Steven Holl’s Architectural Archives and Research Library preserves the evolution of his firm’s designs and landscape

Inside, untreated birch plywood forms an inner shell that encloses a super-insulated wooden structure. The walls are punctuated with high-tech double-glazed skylights and eye-level vents that open onto the wilderness.

“It’s different than in the city, where you can’t experiment with sunlight in a landscape like here,” says Holl. “We do [the residents] Working in models and natural light. This is really important today because students are completely polluted by the internet.”

Having brought the models to the library just before the pandemic, the team has been organizing the archive ever since. “That brought momentum to this room,” says Dimitra Tsachrelia, Ms. von Holl and an employee of the company. She was instrumental in overseeing ‘T’ Space, noting, “The models had just arrived in boxes in December and because we were here there was an impetus to bring the books and all the watercolors.”

Holl also began running his Rhinebeck office full-time, although maintaining offices in New York’s Chelsea and Beijing. He doesn’t want to go back. “I really like it and everything connected well with Zoom, so let’s just keep going,” says Holl. “It’s a godsend to always be outside.”

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