For years Angelenos walked or jogged along a concrete-encased tributary of the L.A. River in Valley Glen, its painted flank part of the Great Wall of Los Angeles—a vibrant mural depicting California’s ethnic peoples.
To how much thought was given to what was flowing beneath the surface of the river is unclear. But we can now report: trash, entirely too much of it, that has since been retrieved from the waterway to be repurposed in an ambitious cultural project called the Art Bridge.
That it was a group of artists who started the ball rolling on what began as a nonprofit initiative is, in a sense, creative par for the course. Artists are originators of the new and provocative; change agents and revolutionaries, a force for social good.
Not unlike the group of artists who in 2009 could see the writing on the wall—not the mural, but the dilapidated wooden pedestrian bridge that desperately needed to be replaced.
They prevailed upon L.A.-based wHY Architecture, an interdisciplinary design practice serving the arts, culture, communities and the environment, to help. “I was excited, and went to look at it,” says wHY founder and creative director Kulapat Yantrasast, who as project architect, has been working on bringing about a replacement for the original bridge with muralist Judith Baca of the Social and Public Art Resource (SPARC).
Prompted by Baca’s vision, the Art Bridge was conceived to fuse art and architecture, and reflect the state of the L.A. River, which made Yantrasast “amazingly angry,” he confesses.
After his initial reaction of “What? This is the river? It is the worst irrigation trash!” he thought, “If this is how people treat the river, then we need to give the river back to them . . . like you are your river. So we collected all this trash and threw it into the bridge.”
Simple and streamlined, edged and angular, the 1,200-square-foot Art Bridge will take a modern shape and be constructed substantially from trash salvaged from the river. Concrete walls cast with bottle glass, cans, Styrofoam, dirt, and debris. A floor and pavement made from recycled tires, tennis balls, and scrap metal.
A guardrail made from recycled parts of shopping carts scattered in the riverbed. “The striation and layers of salvaged trash and materials integrated in the bridge will speak to the many generations of development and consumption by people living by the river,” says Yantrasast.
When complete, the Art Bridge will connect both banks of the river for pedestrians from Valley Glen and Los Angeles Valley College, and also be a viewing platform from which to experience the Great Wall, now an L.A. landmark. In this way, it is best to interpret the structure as a bridge far beyond the physical. It’s a merging, of people and a place—a place doing its part to help the planet. why-site.com
PHOTOGRAPH: COURTESY OF WHY ARCHITECTURE
A cherished get away once owned by a young Montecito couple has been reborn as Rosewood Miramar Beach, the only five-star hotel in California offering guestrooms perched directly over the sand. Owned and developed by Caruso, Rosewood Hotels & Resort’s first property in Southern California exudes a residential feel in keeping with its iconic ancestor.
Think relaxed coastal environs boasting 161 guestrooms paired with a modern approach to the resort experience. Among the highlights: the centerpiece Manor House with a trio of signature suites; ocean-front beach accommodations; seven restaurants and bars; a new wellness shop for Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand goop; and a 600-piece art collection showcasing original works by the likes of Norman Rockwell.
“Combining Rosewood’s signature residential style with intuitive and engaging service, the resort offers a truly unique experience that makes guests feel as if they are visiting a private home,” says Managing Director Seán Carney. “Rosewood Miramar Beach offers the perfect place for all of life’s moments.”
ROSEWOOD MIRAMAR BEACH
1759 Jameson Ln. Montecito, CA
On the heels of a $6.5 million renovation and rebranding in 2014 that included updated guest rooms and suites, the 286-room Hilo Hawaiian Hotel on the Big Island is tackling the redo of its lobby. The $1.6 million project, set to debut at the iconic ocean-front property in April, will include a new contemporary and open yet intimate space inspired by the surrounding beauty of Hawaii.
Expect organic textures, colors and materials, along with natural wood flooring and trim complemented by coral stone and warm, dark wood accents. Updated technology also is on the roster, including the addition of touch-screen directories, monitors and charging ports.
