Horizontal Skyscraper

Steven Holl

Richly illustrated with photographs, drawings, and water colors, this book documents the design and construction of Steven Holl's most ambitious project to date. Commissioned as the headquarters for China's largest real estate holding company, the Vanke Center became that country's first LEED platinum building and is a culminating expression of Holl's quest to realize super green, hybrid buildings that combine living, working, cultural, and commercial programs while also creating and preserving public urban spaces. "The Vanke Center is a surreal hybrid--part building, part landscape, part infrastructure," wrote Nicolai Ourroussoff, "It demonstrates what can happen when talented architects are allowed to practice their craft uninhibited by creative restrictions."

7" x 10.75", paper, 144 pp., pub. date December 2011