August 6, 2010

Recent news from Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects presents Su Pietra, an exhibition of recent projects in China and Europe, at the Castle of Acaya in Lecce, Italy July 10, 2010 – January 15, 2011

New York, NY: June 14, 2010 – Steven Holl Architects is pleased to present Su Pietra, an exhibition of recent projects in China and Europe, which will be held at the Castle of Acaya in Lecce, Italy. The exhibition illustrates the design process of Steven Holl Architects, from conception to its current form, documenting the collaborative process of model making, drawing, and animation. In the exhibition, Steven Holl Architects’ recent projects merge with the early-16th-Century Castle of Acaya, with high- definition projections being cast onto the stone walls. It will be presented from July 10, 2010 through January 15, 2011. The Castle of Acaya is located in the Lecce Province, Apulia region of southern Italy.

The exhibition focuses on Steven Holl Architects’ recent projects in Europe and China. While the Chinese projects – the Horizontal Skyscraper in Shenzhen, Linked Hybrid in Beijing, and the Nanjing Museum of Art and Architecture – explore the macro scale of cities through the lens of architecture, the European projects show a vision of the preservation of natural landscape, as with the Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Knut Hamsun Center, Loisium Alsace, and the Cité de l’Ocean et du Surf in Biarritz.

As China experiences one of the world’s largest urbanizations in history, the Chinese works explore the creation of collective urban space - as opposed to object buildings. Rather than monofunctional buildings, these new hybrid buildings incorporate rich programmatic juxtapositions. At the micro scale, the European projects aim at shaping space, and investigating the phenomena of light and tactility through material development and experimentation.In addition, a series of stone sculptures has been created by Steven Holl specifically for Su Pietra. Complementing the exhibit’s projections “on stone,” Holl’s sculptures combine modern forms with an historic medium. Manufactured in Lecce and rendered from digital files sent from New York, his sculptures also demonstrate the possibilities of global collaboration.



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Steven Holl Architects opens the exhibition Urbanisms: Steven Holl + Li Hu 7 Projects in China by Steven Holl Architects July 30, 2010 at the Urban Planning Exhibition Hall in Hangzhou, China

New York City, July 26, 2010 – On Friday, July 30 Steven Holl Architects opens the exhibition Urbanisms: Steven Holl + Li Hu: 7 Projects in China by Steven Holl Architects in the Urban Planning Exhibition Hall in Hangzhou, China.

The exhibition tracks the process of designing ambitious projects in China from 2003-2009: Nanjing Museum of Art and Architecture, Beijing Linked Hybrid, Shenzhen Horizontal Skyscraper, and Chengdu Sliced Porosity Block. In addition, the exhibition will show three new projects in Hangzhou: the Triaxial Field Pavilion, the Shan-Shui Oxygen and Boiler master plan, and the recently won design for the Music Museum campus.

As China experiences one of the world’s largest urbanizations in history, these works explore the creation of collective urban space- as opposed to object buildings. Rather than monofunctional buildings, these are new hybrid buildings with rich programmatic juxtapositions. Each project investigates the phenomena of light and tactility through material development and experimentation. Geothermal cooling and heating, solar PVC and grey water recycling are among several green strategies utilized in all the projects.

The exhibition illustrates the design process from initial conception to current status; documenting the collaborative process of model making, drawing, and animation. The works presented are the product of a cooperative effort between Steven Holl Architects’ offices in New York and Beijing, where the difference in time zones often facilitates a continuous 24 hours cycle of production, the results of which are unprecedented works that are a fusion of landscape, urbanisms, and architecture.For more information on the work of Steven Holl Architects, please visit www.stevenholl.com

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Steven Holl Architects Chosen to Design the New Queens Library at Hunters Point 

Steven Holl Architects has been selected to design the new library at the Queens West Development at Hunters Point. This new library will provide state of the art library services to the community, as well as offer a space for community programming.

The new Queens Library is sited with spectacular views over the East River and major landmarks, such as the UN Building and the Roosevelt Memorial by Louis I. Kahn under construction on Roosevelt Island. It will function as a connector between waterfront activities and the city beyond. With residential buildings, three acres of new park land and public schools as neighbors, the library will serve as a new "urban forum" and aninvaluable resource for the community. The new Library will shape public space and create new connections across the Queens West Development, Hunters Point South, and the existing neighborhood of Hunters Point.

Tom Galante, Chief Executive Officer for the Queens Library, said, "Queens Library at Hunters Point will be a great resource for the whole community. We are looking forward to working with Steven Holl Architects to see a truly special library built on this site."

In addition to the stacks, the new library will house reading areas, a gallery, publicassembly multi-purpose meeting room for community programming including after-school study, readings, and various locally based events, and associated library staff and support areas. The project scope also includes the design of a separate structure to accommodate the users and staff of the adjacent Gantry Plaza State Park, to be located on the same site.

"This library will be a beacon for the Queens Library system and a cultural center for this growing and dynamic neighborhood" said David J. Burney, Commissioner of the Department of Design and Construction, which is managing the project. "Steven Holl Architects delivers dramatic architecture and innovative responses to complex client programs, and has proven to be adept at creating iconic buildings that respond to their site, culture, and history. This will be Steven Holl’s first public New York City commission, and we are looking forward to working with him on this exciting project."

Steven Holl states, "We are very pleased with this great commission for an addition to the growing community. We envision a building hovering and porous, open to the public park. A luminous form of opportunity for knowledge, standing on its own reflection in the east river."

For more information on the work of Steven Holl Architects, please visit www.stevenholl.com


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