HONOLULU CONSULATE GENERAL

New York-based H Architecture presents a competition proposal for the Honolulu Consulate General located in Honolulu, Hawaii. Designed in collaboration with Haeahn Architecture in Seoul.

Honolulu Consulate General is located on the cultural and historic site where Koreans’ independence movement started during Japanese colonial rule in early 20th Century. As the first Consulate General of the Republic of Korea established by nongovernmental efforts, the Honolulu Consulate General played a significant role of diplomacy in Asia-Pacific and the United States. The new Consulate General needs to the space to commemorate the history, as well as represent the future of Korea, so that it will strengthen Korean Diaspora network within a hyper-connected society, as a diplomatic, political and cultural outpost.

The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Honolulu has special historical and cultural meanings. Hawaii is where Korean immigration history started more than 100 years ago. Also, it was the base of independence movement during Japanese colonial rule in early 20th Century. Moreover, Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Honolulu played a significant role of diplomacy in Asia-Pacific and the United States, as one of the first Consulate General of the Republic of Korea established by nongovernmental Korean expatriates. The new Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Honolulu has to be the place to commemorate the history, as well as to represent the status and future values of the Republic of Korea. Furthermore, to perpetuate as an iconic architecture beyond its original role of the Consulate General, it has to represent its locality with the most Korean style. In the end, it will strengthen Korean Diaspora network within a hyper-connected society, as a diplomatic, political and cultural outpost. The building has three main concepts: firstly, Simultaneity between the existing and the new building of Consulate General, between functions and flexibility of spaces, between efficiency and security of offices, between locality and contexts of the site, and between eco-friendly spaces and high-technologies; secondly, Monumentality to connect Korean Hawaiians’ history of independence movement as well as immigration in the US with future generations; lastly, Hyper-Connectivity of Korean Diaspora, locating Consulate General as a base for Korean expatriates’ network beyond its spatial and functional roles, to represent the status and visions of the Republic of Korea in the future.

Type:

Workplace

Area:

37,576 sq. ft. (3,491 sq.m.)

Honolulu, Hawaii

Location:

Year:

2020