Francine Houben

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Leading Dutch architect Francine Houben is a founding partner and the creative director of Mecanoo Architecten in The Netherlands. Houben recently completed the building of the main central library in Birmingham, which is recognised as the largest public library in Europe. For Houben, libraries are the most important of buildings and despite the threatened decline of books, the space is so important that libraries will have a continued relevance. Houben is recognised as one of the most creative European architects of the day as her untraditional approach creates a unique interpretation and construction of her architectural ideas. 

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