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25 Kent in Brooklyn, New York

Contemporary Williamsburg Retail Building in NY, USA: Architecture design by HWKN and Gensler

Oct 2, 2019

Design Architects: Hollwich Kushner (HWKN)
Design Development Architect: Gensler

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, United States, USA

25 Kent Brooklyn NY

Photos by Ty Cole

25 Kent Williamsburg, Brooklyn

25 Kent is designed as a social campus that brings innovators, founders, and tech leaders together in one collaborative workplace. Taking cues from the neighborhood’s industrial character, the design stacks a series of brick forms that nod to the materials and proportions of the nearby warehouses.

25 Kent Brooklyn NY

25 Kent Brooklyn NY

The floors are staggered, creating a ziggurat-shaped building that juts in and out, and rises towards the sky to create one collaborative workplace. The short ends of the facade are capped in soaring floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the interiors with sunlight and offer commanding views of the Manhattan skyline and Brooklyn.

25 Kent Brooklyn NY

To create a bustling public core, a retail-lined pedestrian street goes straight through the building’s center. Bookended by landscaped plazas, the walkway will connect the upcoming Bushwick Inlet Park with the nearby plaza of the William Vale hotel.

25 Kent Brooklyn NY

What was once a forbidding industrial waterfront is now transformed into a walkable district of parks and public space. Ground floor retail, cafes, and restaurants activate the surrounding areas and provide social spaces where people can come together informally.

25 Kent Brooklyn NY

25 Kent Brooklyn NY

“The way we work is changing. It’s time our office buildings followed suit. We invited the urban energy of Williamsburg directly into the center of the building, creating a social campus that connects entrepreneurs with the community” said Matthias Hollwich, Principal and Co-Founder of Hollwich Kushner (HWKN).

25 Kent Brooklyn NY

25 Kent Brooklyn NY

“This is a place where companies ranging from innovative startups to established tech leaders can come together and inspire each other. Rather than generic buildings designed to shuffle employees to their sequestered desks efficiently, today’s entrepreneurs want their workplaces to be energetic and social environments that generate interaction and inspire them to do their best work,” says Marc Kushner, Principal, and Co-Founder of Hollwich Kushner (HWKN).

25 Kent Brooklyn NY

Inside, the highly flexible floor plates are designed to support a wide variety of tenants, from young startups to established companies. Several types of workspaces are available to offer tailored environments to each tenant’s particular needs. Open plan office floors offer shared co-working spaces. Fully-equipped makerspaces support prototyping and fabrication, inviting local industry into the building and further diversifying the tenant mix. Glass-enclosed conference rooms and collaborative lounges throughout the building offer more privacy, and places for tenants to work together in a focused way.

25 Kent Brooklyn NY

The innovative H-shaped plan offers several key advantages over a generic donut office building. Instead of a typical 45-foot span between the core and the walls, the building achieves 70-foot spans with three-sided window exposure. Distributing mechanical and circulation cores throughout the building creates highly flexible floor plates that can be used by single tenants, two tenants, or adapted for a large quantity of multi-tenant configurations.

25 Kent Brooklyn NY

25 Kent Brooklyn NY

Both wings of the H-shaped building feature their own circulation and mechanical cores, allowing them to be flexibly subdivided. Bridging the two wings is a shared central space that generates chance encounters between tenants and offers a place to socialize and collaborate informally.

25 Kent Brooklyn NY

25 Kent, Brooklyn – Building Information

Status: August 2019
Type: Office / Commercial
Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, United States
Client: Heritage Equity Partner,s Rubenstein Partner
Size: 500,000 ft2
Performance: LEED Gold Target Wired Score Certified Platinum
Design Architects: Hollwich Kushner HWKN
Design Development Architect: Gensler

25 Kent Brooklyn NY

Photography: Ty Cole

HWKN Architects / Gensler

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