Francine Houben: People Place Purpose Poetry

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The exterior of a large modern building situated adjacent to a city scape.

The National Kaohsiung Centre for the Arts Center designed by Mecanoo architecten. photo / Andrés Gallardo Albajar


Francine Houben is Founding Partner and Creative Director of Mecanoo architecten.

Her work ranges from theatres, museums, and libraries to neighborhoods, housing, and parks. With her practice, she has gained international acclaim. Selected works include the Delft University of Technology Library, La Llotja Theatre and Congress Centre in Lleida, the Library of Birmingham, and the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts in Taiwan. Currently, she is working on the renovations of the New York Public Library and the central library of Washington, DC. In 2015, Queen Máxima of the Netherlands presented her the prestigious Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Prize for her entire oeuvre.


People Place Purpose describes the specific architecture of Mecanoo illustrating the way they seek for identity in a global world. From the texture of a local stone, to colors of a fruit tree, or rituals of inhabitants. Francine Houben will be highlighting Mecanoo’s ethos of designing places for people and beginning the process of exploring the urban environment and observing the life which inhabits it. Their ultimate goal is to make buildings that people want to use. Poetry, a new layer, reflects the elusive elements of architecture.

Introduction by Caroline O'Donnell

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