After his studies in New York, Rome and London, Holl set up his own architect’s studio in 1976 in New York, though he did not achieve international recognition until 1991 when he designed an innovative apartment building in Fukuoka (Japan).
With certain similitudes to Eisenman’s style, his work is characterised by the use of fragmented cubes and the modulation of space and light. By means of placing openings on corners, edges and sides of cuboid structures, he remarks the qualities of folds and continuation.
Amongst his works we may highlight the Chapel of Saint Ignatius in Seattle (Washington) and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki. The MOMA exhibited models of his work in 1991 and he has been awarded prizes such as the AIA of Honour, the Grand Gold Medal of the French Academy of Architecture and the award granted by Time magazine to the best architect of America.