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Hollwich Kushner (HWKN)

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69,310 sq. feet


University of Pennsylvania


  • Matthias Hollwich, Marc Kushner, Alda Ly, Robert May, Caitlin Swaim, Jessica Kobloch, Jordan Doane, SJ Kown, Daniel Selensky, Amanda Azzahra, Fan Zhang, Gagandeep Singh, Patrick Herron, Ignas Kalinauskas, and Taesoo Kim
  • Pamela Lucas Rew, FAIA, Petar Mattioni, AIA, Joseph Alperstein, AIA, David Von Stappenbeck, AIA, Jessica Mangin, and Gail Milano


  • Landscape Architect: Land Collective
  • Bruce Mau Design
  • Structural Engineer: Ballinger
  • Atelier Ten
  • Lighting Designer: Focus Lighting
  • General Contractor: Hunter Roberts

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A 20th century paint factory is transformed into a 21st century idea factory. This building is the centerpiece of a new, twenty-three acre campus at the University of Pennsylvania dedicated to entrepreneurship and innovation. While most of the building is occupied by state-of-the-art labs and efficient co-working areas, key social spaces tempt entrepreneurs to leave their desks and engage with their colleagues. These spaces are tucked into a new angular facade that reaches outward towards the Schuylkill River, featuring a bar, a board room, and bleacher seating where inventors can share ideas, pitch to investors, and gain crucial perspective. The building inspires creativity within, while simultaneously telling the world outside that Penn is a leader in the field of innovation.
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