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La Defense

Ben van Berkel
Corporate building
La Defense
© UNStudio

Ben van Berkel:

“With architecture, it’s not only purely that you have to develop an image of what the client wants, but you also learn from your peers, you study science, you consider the tendencies of today, of tomorrow. I learnt that with La Defense — the office building we did in Holland. I said to my client, ‘Listen, if you are going to do these office buildings then please, let’s make the layout and the organization of the buildings so that they can be turned into housing.’”