“The Hilo Hawaiian Hotel is an award-winning Hawaii icon on Hilo’s famous and historical Banyan Drive,” says Castle Resorts & Hotels President and CEO Alan Mattson. “We are proud to be highlighting the cultural and contextual charms of the property in fresh, modern and inviting manner.”
HILO HAWAIIAN HOTEL
71 Banyan Drive Hilo, HI
PHOTOGRAPHS: ROSEWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS (TOP) AND DEZIGNS INTERIOR PLANNING LLC (BOTTOM
Considered now, when so much of the country’s innovation and enterprise is the sole property of big cities on both coasts, Cranbrook—a creative epicenter in America’s heartland—is not the oxymoron it might seem. It’s further proof of the Midwest as a seat of progressive design, not only in Michigan, but also Wisconsin, where one finds at SC Johnson, iconic buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Before that, Wright’s Prairie School style transformed the suburbs of Chicago, much like his mentor Louis Sullivan changed the city’s skyline with steel high-rises. One could go on, to Minneapolis, and the Guthrie Theatre, to St. Louis, and the Gateway Arch.
A great deal of those responsible for this stunning physical environment come from Cranbrook Academy of Art—just one part of the larger 319-acre Cranbrook Education Community for graduate students studying an array of creative disciplines from architectural to industrial design.
Founded in the early 20th century by George and Ellen Booth, Cranbrook was envisioned as a kind of artist colony modeled after the American Academy of Art in Rome, meant to attract pioneering talents in their fields, like Gere Kavanaugh, who went from Cranbrook to the all-female design team at General Motors, to her own firm, to the Julia Morgan Icon Award from the Los Angeles Design Festival.
Of all the big names associated with Cranbrook—Florence Knoll and Charles and Ray Eames, among them—none looms larger than Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen (whose University of Michigan architecture students included the Booths’ son Henry). Inspired by the traditions and moral implications of the Arts and Crafts movement, the Booths appointed Saarinen as Cranbrook’s chief architect. He also helped developed the institution’s loose, student-designed program; with no conventional grading system or classes, Cranbrook brought the Bauhaus to Bloomfield Hills.
Unlike the International Style that governed the Bauhaus, however, Cranbrook was never so ideological, which one sees in its blend of modern and traditional buildings. Structures from its earliest years showcase Gothic Revival style, while others, like the Kingswood School for Girls, built in 1929, expresses the era’s Art Deco influence. Many agree that the best of Saarinen’s buildings is his last—the Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum and Library. With a central arcade joining its two wings, the building resonates a kind of abstracted classicism.
Cranbrook’s latest acquisition—Frank Lloyd Wright’s Smith House, one of the architect’s Usonian projects—is another jewel in a crown that is practically blinding at this point. Completed in 1950, this coup for Cranbrook is a pristine example of 20th-century residential architecture that, despite Wright’s Usonian promise of building modest homes for those of modest means, stunned its public schoolteacher owners with a final price tag of $20,000 that blew Wright’s initial proposal of $8,000 out of the water.
Mr. Smith actually served as contractor on the project to manage costs. But considering the home’s place today—a gem exquisitely fixed to one of the most important architectural treasures in the nation—we’d say that’s pretty priceless. cranbrookart.ed
PHOTOGRAPHS (PREVIOUS PAGE): 2D AND 3D DESIGN STUDIOS BY PD REARICK; (FROM TOP) CRANBROOK SCHOOLS CAMPUS BY PD REARICK. COURTESY OF CRANBROOK ACADEMY OF ART AND ART MUSEUM.
Seeking a second home in Hawaii? Maui’s newest oceanfront development Luana Garden Villas is a collection of 72 three-bedroom residences on a 10-acre parcel within the Honua Kai Resort & Spa, along Ka’anapali Beach.
The fully furnished, 2,000-plus-square-foot homes are situated in multiple two-story buildings found in three separate garden-inspired enclaves, with each boasting a pool, hot tub, fire pit and lava rock waterfall.
