Herman Hertzberger, Architect

Herman Hertzberger, Architect, Holland, Buildings, Practice, Studio, Project

Architectuurstudio Herman Hertzberger

Contemporary Dutch Architect Practice, Europe

6 Dec 2011

RIBA Gold Medal 2012 Winner

Herman Hertzberger to receive the 2012 Royal Gold Medal for architecture

The internationally acclaimed Dutch architect Herman Hertzberger has been named today (Tuesday 6 December 2011) as the recipient of one of the world’s most prestigious architecture prizes, the Royal Gold Medal.

Herman Hertzberger Architect
photo © Hans van den Bogaard

Established in 1848 and given in recognition of a body of work, the Royal Gold Medal is approved personally by Her Majesty the Queen and is given to a person or group of people whose influence on architecture has had a truly international effect.

Born in 1932 Herman Hertzberger opened his own firm of architects in 1960, the present-day Architectuurstudio HH in Amsterdam. One of his major influences on 20th century architecture was to challenge the early modernist belief that ‘form follows function’ – that the shape of the building was defined by its purpose. Hertzberger believes that the core function of a building does not provide the total solution to space usage: it is a framework that should enable its users to interpret and define how they inhabit it. His buildings offer flexible ‘in between’ spaces that encourage our deeper human needs of dwelling and social activity.

Herman Hertzberger Architect
photo © Hans van den Bogaard

Herman Hertzberger 2012 Royal Gold Medal for architecture

Herman Hertzberger – Key Projects

Herman Hertzberger, Dutch Structuralist

1932-
born Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Major Buildings by Herman Hertzberger Architect

Centraal Beheer – Office building, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
1972
Centraal Beheer Apeldoorn Centraal Beheer Apeldoorn
photos © Willem Diepraam

Montessori School, Delft, The Netherlands
1966

Key Buildings by Herman Hertzberger

Key Projects by Herman Hertzberger, alphabetical:

14e Montessorischool – Elementary School Refurbishment, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2003-06

Almere Growth homes, Almere, The Netherlands
1998 – 2002

Amsterdam Water Management and Sewerage Department – office building, Amsterdam
2000-05/06
Waternet Amsterdam Waternet Amsterdam Offices
photos © Duccio Malagamba

Anne Frankschool – Primary school, Papendrecht, The Netherlands
1993-94

The Apollo Schools : Montessori School + Willemspark School, Amsterdam
1981-83
Apollo Schools
photo © Frits Dijkhof

Apollo Schools Amsterdam
photo © Herman Hertzberger

Benelux Trademark Office, The Hague, The Netherlands
1990-93

Berlin Housing complex – Stralauer Halbinsel, Berlin, Germany
1993-97
Stralauer Halbinsel
photo © Uwe Rau

Bijlmer Monument, Amsterdam
1994-98
with Georges Descombes & Akelei Hertzberger

Centraal Beheer – Office building, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
1968-72
For Centraal Beheer Insurance Company
Centraal Beheer
photo © Aviodrome Luchtfotografie

Centraal Beheer Extension – office building, Apeldoorn
1990-95

Chassé Theater, Breda, The Netherlands
1992-95
Chassé Theater Chassé Theater Breda
photos © Herman van Doorn

CODA – Museum, Library & Municipal Archives, Apeldoorn
1999-2004
CODA Apeldoorn CODA Museum Apeldoorn
photos © Herman van Doorn

Cologne Office building – MediaPark Köln Block 5, Cologne, Germany
2000-04
Cologne Office building
photo © Duccio Malagamba

De Bombardon Primary remedial school, Almere, The Netherlands
1993-95

De Drie Hoven Elderly Home, Amsterdam

De Drie Hoven Elderly Home
photo © Willem Diepraam

De Eilanden School, Amsterdam

De Eilanden School
photo © Kees Rutten

De Evenaar Kindergarten & Primary school, Amsterdam
1984-86

De Koperwiek Primary school, Venlo, The Netherlands
1995-97

De Opmaat Extended School, Rijkerswoerd, Arnhem, The Netherlands
2004-07

De Salamander Extended School, Arnhem
2004-07

De Spil School, Arnhem

De Spil School De Spil School Arnhem
photos © Herman van Doorn

De Vogels Primary school & residential buildings, Poelgeest, Oegstgeest, The Netherlands
1998-2000

