“Steven Holl is a major talent, with significant projects in Europe and America, but his most potent urban ideas have sat on shelves for decades. In China he was given the chance to dust them off, and the results are extraordinary,” said Nicolai Ouroussoff, The New York Times architecture critic, about the Horizontal Skyscraper in his article, ‘Turning Design On Its Side’ on June 28, 2011.
Ourossoff went on to praise the Horizontal Skyscraper’s environmentally friendly features and the design’s social and urban impact. “Mr. Holl has designed a building that pushed its users to stop and think about the world around them. In doing so he has given identity to what was until now a formless urban condition: the kind of characterless place, neither city nor suburb, that is in desperate need of new architectural solutions. It is an architecture that opens doors to new possibilities. And it underscores why China’s experimental climate, when combined with genuine intelligence, can be so exciting.”
For Nicolai Ouroussoff’s full article on the Horizontal Skyscraper, please click on the New York Times website link below.