Herman Hertzberger’s architecture focuses on people.
He is recognised as one of the most important
representatives of structuralism. Structuralism
is a movement in architecture and urban planning
that was created in response to so-called functionalism,
which led to sterile urban building. Architecture
is understood as an open-ended process:
social structures and the behaviour of people
are the starting point for the design
of new spatial structures.

Herman Hertzberger has already set a precedent with his architecture:
he designed the Montessori School in Delft, among others. It has a continuous system
of rooms and transitional spaces opening up new possibilities.
The combined primary school and kindergarten is considered a yardstick for exemplary
child-oriented and architecturally structured buildings. The rooms encourage
the most varied of activities, discoveries, experiments and communal games.
At the same time, the building provides sufficient possibilities for withdrawing
to find peace, to relax or to concentrate on one’s work.

Herman Hertzberger’s buildings implement an important social principle in architecture:
architecture is indivisibly connected with people’s principal needs as individuals
and as members of society.