Also featured are gourmet kitchens with quartz countertops and high-end appliances; dual master suites; a spacious great room that opens via retractable glass walls to a lanai sporting a full open-air kitchen; a single-car garage; and secure owner storage.
An added bonus? Convenient access to the wide range of resort amenities, including an Aquatic Playground with waterslides, waterfalls, caves and a sandy beach pool, as well as Dukes Beach House Restaurant and Whalers General Store. Prices start at around $2 million, with the property currently about 80 percent sold.
LUANA GARDEN VILLAS
130 Kai Malina Parkway Lahaina, Maui, HI
If the beach is not exactly your thing, no worries. Utah’s Park City is a hot destination for Angelenos seeking second homes on the slopes. “Park City offers world-class resort amenities, yet has a small-town feel where you can shift it down a few gears and relax,” says Charlie Taylor, managing partner of The Agency’s Park City office.
“The quality of life is what has brought many people who start off as vacationers from various parts of the country and make Park City their primary or second-home community.” Among the current offerings: a contemporary residence resting on a south-facing hillside facing a stunning mountain and valley view listed for $6.195 million.
Situated at 1495 Red Fox, in the Ranches at the Preserve community, the four-bedroom home offers more than 8,000 square feet of living space with all of the bells and whistles—including a full audio-visual system with a 4K theater projector and 168-bottle wine cellar—while the 15-acre grounds sport patios with fire pits, an outdoor kitchen and in-ground spa.
“PARK CITY OFFERS WORLD-CLASS RESORT AMENITIES, YET HAS A SMALL-TOWN FEEL WHERE YOU CAN SHIFT-IT DOWN A FEW GEARS AND RELAX.”
-Charlie Taylor, managing partner of The Agency’s Park City office
RANCHES AT THE PRESERVE
1495 Red Fox Park City, UT
PHOTOGRAPHS: LUANA GARDEN VILLAS (TOP) AND THE AGENCY (BOTTOM
After over 30 years of living in Los Angeles, brothers Maurice and Paul Marciano—the minds behind iconic fashion brand GUESS—decided it was time to share their passion for contemporary art in a broader way. It was a natural evolution for the duo who moved from the South of France to the West Coast in 1981.
Since 2006, these avid visitors of art galleries and auction houses have collected works from the 1990s to the present day. Along the way, they met with artists such as Ed Ruscha in their studio and explored L.A.’s booming creative scene.
In 2013, the Marcianos took another step forward and bought the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple building on Wilshire Boulevard, with the idea of transforming it into a contemporary art foundation to make their now extensive collection of 1,500 paintings, sculptures, photographs, works on paper, installations, performances, films and digital works available to the public.
Louise Bourgeois, Pia Camil, Damien Hirst, Urs Fischer, Anish Kapoor, Jeff Koons, Gabriel Kuri, Ed Ruscha, Gerhard Richter, Gabriel Orozco and Ai Weiwei are some of the many artists whose work is regularly on view in the permanent exhibition.
Shown for the first time in Los Angeles at the Marciano Art Foundation, the sculptural installation “With All My Love For The Tulips, I Pray Forever” (2011) by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama offers an immersive experience, where oversize, flower-potted tulips made from fiberglass-reinforced plastic are painted with red dots that also cover the entirety of the floor, ceiling, and walls in a poetic and visually powerful way.
Temporary shows also regularly take place at the foundation, such as “Life Cycle” (2018) by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, on view through March 3. Featuring a massive installation in the form of a boat, with figures crafted from bamboo and silk, and 49 tons of individual porcelain sunflower seeds, this exhibition deals with the global refugee crisis and related human rights themes.
