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Dutch Dwellings

The Architecture of Housing

By (author) Dick van Gameren


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  • Dutch architect Dick van Gameren’s new book features the findings of 25 years of design practice and research and documents some 40 of Van Gameren's own designs through images, plans, and illuminating texts
  • Housing design is one of the core building tasks and arguably the most important topic in architecture today
  • Housing design in the Netherlands has produced distinct new typologies with characteristic qualities
  • Dick van Gameren is a partner with the widely acclaimed Dutch firm Mecanoo
Full Description

Dick van Gameren, a partner with the renowned Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo, has been engaging in housing design for the past 25 years as part of his work as designing architect as well as his research and teaching at TU Delft’s Global Housing Study Center. In this book, he presents some 40 of his own projects in this field through concise texts and photographs with explanatory captions as well as through plans and drawings. They’re grouped to illustrate seven specific aspects of housing design: Streets and Squares, Courtyards and Patios, Gardens, Halls, the Fireplace, Walls, and Roofs. Together they constitute a multi-faceted catalogue of housing typologies.

In four supplementing essays, van Gameren explores evolutions in residential architecture in the Netherlands. He places his own concepts in context of these developments and expands on what he considers the key factors of good housing design. A particular focus he puts on affordable housing, a pressing issue in so many countries and metropolitan areas around the world.

Dutch Dwellings is an inspiring read for anyone involved in housing design today.

About the Author

Dick van Gameren is an architect and a partner with the internationally acclaimed Delft-based firm Mecanoo. He is also a Professor of Dwelling at and currently serves as Dean of TU Delft’s Department of Architecture and the Built Environment. He has won many prizes for his work, such as the 2007 Agha Khan Award and the 2012 BNA Building of the Year award.

Park Books
9th Dec 2022
World excluding Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, United States, Canada, and Japan
275 mm x 210 mm
336 Pages
358 color, 459 b&w
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