The first Hawaiian hotel design by hotel architects AXIS/GFA
Located near Wailea Beach on the island of Maui, AXIS/GFA was hired to deliver a site plan study and schematic designs for this estate hotel, including delivering conceptual designs for the stand-alone reception building, central four-story guest suite building, and feature infinity edge pool and poolside tiki bar. Inspired by its tropical ocean-view setting and with respectful recognition of the region’s deep Pacific Islander cultural heritage, the exterior of the hotel harmoniously blends classically Polynesian long-house post-and-beam Hale Halawai (airy open-walled buildings) and Hale Noa (closed-walled buildings) with the more recently traditional Hawaiian plantation architectural style. Adding modern balance to AXIS/GFA’s design, the AC Hotels’ archetypical brand style is elegantly communicated through the addition of sleek angular and slatted architectural features throughout the property.
A new-build project, the hotel features 110 rooms over four stories across three acres. Interior design expertise was provided by SANDdesign. AOR expertise and excellent execution by AHL. Construction expertise by R.D. Olson.