Author: Steven Holl
This book takes a close look at seven houses designed by Steven Holl, considered one of America's most influential architects. It offers the reader unprecedented access to the thought processes and work of this groundbreaking, cutting-edge architect through his own words and watercolors--and more than 100 photographs.
This volume features seven of his residential houses and looks at his approach to modernist suburban residences, including two new homes finished in 2017. Viewed as a collection, these houses serve to demonstrate the wide range of Holl's prodigious genius through lavish and striking photographs as well as Holl's own descriptions. Considered one of America's most important architects, Holl is recognized for his 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. Time magazine declared Holl "America's Best Architect" for his "buildings that satisfy the spirit as well as the eye."
Cerebral and oracular, Holl’s singular vision infuses Midcentury Modernism’s optimistic geometry with 19th-century Luminist painting’s “clarity of light and immensity of scale.” His wood, glass, metal, and stone residential sculptures invite the outdoors in. Four of the dwellings detailed here are in upstate New York. Rhinebeck’s Ex of In House and T2 Reserve subvert expectations with their compressed asymmetric and spherical spaces and a T-shaped studio, “aimed at human emotions,” that’s so austere it lacks plumbing and heating. The cartridge brass-sheathed Nail Collector’s House hovers above Lake Champlain, its 24 irregular windows based on the chapters of Homer’s Odyssey. In the Catskills, the iron-red Y House is “like a forked stick—a primitive mark on a vast site.” Projects in Seoul, New Mexico, and elsewhere in the US round out this elegant, photo-filled book.
Hardcover, 192 pages