Art Tuesday - Steven Holl

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Tuesday, May 10 2011 by

Steven Holl (born December 9, 1947, Bremerton, Washington) is an American architect and watercolorist, perhaps best known for the 1998 Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum in Helsinki, Finland, 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,[1] and the praised 2009 Linked Hybrid mixed-use complex in Beijing, China.

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.

'Makuhari Bay New Town' by Steven Holl (StreetView)
'Makuhari Bay New Town' by Steven Holl

'Storefront for Art & Architecture' by Steven Holl (StreetView)
'Storefront for Art & Architecture' by Steven Holl
'Rapson Hall' by Steven Holl (Google Maps)
'Rapson Hall' by Steven Holl

'Swiss Embassy' by Steven Holl (Birds Eye)
'Swiss Embassy' by Steven Holl

'Whitney Water Treatment Plant' by Steven Holl (Birds Eye)
'Whitney Water Treatment Plant' by Steven Holl

'Simmons Hall' by Steven Holl (Birds Eye)
'Simmons Hall' by Steven Holl
'University of Iowa School of Art and Art History' by Steven Holl (Birds Eye)
'University of Iowa School of Art and Art History' by Steven Holl

Kiasma - The Museum of Contemporary Art (Birds Eye)
Kiasma - The Museum of Contemporary Art
'The Chapel of St. Ignatius' by Steven Holl (Google Maps)
'The Chapel of St. Ignatius' by Steven Holl

'Cranbrook Institute of Science' by Steven Holl (Birds Eye)
'Cranbrook Institute of Science' by Steven Holl

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