Steven Holl was born in 1947 in, Washington. He graduated from the University of Washington and pursued architecture studies in Rome in 1970. In 1976 he joined the Architectural Association in London and established STEVEN HOLL ARCHITECTS in New York City. He is considered one of America's most important architects, Steven Holl is recognized for his 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. He specializes in seamlessly integrating new projects into contexts with particular cultural and historic importance.
Steven Holl has realized cultural, civic, academic and residential projects both in the United States and internationally. Notable work includes the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland, Sarphatistraat Offices, Amsterdam, Chapel of St. Ignatius, Seattle, Washington and a Linked Hybrid mixed-use complex in Beijing, China.
In June 2007 the much celebrated addition to The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri opened to the public. Referring to the building as breathtaking Nicolai Ourossoff wrote: "By subtly interweaving his building with the museum's historic fabric and the surrounding landscape, he has produced a work of haunting power. [..] It's an approach that should be studied by anyone who sets out to design a museum from this point forward". In the New Yorker Paul Goldberger stated: "The building is not just Holl's finest by far, but also one of the best of the last generation. Holl has produced as striking and inventive a piece of architectural form and yet it is a serene and exhilarating place in which to view art."
Steven Holl has won a number of international design competitions including projects in Denmark, France, Belgium, Finland and China.
Steven Holl | filmed by Out of Sync | NYC Sept 2015
Camera and edit | Per Henriksen
Interview | Jesper Bundgaard
Producer | Out of Sync
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