Sunday, March 7, 2010
Aloha Chinese Architecture
This is a modern building in Honalulu with an otherwise non-descript exterior. Typically, the bottom few floors are parking garage, apartments above. The front porch however has this generous canopy that celebrates chinese culture and influence. It was not located in Chinatown per se, but along one of the main streets in Wikiki Beach area. I do not recall what the tile mosaic above it on the wall of the garage was portraying.
I did think this was a nice touch on a building, particularly if it was located in the Chinatown area. In Ottawa's chinatown, there is one newish building that has Chinese tile elements on it that offer a restrained element of the orient without being garish.
I also saw this high rise with a decorative hat on it that to me suggested an oriental influence.