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From Wednesday December 30, 2020, the book “Dudok by Iwan Baan” is for sale through the Dudok Architecture Center. In the book, which was commissioned by the Dudok Architecture Center, top photographer Iwan Baan shows with impressive aerial and street photography how top architect Dudok expanded cities throughout the Netherlands based on their specific DNA and naturally placed buildings in their environment.
With the photos in this book, Baan is breaking with tradition. He exchanges static architectural photos for images that reveal a broader story, the story of Dudok as a designer of landscapes for living, working, mourning and learning. Baans photos of the work that Dudok realized for various places in the Netherlands, not only make it clear that Dudok was an architect who built with an eye for detail and composition. Above all, it also shows his quality as a spatial designer and “urban planner”. The texts of architectural historian Lara Voermans support this image.
With the images of Baan, the book offers a unique overview of residential landscapes with villas, workers’ houses and flats in garden villages and post-war residential areas, cemeteries and crematoria to town halls and school and office buildings in Eindhoven and Velsen, Bussum, Bilthoven and Naarden, Velsen, Schiedam and Hengelo, on the Afsluitdijk to Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Leiden and of course Hilversum.
In 2019, the Dudok Architecture Center already sought collaboration with the Hilversum-raised architecture photographer Iwan Baan for the previously published book Wonderlijkheden about the networks of architect Dudok. When the plan arose to visualize all of Dudok’s works in their current context in the Netherlands, it was a logical step to approach Iwan Baan for this too. The combination of the many images taken from the air with the images taken on the ground creates a fascinating result.
The book costs € 39.95 and can be purchased in the Dudok Architecture Center during opening hours.