25 Kent

25 Kent is bringing Silicon Valley to Williamsburg.

Entrepreneurs chart their own path. It’s time their offices did the same. That’s why our design for 25 Kent isn’t an office building. It is a campus designed for New York City’s tech scene. Large floor plates are designed for established yet innovative companies like Google, Amazon, or Uber while the lower floors’ smaller layouts serve startups, maker studios, and creative businesses that already love the Williamsburg waterfront. 

We capitalized on the well-known dictum that social areas add great value to office buildings because informal run-ins between employees increase creativity and staff satisfaction. Hallways are replaced by a public avenue that skewers the building and acts as its main circulation spine. We exposed this central hub of activity by shaving off the short sides of the facade, revealing the building’s liveliness to the neighborhood. The design turns an office building into a campus where experience takes priority over traditional workplace efficiency.

When complete, the development at 25 Kent will be the first speculative office property in Williamsburg in 50 years and cover a full New York City block.

  • Status: Completion 2018
  • Location: Brooklyn, NY
  • Client: Heritage Equity Partners and Rubenstein Partners
  • Size: 500,000 SF
  • Team: Matthias Hollwich, AIA Marc Kushner, AIA Brad Engelsman, Robert May, Andrew McBride, Adam Hostetler, Valentina Mele, Gregory Nakata, Matthew Hoffman
  • In collaboration with: Gensler
  • Structural Engineer: DeSimone
  • Visualization: Steelblue