SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAIʻI AT MĀNOA

Kupu at Kewalo Harbor: Design of a Coastal Public Park and Non-Profit Building

The vision of Kewalo Basin will become the heart that links the communities of Kaka’ako and Ala Moana together. It will provide multi-generation uses that will create a place where users can LEARN together, SERVE one another, and RESTORE the vision of a healthy, sustainable future.
The vision of Kewalo Basin will become the heart that links the communities of Kaka’ako and Ala Moana together. It will provide multi-generation uses that will create a place where users can LEARN together, SERVE one another, and RESTORE the vision of a healthy, sustainable future.
Kris Jugueta
Intermediate Design Studio
Fall 2015
Professor: Wendy Meguro

This speculative project aspires to create exemplary urban, landscape, and architectural designs that both mitigate the effects of climate change and enable Hawaii’s people to become stewards of our local environment. It emphasizes creating a conceptual-level ecologically-sensitive landscape and resource-efficient, comfortable architecture appropriate for Hawaii’s 21st century coastline. 

In this final project, students design a landscape and building at Kewalo Basin, a harbor in Honolulu, situated between the most rapidly developing area in Honolulu, Kakaʻako, and Ala Moana Beach Park. The midterm and final critiques include professionals from the non-profit organization, Kupu, and architects, Group 70, who are currently rehabilitating an existing industrial building and surrounding landscape on the site.  

Through precedent studies, site inventories, and site analysis, students assess the urban context, site composition, climate, historical and cultural significance, community and client needs, program, and sustainability goals. Second, students define a vision and program for the site that includes both landscape design and built interventions.  Next, students develop a sequence of design propositions through various modes of representation, including narratives, models, and drawings. 

HEMA

NANI

PAʻA

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ʻAWA

ALANUI

ʻUMEKE

ʻĀKALA

HONU

MOANA

HO‘OLOHE

HEIAU

MELEMELE

ʻŌLENA

MOMONA

KĀLUA

HULI

ʻILI

MAKAI

HO‘OKIPA

ʻŌHIʻAʻAI

MOKU

HELE

ʻAHI

ALOHA

HOʻOKUPU

KAUA‘I

ʻUPENA

ALI‘I

MAU LOA

LOʻI

MAKANI

MAUKA

‘ONO

ʻŌMAʻOMAʻO

ʻULU

PUKAANIANI

HINAHINA

NAIʻA

HANA

WA‘A

LOULU

IʻA

MAHINA

KĀNE

HĀLAU

PUNA

KĪ / LAʻI

ʻALANI

ʻAʻOLE

POKO

ʻUALA

PILI

NI‘IHAU

AKAMAI

MAIKA‘I

MOʻOPUNA

PŌHAKU

KALO

NALU

MAUI

MELE

INOA

LAULIMA

MOLOKA‘I

NAHELE

KOKUA

KAHAKAI

KANAKA

KUPUNA

PAʻAKAI

KAMA‘ĀINA

ʻAʻALA

HIKINA

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POKE

MAIʻA

KAHO‘OLAWE

WAI

KAPU

HULA

ʻILIʻILI

ʻELEʻELE

KAHUNA

NIU

ʻŌLELO

‘OLI

WIKIWIKI

ONIPAʻA

LEI

O‘AHU

HAWAI‘I

ʻULAʻULA

‘ĀINA

MANA‘O

MOKUPUNI

AUPUNI

PAU

KOMOHANA