International Market Place

WCIT Architecture was tasked with historical research, cultural consulting, and design of the major courtyards. The celestial pool, used as a compass by the ancient Hawaiians for generations, was designed as a main focal point and to help teach the general public how these seasoned navigators found their way around the Pacific.

The major design challenges were around not disturbing the existing banyan tree. At the base of the banyan tree, plans have been made to erect a bronze sculpture of Don Ho to pay tribute to his years spent playing music in Waikiki. There are also going to be many design elements to honor Queen Emma, whose history is tied to the land. Etchings of the Queen’s song will be seen in the glass elevators, her favorite water lilies will be floating in the pond and there will be a healing garden, representing the Queen’s desire to care for the Hawaiian people. Unbeknownst to many visitors who have walked through its pathways over the years, the International Market Place’s land owner is the Queen Emma Land Company, and revenue from it goes to the Queen’s Medical Center—a nonprofit acute care medical facility, founded by Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV in 1859.

  • Location: Honolulu, O‘ahu, Hawai‘i
  • Client: Taubman, QELC
  • Project Team: WCIT Architecture, DCK, PAT, 505 Design
  • Program: Retail
  • Site: 390,000 sf
  • Status: Under Construction

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