RIM Architects | Honolulu Design Center

Honolulu Design Center

Honolulu, HI
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Thomas Sorensen
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“I think the edgy urban design of the Design Center has added to the fabric of Kaka`ako. It brings life and energy to the neighborhood.”
–┬áDan Dinell, Executive Director, Hawai`i Community Development Authority

The Honolulu Design Center (HDC), a 3-story, 80,000 GSF, modern retail building providing spaces that stimulate creativity, and offer highly interactive environments for all the creative arts. This high-end furniture center includes a fine dining restaurant, cafe, wine bar, and space for special events and performances.

As a showcase of contemporary architecture, the design picks up the subtle curves of the surrounding buildings while at the same time incorporating cutting edges that reflect the retail within. Clad in bold materials and colors, the orange pearlescent paint was custom-created for this project and nicknamed “Honolulu Red”. Much of the facade is transparent to show the inside contents of the building. The architectural design has two intersecting forms – a solid (the “initial” orange wave) and a void (the “reflected” curtain wall wave), with terminating wing extensions that greet visitors on Pensacola and Pi`ikoi Streets.

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