Steven Holl Architects

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Steven Holl Architects and BNIM Celebrate Opening of Iowa Visual Arts Building
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Steven Holl Architects and BNIM Celebrate Opening of Iowa Visual Arts Building

A new University of Iowa arts facility complements another Steven Holl Architects... More

Arts Institutions See Swell in New Construction
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Arts Institutions See Swell in New Construction

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Steven Holl Architects Wins Planning Approval for Pedestrian Bridges in Kennedy Center Expansion
Restoration Begins at Fire-Damaged Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh Building
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Restoration Begins at Fire-Damaged Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh Building

Charles Rennie Mackintosh's 1909 Art Nouveau building at the Glasgow School of Art... More

Summer Road Trip: University of Iowa
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Summer Road Trip: University of Iowa

Aaron Betsky's midsummer migration brings him to the University of Iowa, where he... More

Steven Holl Architects Wins Institute for Advanced Study Rubenstein Commons Competition
Steven Holl Architects Breaks Ground on Maggie's Barts
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Steven Holl Architects Breaks Ground on Maggie's Barts

SHA begins construction on a bright facility for people with cancer within St.... More

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Maggie's Barts, by Steven Holl Architects Maggie's Barts, by Steven Holl Architects

The site for the new Maggie’s Centre Barts in the center of London is adjacent to the large courtyard of St. Bartholomew's Hospital. Founded in Smithfield in the 12th century, the hospital is the oldest in London and was founded at the same time as the St. Bartholomew the Great Church in 1123. Rahere founded the church and hospital "for the restoration of poor men." Layers of history characterize this unique site, connecting deeply to the Medieval culture of London. While most all of the realized Maggie's Centres have been horizontal buildings, the centre at St. Barts will be more vertical, sitting on the historically charged site. It will replace a pragmatic 1960s brick structure adjacent to a 17th century stone structure by James Gibbs, holding the "Great Hall" and the famous Hogarth staircase. The building is envisioned as a "vessel within a vessel within a vessel." The structure is a branching concrete frame, the inner layer is perforated bamboo and the outer layer is matte white glass with colored glass fragments recalling "neume notation" of Medieval music of the 13th century. The word neume originates from the Greek pnevma, which means 'vital force.' It suggests a 'breath of life' that fills oneself with inspiration like a stream of air, the blowing of the wind. The outer glass layer is organized in horizontal bands like a musical staff while the concrete structure branches like the hand. The three story centre has an open curved staircase integral to the concrete frame with open spaces vertically lined in perforated bamboo. The glass facade geometry, like a musical "staff" is in horizontal strips 90cm wide, which follow the geometry of the main stair along the north facade, while lifting up with clear glass facing the main square, marking the main front entry. There is a second entry on the west opening to the extended garden of the adjacent church. The building tops out in a public roof garden with flowering trees open to a large room for yoga, Tai Chi, meetings etc. The interior character of this building will be shaped by colored light washing the floors and walls, changing by the time of day and season. Interior lighting will be organized to allow the colored lenses together with the translucent white glass of the facade to present a new, joyful, glowing presence on this corner of the great square of St. Barts Hospital. More

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