The name, Koula, chosen by Hilo designer Sig Zane, and shape of the 41-story tower, planned for a site between the Ward Entertainment Center and the newly named 1.5-acre Victoria Ward Park, refers to the red sugar cane once grown in the Kakaako area where the 60-acre master-planned Ward Village is located.
Gang told Architectural Digest that the tower’s design is meant to be “this kind of changing vertical koula” noting that the cane stalks move and twist “so the vertical columns respond in that way.”
Koula will have 565 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units ranging in size from 300 to 1,500 square feet, as well as 58,300 square feet of restaurant and retail space along with 11,000 square feet of ground-level open space.
The residential lobby will be located one level up from the ground floor, to make way for more commercial space, as well as a public porte cochere for drop-offs.
Amenities will include a lap pool, spa, fitness center, outdoor dining pavilions, sunset bar, children’s play area and dog park.
The interiors, being designed by Yabu Pushelberg, will have natural materials, colors and textures
The developer is planning to start construction next year.
Meanwhile, Howard Hughes is finishing up work at Aeo, the Whole Foods Market-anchored tower that will have 466 units when it opens next month, and expects to complete Ke Kiohana, which will have 375 units and a Long’s Drugs store, next year. The developer recently broke ground on Aalii, the 751-unit tower that will be located behind Koula.
Article courtesy of Pacific Business News