Linked Hybrid By Steven Holl Architects Completed


Steven Holl Architects have completed Linked Hybrid, a mixed-use complex of eight linked towers in Beijing, China.

The project, which was last week named Best Tall Building 2009 in the Asia and Australia category by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, comprises apartments, a hotel, cinema, kindergarten, school, underground car park, commercial zones and a public green space.

A series of multi-functional ’skybridges’ connect the eight residential towers and the hotel tower.

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Steven Holl-Designed Knut Hamsun Center Opens In Hamarøy, Norway


The Knut Hamsun Center, located in Hamarøy, Norway and designed by Steven Holl Architects, will open to the public on August 4, 2009 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Knut Hamsun’s birth. Dedicated to Norway’s most inventive twentieth-century writer and recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, the 2700-square-meter center is located above the Arctic Circle by the village of Presteid of Hamarøy, near the farm where Hamsun grew up. The building includes exhibition areas, a library and reading room, a café, and an auditorium for museum and community use.

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Sliced Porosity Block // Chengdu // China // Steven Holl Architects

In February 2008, Steven Holl Architects has been commissioned to build a complex of five linked towers surrounding a public plaza in Chengdu, China.

Called ‘Sliced Porosity Block’, the buildings contain voids containing pavilions designed by Holl, American architect Lebbeus Woods and Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei.

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Cite De L’ocean Et Du Surf // Biarritz // France // Steven Holl Architects

‘This new museum project by Steven Holl Architects intends to raise awareness of oceanic issues and to explore educational and scientific aspects of the surf and sea and their role upon our leisure, science, and ecology.

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Nanjing Museum Of Art & Architecture // Nanjing // China // Steven Holl

‘The new museum by Steven Holl Architects is sited at the gateway to the Contemporary International Practical Exhibition of Architecture in the lush green landscape of the Pearl Spring near Nanjing, China.

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The 10 Most Innovative Companies In Architecture

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According to Fast Company the 10 most innovative architectural firms are as followed:

1. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill: The world’s tallest building, the world’s greenest high-rise, and dozens of other superlatives make SOM a massive — and dynamically creative — commercial force.

2. Herzog & de Meuron: The Beijing Olympics made this firm’s ‘Birds’ Nest’ stadium an instant icon; its ‘Hanging Gardens of Babylon’ design for the Miami Art Museum shows range.

3. Zaha Hadid: A sexy little pop-up pavilion for Chanel. An ice-sculpture-like design for the Nordpark Cable Railway. A trippy design for the Guggenheim Hermitage in Vilnius. Hadid’s work is consistently jaw-dropping.

4. Rem Koolhaas’s OMA: You have to love a guy who can design both a giant headquarters building for China’s CCTV and catwalks for Prada.

5. Steven Holl: His ‘Linked Hybrid‘ complex in Beijing, which opened last fall, shows genius and technological virtuosity. Even Holl’s smaller projects — say, Kansas City’s Nelson Atkins Museum of Art — can be breathtaking in their simple majesty.

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Steven Holl Architects Wins Masterplan In ‘Shenzhen 4 Tower In 1′ Competition

Steven Holl Architects have been selected as the winning firm for the design of the masterplan of the ‘Shenzhen 4 Tower in 1′ competition by unanimous decision.

This competition was for an office tower complex around the new Shenzhen Stock Exchange Headquarters located in Shenzhen’s Futian commercial business district. Steven Holl Architects’ design for the competition included four towers connected by a horizontal linking structure. 

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Linked Hybrid // Beijing // China // Steven Holl Architects

This Project by Steven Holl Architects in Beijing, China, will be completed this year. The groundbreaking of this outstanding project was in 2003. It will be the largest green residential projects in the world.

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