Thursday, July 23, 2020

Artist of the day, July 23, 2020: Steven Holl, an American architect and watercolorist (#1049)

Steven Holl (1947) is an American architect and watercolorist. Among his most recognized works are the REACH expansion of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Hunters Point Library in Queen in New York, the Bloch Building addition to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, and the Linked Hybrid mixed-use complex in Beijing, China.

Holl grew up in Bremerton and Manchester, Washington. He 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 in New York City. For ten years after moving to New York, Holl slept in his office on a plywood shelf above the entry, showering at the nearby YMCA. 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 more modern style of Phenomenology. He has been inspired and influenced by philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty and architect-theorist Juhani Pallasmaa.

In 1998 Holl was awarded the prestigious Alvar Aalto Medal. In 2000, Holl was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In July 2001, Time named Holl America's Best Architect, for "buildings that satisfy the spirit as well as the eye." Other awards and distinctions include the best architectural design in New York for The Pace Collection showroom in 1986 from the American Institute of Architects, the New York American Institute of Architects Medal of Honor (1997), the French Grande Médaille d’Or (2001), the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture (2002), etc...

Holl is a tenured professor at Columbia University, where he has taught since 1981with Dimitra Tsachrelia He frequently teaches on the relationship between music and architecture.

In 2010, Holl founded 'T' Space, a multidisciplinary arts organization in Rhinebeck, New York. The core aim of 'T' Space is to create educational fusions of art, architecture, music, and poetry of the 21st century. The organization operates a summer exhibition series and an emerging architects summer residency in pursuit of their mission.

In 2017, 'T' Space began offering a summertime residency program for young architects and artists. Program participants design purpose-built architecture for rural communities, with curriculum emphasizing the ecological outcomes of design. During project development, the residents participate in pin-ups, field trips, and a public lecture series, from architects including Christian Wassmann, Christoph Kumpusch, Tamas Nagy, and Holl himself.

In addition to its arts and educational programming, 'T' Space maintains a publication program and a 30-acre nature reserve with outdoor installations of art and architecture. In 2019, construction was completed on 'T' Space's architectural archive and research library, which will come to house Holl's work as a watercolorist, as well as models, drawings and other architectural materials developed in Holl's 40-plus years as principal of Steven Holl Architects.

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Mr. Steven Holl

Oceanic Retreat
Kaua'i, Hawaii, 2001

 The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Kansas City, 2007

 Hangzhou Music Museum
Hangzhou, China, 2008

 Sliced Porosity Block: Raffles City Chengdu
Chengdu, China, 2012

 Tianjin Ecocity Ecology and Planning Museums,
Tianjin City Government Office, China, 2012

 Nanjing Sifang Art Museum
Nanjing, China, 2013

 Nanjing Sifang Art Museum
Nanjing, China, 2013

 Qingdao Culture and Art Center
Qingdao, China, 2013

 Visual Arts Building
University of Iowa, Iowa City,  2016

 Horizon House

 Lewis Arts Complex
Princeton University, Princeton, 2017

 Institute of Comtemporary Arts
Richmond, 2018

 Doctorate Building
Nat'l University of Colombia, 2019

 Doctorate Building
Nat'l University of Colombia

 Quanhai International Financial Ezchange Center
Shenzhen, China, 2019

 The Reach, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington D.C. 2019

 Ushido Residential Towers
South Tushino, Russia, 2019

 Angers Collectors Museum and Hotel
Angers, France, to be completed by 2020

 Angers Collectors Museum and Hotel
Angers, France, to be completed by 2020

Beijing, China, to be completed by 2020 

 Entrance Precinct Masterplan, University College Dublin
Dublin, Ireland, to be completed by 2020

 Entrance Precinct Masterplan, University College Dublin
Dublin, Ireland, to be completed by 2020

 Malawi Library
Lilongwe, Malawi, to be completed by 2020

 Taiwan Chinpaosan Necropolis
Taipei, Taiwan, to be completed by 2020

 Winter Visual Arts Center
Franklin & Marshall College, USA, to be completed by 2020

Shenzhen, China, to be completed by 2021

 Loisium Hotel Expansion
Langenlois, Austria, to be completed by 2021

 Ostrava Concert hall
Ostrava, Czech Republic, to be completed by 2022

 Ostrava Concert hall
Ostrava, Czech Republic, to be completed by 2022

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