POPULAR TODAY ARCHITECTURE

steven holl architects studio visit
original content
dec 08, 2013
steven holl architects studio visit


steven holl architects studio visit
image © designboom

 

 

 

designboom visited the new york studio of steven holl architects, where a 33-strong team of individuals feeds the creative process of the firm; the beijing-branch is run by a group of 11 individuals who are managing its many china-based projects. situated in an industrial lofted space in new york city’s mid-town area, the office is openly organized to facilitate collaborative meetings and pin-up critique sessions:

 

we have pin-ups. we pin-up the work and critique it together and it’s a true critical process where people are encouraged to be very critical, and not take it personally, and that’s how it gets better. if you challenge everyone, including steven and I, that’s better. so, I like to say that, there’s no hierarchy in the office at the level of ideas and critique. everyone’s thinking and critique is very important. there’s a hierarchy in terms of getting the work done, obviously to make it happen, but in terms of ideas, we encourage everyone to be involved in the process.’ said chris mcvoy, senior partner at steven holl architects to designboom.

 

 


model of hunters point community library, queens, new york
image © designboom

 

 

 

underlying steven holl’s practice is the notion of ‘porous architecture’ – the ability to sculpt space and light so that users of his architecture are able to obtain a deeper experience through the relationships he creates between these, and the materials he employs. his designs often exhibit carved façades, and organically shaped apertures that inform and guide the way that natural luminosity hits the interior programs of his works, as evidenced most recently in his winning proposals for the ‘visual arts building’ at the university of iowa and culture and art center of qingdao city‘ in china.

 

 


general view of the studio that features large windows that flood the interior with light
image © designboom

 

 

 

the firm is focused on emphasizing sustainable building approaches into its site developments, incorporating elements such as green roofs and double walls into their builds, while simultaneously contributing to the preservation and restoration of the specific landscape in which they are working.

 

often viewing each new project as a musical composition, steven holl architects consideration and manipulation of light can be compared to that of a notes of an instrumental piece, through which he communicates a resonance and dissonance through the constructed form and its natural environment.

 

 


a library divides the space, acting as a platform in which to display numerous study models
image © designboom

 

 


a lofted storage space simultaneously acts as an exhibition area
image © designboom

 

 


model of the glasgow school of art, seona read building
image © designboom
read more about this project on designboom when it was in its concept phase and during construction/topping out

 

 


chris mcvoy with the model of tian jin ecocity ecology and planning museums
image © designboom
see more about this project on designboom here

 

 


model of tian jin ecocity ecology and planning museums
image © designboom

 

 


corner cut-out detail reveals interior circulation of the tian jin ecocity ecology and planning museums
image © designboom

 

 


detail of one of the carved volumes
image © designboom

 

 


archive area
image © designboom

 

 


model of the ‘visual arts building’, university of iowa
image © designboom
read more about this project on designboom here

 

 


model making workshop
image © designboom

 

 


‘when you are finished working, CLEAN UP!’
image © designboom

 

 


steven holl’s personal office where he produces his famous water color drawings
image © designboom

 

 


image © designboom

 

 


noah jaffe, junior partner; and chris mcvoy, senior partner at steven holl architects
portrait © designboom

 

full article here

comments policy
LOG IN VIA
login with designboom
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

product library