HWKN Designs Cultural Venues For The Metaverse

January 31, 2023
Architect's Newspaper

Pax.world founder Frank Fitzgerald got the idea for the metaverse during the pandemic, when his Zoom fatigue led him to envision an alternative venue for business and socializing events. The platform is governed by the DAO (Decentralised Autonomous Organisation) and it has its own currency the $PAXW token. It has partnered with several nonprofits to consider real-world issues in the metaverse, including sustainability, democracy, diversity, and privacy.


HWKN has designed Paxton, an open structure with several levels spread across a hexagonal form rendered in a desert landscape with sparse trees and plantings. The building has a large theater for hosting concerts, meeting spaces, and a rooftop garden. Its walls are constructed with a truss-like pattern and structure, upon which art can be installed and hung.