It’s not easy to walk by Anaha without a touch of neck strain.
The new 38-story, $400 million residential tower in the Kaka’ako district of Oahu is a visual wonder, forcing passersby to look skyward.
Reason number one is the sinewy, undulating, cantilevered massing that the architectural design team at Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB) imagined. A second one might be a rooftop lap pool that juts a dazzling 15 feet into Hawaiian airspace, 75 feet above the plaza below. It’s not easy gazing seven stories straight up.
“For a swimmer, it’s the closest thing to flying. Ocean ahead, nearly 80 feet between you and the plaza below,” says SCB senior designer and project architect Francesco Mozzati, AIA.
Fly, indeed. It’s but one of the sensory adventures Anaha invites all to experience. The very form of Anaha “is reminiscent of the play between the crests and troughs of a calm ocean wave,” observes Mozzati’s SCB colleague, Strachan Forgan, a principal at the firm.
Mozzati credits the owner of the 318-unit, LEED Silver-certified tower with “an incredible job of delivering this project.” The architect says it’s not often when the aesthetic vision is so comprehensively embraced by the owner. That integrity of intent is apparent throughout the structure, from the curvaceous glass curtainwall and projected pool to the 1-acre amenity deck and Hawaii’s largest living wall—a 1,200-square-foot lobby display of 8,000 species of tropical plants.
Helping bring refinement and style to the sweeping expanse is color. “Once the glass for the curtainwall was established, we started looking to the different coating on the metals that would enhance the visual composition,” Mozzati says.
The architect says the primary color is Fluropon Silverstone, a gray tone that works well with the glass. The design team also specified an accent color called Fluropon Driftwood, used on the podium and the projected pool’s supporting elements. “We considered another coating provider, but eventually we went with the Fluropon 70 percent PVDF coating from Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings,” Mozzati says. “Sherwin-Williams was very responsive in terms of providing the samples we needed. They were very collaborative.” Fluropon 70 percent PVDF coating systems for aluminum extrusions are field proven for durability, resistance to color fade, and industry compliance, major considerations in the harsh maritime environment of coastal Hawaii.
For Mozzati, the reception to Anaha (meaning “reflection of light”) has been the most humbling experience of his career. The property is nearly leased-up, the owner is delighted, and the project won the 2018 Multifamily Executive Awards, Project of the Year - High-Rise.
What do you do for an encore? He’s working on it: a 42-story sister tower to Anaha.