“In the midst of ho-hum architecture, the IBM plaza pops out: All of a sudden there is a masterpiece.”
– 2015 Awards Jury
项目陈述 PROJECT STATEMENT
夏威夷著名的现代主义建筑师Vladimir Ossipoff设计IBM Victoria Ward大楼名声在外，其全新的庭院景观亦毫不逊色，呼应着简洁的建筑立面，展现了夏威夷的当代建筑风采与深厚的文化底蕴。凝聚了夏威夷建筑、景观精华的庭院送往迎来，欢迎着踏入这片火奴鲁鲁市中心大型商住区域，络绎不绝的人们。
Inspired by the existing modernist façade, the new courtyard at IBM Victoria Ward tower showcases a landscape expression of modern Hawaiian architectural motifs and powerful cultural history. The historic IBM tower was designed by Vladimir Ossipoff—Hawaii’s quintessential modernist. The new landscape is a distilled expression of Hawaiian identity and serves as an introduction to a larger mixed-use master plan of over 60 acres in central Honolulu.
项目说明 PROJECT NARRATIVE
Keying off of Ossipoff’s façade, a new courtyard at IBM Victoria Ward showcases a landscape expression of modern Hawaiian architectural motifs. The water feature forms the edge of the courtyard, reflecting the play and ephemerality of light throughout the day. Photo Credit: Marion Brenner
At dusk, the magic moment, the polarized glazing of Ossipoll’s building reflects multiple color spectrums across the surface of the water. Photo Credit: Marion Brenner
The plaza expresses an abstraction of the building pattern, creating long (lawn) boards in the paving pattern. These native grass plantings create a blurred edge to the crisp architecture and conjure images of surfboards riding the horizon of the nearby beach. Photo Credit: Marion Brenner
Materials, light and sound converge to create a dynamic edge that encapsulates the architecture of Ossipoll and the mythical heritage of Hawaii. Photo Credit: Marion Brenner
Inscribed runnels of stainless steel and glass frame ever-changing reflections, as water trickles down into a lush taro garden. Taro—essential to the agricultural, and cultural history of Hawaii—is an expression of vitality and sense of place. Photo Credit: Marion Brenner
Providing new ways of engaging with the architecture, the water feature showcases moving reflections of light that capture the façade and project it as a new dynamic horizon for the site that bridges landscape and architecture. Photo Credit: Marion Brenner
The courtyard tells the story of the literal ground it sits on—releasing the dynamic quality of volcanic stone through a singular paving materials. Three surface treatments—honed, flamed and split-faced—are expressed through the abstracted language of the courtyard. Photo Credit: Marion Brenner
The pattern integrates further as water spills into a moat that wraps the space, creating an illusion that the courtyard floats in the sky. The moat is fed by the cascade of scuppers dancing along the elevated fountain edge. Photo Credit: Marion Brenner,
Three contrasting textures are revealed as the Hawaiian sun interacts with the courtyard paving. The honed catch light and bring the sky to the ground; the split-faced, with their rugged quality give depth; and flamed appear to shimmer. Photo Credit: Marion Brenner,
Hawaiian mythology is dynamically expressed through the patterns of water and light as the sky father is projected through the glass bottom of the water feature onto the taro plantings and earth mother below. Photo Credit: Zhao Jie (AECOM), Scott Burrows (Consultant), Marion Brenner
Located on busy Ala Moana Boulevard, the water feature forms a new horizon line connecting the courtyard to the beach, as the tricking water sounds mask traffic. New palm and fragrant plumeria plantings connect to the plantings of Alamoana beach park. Photo Credit: Marion Brenner
Native grass turf forms scaled ‘lawn boards’ interwoven in the courtyard hardscape and function as permeable soakage features that allow water to percolate into the water table. Photo Credit: Marion Brenner
▽ 高耸的棕榈树耸立在水池后侧。Across the length of the elevated water feature, palms appears. Photo Credit: Marion Brenner,
At the sunset hour, the courtyard is awash with a pink glow of the parting sun. Photo Credit: Marion Brenner
Providing new ways of engaging with the architecture, the courtyard design pays homage to Ossipoff’s façade pattern in the paving of its ground plane and in a new elevated water feature. The original landscape was never fully realized, and until this redesign Ossipoff’s beautiful building sat in an asphalt parking lot. As viewed from the new Lanai—a vernacular Hawaiian landscape typology—the subtly articulated courtyard allows for flexibility for events and everyday use, ultimately creating a place of respite from the urban edge. The linear water feature screens the foreground while creating a linkage to the ocean’s horizon line and reflecting the play and ephemerality of light throughout the day. Paving patterns reveal three dynamic qualities of the same volcanic stone, rooting the site in Hawaii’s geologic origin. The stone’s surface treatments—honed, which catches the light of the sky; flamed, which appears matte but shimmers when viewed from above; and split-faced, which exposes rugged depth—are expressed through the patterned courtyard, and register the transforming light through the day and night.
Scalar shifts in the patterning throughout the site allow users to discover new ways of engaging with the architecture and the site at large. The hardscape interweaves with permeable, native ‘lawn board’ plantings, referencing the paradigmatic surfboard array at the beach’s edge and speaking to the ecological history of the site.
Beyond rooting the design in the historical and visual context of the existing building, the landscape celebrates Hawaii’s creation myth to create a space that speaks to the cultural history as well. The landscape architects met with Native Hawaiian descendants to help articulate physical expressions of this sacred oral history. In the traditional Hawaiian narrative, people descend from Earth Mother and Sky Father, whose earthly children were first Taro, and then Man—created to care for Taro. The mysticism of this creation story is dynamically expressed through the patterns of water and light as the sky father is projected through the glass bottom of the water feature onto the taro plantings and earth mother below.
The water feature—an elevated datum—is a visual and experiential connection to the site’s context and an expression of the surrounding sea and ever-changing island sky. Providing new ways of engaging with the architecture, the water feature showcases moving reflections of light that capture the façade and project it as a new dynamic horizon line for the site that bridges landscape and architecture. Automobile noise and paving are obscured by this audible and visual screen. The waves of the beach beyond Alamoana Boulevard seem to crash directly onto the water’s surface. The water reflects its architectural muse and the sky during the day and at night it transforms, emphasizing the pattern of its steel runnels. The architectural patterning integrates further as water spills into a moat that wraps the space, creating an illusion that the courtyard floats in the sky. The moat is fed by the cascade of scuppers dancing along the elevated fountain edge.
The minimalist palate of plants and stone expresses a distillation of the materiality and plantings of the surrounding Hawaiian landscape. The distinct Hawaiian sunlight is translated through different mediums—water, glass, metal, and living materials. Harnessing the dynamic environmental context, the courtyard design registers the sunrise, sunset, rain, and ephemeral quality of the Hawaiian light. The landscape is the first contemporary design in Hawaii to showcase all native and endemic plant species, educating visitors about Hawaiian ecologies in an urban context. As such, the design sets the stage for future development of the Victoria Ward that engages natural, historical and cultural histories of Hawaii.
James Lord, ASLA
Additional Project Credits
Woods Bagot – Architects
Richard Quinn, Local Landscape Architect, Helber Hastert & Fee
Nate Smith Studio- Project Manager
Ryde Azama, Project Engineer
Victoria Ward Ltd., Subsidiary of Howard Hughes Corporation
David R. Weinreb, CEO
Nicholas D. Vanderboom, Senior Vice President, Development