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Ward Plaza

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1969, Au, Cutting, Smith and Associates. 210 Ward Ave.
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)

Conceptually intriguing and visually stimulating with its several levels, varying building scales, wide elevated walkways, open plaza areas, pergolas, planters, and nonlinear street access, the low-rise office complex offers a refreshing alternative to a high-rise world of commerce. Post-tensioned, gray amalgamate panels provide the basic texture and are complemented by the offices' modulated, floor-to-ceiling, bronzed-aluminum-framed windows and flat roofs with overhanging eave lines, all of which present a clean tropical modern statement of the 1960s–1970s. Rising above its landscaped lot on a strong horizontal podium, the complex invites interaction with its multilevel walkways that provide a myriad of vistas. No office directly faces another, adding further to the visual dynamic.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Ward Plaza", [Honolulu, Hawaii], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Hawaii

Buildings of Hawaii, Don J. Hibbard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011, 132-132.

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