HKS, Inc. is an American international architecture firm headquartered in Dallas, Texas (USA). It has soon become an interdisciplinary design firm including architects, interior designers, researchers, anthropologists, nurses, graphic designers and much more. With over 20 locations and multiple projects all around the world, it has become the largest architectural firm in America.

Their design approach primarily involves smarter solutions to strive and create a resilient future. Research and innovation play a key role in their projects to improve the experience of the users with the built environment, this helps in creating a balance in the tangible and intangible aspects of architecture.

Here are the top 25 works, which are worth spending your time knowing
them.

1. Jinjiang International Exhibition Center

Location: Jinjiang, Fujian Province, China
Project Types: Commercial
Year Completed: 2019

The Jinjiang Exhibition Center designed by HKS is conceived as a highly ancient large scale center yet beautiful and dramatic centerpiece of the new JinJiang town district. The habitable plaza surface slopes up dramatically to become the exterior wall and roof enclosure of the exhibition halls and pre-function space.

Some project features include;

  • 61,500 square meter exhibition facility
  • 27,750 square meter hotel
  • 15,000 square meter exterior exhibition space
  • 1,800-car below-grade parking

2. Loma de Vida Spa & Wellness at La Cantera Resort

Location: San Antonio, Texas, USA
Project Types: Hospitality
Year Completed: 2015

With a name that means “Hill of Life,” this urban resort sought to bring a sense of rejuvenation and serenity just beyond the attractions of San Antonio. Using vernacular traditions, local materials, spa treatments, and a sense of openness, Loma de Vida spa creates a destination in stark contrast to the traditional resort setting. Complete with sky lo s, private soaking pools, and private decks, the spa’s clean lines, glass walls and steel frames o  er a contemporary setting for relaxation overlooking the expansive landscape.

Some project features include;

  • 25,000 square feet •15 treatment rooms
  • Fitness center, retail, and quench juicery •Infinity edge pool and co-ed grotto saline pool
  • Private garden cabañas
  • Sky Lo  s treatment rooms with lock o   and overnight stay option

3. UCSD North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood

Location: La Jolla, California
Project Types: Educational, Residential Mixed-Use
Year Completed: 2020

Designed by HKS for interaction and collaboration to enable a rich learning experience, it forms the foundation for a vibrant, healthy and exciting community. From building and program placement to the place-making of spaces between the built environments, the project addresses the needs of a broad user base that will enliven this new campus.

Some project features include;

  • 1.6 million square feet •Seven buildings
  • 2,000 undergraduate student beds •1,200 vehicles below-grade parking
  • Two-story dining hall •Outdoor and public spaces
  • Retail space •Roo op terraces
  • Dedicated bike lanes •Cra Center for students and community members
  • Academic buildings including faculty and administrative o ices
  • 1,200 vehicle below-grade parking

4. Children’s Hospital of Richmond Pavilion at Virginia Commonwealth  University

Location: Richmond, Virginia, USA
Project Types: Health
Year Completed: 2017

The Children’s Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University designed by HKS is the largest and most advanced outpatient health facility dedicated to children in its region. With an emphasis on physical, visual and abstract connections to nature, the Pavilion has a calming, restorative e  ect on all who experience the building, reducing anxiety and stress, and in turn, promoting health and healing.

Some project features include:

  • 245,000 square foot clinical program
  • Primary and sub-specialty pediatric care
  • Outpatient surgical and imaging services
  • Faculty o ices
  • Medical student education

5. Mosaic Stadium

Location: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Project Types: Entertainment, Sports
Year Completed: 2017

The stadium is characterized by its reflection of the province and its people. It is an ultimate package that is responsive to its challenging climate, welcoming the community and connecting underutilized existing assets within the city’s future urban revitalization plan.

Some project features include;

  • 521,866 Square feet
  • 33,000 seats
  • 38 luxury suites
  • Translucent spectator roof

6. Four Seasons Bodrum

Location: Bodrum, Turkey
Project Types: Hospitality, Residential Mixed-Use
Year Completed: 2019

This Four Seasons Resorts and Residences designed by HKS embraces 3 kilometers of unspoiled coastline with irregular topography on an isolated Peninsula. It is an example of the modern interpretation of the local tradition. The low profile of the buildings conveys the feeling of a sophisticated fishing village.

Some project features include:

  • 745,000 square feet
  • 250 acres
  • 130-key hotel
  • 80 branded residences
  • 100 unbranded residences

7. U.S. Bank Stadium

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Project Types: Entertainment, Sports
Year Completed: 2016

A stadium that connects and celebrates the people of Minnesota, o  ering an unparalleled fan experience inside the stadium –  its users and its neighbors can see themselves reflected in the design and materials, while also o ering plazas, parks and an observation platform that embraces the surrounding urban environment, driving economic development.

Some project features include:

  • 1.8 million square feet
  • 125 suites
  • 66,200 seats
  • 7,500 club seats
  • Party plaza
  • Hall of Fame Museum

8. Infinity Casino and Resort

Location: Cebu, Philippines
Project Types: Hospitality
Year Completed: 2020

A momentous resort and casino on Cebu Island in the Philippines that provides world-class service, accommodations, and amenities, all while providing a boost to the local economy. Situated on a stunning site with ocean frontage, this new masterplan by HKS will create a high-end integrated resort and waterfront destination point.

Some project features include:

  • 5,282,900 square feet
  • Three luxury hotels•1,000 total hotel keys
  • 2,500 seat theater •53,800-square foot ballroom
  • 236,800-square foot casino•Luxury retail mall
  • O  ice tower•Waterfront dining

9. Diamond Island Tower

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Project Types: Hospitality, Commercial, Residential Mixed-Use
Year Completed: 2019

25 Projects by HKS Architects every Architect Should Know about - Diamond Island TowerDiamond Island Tower is the first as part of China’s “One Belt One Road” initiative, mixed-use skyscraper that marries modern architecture with local traditions. It is one of the tallest and most sustainable buildings on Diamond Island. The distinct façade for the tower was developed to look futuristic while embracing local textile weaving traditions.

Some project features include;

  • 204 meters tall (670 foot)
  • 7,897 square meters (85,000 square feet)
  • 18 floors of commercial o ice space
  • 19 floors of hotel and service apartments
  • Amenity floor with restaurant and outdoor pool

10. Jasper Residential Tower

Location: San Francisco, California, USA
Project Types: Residential Mixed-Use
Year Completed: 2015

Jasper is a 130m luxury high-rise apartment in one of San Francisco’s hottest downtown neighborhoods, the 40 storey tower contains 320 residential units are designed by HKS to five-star urban hotel standards.

Some project features include;

  • 320 residential units with bay and city view
  • Concierge service
  • In-house movie theater•Indoor/outdoor pool
  • Hot tub and sauna•Food delivery storage
  • Dog wash/grooming station
  • Zipcar and Scoot on-site
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