Steven Holl Architects will celebrate the completion of two new projects, the Sliced Porosity Block in Chengdu, China, and the Campbell Sports Center at Columbia University in New York, in Fall 2012.
The Sliced Porosity Block – CapitaLand Raffles City in Chengdu, China, located just south of the intersection of the First Ring Road and Ren Min Nan Road, will open in September 2012. Its sun sliced geometry results from minimum daylight exposures to the surrounding urban fabric prescribed by code. Porous and inviting from every side, five vertical entrances cut through a layer of micro-urban shopping before leading to the elevated public ‘Three Valley’ plaza. A great urban terrace on the scale of Rockefeller Center, this multi-level plaza in the center of the complex is sculpted by stone steps, ramps, trees, and ponds. Residing in voids in the facades of the sculpted blocks are pavilions designed by Steven Holl (history pavilion) and Lebbeus Woods (light pavilion).
The Campbell Sports Center, which will celebrate its completion on October 20, 2012, will serve as an inviting new gateway to Columbia University’s Baker Athletics Complex at the prominent urban corner where Broadway meets 10th Avenue and the 1 Subway line – the northernmost crossing of Broadway with avenues that run the length of Manhattan. The Campbell Sports Center, a five-story, 48,000 square foot facility, will house strength and conditioning spaces, offices for varsity sports, an auditorium, a hospitality suite and student-athlete study rooms.