded residences, Mana'olana Place in Honolulu blends the characteristics of the tropical urban high-rise with with the subtleties of the hotel brand, Hawaiian lifestyle and the Oahu climate while respecting the urban streetscape.  

[au]workshop's concept is a modern, vertical interpretation of an indoor-outdoor sense of place and connection to the landscape, embodied in the concept of lanai. Using dramatically carved terraces and balconies to provide deeply shaded areas and frame views from these lanai, we sought pleasant contrast and variety, integrating gardens into nearly every front-of-house experience. A sky-lobby provides a dramatic introduction to surrounding views while private elevatoring provides desired exclusivity for the residences, culminating in a signature restaurant and bar at 400' above the street. Twice each year at Lahaina noon, the sun is perfectly vertical, and an oculus 400' above highlights the generous public plaza.

When complete, the 36 story tower will represent the first implemented project in the newly adopted Ala Moana Transit-Oriented District. With the Hawaii Convention Center immediately across the street and the largest mall in the state —Ala Moana Center—located within a five minute walk, the project will be an instrumental catalyst in the continued revitalization of the Ala Moana Neighborhood. 

LOCATION: Honolulu, Hawaii
CLIENT: Salem Partners dba Mana'olana Partners
EXECUTIVE ARCHITECT: Architects Hawaii Ltd.
HOTEL OPERATOR: Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
SCOPE: Entitlements and Architectural Design