At first glance, the humble state of Iowa, located in the heart of the American Midwest, might seem an unlikely location for the work of starchitects. Home to just over three million residents spread across a handful of small cities, the state is one of the least populated in the United States. Largely driven by agriculture and academia, the state has maintained a relatively tame architectural landscape—until now.
Steven Holl Architects
To design an addition to a well-recognized and globally respected masterpiece must be one of the most difficult tasks for architects. Steven Holl, one of the most talented American architects of our time, had to face this challenge in Scotland's largest city: Situated directly across the street from the main building of the Glasgow School of Art, the climax of the Scottish Art Nouveau, the prestigious Academy of Art asked him to construct a new building. It was inaugurated on April 9th - a good hundred years after the inauguration of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's magnum opus.
Kiasma is located in the heart of Helsinki at the foot of the Parliament building to the west, with Eliel Saarinen's Helsinki Station to the east, and Alvar Aalto's Finlandia Hall to the north.
The private gallery and house is sited in the hills of the Kangbuk section of Seoul, Korea.
Sited at the edge of the Virginia Commonwealth University campus in Richmond, Virginia, the new Institute for Contemporary Art will link the University with the surrounding community.
The Cité de l'Océan et du Surf is a museum that explores both surf and sea and their role upon our leisure, science and ecology.
The new museum 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.
The Linked Hybrid complex in Beijing aims to counter the current privatized urban developments in China by creating a twenty-first century porous urban space - inviting and open to the public from every side.
Steven Holl Architects were awarded first prize in the design competition to redevelop the site of the oxygen and boiler plants in Hangzhou.
The landscape of grass mounds and reflecting pools aligns with a geometry of curved roof sections of the new building that houses permanent and temporary exhibition galleries, a 150-seat auditorium, music rehearsal rooms, a restaurant, a media library, and administrative offices all on one level.
Knut Hamsun, Norway's most inventive twentieth-century writer, fabricated new forms of expression in his first novel Hunger. He went on to found a truly modern school of fiction with his works Pan, Mysteries, and Growth of the Soil.
The site is developed to maximize public open space and to stimulate micro-urbanism.
The addition to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art runs along the eastern edge of the museum campus and provides a counterpoint to the original 1933 Beaux-Arts building.
A green folded space with multiple elevations on top of the commercial space is sliced open by the insertion of five rotated dancing towers.
The new addition to the renovated Singel Gracht building, the former Federal Warehouse of Medical Supplies, has replaced one of the outbuildings on the canal side of the four - story brick "U" building.
The Bellevue Art Museum, clad in three basic elements, red-stained concrete, hand-sanded aluminum panels and the glass of its huge windows and skylights, is a bold statement in the midst of sterile towers, downtown shopping and traffic.