Thanks to its rich programming, the Marciano Art Foundation seeks to awaken interest in contemporary art and a better understanding of the social and political issues artists are addressing through their work. marcianoartfoundation.org
PHOTOGRAPHS: (CLOCKWISE) YAYOI KUSAMA’S ARTWORK WITH ALL MY LOVE FOR THE TULIPS, I PRAY FOREVER (2011): CHARLES WHITE / JWPICTURES.COM, COURTESY MARCIANO ART FOUNDATION. © YAYOI KUSAMA; YOSHIHIRO MAKINO, COURTESY OF WHY AND MARCIANO ART FOUNDATION (EXTERIOR); INSTALLATION VIEW OF AI WEIWEI: LIFE CYCLE, SEPTEMBER 28, 2018–MARCH 3, 2019, AT THE MARCIANO ART FOUNDATION, LOS ANGELES. COURTESY THE ARTIST AND MARCIANO ART FOUNDATION. PHOTO BY JOSHUA WHITE/JWPICTURES.COM.
After finishing the first phase of a renovation/redesign by San Francisco-based interior designer Nicole Hollis in 2018—complete with a stylish new wing sporting 85 guest rooms (for a total of 132), as well as a rooftop pool and sundeck, and bar/lounge—Kimpton Angler’s Hotel South Beach is preparing to debut its second and final phase later this spring.
Expect a clean and contemporary re-do of its original accommodations (some dating back to the 1930s) and a new Seawell Fish n’ Oyster restaurant helmed by Executive Chef Julian Garriga for this destination hotel located just steps from the Atlantic Ocean and Art Deco District.
“Since completing our 85-room addition last year, the positive praise from our guests has been overwhelming,” says GM Jacqueline Lejart. “These same sensibilities will carry over to our original lofts, villas and bungalows. Together, they will deliver an exceptional experience and an uncommon mix of accommodations unlike any other in South Beach.” –
KIMPTON ANGLER’S HOTEL SOUTH BEACH
660 Washington Ave.
Beginning this summer, guests seeking an ultra-exclusive hotel experience with personalized service and privacy will find it at Waikiki’s new ESPACIO. Think nine floors, with each showcasing a three-bedroom suite offering a butler, Italian marble baths, a dry sauna, Jacuzzi on a beachfront lanai, full kitchen, and iPads to control lighting and temperature. Guests also will be privy to an on-site restaurant, and a rooftop infinity pool and spa.
“We’ve learned discerning guests value privacy and high-end design, while also desiring the comforts of home,” says Lesli Reynolds, Aqua-Aston’s senior vice president of operations. “Each guestroom takes up an entire floor and has been outfitted with elegant finishes.
Personal butler service ensures that anything guests need to feel more comfortable will be provided in a timely manner, and the spa and restaurant are poised to become sought-after destinations, with concepts and offerings not available elsewhere in Waikiki.”
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Nelson Mandela are towering figures in any context, but at Rothko Chapel, these crusaders of social justice and their work to advance human rights reverberate with both poignancy and uplift within the modern artworked walls of the Houston, Texas, institution.
And though Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was slain a few years prior to the Chapel’s opening in 1971, his memory looms particularly large here, embodied in the Barnett Newman sculpture outside its entrance, “Broken Obelisk,” which is dedicated to the legacy of the civil rights icon and his clarion call for equality.
That the octagonal Rothko Chapel is both poetic (like prayer itself) and platform (a place for addressing global issues of the day) is first a credit to its founders, philanthropists John and Dominque de Menil (of The Menil Collection, also in Houston), who smartly commissioned an artist to create it—prophet of abstract expressionism, Mark Rothko.
“Rothko’s goal was to create a space that was essentially a blank slate so that each individual person can come into and have a unique, personal experience,” says Rothko Chapel’s Caitlin Ferrell.
“With this in mind, I think that the space and the paintings are sacred to different people in different ways.” There are 14 site-specific paintings in all—three triptychs painted a striking black and blended with other hues and five walls of single paintings. “We consider the whole structure—art, architecture, building—a complete work of art,” says Ferrell.
Observed as such “it creates a spiritual and contemplative environment,” she adds. It is reported that Rothko’s ideas for the project clashed with that of original architect Philip Johnson, who envisioned more monumentality than Rothko’s want of a meditative space that would not distract from the art. Rothko went through a few more architects in his quest for perfection.
