Steven Holl: idea and phenomena

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Lars Müller, 2002 - Architecture - 131 pages
An overview of the built work of architect Steven Holl, Idea and Phenomena focuses on the sculptural expression inherent in his designs, material, composition, and use of light. Apparent in such projects as his Makuhari Housing in Chiba, Japan, where he designed a new city block on dredged fill at the rim of Tokyo Bay, Holl has devoted over 20 years of his professional life to exploring the use of movable walls for creating variety and what he calls spaces for individual life. Even more essential to his oeuvre is what critic Herbert Muschamp has described as its astonishing sculptural presence, created from the strikingly assured interplay between windows and walls, curves and grids, voids and planes. In his fine-fibered use of materials, Holl employs his principle of the stone and the feather, juxtaposing thin sheets of zinc roofing with rough concrete walls along knife-edged junctures. The results, as Idea and Phenomena clearly shows, from the first sketch to the final construction, are buildings alert to,emotional needs, the spiritual properties of space, and the specifics of their own surroundings.

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Steven Holl was born in 1947 in Bremerton, Washington. He graduated from the University of Washington and pursued architecture studies in Rome in 1970. He opened his firm in 1976 and is now recognized as one of America's most prominent architects. The Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland (1998) is generally considered to be his masterpiece. Other notable work includes The Sarphatistraat Offices, Amsterdam (2000), Chapel of St. Ignatius, Seattle, Washington (1997). the School of Art and Art History at the University of Iowa (Iowa City), The Swiss Residence (Washington, D.C.), Higgins Hall Center Section at the Pratt Institute School of Architecture (Brooklyn, New York) and the Loisium Wine Visitor Center, Hotel and Spa (Langenlois, Austria).

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