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Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach - Phase II

Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach - Phase II
Location: Waikiki, Hawaii      
Program: Hotel & Tower       
Client: PACREP 2       
Size: 432,000 SF      
Status: Under construction
A second tower, integrated with and complimenting the first. Much of the same language is applied to the form – the base condition, the variable geometry of the street levels, the articulated skin, and the organizational underpinnings. Phase 2 expands on the concepts embodied in Phase 1 with a more energetic and dynamic form that specifically responds to the immediate and extended context. The tower axis is oriented more mauka/makai, opening up space between the phases of work, and minimizing its presence along Kuhio Avenue. The tower form expands on the fluidity of the initial phase and emphasizes the new orientation. As the tower reaches the mean height in urban Waikiki, it folds to face Diamond Head Crater at the far end of the district. These moves root the building in the larger landscape, reinforce a sense of place and help to mitigate the bulk of the tower. Similarly, the streetscape is brought into the building via façade treatments and opening up of considerable space at the building entry and perimeter. The public open space established in Phase 1 is extended nearly to Lewers Street, and introduced to the interior of the block, further integrating the building with the tropical environment.