Aedes Exhibition: Shape Tomorrow Opening in Berlin

November 9th, 2021

HWKN’s new exhibition turns buildings “upside down” and puts people first.


More now than ever, HWKN wants to develop buildings that adapt to people’s needs, desires, societal demands and technological functions. In response to, and over nearly two years into, the Covid-19 pandemic, HWKN will unveil an exhibition at Aedes presenting the firm’s innovative design strategies through selected projects and telling stories in a playful interactive installation about how HWKN’s work aims to shape a better tomorrow.


Echoing Hollwich’s provocation of turning stereotypical and, in his opinion, outdated building typologies “upside down”, Shape Tomorrow is centered around an installation of nine five-metre-high towers symbolizing the diverse formal and programmatic approaches of the firm’s visionary projects, such as the realised office building 25 Kent in New York as well as Die Macherei in Munich and Spirit Bochum, two commercial quarters currently under construction.


Visitors will be invited to choose a character from a selection of toy figures and imagine this character to live, work, or play in one of the nine buildings. Visitors will be encouraged to use their phones to take photos and document thoughts about their character’s experience, all to be collected and published at the close of the exhibition and contribute to HWKN’s research and development.


Shape Tomorrow will be on view November 20, 2021 – January 13, 2021. For more information, visit