RIM Architects | DFS Waikiki Expansion

DFS Waikiki Expansion

Honolulu, HI
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DFS Group, Ltd.
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Awards :
2001 Overall Grand Winner for Commercial Remodel; Building Industry Association's Renaissance Building and Remodeling Awards (in association with KYA Architects)

In a combined effort to invigorate Waikiki, with the City and County of Honolulu and other private sector interests, DFS (Duty Free Shoppers) Galleria invested $65 million in renovations to completely re-invent the shopping experience in Hawai`i.

In association with Kajioka Yamachi Architects, RIM developed the Galleria’s concept to carry shoppers back to the magic and romance of Hawaii’s Boat Days of the 1930s. The design features representations of historical buildings and a 200-foot long replica of an old steam liner. The interior layout guides tourists and shoppers along the main Streetscape, under a postcard-perfect sky-painted ceiling. Complementing the streetscape of shops along “Waikiki Walk” is a two-story, 68,000 gallon walk-through aquarium.

This project received the 2001 Ku’kulu Hale Awards – Award of Excellence (Renovation-Retail) from the National Association of Industrial & Office Properties and 2001 Overall Grand Winner for Commercial Remodel; Building Industry Association’s Renaissance Building and Remodeling Awards (in association with KYA Architects).