Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine September 2012


For Steven Holl, Morning Watercolors Are Akin to Meditation

For visualizing concepts and pulling all aspects of a project together, the architect is a firm believer in the art of the watercolor.

All of Steven Holl’s buildings begin the same way: with an intuitive brush stroke, usually first thing in the morning. “For me, drawing is a form of thought,” he says. “I start every project with a concept diagram. I used to do pencil drawings. Those took eight hours. Around 1979, I streamlined it to five-by-seven-inch watercolors, because they were easy…

Ultimate Oxymoron

Hotels are now worse for the planet than ever before. Recently built properties use twice as much energy per night as hotels built
50 years ago. Even so-called “green hotels” are often merely less-bad alternatives. Is hotel design inherently unsustainable?


A Better View FROM MICHAEL F. MCCAULEY: Where, oh where are images of the Piero Lissoni–designed staircase for his Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam (“History Lesson,” by Eva Hagberg, July/August 2012, p. 66)? The “grand staircase” is mentioned no fewer than 11 times. But there’s no photo—not even one—showing how the “signature piece in his modern addition to the new hotel”…