Francine Houben studied architecture in the ‘70s. The time in which social housing and architecture was in the service of the social good. Much has changed in the life and work of Francine Houben. She is creative director of Mecanoo, has received many awards and recognition, and has become an international name in her field.
Dutch Mountains is a fascinating book about the tough world of architecture and how the humane work of Francine Houben has emerged. It is, in image and text, a book about a woman with a warm heart. Journalist Jan Tromp and photographer Harry Cock capture her world in eight special projects in five different countries. The libraries of Birmingham and the TU Delft. Whistling Rock Country Club golf clubhouse in Chuncheon and the Bijlmerpark in Amsterdam. The skyscraper Montevideo and Saint Mary of the Angels Chapel, both in Rotterdam. The theatre and conference centre La Llotja de Lleida in Lerida and the immense Wei-Wu-Ying Center for the Arts in Kaohsiung.