Diagoon Experimental Houses, Delft, The Netherlands
1967-70
Diagoon Experimental Houses
photo © Herman Hertzberger

Faculty of Science University of Utrecht
2006-11
Faculty of Science University of Utrecht
photo © JM

Faculty of Science University of Utrecht
photo © Rob Hoekstra

Faculty of Natural Sciences, Mathematics & Informatics – proposal, University of Amsterdam, Science Park Watergraafsmeer, Amsterdam
2000-

Fire station, Zwolle, The Netherlands
2004-

Freising offices park & housing, Freising, Germany
1993

Frij’hof Housing – proposal, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
2006-

Kijck over den Dijck Residential buildings, Merwesteyn-Noord, Dordrecht, The Netherlands
1989-99

Leerpark Secondary school – proposal, Dordrecht

Library Breda + Centre for Art & Music De Nieuwe Veste, Breda, The Netherlands
1991-93

Lin Mij (textile workshop) – Amsterdam
1962-64 – demolished
Lin Mij Amsterdam Lin Mij Amsterdam
photos © Jan Versnel

Lindenstrasse, Berlin, Germany

Lindenstrasse Berlin
photo © Uwe Rau

Maastricht – Centre Ceramique office building, Maastricht, The Netherlands
1990-2002

Meerwijk – Community School & residential buildings – proposal, Meerwijk, Haarlem, The Netherlands
2002-07

Mezenhof, Veerse Poort Middelburg, The Netherlands
2001-05

Middelburg Residential care complex, Middelburg, The Netherlands
2002-06

Millingen – Community School, Library & Day-care centre – proposal, Millingen a/d Rijn, The Netherlands
2002-

Ministry of Social Welfare and Employment, The Hague
1987-90
Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment Den Haag
photo © GJ

Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment Den Haag
photo © Johan van der Keuken

Montessori College Oost, Amsterdam
1993-99

Montessori School, Delft
1960-66
Montessori School Delft
photo © Johan van der Keuken

Montessori School Delft
photo © Herman van Doorn

Music Centre Vredenburg, Utrecht
1976-78
Music Centre Vredenburg< Utrecht
photo © Herman Hertzberger

Music Centre Vredenburg< Utrecht
photo © Johan van der Keuken

Music Centre Vredenburg – Extension + Refurbishment, Utrecht
2004-

NHL University Leeuwarden
2004-10
NHL University Leeuwarden
photo © Aerolin Photo

NHL University Leeuwarden NHL University Leeuwarden
photos © John Lewis Marshall

Nijmegen – Urban design Frij’hof, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
2006-

Noordelijke Hogeschool Leeuwarden Extension: college of advanced education – proposal, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
2004-

Orpheus theatre & conference centre – Extension + Refurbishment, Apeldoorn
1999-2004
Orpheus theatre
photo © MS

Paradijssel Residential buildings, Capelle aan den IJssel, The Netherlands
1996-2000

Paswerk – patio & canal houses, Haarlem, The Netherlands
2000-06

Polygoon Primary school, Almere, The Netherlands
1991-92

Presikhaven School, Arnhem

Presikhaven School Arnhem
photo © Herman van Doorn

Residential buildings Paswerk, Haarlem
2000-06

Rome – Integrated Elementary / Junior High School Complex – proposal, Romanina area B, Rome, Italy
2005-

Rotterdamerstrasse Housing Complex, Düren, Germany
1993-96

RWZI buildings – Sewage purification plant, Amsterdam
2001-06

Schirmeister House, Borneo Island, Amsterdam
1996-99

Spui Theatre Centre, The Hague
1986-93

Student House Amsterdam
1959-66
Student House Amsterdam
photo © Herman Hertzberger

Student Housing Amsterdam Student Housing Amsterdam
photos © Johan van der Keuken

Theater Markant, Uden, The Netherlands
1993-96

Titaan, Hoorn, The Netherlands
2000-04
Titaan Hoorn
photo © Herman van Doorn

Urban design, Stralauer Halbinsel Master Plan, Berlin, Germany
1992-97

Vanderveen Department Store Extension, Assen, The Netherlands
1993-98

Villa, Bergen, The Netherlands
2004-2006

Vredenburg Music Palace – proposals, Utrecht, The Netherlands
2004-

Watervilla, Middelburg, The Netherlands
1998-2002
Watervilla Middelburg
photo © Herman Hertzberger

