Architectural Digest — "Studio Gang’s Newest Project Is Inspired by Sugar Cane"

"For her firm’s first major project on the Hawaiian islands, principal Jeanne Gang devised a 41-story mixed-use tower inspired by the island’s native red sugar cane, from which it gets its name—Kō‘ula. Comprising shops on the lower levels and luxe residences above, Kō‘ula is poised to embody the indoor-outdoor living only possible in such temperate locales.

Gang is enthused that Kō‘ula will be located directly off Ward Village’s central plaza, a gathering place for local events, arts, and culture. Opening this month, the central plaza will bring buzz and activities to this section of the development, setting the stage for the residents to come. 'We worked very closely on the overall master plan for the whole development and coordinating with landscape architects and the owner to make spaces that are larger scale civic type spaces and more intimate spaces that are shared,' says Gang, who adds that a farmers market, yoga, and an outdoor cinema series will be hosted in the plaza. 'All these activities will make it feel more like a home.'"

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