Of note, in 2001 Rothko Chapel was added to the National Register of Historic Places, more than two decades shy of being open 50 years. This speaks volumes to the Chapel’s significance beyond the nonphysical realm.
Oriented toward the tenets of the arts, spirituality, and human rights—the space is truly open; in architectural terms, expansively, and literally, to all people, of all faiths, every day of the year. Public programming supports its advocacy and education and also provides opportunities for one to experience an array of spiritual traditions through meditative practices, interfaith conversations, and immersive artistic experiences.
In preparation for its 50th anniversary in 2021, Rothko Chapel will undergo substantial renovations to restore the Chapel building and its grounds starting in March and continuing through December of this year.
New construction projects will include a Visitor Welcome House to better serve the Chapel’s growing numbers of international guests—over 100,000 visitors from more than 110 countries are received annually, according to Ferrell. Not all are spiritually inclined—many are art lovers on a pilgrimage of another sort.
“We fall into the same vein of immersive, spiritual art experiences as places like the Matisse Chapel in Vence, France, and the Le Corbusier’s Ronchamp [chapel], in France, both of which were inspirations for the de Menil’s in the creation of the Rothko Chapel.” All are examples of the highest form of artistic collaboration. rothkochapel.org
PHOTOGRAPH: (FROM TOP) COURTESY OF RUNAWAY PRODUCTIONS AND HICKEY-ROBERTSON
Lovers of art, architecture, and design—and really just a fabulous bookstore—know one local shop as sure as their own shadow.
Arcana: Books on the Arts, a lodestar for Los Angeles’ creative community and an exquisitely curated emporium populated with aesthetes and iconoclasts like Diane Keaton, which touted Arcana as a favorite in Parade.
In combing through the store’s vast selection of current and out-of-print art books, from modern and contemporary art to photography, design, architecture, and film, the place is one big expression of that intangible Keaton effect—top to bottom cool.
The engine of Arcana is founder Lee Kaplan, who established the store in 1984 and runs it with his wife and co-owner, Whitney. For years, Kaplan’s local book business that could was located on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, then he picked up stakes and moved the store to its current home in the historic Helms Bakery Building in Culver City.
Substantially larger than the original Arcana at 4,500 square feet, this is a space that breathes. Unlike your average Barnes & Noble, there is no homogeneous tone, the sense that one will find nothing particularly interesting or inspiring beyond the books. No cloistering, no clutter, no tripping over people in the aisles. Arcana, rather, is like its inventory and clientele—design-forward.
Working in collaboration with Venice-based design/build studio Landlord, L.A. architectural practice Johnston Marklee designed Arcana’s current space, which it appointed with the store’s signature tall black-coated metal shelves to create what architect Mark Lee calls a “forest of books.”
These stunning pieces give the space an industrial edge that blends seamlessly with a clean-lined sense of function. Credit this arrangement to an expansiveness that one is likely to associate with one of the city’s modernist masterpieces than a retail concept.
Arcana not only echoes the tenets of contemporary design, it is an extension of contemporary design itself. arcanabooks.com
Since opening in 1926 as an exclusive women’s hostelry by the YWCA, Hotel Figueroa has been at the forefront of social progress.
Throughout the years, it has been a home for intellectuals and artists—it exhibited “Women Painters of the West” in its lobby in 1933—and provided a platform for activists to give speeches denouncing racism and sexism, among other issues, especially in the 1950s. Today, the legacy lives on in the Hotel Figueroa’s current form.
Located in the South Park district of Downtown Los Angeles, near the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and The Broad, the hotel occupies a 13-story historic building originally designed by Stanton, Reed, and Hibbard.
In February 2018, it revealed its new face after a two-year renovation led by Rockefeller Kempel Partners Architects and boutique interior design agency Studio Collective.
