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Ala Moana Center

Ala Moana Center Honolulu, HI

  • Client: General Growth Properties, Inc.
  • Photos: Callison-RTKL
  • Date::20 Jul 17

Situated near Waikiki Beach, this outdoor mall is the largest open-air shopping center in the world. Periodic phases of renovation and expansion over time resulted in a massive cluster of retailers without a consistent identity. The design team was tasked with creating a unifying identity for the existing mall’s renovation and for a new 650,000sf expansion.

Custom decorative fixtures drew inspiration from traditional Hawaiian baskets, drums, and torches, and they unify the entire mall under a single design language. Warm layers of decorative and landscape lighting typical of a Hawaiian beachfront were carefully balance with more functional architectural lighting typical of a retail environment.

With such an expansive scope built over many years, a main challenge was to meet the client’s budget and maintain consistent lighting quality, all while LED technology and product offerings changed dramatically from 2012 to 2016.

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