HKS explain how young designers have driven the firm forward
HKS take an unconventional approach to becoming ‘new'. By building upon a long history and broad expertise in many sectors at HKS, a youthful vigor and unbridled ambition fuels a new focus. Over the past 3 years, through more evolution than revolution, young designers have infused into the culture of the firm an energy and a passion that have catalyzed the explosive introduction of a new face of HKS. With a strong emphasis on meaningful contextual response, streamlined digital workflows that span time zones and national boundaries, and the application of technology, these young designers are leveraging talent and work ethic to explore architectural solutions to issues of culture, climate, geography and economy. Seeking to test the limitations of conventional thought, challenge existing norms with the goal of creating for them a deeper understanding, they push forward, dive deeper, hone their methodologies, and explore architecture without fear of failure. At the core, they share similar ideas, yet much of their strength derives from their differences, from the distinct paths they have travelled to arrive here. HKS celebrate this diversity as key to their evolution. Innovation is something they seek not only in their product, but also their process. Exploring their world through each new project, they are always students, always eager to learn, and always willing to challenge.
cliff_hanger hotel, a 2010 WAN Commercial Building of the Year shortlist finalist, asks what it might be like to experience the wonders of our world in a completely new way-totally immersed in the environment. The idea is threefold: get in quickly and efficiently, enjoy the location, then remove all traces of the hotel and human impact as one leaves.
Xiamen Gulf Straights Forum, a 2011 WAN Commercial Building of the Year shortlist finalist, conveys the idea of mainland China--this juggernaut of political and economic influence and power--meeting, for annual talks, the geographically tiny and ideologically defiant Taiwan, on equal terms, in balance.
GSA Next Generation, a 2011 AIA Washington DC Design Award winning project, addresses the problem of an aging population of government buildings in the U.S. HKS renovate a government office in L.A., implementing strategies targeting a Net-Zero energy model. By revamping and revealing the building's elements, they offer an environment in which members of the community can fully understand and enjoy the rewards of a thriving and sustainable workplace.
Sustainable Urban Living, winner of a 2010 Green Good Design Award, sponsored by The Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies, seeks to go beyond Net Zero, to a Net Zero+ solution, borrowing oil-drilling technology to tap a 3-mile deep geothermal hotspot underneath the city of Dallas to become a clean, renewable energy producer.
With Basra Al Najaf Stadium, they seek, through their work, to make an architecture of place; an architecture that makes sense of the essential qualities of ‘there'. They believe that their work should share a lasting, meaningful connection with the people who inhabit the place.
Fed_Scraper... That government transforms the way we occupy and inhabit space might be nowhere more geodetically relevant than in the United States capitol of Washington DC, where limits have reached capacity in both physical space and organisational structure. Never before has the government owned more enclosed space within the U.S. than in the present. Following September 11th, the increase in subsidiary agencies has led to an explosive acquisition of government land. This growth has led to exponential sprawl reaching outward into the neighbouring states in search for suitable living spaces. By relocating government offices beneath the National Mall, walls become the physical limits of unrivaled growth, and DC is given back, in large swaths of land, to the people.