Fort Collins-based firm designs 36-story hotel in Hawaii

FORT COLLINS — [au]workshop architects + urbanists, a Fort Collins-based design practice, has been selected by Los Angeles-based developer Salem Partners as the lead design architect for a 36-story Mandarin Oriental hotel and branded residences in Honolulu on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

The Mana’olana Place tower is scheduled to open in 2020.

An exterior rendering of the Mana`olana Place tower in Honolulu designed by Fort Collins-based [au]workshop architects + urbanists. Courtesy [au]workshop.

It will be adjacent to the Hawaii Convention Center at the intersection of Kapiolani Boulevard and Atkinson Drive in the city’s newly adopted Ala Moana transit district.

The 743,000-square-foot tower will house the hotel’s 125 guestrooms and suites, and 107 private residences on the upper floors.

“We envisioned the architecture as a modern, vertical interpretation of a luxury urban resort echoing the Hawaiian tradition of the “lanai” with its seamless indoor-outdoor sense of place,” said Randy Shortridge of [au]workshop. The firm’s two principals, Shortridge and Jason Kersley, have nearly 50 years of combined experience designing projects at all scales on five continents.

The design team includes executive architect Architects Hawaii Ltd., Dianna Wong Architects + Interior Design and Hart Howerton Landscape Architects.

Mandarin Oriental will feature a signature rooftop restaurant and bar 400 feet above the city’s streets with landscaped outdoor terraces offering views of Diamond Head, Ala Moana Beach and Downtown Honolulu. There also will be a sky-lobby lounge, an all-day dining restaurant and banqueting, wedding and meeting spaces with views over multiple outdoor terraces and gardens. There also will be a spa, fitness center and an 80-foot outdoor swimming pool.

Bill Witte of Salem Partners said, “the designers at [au]workshop have done a terrific job creating a vision to match Mandarin Oriental’s world-class hospitality.