Watervillas + Waterhoeves, Ypenburg, The Netherlands
1998-

Watersniphof & Zwanenhof, Veerse Poort, Middelburg, The Netherlands
1998-2004

YKK Dormitory / Guest house, Kurobe, Japan
1991-98
YKK Dormitory YKK Dormitory Kurobe
photos © NN

Herman Hertzberger – Exhibition

Venice Biennale: Dutch pavilion – 8th International Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy
2002

Herman Hertzberger – Competition Entries

Aarhus Urban design, Aarhus, Jylland, Denmark
2003

Auditorium, Rome, Italy
1993-94

Kulturzentrum am See – Cultural Centre on the Lake, Lucerne, Switzerland
1989

Luxor Theater, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1996

Malmö University complex – Urban design, Malmö, Sweden
1997

Musicon – concert hall, Bremen, Germany
1995

Stedelijk Museum Extension, Amsterdam
2004

Tel Aviv Urban design Peninsula, Tel Aviv, Israel
1996-

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Herman Hertzberger – Practice Information

Herman Hertzberger architect studio located in Amsterdam, Holland

Herman Hertzberger Architect
photo © Hans van den Bogaard

Architectuurstudio Herman Hertzberger retitled as Architectuurstudio HH architects and urban designers in 2007

Dutch architect studio led by architects Herman Hertzberger, Cor Kruter, Laurens Jan ten Kate & Patrick Fransen

Education
Technical University in Delft, Holland
graduated 1958

Career
Herman Hertzberger established practice in Amsterdam, Holland
1958

Teaching
Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam
1965-70

Technical University in Delft – Professor
1970-

Theory
Structuralist philosophy of a building’s users influencing its design via a ‘spatial framework’

Herman Hertzberger : Dutch Architect

Herman Hertzberger – Biography

1932 born in Amsterdam
1958 graduated in architectural engineering from Delft Polytechnic (today Delft University of Technology)
1965-69 lectured at the Academy of Architecture, Amsterdam
1970-99 extraordinary professor at Delft University of Technology
1982-93 guest lecturer at the University of Geneva, Switzerland
1990-95 dean of the post-doctoral course of architecture, Berlage Institute, Amsterdam; guest lecturer at universities and on architecture courses in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Herman Hertzberger started producing his own work even before graduating. In 1960 he opened his own firm of architects, the present-day Architectuurstudio HH. Famous buildings designed by his firm include the headquarters of Centraal Beheer insurance company in Apeldoorn, Vredenburg Music Centre in Utrecht, and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment in The Hague. The firm is known for its many schools, housing complexes and cultural centres, both in the Netherlands and in other countries. Hertzberger has won a great many competitions, has been made an honorary member of several cultural bodies, and has been awarded international architecture prizes, both for individual projects and for his oeuvre as a whole.

From 1959 to 1963, Herman Hertzberger edited the journal Forum together with others including Aldo van Eyck and Jaap Bakema. Hertzberger’s projects have been published and exhibited worldwide.

Besides the very numerous articles he has contributed to journals in his field, he has also published the following books: Lessons for Students in Architecture (Dutch ed. 1991; English ed. 1993; also translated into Chinese, German, French, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Farsi and Portuguese), and Space and the Architect: Lessons in Architecture 2 (Dutch 1999; English 2000), a description of the ideas and principles on which his work is based.

In 2008 and 2009 he published the books Space and Learning and The Schools of Herman Hertzberger in which he records his wide-ranging experience, knowledge and views in a theoretical treatise on the spatial conditions of learning. The following books about his work have also appeared: Accomodating the Unexpected, Projects: 1990–1995 (1995), Chassé Theater Breda (1995), Articulations (2002), Shelter for Culture. Herman Hertzberger & Apeldoorn (2004), The Theatres of Herman Hertzberger (2005), Waternet Double Tower (2006), Hertzberger’s Amsterdam (2007), and NHL University (2011). In 2010 the bio-documentary Searching for Space by director Kees Hin was released.

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