Transformation of Kuhio Park Terrace into an integrated, healthy, sustainable community
KPT is a public housing development built over 40 years ago when concrete towers based on the modernist Ville Radieuse model was the norm for affordable housing. Over time, the project has become a concentration of poverty accompanied by social maladies. The challenge was to transform the project while retaining the existing towers.
Our overarching theme, 'Community of Hope', is reflected in openness, optimism and transformation of KPT and the larger community. The planning concept involved the home as the basic unit and scaling upwards to residential clusters which then formed 11 neighbourhoods, and finally an integrated, healthy, sustainable village.
Great effort was placed in the deconstruction and separation of the existing twin towers into six smaller scale independent towers with separate access, identity and amenities. The two-storey low-rise neighbourhoods were designed to stay within the scale parameters. Housing types expanded to include special needs and the elderly.
The heart of the project is the new Village Centre designed to accommodate the social and commercial activities of the community. Site development incorporated Low Impact Development, edible landscapes and symbolic native Hawaiian plants. The sustainable design featured all naturally ventilated units, solar, PV, etc. and was planned for LEED Gold.