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...gentle yet tough and willful form-making

Steven Holl Architects, Sclater Partners, associate architect; Guy Nordenson and Associates, structural (schematic design); Skilling Ward Magnusson Barkshire, structural. General contractor: Sellen Construction. (Photography by Steven Holl Architects)

This building looks better completed than it does in the models and drawings. It offers wonderful surprises of form. Its gentle yet tough and willful form-making promises not to compete with the work we will see within this frame. In spite of its vigorous geometry, it comes off restrained and gentile – and despite its strength it doesn’t suffer from “shape-it is,” with a resoundingly successful resonance of program and form.