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Campbell Sports Center

Steven Holl Architects

Ever since the demise of the classical canon of architecture the analogy between the human body and architecture has lost its hegemony. We no longer theorize or speculate in such terms, and we shy away from anthropomorphism in architecture. And yet a reference to the body will never be entirely absent, even in the most abstract figuration in art and architecture.
Here, in the Campbell Sports Centre located in the north tip of the island of Manhattan, a Manhattan rhapsody, if you like, has emerged against the backdrop of desolation and indifferent building stock.
A playful composition has emerged out of a forbidden analogy. It is as if the human figure with its legs stretched out far below and his head and shoulder far above have issued this composition. An existential equivalent of the life of the body itself has become a reality. Ambiguously at once subject and object, the...

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