Inspired by Hotel Figueroa’s original Spanish Colonial splendor and its women-centric, artistic roots, the results of the restoration begin in a grand lobby under high ceilings, where an art gallery features works by female artists.
Welcoming guests is an Alison Van Pelt painting of the hotel’s first managing director Maude Bouldin on a motorcycle. The art program celebrating L.A.’s female artists, including Whitney Hubbs, Sarah Awad, and Jesse Mockrin, is on view throughout the public and private areas.
Curvy chairs and booths invite guests to sit and relax in spaces where earthy colors are complemented with rich textiles such as velvet and suede. In the 286 rooms and suites, hardwood floors, wood beams, custom millwork, and plaster walls accompany glass, leather, and metal, while custom tiles reference Spanish architecture and colorful wallpaper reflects the city’s cultural spirit.
Thanks to a partnership with the popular L.A. institution The Last Bookstore, each one of the 23 Artist Series suites and 33 Writer Series suites comprises a collection of books by an L.A.-based author or artist. In all of the Hotel Figueroa’s carefully considered spaces, Studio Collective focused on balancing nods to the past and allusions to the contemporary creative local scene.
Renowned chef Casey Lane is at the helm of Hotel Figueroa’s two restaurants: Breva, a Basque brasserie situated inside the lobby; and Veranda, an alfresco dining venue with Mediterranean influences. Dushan Zaric—a pioneer in craft bartending—leads the libations programs at Bar Figueroa, Bar Alta and Rick’s.
In addition to the 10,000-square-feet event space, Hotel Figueroa has a surprising coffin-shaped pool on the ground floor, surrounded by fig trees, cactus, and eucalyptus, creating an oasis in the middle of the city. Honoring women and the arts, Hotel Figueroa is an ode to the buzzing cultural soul of Downtown L.A. hotelfigueroa.com
PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY HOTEL FIGUEROA
A Beverly Hills Mediterranean-style masterpiece crafted by noted architect Richard Robertson III and developer (and retired Grand Prix motorcycle road racer) John Kocinski is for sale in the Bird Streets for $30 million.
The only newly built home currently on the market by Robertson—best known for his work on Bel-Air’s Fleur de Lys estate—the four-bedroom residence offers 9,000 square feet of lavish living space highlighted by French limestone flooring and five wood-burning fireplaces boasting massive hand-carved mantels.
Yet other special features include an entry door surrounded by sculpted French limestone, a library, theater, 800-bottle wine cellar, and 13,498-square-foot lot boasting a manicured garden and infinity-edge pool surrounded by European flagstone.
“This home evokes a luxurious feeling,” says listing agent Lupita Rangel of United Agency Beverly Hills. “The views from the French doors in the master bedroom make you feel like you are soaring over the skyline. It really is in a different atmosphere of design.”
9240 ROBIN DRIVE
MEDITERRANEAN OCEAN & SKYLINE
9,000 SQ. FT.
Listed by Lupita Rangel of United Agency Beverly Hills
What does the lucky new owner of this posh penthouse on the top floor of the full-service Le Faubourg building get for $9.995 million? More than 5,300 square feet of chic, open living space boasting views for days via walls of French doors throughout, plus first-class amenities (including a concierge, 24-hour security, valet, gym, pool and spa).
“This is the most prestigious building in Beverly Hills,” says listing agent Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker Global Luxury. “It is an immaculate jewel in a star-studded building.”
As for the interiors, expect a grand foyer with a dramatic pyramid-shaped skylight; six bedrooms (including a spacious master retreat sporting two fireplaces, a seating area, dressing room and opulent marble bath); a formal living room with fireplace and bar; chef’s kitchen with breakfast room; and spiral staircase leading to a private rooftop deck with a fireplace and built-in barbecue.
425 N. MAPLE DRIVE UNIT 602
BEVERLY HILLS PENTHOUSE
5,385 SQ. FT.
