Steven Holl pushes edge of design in China


A New York Times article looks at a new design in China by Bremerton-born architect Steven Holl. The Vanke Center on the edge of the city of Shenzhen is a surreal hybrid — part building, part landscape, part infrastructure, according to the Times, which notes that in China Holl has the freedom and means to bring to life some of his most potent urban ideas.  The Vanke Center shows what can happen when talented architects are allowed to practice their craft uninhibited by creative restrictions (or, to be fair, by the high labor costs of most developed societies), the Times notes. Steven Holl Architects, with offices in New York City and Beijing, has been recognized with some of architecture’s most prestigious awards and prizes. In July 2001, Time Magazine named Holl as America’s Best Architect, for ‘buildings that satisfy the spirit as well as the eye.’ Locally, Holl, a University of Washington graduate, designed the Chapel of St. Ignatius for Seattle University.

Steven Holl's Vanke Center in Shenzhen, China. Photo by Iwan Baan.
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One Response to Steven Holl pushes edge of design in China

  1. Estrella says:

    What a great project. I love how the building looks like it “floats” on the water. Very peaceful and modern at the same time.

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