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The Howard Hughes Corporation® Announces Sales Launch Of Richard Meier Designed Gateway Towers Project At Ward Village®

June 1, 2015 Destination Hawaii No Comments Print Print Email Email

unnamed (11)The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE: HHC) announced today that sales will begin this summer for the first building of Gateway Towers, the flagship project designed by Richard Meier & Partners Architects  as part of the next phase of the Ward Village® master planned community located in the heart of Honolulu. Ward Village is a 60-acre coastal community that will offer exceptional residences, retail and open park spaces and has earned the designation as the largest LEED Platinum neighborhood in the United States. With the addition of the Gateway Towers, Ward Village is continuing its transformation into a community that will be known as a walkable museum of modern architecture and one of the premier urban master planned communities in the world.

The Gateway Towers will be the first residences in Hawaii designed by Richard Meier and Partners and will serve as both a symbolic and literal portal from Ward Village to Kewalo Harbor and the Pacific Ocean.  Following an intense design competition among some of the world’s top architectural firms, Meier’s contextual design, which integrates with the surrounding urban fabric of Honolulu and honors elements of the site’s natural history, was selected for this exceptional residential project

“The Gateway Towers cement our focus on bringing the top architectural talent from around the globe to Hawaii. This is something that we believe will further separate Ward Village from its competition, creating a community that is unique not just in Hawaii, but benchmarked against other great urban master plans across the globe,” said David R. Weinreb, Chief Executive Officer of The Howard Hughes Corporation. “The Gateway Towers will be an iconic addition to the Honolulu skyline offering exceptional public space for the community and a rare opportunity to live in a Meier residence in the sky.”

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We expect that Meier’s Gateway Towers will feature two distinctly elegantresidential buildings with a combined 236 residences and prices starting from approximately $1.5 million. The towers will also offer 24 spacious villas, in three-, four- and five-bedroom configurations with private garages, gardens and roof terraces with space for outdoor living that will provide the unmatched space and comfort of single-family homes. Residents will have access to two exceptional amenity experiences on the sixth and seventh floors of each tower, including ocean view infinity pools, separate lap pools, outdoor dining pavilions, indoor-outdoor entertaining spaces, ocean view fitness centers, spas, screening rooms, wine cellars complete with tasting rooms, event lawns and a dog park.

Gateway Towers also marks the first ever collaboration between Richard Meier & Partners and internationally recognized interior designer Tony Ingrao. The collaboration of these leading firms will create a one-of-a-kind residential experience with exceptional floor plans, beautifully crafted cabinetry and a selection of unique materials that will be unmatched in the Hawaii market.

Meier will utilize state-of-the-art technology and large sheets of glass on the buildings’ exteriors to take advantage of the quality and quantity of natural sunlight in Honolulu. The result will be a unique and dramatic effect on the building exteriors as well as a beautiful vista from within the waterfront homes. These residences provide an optimistic expression of contemporary life, while incorporating additional contemporary values: technology, sustainability, collaboration and image. The resulting residences will be works of unsurpassed beauty and elegance that are gracious complements to Hawaii’s natural environment.

“The Gateway Towers capture the quality of place and quality of light that are unique to this idyllic location between the mountains and the sea,” said Michael Palladino, Principal Designer of Richard Meier & Partners. “In collaborationwithourconsultantteam,RichardMeier&Partnershascraftedadistinctive architectureandlandscapethatwilldefinetheheartofWardVillageandmakeanimportant contributiontotheskylineandurbanfabricofHonolulu.”

Development of the first portion of Ward Village’s four-acre park, located between the Gateway Towers, will create a pedestrian connection from the center of Kewalo Harbor to the heart of Ward Village. Additionally, there will be nearly 20,000 total square feet of retail space at the base of the towers for restaurants and unique neighborhood retailers.

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The second phase of Ward Village will include a new flagship Whole Foods Market in a mixed-use building designed by internationally recognized firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson known for their portfolio of residential, civic and commercial work, most notably the iconic Apple Cube on 5th Avenue in New York. These public and commercial spaces will greatly expand the amenities and retail available to Ward Village residents and the greater Honolulu area.

In addition to the work of Richard Meier & Partners and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, The Howard Hughes Corporation has also commissioned the talents of other world-class architects, including James K.M. Cheng Architects, Solomon Cordwell Buenz and Woods Bagot among a cadre of yet to be announced firms. The work of these extraordinary architects will grace the Hawaiian skyline, most for the first time, creating some of the world’s top design talent set in a community that honors its history through a transformative redevelopment that maintains local retailers, provides new community amenities and affordable housing for a range of income levels.

The first two residential towers in Ward Village – Waiea and Anaha – are already 80% sold and scheduled for completion in 2016 and 2017.  For more information, visit www.wardvillage.com, call 808-369-9600 or visit the Ward Village sales gallery at 1240 Ala Moana Boulevard.

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