The Howard Hughes Corporation has brought made its reputation for planning stunning projects and bringing in renowned local and international architectural firms into the fold for the design of its projects, including Waiea, Anaha, Aeo, and Gateway. As Duane Shimogawa reports for the Pacific Business News, the development group plans to continue this strategy as it continues to plan more projects:
The Howard Hughes Corp., which has chosen to pair Hawaii and world-renowned architecture firms on its current Honolulu mixed-use high-rise condominium projects, is planning to utilize the same strategy for its future projects in the area, a top executive from the developer told Pacific Business News.
Its 60-acre Ward Village has development rights for 22 high-rise towers and up to 9.3 million square feet of mixed-use space, including more than 4,000 residential units and about 1.5 million square feet for retail and other commercial use.
Thus far, it has paired such Hawaii architecture firms as Architects Hawaii Ltd. and WCIT Architecture with such well-known architects from elsewhere as Canada’s James K.M. Cheng Architects, Chicago-based Solomon Cordwell Buenz and New York’s Richard Meier & Partners Architects.
Todd Apo, vice president of community development for Dallas, Texas-based Howard Hughes, told PBN that people should expect to see these types of partnerships for its future towers.
The developer already has started construction on its two luxury towers — Waiea and Anaha — as well as on its market-rate tower Aeo, which will include Hawaii’s flagship Whole Foods Market. It is also starting construction soon on its Ke Kilohana mostly workforce housing project at 988 Halekauwila St. across from Sports Authority on Ward Avenue.
The two luxury towers, as part of its Gateway project that will replace Ward Warehouse, are still on the table, with the first tower in presales mode.
Howard Hughes is looking into developing more workforce housing at Ward Village that would mirror its Ke Kilohana project.