Ae'o Tower

Honolulu, Hawaii

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“Anchored by the Whole Foods Market, and reinforced by the refined amenities and a clean well-crafted design, Ae’o advocates for a less complicated, nurturing lifestyle.”



Ae’o is a mixed-used residential tower on a 3.6-acre site in Ward Village, a community by The Howard Hughes Corporation in the Honolulu neighborhood of Kaka’ako with a multi-level flagship Whole Foods Market and additional retail at the street level. The Whole Foods Market is considered the conceptual pantry for the entire Ward Village neighborhood and serves as a catalyst for growing city life and healthy living in the urban surrounding. The 40-story residential tower includes 466 units, varying in size from studios to 3 bedrooms. The 7th-floor amenity level features a family activity area, including lounge pool and playground, a dedicated lap pool, covered outdoor dining cabanas, fitness center and spa, movie theater, lounge room, and intimate dining room. The sky terrace, located on the 40th-floor roof, is a scenic extension of home, offering expansive ocean views.

The design for Ae’o is inspired by the rich and varied history of the Kaka’ako district and celebrates the idea of flow, or kahe. This concept inspired the form of the building, including the podium parking screen facade. Influenced by abstracting the dynamism and force of the typical flow of the Hawaiian trade winds, surfaces peel away from the mass of the building as a physical manifestation of the trades’ energy, shielding occupants leeward towards the Makai (ocean) views. Carving space at the ground floor corners of the building creates community gathering places and building entries while vortices are made visible by the movement of vehicles up parking ramps. The podium is activated further by planted terraces that allude to the lush vegetation along the Ko’olau range and fill the voids while screening the parking. The planted terraces visually connect the vibrant and living elements and draws interest along the façade, while signifying the entry and gathering places at street level.

The massing of the slender tower is orientated mauka (mountains) – makai (ocean), creating a visceral connection to the place by allowing sweeping views from every residence. The massing is further articulated by view windows that peel like waves off the main tower mass. These orientate the living spaces toward the stunning ocean view while still allowing a profound connection back toward the mountains.

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson is the Design Architect in collaboration with Architect of Record, Architects Hawaii.

Project Data

Honolulu, Hawaii
2014 — 2018
Howard Hughes Corporation
600,000 sf