Hollwich Kushner

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Hollwich Kushner
New York City

Firm Description
Hollwich Kushner Architecture DPC (HWKN) is involved in a diverse range of projects, from large-scale residential to retail spaces, pop-up installations, and hotel developments. Most recently the office completed the Fire Island Pines Pavilion, "Mini Rooftop" temporary installation for BMW in New York City, and "Wendy," the winning entry of the 2012 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program.

Approach to Residential Design
HWKN has earned a reputation for turning innovative ideas into built solutions. First they diagnose clients' needs and then articulate sophisticated designs that are informed by current trends with an eye towards the long lasting. "Architecture is a consumer product like a computer or a car. We're obsessed with designing strong, recognizable spaces that harness the latest advances in technology, materiality and construction," explains Matthias Hollwich.

Distinguishing Characteristics
Unlike most firms, HWKN works in every typology and scale, and avoids specializing in one specific area, injecting freshness and diversity into all their projects. The architects work on pop-ups, retail spaces, private homes, hotels, apartment buildings, big office buildings and everything in between.

Work Influences
HWKN doesn’t discriminate in where it derives influences, as the principals believe there's a vast richness in not editing any sources of inspiration in the beginning. They strive to be cutting edge in their work, and acknowledge both pop culture and academic discourse, without giving one or the other too much power.

Year founded: 2007
Number of employees: 25
Services: Full-service architecture firm
hwkn.com

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