1030 Beretania Street offers an alternative to the housing and hospitality options currently available in Honolulu. It is a mixed-use housing+hospitality model that overlaps residential and guest accommodation with shared amenities. It demonstrates how housing and public programming by the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Design Institute can be co-dependent, and in fact richer as a pair.
1030 Beretania Street fuses the affordable housing allotment with a boutique hotel program. The scheme reapportions space for both flexibility and sharing at several scales. At the smallest, each residential unit pairs with a hospitality unit that can accommodate a guest, mother-in-law, extra bedroom, become a studio or den, or even be rented on a home-sharing platform like AirBNB to earn back a part of each month’s rent. Each of these units features a kitchenette for daily convenience, but full kitchen services are shared -- 4 units to a common kitchen located on each level. These common amenities not only save space, but provide opportunity for social interaction and community building.
At the building scale, the combined housing program overlaps with the design center, both conceptually and literally. The ends of the institute bar host common amenities like community room and event space, yoga studio, fitness club and gym, and daycare and co-working facilities. They interface with the design institute but remain accessible only by residents of the complex; a visual connection provided by internal glazing here and here.
At site scale, the entire housing block and design center are interdependent, sharing a lush garden courtyard, restaurant, rooftop bar, and pool deck. These shared spaces serve and animate each other.
The design institute is conceived as the showpiece of the project -- an articulate and expressive concrete bar that bisects the site and connects the throughblock condition with Beretania Street and Kinau Street at each end. Ramps from both street frontages lead to the public levels: 2, 1, and -1. The design galleries are pressed into the center of the section, framed by concrete fins that control light and direct views. A spiraling ramp connects these levels, allowing museum-goers to circulate inside and outside around a vertical garden. Offices, classrooms, and support spaces occupy the bright uppermost level and the rooftop is occupiable by visitors, guests, and residents alike.
Given the its unique attributes as a community leader, vacant landholder, and supporter of vibrant public life, HoMA is uniquely equipped to steward a new kind of community. 1030 Beretania showcases what that might be.
YALE SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE | Spring 2019 | Advanced Studio
Brigitte Shim, critic