1967 - Award for Herman Hertzberger



'The main aim in modern architecture should be that buildings are accessible to people. The building must breathe an atmosphere that does not deter because it is too beautiful. We must outshine ourselves in comparison to the past. Architecture was about building temples, pyramids and palaces; architecture was meant to honor a select group of people. Today we want architecture for all people. [...] In short, do not make the city centre only into a museum where people happen to be living in, in which they have to carefully manoeuvre through all the beautiful things. Make sure that above all it remains an inner lively part of Amsterdam, in which dynamic people are able to live happily.'

Read the entire article (Dutch only)

Volkskrant, 23.10.1967