A Futuristic New Kiosk for Ballet Hawaii


After a careful judging process, local artistic think-tank Interisland Terminal has chosen a winner in its Competition for New Community Architecture.

The contest asked entrants to design a portable information kiosk for Ballet Hawaii to use at its performances, with the hope of sparking a new generation of exciting, forward-looking architecture in Hawaii.

The callout attracted entries from across the state, ranging from the fanciful to the practical. The winning concept splits the difference: Luke Altenau and Katie Coffman’s creative design draws inspiration from the abstracted profiles of ballet dancers, and uses tubular steel and reused sails to create a light and easily assembled kiosk.

Jurors said, “lovely poetry in the idea formulation—the abstraction of movement with imaginative use of materials.”

Altenau is a junior architect at Eight Inc. and Coffman is a LEED accredited designer who has worked with local firms such as Stephen Green Architecture and Green Sand Inc. As winners, the duo scores a $1,500 cash prize, and their design will be refined and built this summer, in time to be used by the opening of Ballet Hawaii’s fall season in August.

Congratulations to the winners; we’re looking forward to seeing how it turns out!