Kumu Documentary: The Proof of the Pudding
Location: Kumu auditorium
Dir Patrick Minks, Jaap Veldhoen, Wouter Snip
The Netherlands, Germany and Italy 2022, 100 min
In Dutch and English, with English subtitles
Introduction by architect Laura Linsi
The laureate architect Herman Hertzberger is still going strong at 90.
Herman Hertzberger’s most iconic building, “Centraal Beheer” in Apeldoorn from 1972, will undergo a transformation from an abandoned office building into contemporary, sustainable spaces for housing, offices and leisure. Hertzberger calls this transformation “the proof of the pudding”, as his structuralist ideals from the 60s and 70s intended buildings to be flexible and sustainable.
But is the present day still receptive to his vision? What prevails? Profitable square meters or space for people?
In this film portrait, we get to know Hertzberger as a passionate, humorous and modest man whose vision of what architecture means for people and society is still valuable.