July 24, 2020

Randy Shortridge, principal of [au]workshop architects + urbanists, believes that architecture should respond to the challenges of dense urban locales with special attention to climate and geography - which illuminates the extraordinary designs he has contributed to The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Honolulu as the project’s lead architect.

A focus on urban design and mixed-use projects from the beginning of his 33 year architectural career has made Randy Shortridge an expert in the field, exemplified by award winning projects around the world. Randy and his colleagues are at the forefront of architectural thought-leadership, including innovations that meet the rising demand for a connection to the outdoors in urban environments.

Nowhere in the world is a connection to place more deeply satisfying and aesthetically rewarding than Oahu’s south shore—including the glittering urban landscape set just steps from the ocean. We are delighted to share Randy’s insights on architectural design, urban contexts and the lived experience in extraordinary spaces like Mandarin Oriental, Honolulu.

Please read more below about Randy's architectural inspiration and vision.

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Ian MacLeod
Director of Sales
The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Honolulu

phone: +1 310 694 7755
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Hawaii 5-0 Properties, Inc.

Architect Perspective: Randy Shortridge, [au]workshop

Your work generates catalytic urban projects that sustainably invigorate neighborhoods; what are some of the markers you see when learning about a district that spark ideas for transformational design?
We focus on making places that are functional and elegant, both inside and out for owners and visitors and at the same time try to help strengthen the street and neighborhood. In the case of the Mandarin Oriental, Honolulu, we started by creating a street-level compliment to the Hawai?i Convention Center and its entry plaza with a memorable urban corner building that embraces this important civic landmark and intersection both at the street level and at the skyline. We collaborated with the landscape firm Hart Howerton on what we hope will be a terrific compact plaza at the corner that will include fountains designed by a great firm called Fluidity and wind art by the renowned artist Ned Kahn. At the skyline level we designed a tower that carries the eye up and marks the sky with an elegant cornice 400 feet above with interest during the day and evening hours that includes specialized lighting elements.

The Kapi‘olani corridor is in the core of urban Honolulu and ripe to realize its potential in new ways. What do you see as the most promising opportunities of the neighborhood for an extraordinary project like The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Honolulu?
Just a few years ago, Ala Moana Center was entirely inwardly focused and ignored Kapi?olani Boulevard and the ocean beyond.  Projects like the Mandarin Oriental and other new linkages from Ala Moana Center are bringing pedestrian and commercial activity under the elegant Monkeypod tree canopy along Kapi?olani Boulevard and creating a friendly presence to the terrific Ala Moana Park, both of which frame and define this lovely neighborhood.

How does your architectural design process incorporate the unique characteristics of neighborhood and community as you build projects with a profound sense of place?
Context drives every design decision we make.  Here, we combined thinking about the tropical climate and sun, the varied and special views of mountains and the Pacific, the breezes and the concept of the Hawaiian lanai—a covered terrace and living space that bridges indoors with the outdoors.  For us, the intersection of all Hawaiian architecture and nature is the lanai and this tower includes them almost everywhere.

The universal craving for nature is perhaps strongest in the midst of an urban landscape. What can architecture do to honor that human impulse and inspire connection beyond the built environment?
Humans crave connections to nature—sun and rain, trees and flowers, and the textures and fragrances associated with them—and we have an innate need to frame views and experiences with some or all of these natural elements whenever we can.  We endeavored to bring nature into every corner of the Mandarin Oriental both to satisfy that craving and to link continually to the ethos of Hawai?i.

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