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Steven Holl in Kansas City, Usa

Steven Holl Architects

The civic or postcard view of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, now radically extended by Steven Holl Architects, is of five translucent boxes informally arrayed to one side of a stern institution dating from the 1930s. That’s the view presented to citizens of Kansas City, Missouri across elegantly tended terraces to the south of the original museum; a view that entices the more adventurous to climb and traverse the gaps between these new, enigmatic glass pavilions. Many visitors arrive however by automobile, descending into an underground garage beneath a shallow pool to the north. The roof of this garage’s upper parking tray is punctured by several dozen circular openings that admit light and splash reflections of water onto the concrete surfaces and parked cars below. This intervention, and a gold island in the pool above, is an artwork, One Sun/34 Moons, by the distinguished...

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