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Steven Holl
Steven Holl
* Bremerton (WA), United States, 9 December 1947
nationality: american
Steven Holl Architects
450 West 31st St, 11th floor
NY 10001 New York - United States
Tel: +1.212.629.7262 - Fax: +1.212.629.7312
Mega Hall Building 1, Room 106 - 1 Xiangheyuan Road, Dongcheng District
100028 Beijing - China [Zhōngguó/Zhōnghuá]
Tel: +86.10.8440.8551 - Fax: +86.10.8440.8546
Founded in New York in 1976 by Steven Holl, Steven Holl Architects has offices in New York and Beijing with a staff of 35. The firm has been recognized internationally with numerous awards, and the work has been widely published and exhibited. Steven Holl Architects is recognized for the ability to blend space and light with great contextual sensitivity and to utilize the unique qualities of each project to create a concept-driven design. Steven Holl Architects specialize in seamlessly integrating new projects into contexts with particular cultural and historic importance.
Steven Holl Architects has worked both nationally and overseas on a variety of public and private works. The office has extensive experience in the arts (including designs for museums, galleries, and exhibition designs), campus and educational facilities, and residential work. Other projects include retail design, office design, public utilities, and master planning. Several of the projects involve renovation and expansion of historically important structures, including the Cranbrook Institute of Science (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA) the Sarphatistraat Offices (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art addition and renovation (Kansas City, Missouri, USA).
In 2005 Steven Holl Architects completed a number of projects including two private residences, the Higgins Hall Center Section at the Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, New York, USA), the Whitney Water Purification Facility and Park (Southern Connecticut, USA) and Loisium Visitor Center and Wine Hotel & Spa (Langenlois, Austria). At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA), the 195,000 sf undergraduate dormitories completed construction in September 2002 and were rewarded with the National AIA Design Award in 2003.
Recently Steven Holl Architects won five international design competitions: Herning Center of the Arts (Denmark), Cité du Surf et de l’Océan (Biarritz, France), Sail Hybrid (Knokke-Heist, Belgium), Denver Justice Center (Denver, Colorado, USA), and Meander (Helsinki, Finland).
Currently under construction are the Linked Hybrid (Beijing, China) and the Art & Architecture Museum (Nanjing, China). In fall 2006 Steven Holl Architects opens the University of Iowa Art and Art History Building (Iowa City, USA) and The Swiss Residence (Washington D.C., USA). In Spring 2007 the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art addition and renovation (Kansas City, USA) will be completed and open to the public.
Steven Holl Architects has been recognized with architecture’s most prestigious awards and prizes including Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (2003), the Smithsonian Institute’s Cooper Hewitt National Design National Design Award in Architecture (2002), the French Grande Médaille d’Or (2001), the Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design and the prestigious Alvar Aalto Medal (both in 1998), the New York American Institute of Architects Medal of Honor (1997) and the American Academy of Arts and Arnold W. Brunner Prize for Achievement in Architecture as an Art (1990). Time Magazine named Steven Holl Architects as America’s Best Architects, for 'buildings that satisfy the spirit as well as the eye.’ (2001)

