Steven Holl: One Two Five

November 10, 2018
Architecture Field 01

Steven Holl was inspired by the work of Michelangelo and Picasso, the location of the gallery (Corso Garibaldi 125), and his two year old daughter’s excited counting attempts. The result is a sculpture composed of: five elements, two versions, one assembled.

Holl worked with the dialectic of simultaneously presenting a subtractive form of sculpture and an additive form. Here each piece is carved out of 21-million-year-old stone “pietra di Lecce” by the latest CNC technology and assembled to a two-part sculpture, where the individual elements form space either in composition or freestanding.

Established in 1977, Steven Holl Architects is recognized for its ability to blend space and light with great contextual sensitivity and to utilize the unique qualities of each project to create a concept-driven design. The firm specializes in seamlessly integrating new projects into contexts with particular cultural and historic importance. They have realized cultural, civic, university, and residential projects in the U.S. and around the world, most recently the Lewis Arts Complex at Princeton University (2017); Maggie’s Centre Barts in London, United Kingdom (2017); the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University (2018); the Glassell School of Art in Houston, Texas (2018); and currently the Expansion Project for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Campus Expansion. Steven Holl, principal and lead designer of Steven Holl Architects, has been recognized with several international awards, including the 2014 Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award for Architecture and the AIA 2012 Gold Medal Award. Holl is a tenured professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture and Planning.

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