Gilbertson designs addition to Honolulu shopping center

Matt Gilbertson's (BA Arch, 1985; MArch, 1992) Honolulu design firm, MGA Architecture, has finished the design for a four-story, 29,655-square-foot addition to Waikiki Shopping Plaza with forms inspired by the native Hawaiian ahupua'a: 'Aina (land), wai (water), and mea 'oiwi (indigenous plants). "The primary forms and stone textures of the building's massing represent the solid, eternal 'aina. Over this flow five shimmering waterfalls of curtainwall glass along Kalakaua Avenue. And just as the mea 'oiwi served the inhabitants of the ahupua'a with much needed shelter from the elements, the rooftop canopy and cantilevered sidewalk trellises provide protection and a sense of human scale," says Gilbertson.