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    Holl Architecture School at Minnesota

    by Katharine Logan

    Steven Holl has described the task of designing an architecture school as one of the most difficult of architectural commissions. "Aspiring to design a building which can add to the educational experience of architecture," he says, "is comparable to the problem of a brain surgeon operating on his own brain."

    Whether or not one accepts this analogy, an architecture school is a special kind of design commission — one which seems to have provoked a number of thoughtful architects over several recent decades to produce less-than-timeless results.

    The new College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (CALA) at the University of Minnesota is Steven Holl Architects' most recently completed response to that problem. The 48,000-square-foot (4500-square-meter) building includes a library, auditorium, classrooms, offices, and studio space.

    The new CALA aims to unify and enrich the previously separate schools of architecture and landscape architecture, while enhancing the larger campus.   >>>

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    The new College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (CALA) at the University of Minnesota by Steven Holl Architects.
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    The concrete structure was left visible, partly for instructional purposes.
    Photo: Warren Bruland

     

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