New York

Steven Holl

Facade Gallery

There is room for whimsy and idiosyncracy in architecture, but no building can be absolutely capricious. There must be reasons for things appearing the way they do beyond the obvious fancies of the architect. Buildings and spaces have common stories to tell, cultural and formal legacies to be perpetuated and elaborated; it is these impulses and essences that inform great buildings, fuse different times and cultures, and transcend style.

Steven Holl’s buildings are idiosyncratic, but they are also eloquent episodes in a search that gathers momentum and clarity with each project and idea. Quiet and thoughtful amid the excesses of contemporary architecture’s pomp and circumstance, Holl’s work seeks an animated homeostasis between autonomous innovation and the anonymity of tradition, and between art and culture. His keen interest in and vast understanding of vernacular architecture, joined with

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