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The building features a first-level glass facade and balconies that connect guests to the city.

15 Young Firms to Watch: Grzywinski + Pons, New York

15 Young Firms to Watch: Grzywinski + Pons, New York

  • Amador Pons and Matthew Grzywinski met in college but later learned they work well together.

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    Amador Pons and Matthew Grzywinski met in college but later learned they work well together.

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    Amador Pons and Matthew Grzywinski met in college but later learned they work well together.

  • The Bayside Residence features open interiors and warm wood.

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    The Bayside Residence features open interiors and warm wood.

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    The Bayside Residence features open interiors and warm wood.

  • Storefront glazing floods the home wtih natural light.

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    Storefront glazing floods the home wtih natural light.

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    Storefront glazing floods the home wtih natural light.

  • Pons and Grzywinski won the commission for the boutique Nolitan Hotel when they were only in their 20s. The building features a first-level glass facade and balconies that connect guests to the city.

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    Pons and Grzywinski won the commission for the boutique Nolitan Hotel when they were only in their 20s. The building features a first-level glass facade and balconies that connect guests to the city.

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    Pons and Grzywinski won the commission for the boutique Nolitan Hotel when they were only in their 20s. The building features a first-level glass facade and balconies that connect guests to the city.

  • The building's skin is peeled back and channel glass brings in light but permits privacy

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    The building's skin is peeled back and channel glass brings in light but permits privacy

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    The building's skin is peeled back and channel glass brings in light but permits privacy

  • The hotel also offers residential-style spaces such as the sunken lounge and library on the ground floor.

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    The hotel also offers residential-style spaces such as the sunken lounge and library on the ground floor.

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    The hotel also offers residential-style spaces such as the sunken lounge and library on the ground floor.

 

grzywinski + pons
new york
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Matthew Grzywinski, 34, and Amador Pons, 36, weren’t officially a firm when they submitted design proposals for a hotel project on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, but that didn’t stop the two 20-somethings from winning the large commission. “We put together the proposal with the developer not knowing how young we were,” Grzywinski says.

The resulting project, Hotel on Rivington, is a 27-floor glass tower with luxe interiors and a window wall system that blurs and diffuses the building’s orthogonal steel grid, one magazine wrote. Despite pursuing separate interests after college (where they met), the Rivington job reunited the duo and signaled their potential, leading them to launch Grzywinski + Pons.

Today, the firm does a variety of architectural work, but it’s very interested in designing building types that interact with the public such as education complexes and hotels. Still, about 50 percent of its work is residential, including multifamily and single-family homes. The partners are interested in beautiful buildings, but they’re also cognizant of the things around their projects. “We try to pay attention to context in our work,” Grzywinski explains. “We use materials that are unapologetic, honest, and those that will age well with patina.”

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years in practice: 8 / projects completed in 2011: 3 / firm size: 3 / areas of interest: residential, hospitality, commercial, education, transportation, urban planning