Hollwich was born in Munich and studied architecture at the University of Applied Science. In his early 20s, he left Germany planning to work in New York and Rotterdam, each for one year, before returning home. Instead, he also went on to work in Zurich, Amsterdam, and Hong Kong, and found himself returning to New York rather than to Munich.
“Every time I left New York I felt like I hadn’t experienced everything here,” he says. “It’s still true now.”