“…Matthias Hollwich is committed to creating ‘socially charged architecture.’ Being gay is helpful, he says, in that it gives him an outsider’s perspective on design.” In 2011, the Pavilion, a legendary discotheque in Fire Island Pines, was destroyed by fire. HWKN designed its replacement, with wooden trusses that appear to strut—giving the resort town a potent architectural symbol. The firm’s other projects range in size from residential interiors and a restaurant prototype to a 2.2 million-square-foot mixed-use development in New Jersey that’s expected to include that state’s tallest building. Hollwich spent six years at OMA before he moved to New York in 2006. After renting a rare Bauhaus-style apartment in Midtown, he recently moved to a new high-rise in order to learn about the building type from the inside, like an architect’s version of method acting. Hollwich, 42, continues the OMA tradition of open-ended inquiry while teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, where he leads a seminar on architecture for the aging.
Architect Rem Koolhaas’s Protégés
January 23, 2014
The Wall Street Journal — by Fred A. Bernstein