Posted by Michael Sweeney on April 22, 2003 at 14:05:30:
In Reply to: ArchWeek - Holl Architecture School at Minnesota posted by Kevin Matthews on April 16, 2003 at 23:08:27:
Whether Holl's analogy is valid doesn't much matter--the project itself certainly stands on its own. Having visited it, there are certainly some substantive faults (the concrete work is in places nothing short of abysmal), but its siting and presence is fantastic (dramatically better than his recent MIT project). It's too bad that there are no shots in the article showing the greater context of this project b/c that's where it shines--the window wall of the library is far better as an urban move facing one of the primary entrances to the U of M than it is for lighting the reading room. One hidden move: the floor to ceiling channel glass makes the men's room in the 4th floor studio perhaps one of the most amazing restrooms around.
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