Drawing, Chapel of St. Ignatius, Seattle University, Seattle, WA: Exterior Concept Study, September 6, 1994
Brush and watercolor, graphite on heavy paper. Museum purchase through gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt. 2001-15-1
What is this?
Recto: Exterior perspective study with view of entrance, side facades, and belfry beyond; two pencilled sketch plans at upper right corner of sheet Verso: Rough graphite sketch of interior vaulting.
Why is this in our collection?
Steven Holl ranks among America’s leading innovators in contemporary architecture. He was among the designers featured in the museum’s 2000 National Design Triennial, the same year he was also a National Design Awards finalist. Holl is a remarkable and prolific draftsman. Drawing is a vital part of his design process. This involves numerous watercolors drawings that serve as unique explorations and vital visualizations of his architectural thought. He is never without his sketchbook. Holl constantly refers to his drawings as he develops a building’s overall design of space and structure, or works out details. This “visual dialogue,” in turn, generates new drawings that work in tandem with other... more