High Expectations


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A midst the flock of new residential high rises going up in kaka‘ako, the 45-story symphony Honolulu is distinctive in its integration of a multi-floor auto gallery, cafe and restaurant within the building’s podium.

“Precise programming of the commercial use was studied in detail to allow both functional use, as well as an appealing, world-class design,” explains Danny Moats of Architects Hawaii. Project architects specifically designed the building to integrate residential with retail.

“The commercial mezzanine floor was inserted between the ground and second floor, allowing administrative functions to be located and centralized between the showroom and retail space floors. Large floor openings at the perimeter curtain wall and within the central core of the commercial space allow connectivity from floor to floor for a large, integrated mall-like experience.”

The project, which is being developed by California-based OliverMcMillan, features 388 condominium residences at the corner of Ward Avenue and Kapi‘olani Boulevard across from the Neal S. Blaisdell Center. Market prices start from the low $500,000s for one bedroom, mid-$600,000s for two bedrooms and low $800,000s for three bedrooms. The average condominium size is 1,100 square feet.

Penthouses, which top out at 2,053 square feet, start at $1.56 million. All of the company’s penthouses have floor-to-ceiling windows, and some have 10-foot ceilings.

OliverMcMillan, in partnership with JN Automotive Group, will offer residents a car service called Velocity Premier Auto Concierge, which will allow them to use cars such as Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini. JN will also feature Bentley, Audi, Jaguar, Land Rover and Lotus brands in its 80,000-square-foot retail auto space.

In addition to the automobile component, Symphony’s amenities include a state-of-the art fitness center, yoga and treatment rooms, social room with catering kitchen, private multimedia theater rooms and guest suites for visiting friends or family. The open-air grand terrace features an infinity edge pool and sauna, entertainment cabanas for outdoor dining and a daybed lounge retreat.

Symphony’s designers patterned the podium’s main residential porte-cochere entry and facade after a concept of a lantern in form and style.

“The two public thoroughfares on the Kapi‘olani Boulevard and Ward Avenue are significant podium facades and have been lined with a clear floor-to-ceiling, curtain-wall glazing system, which allows depth and transparency visible from pedestrian vantage points and invites those to experience the indoor/outdoor of Hawai‘i and its natural beauty,” Moats explains.

“The tower element of Symphony was designed in two structures representative of both mauka and makai. The tower facade viewed from the southern makai perspective references the natural Hawaiian geological forms of sharp ridges and undulating valleys of Punchbowl Crater and the Ko‘olau Mountain Range beyond through the shaping of the residential lanais. The tower facade, viewed from mauka, resembles the serene calmness of the southern shorelines. The non-colored, floor-to-ceiling glazing on the tower mimics the blue Hawaiian sky—which led to the nickname ‘Sky-Tower’ by the design team.”

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