Edited by Steven Holl Architects
Praemium Imperiale

Japan Art Association
Louis Kahn Memorial Award
Philadelphia Center for Architecture and Design
AIA Gold Medal
The American Institute of Architects
AIA New York Chapter Design Awards - Architecture Honor Award [Knut Hamsun Center]
AIA New York Chapter Design Awards - Architecture Honor Award [Linked Hybrid]
Jencks Award
Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award
BBVA Foundation - National Research Council (CSIC)
Alvar Aalto Medal
Museum of Finnish Architecture - Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA)
2011 - 2015
Institute for Contemporary Art
United States » Richmond
2008 - 2012
Daeyang Gallery and House
South Korea [Taehan Min'guk] » Seoul
2005 - 2011
Cité de l'Océan et du Surf
France [France] » Biarritz
2003 - 2009
Linked Hybrid
China [Zhōngguó/Zhōnghuá] » Beijing
1994 - 2009
Hamsunsenteret [Knut Hamsun Center]
Norway [Norge] » Hamarøy
1997 - 2007
Nelson Atkins Museum of Art - Expansion and Renovation
United States » Kansas City
1999 - 2006
United States » Iowa City
2001 - 2003
Loisium Hotel
Austria [Österreich] » Langenlois
2001 - 2003
Loisium Weinwelt
Austria [Österreich] » Langenlois
1999 - 2002
United States » Cambridge
1997 - 2000
United States » Bellevue
1997 - 2000
Het Oosten - Menger Sponge Pavillion
Netherlands [Nederland] » Amsterdam
1996 - 1999
United States » Bloomfield Hills
1997 - 1999
United States » Catskill Mountains
1993 - 1998
Kiasma - Nikytaiteen Museum
Finland [Suomi/Finland] » Helsinki [Helsinki/Helsingfors]
1994 - 1997
United States » Seattle
United States » Seaside
Steven Holl, "Homage to Astra Zarina", Domus 919, novembre/november 2008, pp. 83-84
Steven Holl, "Sutura incandescente. Intervención en el Higgins hall, Nueva York", Arquitectura Viva 111, noviembre-diciembre/november-december 2007, "Últimos proyectos. Técnica/Diseño" pp. 108-111 (104-121)
Steven Holl, "Aulas abiertas. Escuela de Arte e Historia del Arte, Iowa City", Arquitectura Viva 111, noviembre-diciembre/november-december 2007, "Últimos proyectos. Técnica/Diseño" pp. 112-115 (104-121)
Steven Holl, "Luces en la colina. Ampliación del Museo Nelson-Atkins, Kansas City", Arquitectura Viva 111, noviembre-diciembre/november-december 2007, "Últimos proyectos. Técnica/Diseño" pp. 116-121 (104-121)
Steven Holl, Christian Wassmann, "Ein Architektur-Hotel, Kein Design-Hotel/An architectural Hotel, Not a Design Hotel", Detail 3/2007 [Hotels/Hotel Design/Architecture hôtelière], "Prozess/Process" pp. 218-219 (214-232, 296)
Steven Holl, Loisium. World of Wine, Hatje Cantz, 2007
Steven Holl, "La rivincita delle periferie/Voice of the Suburbs?", Domus 876, dicembre/december 2004, pp. 16-17
Steven Holl, "Il gioco di Terragni, 68 anni dopo/Terragni's Game, 68 years later", Domus 867, febbraio/february 2004, pp. 16-17 (12-21)
Steven Holl, "Sarphatistraat Office. Steven Holl", Area 60, gennaio-febbraio/january-february 2002 [Amsterdam], "Scenari di architettura" pp. 94-101
Steven Holl, "Bellevue Art Museum. Bellevue", Casabella 673/674, dicembre 1999-gennaio 2000/december 1999-january 2000 [USA, architettura come spettacolo], pp. 120-125
Steven Holl, The Chapel of St. Ignatius, Princeton Architectural Press, 1999
GA Document 110 Steven HollGA Document 110, december 2009 [Steven Holl]
El Croquis 141, 2008, [2004 2008, Steven Holl Architects], pp. 4-249
Francesco Garofalo, Steven Holl, Rizzoli, 2003
El Croquis, [Steven Holl Architects 1986-2003], 2003, pp. 4-565
Antonella Mari, Steven Holl, Edilstampa, Roma 2002
review: Ariela Rivetta, "La rottura del codice architettonico/Cracking the architectural code", Domus 843, dicembre/december 2001, "Review" pp. 8-9
Kenneth Frampton, Steven Holl architetto, Electa, 2002
Philip Jodidio, "Architecture Now! vol.2", Taschen, Köln 2002, pp. 142-151
Philip Jodidio, Architecture Now!, Taschen, Köln 2001, pp. 150-155
John Gendall, "Steven Holl. Poétique des contraires / The poetic of opposites", L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui 391, octobre/october 2012, pp. 18-47
Aric Chen, "Art gallery and house for the Daeyang Shipping Company, Seoul. Steven Holl Architects", Architectural Record 5/2012, may 2012, p. 140 (136-141)
Stefano Casciani, "Avventure nel regno tattile/Adventures in the Haptic Realm", Domus speciale. Dentro la materia e oltre/Into the matter and beyond, allegatoa/published with Domus 902, aprile/april 2007, pp. 32-39
Carola Vannini, Massimiliano Valli (ed.), Sessantuno domande a Steven Holl, CLEAN, 2005
Dietmar Steiner, "Museo di arte contemporanea Kiasma, Helsinki/Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki", Domus 810, dicembre/december 1998 [Lo spirito nordico/The Nordic spirit], pp. 12-25
AA.VV., "Steven Holl. Hybrid Building Seaside, Florida", Domus 709, ottobre/octobre 1989, pp. 29-37 (29-41)

