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People Place Purpose - The world according to Mecanoo

Francine Houben

Handwriting and language
The discussion on style in architecture is interesting but not essential as the main goal of the design process. A good example of this is the composition of two houses that we collaborated on together with Alvaro Siza in The Hague (1988): one in the style of the Amsterdam School, the other in the style of Neue Sachlichkeit. The two contrasting styles competed with one another throughout the Twenties with the architects of both sites believing theirs to be the true one. However, the true beauty of these projects lies in their combination; the juxtaposition of the introverted and extroverted, heavy and light, tactile and abstract. Style is an outdated phenomenon. Architecture needs a receptive handwriting that can write in different languages so that it can respond adequately to every location, assignment and culture.
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