By Ian Hester, BArch Candidate
One of the keys to designing architecture that is an integral part of the community is developing an understanding of the people and the history of the area, which allows a designer to determine the program and priorities of a space. In the first installment of this semester's Student Lecture Series, Dutch Mountains: People, Place, Purpose, Dutch architect Francine Houben of Mecanoo discussed this element of her design process for two of her recent projects.
Francine Houben at the BAC - Photo by Ian Hester
The circular theme is used throughout the building - Image from archdaily.com
Model of the Dudley Municipal Center - Photo from sasaki.com
The Dudley Municipal Center within its immediate surroundings - Image from sasaki.com
Interior of the building - Image from sasaki.com