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Ward Plaza

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1969, Au, Cutting, Smith and Associates. 210 Ward Ave.

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

Author: 
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—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/HI-01-OA90.

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Hawaii

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

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