Steven Holl

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Steven Holl : biography

December 9, 1947 –

Steven Holl (born December 9, 1947) is an American architect and watercolorist, perhaps best known for the 2003 Simmons Hall at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the celebrated 2007 Bloch Building addition to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, and the praised 2009 Linked Hybrid mixed-use complex in Beijing, China.

Notable works

Bloch Building expansion of the [[Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri]]

  • Hybrid Building, Seaside, Florida (1984–88)
  • Berlin AGB Library, Berlin, Germany (entry for a competition in 1988)
  • Void Space Housing, Nexus World, Fukuoka, Japan (1989–91)
  • Stretto House, Dallas, Texas (1989–92)
  • Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York City (1992–93)
  • Chapel of St. Ignatius (at Seattle University), Seattle, Washington (1994–97)
  • Cranbrook Institute of Science, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (1993–98)
  • Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki (1993–98)
  • Sarphatistraat Offices, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (1996–2000)
  • Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Washington (2001)
  • Ralph Rapson Hall, College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2002)
  • Pratt Institute Higgins Hall Insertion, Brooklyn, NY (1997–2005)
  • Lake Whitney Water Purification Facility and Park, Connecticut (1998-2005)
  • Turbulence House, New Mexico (2001–05)
  • Planar House (Cottle Residence), Paradise Valley, Arizona (2002–05)
  • School of Art and Art History, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa (1999–2006)
  • Residence of the Ambassador of Switzerland, Washington, DC (2006)
  • Bloch Building expansion of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri (1999–2007)
  • Linked Hybrid, Beijing (2003–09)
  • Knut Hamsun Centre (Hamsunsenteret), Nordland, Norway (1994–2009)
  • Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning, Denmark (2005–2009)
  • Horizontal Skyscraper – Vanke Center, Shenzhen, China (2006-2009)
  • Cite de l’Ocean et du Surf, Biarritz, France (2005–2011), in collaboration with Solange Fabiao
  • Daeyang Gallery and House, Seoul, South Korea (2008-2012)
  • Nanjing Museum of Contemporary Art, Nanjing (2003–12)
  • Campbell Sports Center at Columbia University, New York, NY (2008-2012)
  • PhD Building, National University of Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia (2012)
  • Sliced Porosity Block – CapitaLand Raffles City Chengdu, Chengdu, China (2007-2012)
  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts addition (2013)

Recent competition success

  • ‘Sail Hybrid’ casino development, Knokke-Heist, Belgium (2005)
  • ‘Horizontal Skyscraper’, Vanke Center, Shenzhen, China (2006)
  • ‘Meander’, Taivallahti Residential Area, Helsinki, Finland (2006)
  • LM Project, Copenhagen, Denmark (2008)
  • Glasgow School of Art, new art building, Scotland (2009)
  • Hangzhou Music Museum, Hangzhou, China (2009)
  • ‘Shan-Shui’ masterplan, Hangzhou, China (2010)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Institute for Contemporary Art, Richmond, Virginia (2012)
  • Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, Texas


MIT won the Harleston Parker Medal in 2004.]] Bloch Addition to the [[Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art]]

Holl graduated from the University of Washington and pursued architecture studies in Rome in 1970. In 1976, he attended graduate school at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and established his offices New York City. Holl has taught at Columbia University since 1981.

Holl’s architecture has undergone a shift in emphasis, from his earlier concern with typology to his current concern with a phenomenological approach; that is, with a concern for man’s existentialist, bodily engagement with his surroundings. The shift came about partly due to his interest in the writings of philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty and architect-theorist Juhani Pallasmaa.