Joan Oakman, Domus 709, ottobre/octobre 1989, pp. 40-41 (29-41)
Steven Holl, Half Hearth, Gran Sasso Pavilion, Antonia Jannone, Milano
Half Earth, Milano [Milan] (Italy), Antonia Jannone Disegni di Architettura, 26 may / 28 july 2023

Steven Holl, Half Hearth, Dallas, Antonia Jannone, MilanoFrom 26th May to 14th July 2023, Antonia Jannone Disegni di Architettura presents HALF EARTH, a new exhibition of work by architect, artist and educator Steven Holl (Washington, 1947) curated by Steven Holl Architects.
The exhibition project – five years after the first exhibition “One Two Five” curated by Marco Sammicheli – is a reflection on the role of architecture as an activity which, today, is inevitably and inescapably linked to responsibilities to Nature.

The exhibition its title from the work of the same name on biodiversity by the scholar Edward Osborne Wilson who, in the 1970s, attempted to map animal and plant species from all over the world, in order to identify those places where man had the most room to act on the environment while still protecting it.

Today, more than ever, the idea of rethinking urban settlements and their density is a crucial task, indeed a duty, for urban planners and architects. Holl himself has, over time, tried to address this need by creating that could preserve and/or restore struggling ecosystems thanks to ecological architecture powered by renewable energy sources.

HALF EARTH include projects such as Edge of a City (1988-1991), which offers suggestions for restoring the natural landscape on the edges of large American cities, and Spatial Retaining Bars for Phoenix and Spiroid Sectors for Dallas, dedicated to the design and construction of new community settlements. Geothermally heated and cooled, these new communities include living, working, recreational and cultural activities. One of the gallery walls also accommodates a life-size image of Gran Sasso, the highest mountain in the Apennines, along with models and studies for a new community public square, the Gran Sasso pavilion and hotel transformations.

In addition to plans and models are also large watercolour drawings inspired by John Cage's ideas on chance-controlled creation: indeed more than half of the shapes have been left to the randomness of water and chance.

For Holl the act of drawing is a daily exercise which he has always conceived as a metaphysical activity in search of an essential conception of architecture: the design process takes on the characteristics of a journey between reality and fiction, in which large buildings act as monumental containers that capture the passage of time.

“To me sketching, drawing by hand, is a form of thought. It is through my paintings that my thoughts take shape. By painting or drawing I manage to create a connection between the subjective element and the objective element. It’s an unpredictable way of opening your mind and feeling freely.”

images © Steven Holl Architects
Su Pietra, Lecce, Castello di Acaya, 10 july 2010/15 january 2011
Steven Holl – Heinz Tesar, architettura contemporanea a confronto, Polignano a Mare (Bari), Palazzo Pino Pascali - Museo comunale d'Arte Contemporanea, 26 may/8 june 2008
Steven Holl architetto, Vicenza, Basilica Palladiana, 5 september/1 december 2002
Steven Holl. Parallax, Milano, Galleria AAM, 8 march/28 april 2001
Steven Holl. Architecture, New York, Max Protetch Gallery, 9 december 2000/21 january 2001
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