25 Kent

HWKN, Gensler
18. September 2019
Photo: Ty Cole

25 Kent is a social campus that brings innovators, startup founders, and tech leaders together in one collaborative workplace.

Project: 25 Kent, 2019
Location: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Client: Heritage Equity Partners, Rubenstein Partner 
Design Architect: Hollwich Kushner (HWKN) 
Design Development Architect: Gensler
Built Area: 500,000 sf
Photo: Ty Cole

Taking cues from the neighborhood’s industrial character, the design stacks a series of brick forms that nod to the materials and proportions of the nearby warehouses. The floors are staggered, creating a ziggurat-shaped building that juts in and out as it together in one collaborative workplace. The short ends of the facade are capped in soaring floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the interiors with sunlight and provide commanding views over Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Photo: Ty Cole

To create a bustling public core, a retail-lined pedestrian street goes straight through the building’s center. Bookended by landscaped plazas, the walkway will connect upcoming Bushwick Inlet Park with the nearby plaza of the William Vale hotel. What was once a forbidding industrial waterfront is now transformed into a walkable district of parks and public space. Ground-floor retail, including cafes and restaurants, activates the surrounding areas and provides social spaces where people can come together informally.

Photo: Ty Cole

Inside, the highly flexible floor plates are designed to support a wide variety of tenants, from young startups to tech leaders. The building combines several types of workspaces to offer environments tailored to each tenant’s particular needs. Open plan office floors offer shared co-working spaces. Fully-equipped makerspaces support prototyping and fabrication, inviting local industry into the building and further diversifying the tenant mix. Glass-enclosed conference rooms and collaborative lounges throughout the building offer places for tenants to work together in a highly focused way. 

Photo: Ty Cole

The innovative H-shaped plan offers several key advantages over a generic donut office building. Instead of a typical 45-foot span between the core and the walls, the building achieves 70-foot spans with three-sided window exposure. Distributing mechanical and circulation cores throughout the building created highly flexible floor plates that can be used by single tenants, two tenants, or adapted for a large quantity of multi-tenant configurations. Both wings of the H-shaped building feature their own circulation and mechanical cores, allowing them to be flexibly subdivided. Bridging the two wings is a shared central space that generates chance encounters between tenants and offers a place to socialize and collaborate informally.

Photo: Ty Cole
Photo: Ty Cole
Photo: Ty Cole
Photo: Ty Cole
Photo: Ty Cole
First Floor Plan (Drawing courtesy of HWKN)
Fifth Floor Plan (Drawing courtesy of HWKN)
Roof Plan (Drawing courtesy of HWKN)
Building Section (Drawing courtesy of HWKN)

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