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The interior organization of the Centraal Beheer helped establish Hertzberger as an exemplar of socially-progressive design for many in a generation of modern architects. Photo: Willem Diepraam
Herman Hertzberger RIBA Gold Medal
by Michael Crosbie
When Dutch architect and architectural theorist Herman
Hertzberger was named the winner of the Royal Institute
of British Architects' 2012 Gold Medal, he lamented the
fact that architects don't garner the respect they did
just a generation ago, and that their status in the
construction industry has been downgraded, a reflection
of the fact that they are not the master builders they
once were. "We're not buried next to the king anymore,"
This sounds a bit uncharacteristic of Hertzberger, whose
architecture has for the past half century celebrated
the lowly more than the lofty. His designs have elevated
the everyday, anonymous users of his buildings, whom he
sees as the ultimate critics of his architecture.
His body of work expresses a welcome dose of humility in
a culture that venerates the figure of the all-knowing,
genius architect at the same time as the profession's
influence on the built environment continues to dwindle.
Ever focused on the architect's social role, Hertzberger
observes: "My type of architecture is about trying to
improve living conditions with architecture," a goal
that has once again gained favor among many of today's
architecture students and practitioners.
Hertzberger, who turns 80 on July 6, 2012, was born in
Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He studied architectural
engineering at Delft University of Technology,
graduating in 1958. That same year he opened his own
firm in Amsterdam (now known as Architectuurestudio HH)
where he has practiced for the past 54 years.
Bridges, stairs, and escalators animate an atrium of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment. Photo: Johan van der Keuken
Herman Hertzberger Projects
Buildings and projects by Herman Hertzberger, listed from 1959 to 2009, with selected photography.
Student House, multifamily residential, at Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1959 to 1966
Lin Mij, textile factory, at Amsterdam, Netherlands 1962 to 1964 (demolished)
Delft Montessori School, academic building, at Delft, Netherlands, 1966 to 1981.
Central Beheer, office building, at Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, 1967 to 1972.
Diagoon Housing, multifamily residential, at Delft, Netherlands, 1969 to 1970
Music Palace, theater, at Vrendenberg, Netherlands, 1973 to 1978, being renovated 2003 to 2013
Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment office, government building, at The Hague, Netherlands, 1979 to 1990
Skeins of color seem to take shape as they stream through the National Cathedral. Photo: Kevin Matthews/ArtificeImages
Inner Light of the National Cathedral
by Kevin Matthews
With nave and aisles bearing vast arrays of vivid, intricate
stained glass, sunshine naturally washes warm, beautiful color
across the stone arches and columns of the National Cathedral,
atop Mount St. Alban in Washington, D.C.
Since the Gothic masonry structure was shaken by the magnitude
5.8 Virginia earthquake on August 23, 2011, this inner light has
taken on another dimension.
A large net of steel cable has been stretched high across the interior of the nave, above the side arches and below the blushing clerestory windows, as a safety measure to catch any pieces of loosened stone that might fall inside.
This mesh makes no visual impression on its own. But much as a waft of morning mist can catch a slant of sunlight and show it as a gleaming beam, the mesh provides an unnoticed canvas for great swathes of colored light slanting through the space, otherwise unseen until landing on stone.
The effect is glorious.
Le 49 House features a high-walled, thin triangular courtyard and a view of Sagami Bay. Photo: Masao Nishikawa
People and Places
Apollo Architects, Kamakurayama, Japan — Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington — Finne Architects, Lake Forest Park, Washington — Grimshaw and Gruen Associates, Los Angeles
Le 49 House — Kamakurayama, Japan
Located on Mount Kamakura, the Le 49 House, designed by Apollo Architects, boasts a stunning view overlooking Sagami Bay.
The clients, a couple who had been living in a high-rise condominium in downtown Tokyo, fell in love with the location at first sight, taking a liking to the view and the lush green surroundings. The husband is a keen architecture buff who went on architectural tours throughout Europe to see buildings while he was working in the UK, and decided to commission a new residence with an attached workshop for his wife.
The house consists of rectangular volumes with concrete bases to which a white photocatalytic pigment has been applied. These volumes are staggered to create an overlapping effect that projects a modern sensibility while also embodying a certain Oriental aesthetic. As you descend the narrow slope, the triangular pilotis at the entrance to the house come into view.
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Blueprints on the iPad
PlanGrid is a free iPad app that lets you take all your project plans and drawings into the field. Created to save contractors time and money, the app features a fast proprietary graphics engine. Users can quickly markup project drawings and send them via email.
Mobile App on Brick Cladding
Hanson Brick introduces the "My Hanson Brick" iPad app. Users can view the Hanson Brick catalog, access brick sizing and coursing information, prepare and share project ideas, create customized showcase rooms, and find existing buildings that use
specific brick products.
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