Listed by Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker Global Luxury
PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF RICHARD HORN (TOP) AND ADAM LATHAM (BOTTOM)
When the new Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley opens mid-year in Calistoga, guests and residents alike can expect to find upscale accoutrements including a winery and organic on-site vineyards (with a limited collection of wines produced on-site under the direction of, and in partnership with, Thomas Rivers Brown), along with a destination restaurant showcasing local flavors, multiple pools and a spa, and a street-side tasting room and general store, just to name a few.
As for the accommodations, the property will include 85 guestrooms and 20 private residence villas adorned in farmhouse-chic decor. “We will offer a five-star experience that blends luxury home ownership with Four Seasons’ legendary service and amenities,” says GM Mehdi Eftekari.
“Residents will enjoy unique offerings, coupled with spacious modern designs and stunning views of the resort vineyard and surrounding mountains. Of the two-, three- and four-bedroom homes, two remain on the market, starting at $4.5 million.”
FOUR SEASONS RESORT AND RESIDENCES NAPA VALLEY
Five years in the making, the contemporary new ‘Alohilani Resort delivers unparalleled experiences in the heart of Waikiki Beach following a $125 million makeover.
“Everywhere our guests look, they are met with awe-inspiring features,” says Vann Avedisian, principal of Highgate Hotels, “from the seascape infinity pool deck, to two exclusive dining options by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, a mesmerizing reimagined 280,000-gallon Oceanarium that houses more than 1,000 indigenous marine animals, and guest rooms that have been transformed into an airy and serene space with private lanais overlooking the Pacific.”
Formerly the Pacific Beach Hotel, the new property on fashionable Kalakaua Avenue has been transformed into a sophisticated venue that pays homage to Hawaii’s rich cultural heritage, complete with Rockwell Group-designed spaces that include pillars clad in basket-woven teak and a custom coral wall sculpture by artist Nina Helms in the reception area, as well as locally inspired surf and sand experiences.
PHOTOGRAPHS: FOUR SEASONS HOTELS AND RESORTS (TOP) AND MICHAEL KLEINBERG (BOTTOM)
Plans are now under way for Star Resort Group’s Port St. George Resort, an 882-acre mixed-use tourist development on Bahama’s Long Island that encompasses a boutique hotel and spa; 500 ocean-view condos and townhouses, as well as 15 luxury villas; modern amenities (think an 18-hole golf course, six tennis courts, a yacht club and an organic hydroponics farm); a protected 100-acre harbor with a 640-berth marina (the largest in The Bahamas); and a landmark lighthouse housing a bar and café.
“This one-of-a-kind location will provide owners and guests a unique connection to the beauty and tranquility of nature, along with comforts offered by elegant residences that include the services and amenities of a fine hotel resort,” says Star Resort Group partner Chris Cannon. “The protected harbor, along with the 4,200 feet of shoreline embraced by the turquoise waters of the area, are two of the most alluring features that come to mind.”
PORT ST. GEORGE RESORT
Long Island, Bahamas
The Howard Hughes Corp.’s sixth mixed-use high-rise community in its Ward Village master-planned development in Honolulu is now open for residential sales. Named Kō’ula, and situated adjacent to the newly opened Victoria Ward Park, the 41-story tower by Studio Gang features approximately 570 Yabu Pushelberg-designed studios and one- to three-bedroom units, ranging from 300 to 1,500 square feet.
Prices start in the mid-$500,00s for the homes, which are showcased by floor-to-ceiling windows and private lanai terraces, as well as access to amenities including a lap pool, spa, fitness center, dog park, and more. “The tower is uniquely situated along Victoria Ward Park, rare open greenscape steps to the ocean and Oahu’s historic Kewalo Harbor,” says Bonnie Wedemeyer, senior vice president, The Howard Hughes Corp. “Residents will experience over 1 acre of luxury resort-style amenities coupled with all the benefits and conveniences of living in a privately curated master-planned community.”
PHOTOGRAPHS: © STAR RESORT GROUP 2018 (TOP) AND THE HOWARD HUGHES CORP.