If the Marco Polo were in Brazil, it would be said to have a samba curve, but as it is in Hawaii, it has a “hula shape.” Adapting the sinuous, rippling curves of Oscar Niemeyer's Dance Hall at Pampulha to a high-rise building, the architects developed an appealing thirty-six-story building with 573 units. Developer-owners Reed and Lloyd Martin, who were the builders of the Hawaii State Capitol (OA46), directed the architects to design the nicest, biggest condominium in town, and they wanted rounded shapes rather than a rectilinear box. Popular in Brazil, these curving forms found few imitators in Hawaii.
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