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12:24Ward Village launches contemporary residences in the Hawaiian sky with Gateway Towers
|Coming to Honolulu, Hawaii in 2015, the Gateway Towers at Ward Village represent the extraordinary vision of The Howard Hughes Corporation, working in concert with Richard Meier & Partners Architects. The globally recognized architectural firm recently celebrated 50 years of design and has a prolific body of work that spans the globe. This spring will see the sales launch of Gateway Towers to the Asia market and the involvement of America’s most influential and widely emulated architects Richard Meier, whose work is instantly recognizable and internationally respected as among the finest in the world, will be the driving force behind the launch. He has received the highest honors in the field including the Pritzker Prize for Architecture, the Gold Medals of the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Institute of British Architects as well as the Praemium Imperiale from the Japan Art Association.|
Meier works within a visual and spatial language that is uniquely his own, creating elegant, contemporary architecture of extreme beauty. Paul Goldberger, former architecture critic for The New Yorker, noted, “A Meier building is a sensuous experience before it is anything else. It is an exploration of solid and void and light and texture, and an essay on composition. Every Richard Meier building is visually compelling ... they are deeply beautiful.”
Citing Bernini and Borromini as influences, as well as Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn, Meier began his career with Skidmore Owings and Merrill and Marcel Breuer. He began his own private practice in New York in 1963 and rocketed to architectural fame in the early 1970s, after being named as one of the “New York Five.”
In addition to creating many important works in both the public and private spheres, in recent years Meier has established a reputation for expanding the horizons of contemporary American architecture while maintaining his rigorously rational approach to design and detailing. Known for carefully conceived grid plans and frequent use of white, Meier is a master of light, space, and volume, able to adapt his style to different circumstances and locations.
Principal designer on the Gateway Towers is Michael Palladino, who has collaborated with Meier on many award-winning commercial projects and private residences in the United States and overseas. Appointed Partner in 1985, Michael moved to Los Angeles in 1986 to open Richard Meier & Partners’ west coast office with the primary purpose to design and build the Getty Center. Since that time he has been responsible for the Museum of Television & Radio (Paley Center for Media) in Beverly Hills; the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills; the Broad Art Center at UCLA; Camden Medical Centre in Singapore; private residences in Kuala Lumpur, Malibu, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Santa Ynez, San Francisco and Santa Barbara; and high-rise luxury condominiums in Philadelphia and Beverly Hills.
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