Nicolai Ourossoff

  • Steven Holl

    Helsinki is a modern architect’s mecca. Scheduled to open in 1998, Steven Holl’s Museum of Contemporary Art will stand at the center of the city’s greatest Modernist landmarks: the House of Parliament, Alvar Aalto’s Finlandia Hall, and the central train station designed by Eliel Saarinen. Acutely conscious of the location—of the weight of Finnish history and culture—Holl envisioned a structure that would embody what surrounds it. His current show traces the vicissitudes of his attempt to remain true to his original vision.

    At the entrance to the gallery, Holl’s sketchbook is mounted on the wall,