Combining history, context, and culture, Anaha is an extraordinary example of contemporary architectural place-making. Located in the vibrant Kaka’ako district of Oahu, the 79,650-square-meter, 40-story residential tower is composed of 311 condominium homes.
The project begins the implementation of Ward Village, which is the largest Platinum Certified LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) in the United States.
Anaha means “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, interlocking, and softly curved floor plates and its high-performance glass curtain wall, the façade 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,’ or 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, while the podium’s retail and townhomes activate Kamakee Street.
Between the tower and podium geometries, a tranquil water feature is framed by a verdant living wall, which passes through the lobby façade, connecting outside and in. Perched 80 feet above Auahi Street, a glass-bottomed pool cantilevers 15 feet off the edge of the amenity deck creating a memorable spectacle. Anaha is LEED Silver.
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