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Spotlight: Steven Holl

08:00 - 9 December, 2015
Spotlight: Steven Holl, Linked Hybrid. Image © Iwan Baan
Linked Hybrid. Image © Iwan Baan

As the founder of Steven Holl ArchitectsSteven Holl is recognized as one of the world's leading architects, having received prestigious awards for his contributions to design over the course of nearly forty years in practice, including the prestigious Alvar Aalto Medal in 1998, the AIA Gold Medal in in 2012, and the 2014 Praemium Imperiale. In 1991, Time Magazine named Holl America's Best Architect. He is revered for his ability to harness light to create structures with remarkable sensitivity to their locations, while his written works have been published in many preeminent volumes, sometimes collaborating with world-renowned architectural thinkers such as Juhani Pallasmaa and Alberto Pérez-Gómez.

Breaking Ground: Steven Holl Architects Celebrates 8 Projects Currently Under Construction

11:30 - 19 October, 2015
Breaking Ground: Steven Holl Architects Celebrates 8 Projects Currently Under Construction, Visual Arts Building, University of Iowa. Image © Chris McVoy
Visual Arts Building, University of Iowa. Image © Chris McVoy

It is no secret that, in the last 10 years, a majority of the big budget construction projects have been centered in newly emerging world markets like China. But now, the markets may be turning. Steven Holl Architects is a strong example of this trend: with the groundbreaking of the Glassell School of Art in Houston on the 15th, the firm now has 8 projects under construction in the western world - 7 in the United States, and one in the United Kingdom. Owing to the steady strengthening of the US dollar over recent years, clients seem to be investing in high ticket architecture once again. After completing projects abroad such as the Sliced Porosity Block in Chengdu, and Nanjing’s Sifang Art Museum, Holl will now be working in cities like Richmond, Iowa City, New York and London.

Holl’s recent work also reflects a change in design scale. In projects such as the Linked Hybrid in Beijing and the Vanke Center/Horizontal Skyscraper in Shenzhen, design began at the urban level, resulting in inward-looking superstructures. In the firm’s return to the west, projects are usually designed as an object or extension of an existing environment, such as in their expansion project for the Kennedy Center. The reduced sense of scale is also evident in the square-footage in some of their recent designs, including a residence to be built at under 1000 square feet.

Visual Arts Building, University of Iowa. Image © Chris McVoy Maggie's Centre. Image © Steven Holl Architects Model of Hunter's Point Community Library. Image © Steven Holl Architects Hunter's Point Community Library. Exterior Concrete Mockup. Image © Steven Holl Architects +47

Review: MacMag39, Mackintosh School of Architecture

01:00 - 29 July, 2014
Review: MacMag39, Mackintosh School of Architecture, Courtesy of MagMag39
Courtesy of MagMag39

MagMag, a student-edited compendium of essays, projects and ideas from Glasgow’s Mackintosh School of Architecture, is now in its 39th edition. Following on from what has so far been a momentous year for the Mac, in which they’ve seen Steven Holl Architects’ new Seona Reid Building formally open and parts of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s art school (along with a great deal of student work) devastated in a fire, MacMag39 is a celebration of the spirit of a school which is faced with a challenging question: how do they introduce and then reconcile the new alongside the existing against the backdrop of an academically rich, diverse and successful learning environment?

Courtesy of MagMag39 Courtesy of MagMag39 Courtesy of MagMag39 Courtesy of MagMag39 +18

Video: Inside Steven Holl's Reid Building at Glasgow School of Art

00:00 - 23 July, 2014

Steven Holl Architects, in collaboration with Spirit of Space, have created two short films of the recently completed Seona Reid Building at Glasgow School of Art. The film series explores the complementary contrast of the new Reid Building and Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s 1909 building (which recently suffered a devastating fire), where "each work of architecture heightens the integral qualities of the other."

The first film takes the viewers on a "poetic climb" up and through the building's social circuit, which "purposefully encourages inter-disciplinary activity, with the hope to inspire positive energy for the future of art." The second film unpacks the design of the Reid Building in a conversation with design architects Steven Holl and Chris McVoy.

Seona Reid Building / Steven Holl Architects

01:00 - 7 March, 2014
Seona Reid Building / Steven Holl Architects, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
  • Architects

  • Location

    The Glasgow School of Art, 167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, Glasgow City G3 6RQ
  • Partners in Charge

    Chris McVoy, Noah Yaffe
  • Project Architect

    Dominik Sigg
  • Area

    11250.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan +44

Campbell Sports Center / Steven Holl Architects

01:00 - 10 May, 2013
Campbell Sports Center / Steven Holl Architects, ©  Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
  • Architects

  • Location

    New York, NY 10034, United States
  • Design Architects

    Steven Holl, Chris McVoy
  • Partner in Charge

    Chris McVoy
  • Associate in Charge

    Olaf Schmidt
  • Project Team

    Marcus Carter, Christiane Deptolla, Peter Englaender, Runar Halldorsson, Jackie Luk, Filipe Taboada, Dimitra Tsachrelia, Ebbie Wisecarver
  • Area

    4459.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

©  Iwan Baan © Chris McVoy © Chris McVoy © Chris McVoy +31

INVERSION Installation at INTERNI Magazine’s Hybrid Architecture Exhibition

00:00 - 8 April, 2013
INVERSION Installation at INTERNI Magazine’s Hybrid Architecture Exhibition, © Chris McVoy
© Chris McVoy

As part of INTERNI’s Hybrid Architecture Exhibition event, Steven Holl Architects will be opening their 'INVERSION' installation tomorrow, April 9th, in Milan. In addition, Steven Holl will deliver a lecture in the Aula Magna of the Università degli Studi di Milano at 10am. Shown in the Cortile 700 of the Università degli Studi di Milano, the installation features six void-cut, 21 million year old limestone blocks, which frame a sheet of water. The process, beginning with a 5”x7” watercolor sketch in New York City, which is transformed into a 3D file and then sent to Lecce, required no working drawings. More information on their installation after the break.

In Progress: Campbell Sports Center / Steven Holl Architects

01:00 - 24 November, 2012
In Progress: Campbell Sports Center / Steven Holl Architects, © Chris McVoy
© Chris McVoy
  • Architects

  • Location

    218th Street, New York
  • Architect in Charge

    Steven Holl, Chris McVoy
  • Design Team

    Marcus Carter, Christiane Deptolla, Peter Englaender, Runar Halldorsson, Jackie Luk, Filipe Taboada, Dimitra Tsachrelia, Ebbie Wisecarver
  • Associate in Charge

    Olaf Schmidt
  • Area

    4459.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Chris McVoy render render © Andy Ryan +18