Black Swan Theory

Steven Holl


     8.5 × 8.5 in (21.6 × 21.6 cm)
176 pages
176 color illustrations, 10 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 6/1/2007
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781568985879

In 1989, Princeton Architectural Press published Anchoring, the first book on the work of the then up-and-coming architect Steven Holl. Since then, Holl has become one of the most famous and highly regarded architects in the world through his award-winning residential and institutional work; his teaching, writings, and drawings; and his persistent vision of an architecture that takes into consideration its place, time, and all the senses of the viewer. This philosophy helped to create some of the richest and most celebrated buildings of the past several decades. Indeed, in 2001, Time magazine called Holl America's Best Architect for "buildings that satisfy the spirit as well as the eye." Sequels to Anchoring--Intertwining and Parallax--chronicled Holl's work from the period 1988 to 1995. House brings us up-to-date on Holl's most recent residences and collects his best-known projects from the past including a total of fifteen of Holl's residential works. Rather than having an unvarying style, these houses aim at the sometimes elusive ideal of the specific. Each house tackles a different design challenge, using site as the physical and metaphysical foundation upon which to build. Fusing building and situation, Holl creates a unique expression in each home. Beautiful and innovative, the houses span the globe, ranging from a secluded location in Hawaii, to the Catskill Mountains of New York, to Martha's Vineyard, to the Hague in the Netherlands. Each project is accompanied by Holl's charming watercolor building studies as well as an insightful explanation of how he was inspired by the land upon which the house sits and how the sumptuous materials utilized reflect the spirit of the location.

Steven Holl founded Steven Holl Architects in New York in 1976. SHA is a design-oriented office. The firm has been recognized internationally with numerous awards, publications and exhibitions for quality and excellence in design. Currently, our competition-winning design for the 165,000 sf Expansion of the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, has begun construction to be completed in 2006. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, our 195,000 sf Undergraduate Dormitories completed construction in September 2002. The Whitney Waterworks Park and Water Treatment Facility in Hamden, Connecticut began construction in Spring 2002. Other current projects include the expansion and renovation of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County; a new marina development in Beirut, Lebanon; and a new building for the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Iowa. Steven Holl is a tenured faculty member at Columbia University where he has taught since 1981. Other professional affiliations include NCARB, American Institute of Architects, American Association of Museums, Honorary Whitney Circle, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the International Honorary Committee, Viipuri Library, Alvar Aalto Foundation. In July 2001 Time Magazine named Steven Holl as America's Best Architect, for "buildings that satisfy the spirit as well as the eye." Holl was honored by the Smithsonian Institution with the 2002 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture.

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