Dutch Profiles: Herman Hertzberger

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For the 80-year-old architect Herman Hertzberger the exterior of a building is not the main focus. So, no fancy facades that express power or endorse existing hierarchies.

Since the sixties Hertzberger designs collective buildings, like schools, cultural institutions and office spaces, in which the individual is free to create his own place and - at the same time - is stimulated to meet others in open spaces.

Hertzberger's career really took off with his design for the headquarters of insurance company Centraal Beheer. The whole building consists of uniform, open cubes that emphasize the equality of the employees. Its design also enables fluid transitions between public and private spaces. After the completion of the building employees were allowed to bring their own furniture to their offices, creating a true, interior design competition. With this building Hertzberger presents himself undeniable as a creator of common space.

Not surprisingly, designing school-buildings has been one of Hertzberger main preoccupations. An important part of Hertzberger's designs is 'functional flexibility' meaning: buildings must designed in a way that they can be easily transformed to meet the demands of changing times and ideas.

Video credits

Commissioning editor Submarine: Geert van de Wetering

Producer: Rosa van Tienen

Research: Liselotte Francken

Director: Marieke Helmus

Camera: Pierre Rezus

Sound: Erik Leek

Editor: Dominique Kools

Colour correction: Editpoint

Music/Sound Design: Pastelle Music

Produced by Submarine, Femke Wolting & Bruno Felix

Commissioned by DutchDFA

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    Dutch Profiles is a series of short documentaries focusing on well-known icons of Dutch design, such as Rem Koolhaas, Droog, Li Edelkoort, Hella Jongerius, HEMA, and Iris van Herpen.