Kamehameha Schools and Interisland Terminal today unveiled plans for Kaka‘ako Agora, a unique public space in Our Kaka‘ako designed by noted Tokyo-based architectural firm Atelier Bow-Wow.
Founded in 1992 by architects Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima, Atelier Bow-Wow has designed and built houses, public and commercial buildings as well as innovative public spaces around the globe. The duo, who are married, are best known for their surprising, idiosyncratic, yet functional residential projects in dense urban environments. They coined the term “pet architecture” to describe the odd but functional little buildings wedged into tiny sites around Tokyo.
“We are extremely excited that the founders of Atelier Bow-Wow will be bringing their unique architectural approach to Our Kaka‘ako,” said Christian O’Connor, Senior Asset Manager for Kamehameha Schools. “Creating an engaging public space for Our Kaka‘ako will generate opportunities for people to collaborate and to continue to foster creativity within the community.”
Kaka‘ako Agora will be located in a 3,225-square foot warehouse on Cooke Street. Atelier Bow-Wow will transform the vacant space into a free, publicly accessible, shaded community gathering spot. The build out will include a mezzanine level that will add 687-square feet to the space. Kamehameha Schools and Interisland Terminal will work together to seek out creative partnerships that ensure the space is being utilized to its full potential.
“Through our relationship with Interisland Terminal, the Kaka’ako Agora project will able to show an alternative way to create a public space in an industrial area,” said Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, of Ateiler Bow-Wow. “Gradually, small visions and conversations are turning into real projects and real buildings. It is also exciting that this is an opportunity to take traditional architectural work in a whole new direction.”
Atelier Bow-Wow will be working with several local organizations to help execute its vision including Collab Studios, Sunworks Construction, Heavy Metal Hawaii, and the University of Hawaii School of Architecture. Kaka‘ako Agora is scheduled to be completed in early June.
The HCDA hearing for this project will be on February 5.
About Kamehameha Schools Kamehameha Schools is a private, educational, charitable trust founded and endowed by the legacy of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. Kamehameha Schools operates a statewide educational system enrolling over 6,900 students of Hawaiian ancestry at K-12 campuses on O`ahu, Maui and Hawai`i and 30 preschool sites statewide. Over 40,400 additional Hawaiian learners and caregivers are served each year through a range of other Kamehameha Schools’ outreach programs, community collaborations and financial aid opportunities in Hawai`i and across the continental United States. Income generated from its Hawai`i real estate, as well as diverse investments, fund the Schools’ educational mission almost entirely. For more information, please visit www.ksbe.edu.
About Our Kaka’ako Our Kaka‘ako is a mixed-use, urban-island community by Kamehameha Schools on nine contiguous city blocks in the heart of Honolulu, between South Street and Ward Avenue. The community, which is currently in the beginning stages of a multi-year redevelopment, will contain a mixture of low-rise and high-rise structures, a range of housing types, open spaces, a central gathering place, and a neighborhood supportive of commercial and industrial uses. Part of the vision for Our Kaka‘ako is that it will continue to grow as a progressive catalyst for innovation and become the epicenter of urban-island culture, and the lifestyle that it represents. To learn more, visit www.OurKakaako.com.
About Interisland Terminal Interisland Terminal was founded in January 2009 out of a vested interest in the cultural and socio-economic life of Honolulu. The group presents a year-round series of programs in contemporary art, design and film that explore the intersections of creativity and innovation, paving the way for the creative approaches needed to address the civic and social challenges facing Hawaii. To learn more, visit interislandterminal.org
About Atelier Bow-Wow Atelier Bow-Wow has acquired an enthusiastic global following through innovative, prestigious projects at exhibitions such as the 2010 Venice Biennale (as an official representative of Japan), the São Paulo Bienal, and venues such as the Hayward Gallery in London, the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, The Gallery at REDCAT in Los Angeles, the Japan Society in New York, and the OK Offenes Kulturhaus Oberösterreich in Linz, Austria. Atelier Bow-Wow recently completed the BMW Urban Design Lab for the Guggenheim Museum. To learn more, visit bow-wow.jp/