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Matthias Hollwich and Marc Kushner, Cofounders, Hollwich Kushner and Architizer
Architects Marc Kushner and Matthias Hollwich are the cofounders of Hollwich Kushner, also known as HWKN, a design and architecture firm based in New York whose buildings aim to “shock, entertain, and challenge the public in the short term” and create valuable relationships between city dwellers and their surroundings over time.
In 2012, HWKN won New York’s annual Young Architects Program for “Wendy,” a sculpture whose nylon fabric was treated with a spray that neutralizes airborne pollutants. Installed for the summer at MoMA PS1, an art institute in Queens, the design cleaned the equivalent of 260 cars’ worth of pollution from the air.
The architects have also taken their work into the digital sphere. In 2009, they collaborated with creative agency KKLD to found Architizer, an online community for showcasing architecture projects. It’s now the largest database of architecture online, presenting the work of more than 40,000 firms worldwide whose average project budget is $33 million.
Following a $7 million financing round in January, Kushner introduced the website’s newest feature: Architizer Source, a tool for connecting architects, who Kushner estimates have nearly $97 billion in annual buying power in the US, with vendors to purchase products. During beta testing last summer, Architizer Source — which will be launched nationally by year’s end — counted $50 million of requested products.”