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HWKN Architecture at Aedes Architecture Forum

6 + 5 December 2021

HWKN Architecture Exhibition in Berlin

‘Shape Tomorrow – Towards a Future-Oriented Built Environment’

by HWKN Architecture, New York City, NY, USA

Tomorrow’s Party, HWKN’s vision for a user inspired, memory generating, urban environment:
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rendering © HWKN Architecture

Exhibition: 20 November 2021 – 13 January 2022

Opening: 19 November 2021, Information will follow via newsletter

Venue: Aedes Architecture Forum, Christinenstr. 18–19, 10119 Berlin

Opening Hours: Tue–Fri 11am–6.30pm, Sun–Mon 1–5pm and Sat, 20 Nov 2021, 1–5pm

Buildings by HWKN Architecture at Aedes Architecture Forum

German architect Matthias Hollwich and his New York-based firm HWKN have been dedicated to pioneering projects for over a decade, earning them a rank in Fast Company’s world’s Top 10 Most Innovative Architects. Most recently, Hollwich provoked with his publication New Aging: Live Smarter Now to Live Better Forever by turning stereotypical outdated building typologies “upside down” to make aging a graceful and fulfilling aspect of our lives through designed spaces.

Buildings designed by HWKN Architecture:
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rendering © HWKN Architecture

HWKN combines American ambition with German precision, offering possibilities for a future-oriented built environment – with a special commitment to use architectural form to put people in the focus and promoting social interaction. The diverse and wide-ranging portfolio includes various new neighbourhoods and buildings – from retail spaces, pop-up installations to residential and commercial schemes in the USA, the Middle East as well as in Germany, where inspiring office buildings are currently being realised in Munich and Bochum. The exhibition at Aedes presents the innovative design strategies through selected projects and tells stories in a playful interactive installation about how HWKN’s architecture aims to shape a better tomorrow.

Diagram by HWKN Architecture:
Shape Tomorrow: Towards a Future-Oriented Built Environment in Berlin
rendering © HWKN Architecture

Shape Tomorrow stems from HWKN’s past explorations and their response to the Covid-19 pandemic. “We knew we had to turn this crisis into an opportunity”, argues Hollwich. “Having seen how mutable society is, we recognised this as a rare moment for architecture, one where we could develop buildings that adapt to people’s needs, desires, societal demands and technological functions.” In its numerous international projects, HWKN is determined to create change with design that enhances emotions and strengthens the life force of the public realm, in addition to traditional goals such as rational organisation and efficiency.

HWKN Architecture Aedes Architecture Forum in Berlin

Matthias Hollwich and his team are not only concerned with the architectural potentials at the interface between inside and outside, but also with the transformation of vertical orientation in architecture. “Usually, the focus is on the top of a building, its facade and efficient organisation, which are to be viewed from afar. Further, this organising rationale usually reserves the base for entry, retail, and parking,” explains Hollwich.

In cooperation with open-minded developers, HWKN turns these design principles upside down, by integrating identities and unique characteristics with each structure. Hollwich says, “We shape the base of the building, and focus on people’s activities, emotions, and memories, while adding interiors with personality. For us, the interface with people is the focus: creating places, which generate inspiration for everyone. The identity of the new building directly coincides with the experience on the street.”

Matthias Hollwich, HWKN Architecture, New York City:
Matthias Hollwich, HWKN Architecture, New York City
photography by Marco van Oel, courtesy of HWKN


The exhibition at Aedes highlights HWKN’s design approach, exploring interaction between people and buildings. Nine five-metre-high towers installed in the exhibition space symbolise the diverse formal as well as programmatic approaches of their projects, such as the realised office building 25 Kent in New York as well as Die Macherei in Munich and Spirit Bochum, two commercial quarters currently under construction. The towers’ placement is designed to encourage visitors not simply to look, but to explore, react and respond in a playful manner.

Shape Tomorrow: Towards a Future-Oriented Built Environment by architect Matthias Hollwich

Each building has a name, giving it identity, turning it into ‘someone’ you want to meet. This can be seen in Blake, the extroverted building with an open market surrounding its base, or the nurturing tower Skyler, that brings together multiple generations in one place. Visitors of the exhibition are invited to choose a character from a selection of toy figures and imagine this character to live, work or play in the building they choose.

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They can use their phones to take pictures and document thoughts. These individual inspirations about better ways to live, work, play and build will be collected and published at the end of the exhibition and analysed to contribute to HWKN’s research and development of new ideas. This provocative concept underlines the idea of using an exhibition as a research tool, but also reflects an unusually engaging and culturally diverse approach to implementing it.

HWKN Architecture Aedes Architecture Forum Berlin

About HWKN


HWKN is an award-winning global architectural firm led by Matthias Hollwich. Founded in 2008 and based in New York City, its projects range from a striking new building addition that welcomes all to the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and to the Pennovation Center at the University of Pennsylvania, designed to be a tech incubator.

Shape Tomorrow: Towards a Future-Oriented Built Environment by German architect Matthias Hollwich

The firm’s other notable projects include: 25 Kent an office building in Brooklyn, N.Y., exploring a combination of utilisable interior and exterior space previously unseen in New York; and a 40-storey residential tower 351 Marin in nearby Jersey City is the first HWKN design to fully realise the social possibilities of expanding a building’s base. In Germany, the opening of Die Macherei is imminent with offices and hotel, ILIVE Frankfurt is under construction with more than 1000 apartments and 5 SPIRIT buildings are in the making in Cologne, Aachen, Bochum, Leverkusen, and Krefeld. For more information, visit

Matthias Hollwich, HWKN Architecture:
Matthias Hollwich, HWKN Architecture, New York, USA

Matthias Hollwich

Matthias Hollwich worked at OMA and the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, before moving to New York to found HWKN. He was honoured in Fast Company’s ranking of the world’s Top 10 Most Innovative Architects. He is the co-author of UmBauhaus – Updating Modernism in collaboration with Rainer Weisbach and the Bauhaus Foundation in 2006. His latest book, New Aging: Live Smarter Now to Live Better Forever, suggests a new way to think about aging that fundamentally changes the way we design for it. His lectures on architecture, sustainability, and innovation have been featured at TED, PICNIC, Stelka, and the Conscious City conferences. Hollwich’s exhibition projects include Wendy the wildly innovative installation at MOMA’s P.S. 1 in New York.

An Aedes catalogue will be published.

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Further information:

Speaking at the opening:

Hans-Jürgen Commerell – Aedes, Berlin
Mark Davy – Futurecity, London
Matthias Hollwich – HWKN Architecture, New York

Aedes cooperation partners: Zumtobel, Cemex, Camerich, Carpet Concept

Lead Supporter: Landmarken with Spirit Offices

Key Supporters: Art Invest Real Estate and ACCUMULATA Real Estate Group with Die Macherei, ILIVE, Rioca, Factory Fifteen, PlanToys, and The Creative

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Location: Christinenstr.18-19, 10119 Berlin, Germany

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