HWKN unveils plans for a green-roofed business district in Munich

May 16, 2017 by  
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New York-based architecture firm Hollwich Kushner just released images of Die Macherei– their first European project– a mixed-use business district based in Munich, Germany. HWKN collaborated with German firms msm meyer schmitz-morkramer and OSA Ochs Schmidhuber Architekten to design the new financial hub that will bring together offices, retail and hospitality spaces. Art-Invest Real Estate and Accumulata Immobilien developed the new business district , which will total 64,000 square meters (15 acres) of rental space. Out of the six new buildings, HWKN designed the hotel and two adjacent office buildings located on the eastern quarter of the site. The hotel will feature an elevated bar with a series of outdoor terraces that offer views of the surrounding mountains. The office building will accommodate a two-story gym, while the third building will guide pedestrians toward the public plaza which will function as the heart of the development. Related: HWKN converts a paint factory into Upenn’s new state-of-the-art innovation hub “Designed not just as a series of buildings but as an exploration of the spaces between the buildings, Die Macherei is an innovative design for a new way of working and interacting, integrating social activity and behaviors to promote a sense of community,” said Matthias Hollwich. + Hollwich Kushner

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HWKN converts a paint factory into Upenn’s new state-of-the-art innovation hub

November 1, 2016 by  
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The 58,000-square-foot Pennovation Center is located on a 23-acre campus at the University of Pennsylvania. Dedicated to entrepreneurship and innovation , the center accommodates efficient co-working areas, social spaces where entrepreneurs can collaborate and engage with their colleagues, a board room, a bar and bleacher seating where inventors can share ideas and pitch to inventors. Related: HWKN Flips Holy Tabernacle 90 Degrees to Fit into Manhattan’s Dense Skyline “Having personally navigated through the startup experience ourselves when we launched HWKN and Architizer , we understand the needs and challenges of emerging companies,” said Hollwich Kushner Principal Matthias Hollwich. “The building encapsulates the energy and productivity of Penn and Philadelphia, and in the near future will be directly contributing to both,” added Marc Kushner of Hollwich Kushner. + Hollwich Kushner (HWKN) Photos by Michael Moran

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Add a splash of ‘living paint’ to your walls with Nanoleaf’s new LED light panels

November 1, 2016 by  
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Composed of nine lightweight, triangular LED lights that can be fit together in different configurations, the Nanoleaf Aurora can light up your wall (or any other flat surface in your home) using a palette of over 16 million colors. It can go from a soothing white light in the morning to a blaze of energizing purples, blues and greens during the day to a relaxing warm light in the evening–or pretty much any other type mood lighting you can imagine. RELATED: Nanoleaf’s Gem LED light bulb shines like a glimmering jewel The Nanoleaf Aurora Smarter lighting kit was made for DIY installation and includes 9 RGBW Smart LED Panels, 9 Panel Connectors, 9 Mounting Stencils, 28 Mounting Strips, 1 Power Supply Unit, and 1 Controller Unit. Because the panels weigh so little, there’s no need to drill any holes in your walls, making the Aurora ideal for renters as well. While the Aurora does come with a controller, the panels can also be configured using the Nanoleaf Smarter Series app or with your voice through Siri and Apple HomeKit. Because the Aurora is tunable white, it can also be used to mimic daylight, meaning it can double as a mood-enhancing light for those who suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or for anyone who could use a bit more natural light in their lives. Nanoleaf says they also plan on releasing a ‘sunrise’ function soon that will allow the Aurora to gradually get brighter each morning as gentle way to help people wake up. The Aurora Smarter Kit retails for $199.99 and is available at Best Buy and the MoMA Design Store . + Nanoleaf Aurora

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