New York City

HWKN (Hollwich Kushner) is involved in a diverse range of projects, from large-scale residential and hotel developments to retail spaces, pop-up installations and unique individual homes. Most recently the firm announced its designs for the Penn Center of Innovation (University of Pennsylvania), the Yotel Williamsburg hotel, the Journal Squared mixed-use development in Jersey City, New Jersey, and number of residential projects.

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. "We're obsessed with designing strong, recognizable spaces that reflect our clients needs and harness the latest advances in technology, materiality and construction," explains Matthias Hollwich.

Distinguishing Characteristics
HWKN works across each typology and scale, and avoids specializing in one specific area. 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: 35
Services: Full-service architecture firm


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