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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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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Unveils Redevelopment Plans by Steven Holl Architects

New York–based firm Steven Holl Architects will create 14 acres of pedestrian-friendly campus grounds, providing an improved setting for three new structures—a school, a gallery, and a conservation center—adding to the earlier buildings by William Ward Watkin, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Rafael Moneo. More

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Morning News Roundup: Dec. 16, 2014

Israeli-born architect Eli Attia alleges that google stole his ideas for building... More

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Steven Holl Architects Wins Mumbai City Museum Design Competition

The New York-based firm—selected over eight finalists including Zaha Hadid... More

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Éditions de Parfums Frédéric Malle

New York / Steven Holl Architects. Honorable Mention. More

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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Broadcasts New Expansion Plans Via Live Stream

The ceremony will be followed by an architectural overview of the project... More

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BIG's Smithsonian Plan is the Latest Museum Design to Go Underground

Columnist Aaron Betsky argues in favor of plans recently released by Danish firm... More

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Bosco Verticale Wins the 2014 International Highrise Award

Bosco Verticale, by Stefano Boeri Architetti, has been selected from a pool of 26 nominees in 17 countries. More

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