High profile development in the heart of WAIKIKI, 2014-2016

developer / The Taubman Company
Architects / JPRA Architects
DESIGNER / 505 Design

Project Overview

Elements of Fire

The developers of the International Market Place were looking for a specialty fabricator to help design, engineer and install the fire elements for this iconic retail center. The fire elements include the fire tower, fire chandelier and over 100 custom tiki torches. All fire elements were structurally, mechanically and electrically engineered. Because of the high profile public locations all elements had to be CSA and/or UL listed in order to meet the fire marshal’s approval.


Fire Tower

Known as “Lamaku Torch Tower”

This 30 foot cascading fire tower is the primary feature of the project along Kalakaua Ave. The tower serves as the beacon for the retail center and can be seen from miles away. It consists of 13 four foot tall individual lanterns. Each lantern was fabricated from 316 stainless steel and powder coated with a bronze finish. Each lantern is fully automated and the system can be turned
on and off remotely.

Kuhio Chandelier

Architecture Incorporates the Feel of Fire

The Kuhio Chandelier is the North beacon for the retail center. It is suspended from the third level floor and is over 20 feet long. The chandelier is comprised of eight individual glass and stainless steel lanterns. The system is fully automated with and internal network of wire and gas piping.

Tiki Torches

CSA Certified Design

A unique design exclusive to the International Market Place. These tiki torches were fabricated from solid brass construction with a bronze patina application. They are spread throughout all three levels of the open air mall, including on the juliet balconies and banyan tree house bridges.


“Padilla hit a home run for Taubman. The fire elements for the IMP were extremely important to the owners and the visual success of the project. Padilla was selected from a prestigious pool of specialty fabricators from across the country. Not only did they meet the budget but they delivered a superior product and over come countless challenges to get the job done right and on time. Padilla hit a home run for Taubman”

Brent Nickles, Procurement and Senior Project Manager | DCK FWF

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