Sliced Porosity Block / Steven Holl Architects

In China’s fast growing city of Chengdu, Steven Holl has created a micro metropolis with the monumental Sliced Porosity Block mixed use development. Evolving from a design perspective that eschews the iconic-object skyscraper approach, Holl’s integrated complex – with tributes to its location’s history and culture – indicates a multifaceted conceptualisation of the architectural process that has brought Chengdu’s past, present and future into a dynamic new public space.