Steven Holl (born December 9, 1947, Bremerton,
Washington) is an American academic architect and watercolorist best known for the
1998 Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum in Helsinki, Finland, the 2003 Simmons Hall at MIT, Cambridge,
Massachusetts, U.S., and the
recently completed Linked Hybrid
mixed-use complex in Beijing,
China. In June 2007 the much celebrated Bloch
Building addition to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri opened to the
Holl 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 his offices New York City, and has taught at Columbia University since
Holl's architecture has undergone a shift in emphasis, from his
earlier concern with typology
current concern with a phenomenological
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
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 Magazine
named Steven Holl as America’s
Best Architect, for 'buildings that satisfy the spirit as well as
the eye.' Awards include the 2008 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of
Knowledge Award in the Arts category, Honorary Fellow of the Royal
Institute of British Architects (2003), the Smithsonian
Institution’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture
(2002), the French Grande Médaille d’Or (2001), the prestigious
Alvar Aalto Medal (1998), the Arnold W. Brunner Prize in
Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the
New York American Institute of Architects Medal of Honor (1997).
Most recently Steven Holl Architects the School of Art & Art
History (University of Iowa, Iowa City) received the AIA 2007
Institute Honor Award for and the AIA New York Chapter 2007 Merit
Architecture Award. The Center Section at the Pratt Institute
(Brooklyn, New York) and the New Residence at the Swiss Embassy
both received the AIA New York Chapter 2007 Honor Architecture
Along with Pallasmaa and Alberto
, Holl wrote essays for a 1994 special issue of the
Japanese architectural journal A+U
title Questions of Perception: Phenomenology of
The publication was reissued as a book in
USGS satellite image of the Chapel of
Saint Ignatius at Seattle University.
Kiasma, Helsinki, 1993-1998
- Expansion of the Nelson-Atkins
Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri.
of Art and Art History, The University of Iowa, Iowa
- Linked Hybrid Housing, Beijing.
- Kiasma, Museum of
Contemporary Arts, Helsinki (1993-1998).
- Cranbrook Institute of Science, Bloomfield
House (Cottle Residence), Paradise Valley, Arizona.
- Turbulence House, New Mexico.
- Stretto House, Dallas, Texas
- Chapel of St. Ignatius (at Seattle
University), Seattle, Washington (1994-97).
- Sarphatistraat Offices, Amsterdam,
- Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Washington.
- Pratt Institute Higgins Hall Center Section, Brooklyn, NY.
- Storefront for Art and
Architecture, New York
- Hybrid Building, Seaside, Florida (1984-88).
- Berlin AGB Library, Berlin, Germany (entry for a competition in 1988).
Space Housing, Nexus World, Fukuoka, Japan
- Residence of the Ambassador of Switzerland, Washington, DC
- College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University
of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2002).
Recent competition success
Hybrid' casino development, Knokke-Heist, Belgium (2005).
- 'Floating Skyscraper', Vanke Center,
Shenzhen, China (2006).
- 'Meander', Taivallahti Residential Area, Helsinki, Finland
Project, Copenhagen, Denmark (2008)
- Scott Drake, “The Chiasm and the experience of space”,
JAE, Nov. 2005, vol.59, iss. 2, 53-59.
- Steven Holl, “Educating our Perception”, in “Magic Materials
II”, Daidalos, August 1995.
- Steven Holl, Parallax, Birkhauser, New York,
- Steven Holl, Pamphlet Architecture 1-10. Princeton
Architectural Press, New York, 1998.
- Steven Holl, The Chapel of St.Ignatius. Princeton
Architectural Press, New York, 1999.
- Alberto Perez-Gomez, Juhani Pallasmaa, Steven Holl,
Questions of Perception. Phenomenology of
Architecture, William K. Stout Pub., San Francisco, 2006 (2nd
- Alberto Perez-Gomez, “The architecture of Steven Holl: In
search of a poetry of specifics”, El Croquis 93,
- Philip Jodidio, Architecture Now!, Icons, Taschen,New
- Gareth Griffiths, "Steven Holl and His Critics", Ptah,
- Nancy Marmer, "Holl's Kiasma Debuts in Helsinki," Art in
America, October 1998, p. 35.