Architect: Steven Holl Architects
Year completed: 2009
Steven Holl's notable work includes the Pratt Institute Higgins Hall Insertion and the Bloch Building at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. One work by Holl that lacks his thoughtful minimalist approach, however, is the Link Hybrid complex in Beijing. This large complex, made of eight different buildings, dominates the surrounding area. With such a hold on the region, its oppressive windows and façade leave a lasting impression. Even other architects have criticized the complex. According to Washington-based architect and urbanist Howard Decker, "This is a remarkably cold, hostile, hermetic place. The disconnect with the surrounding urban fabric emphasizes the sense that the Linked Hybrid's principle references are to itself, not the larger city."