Herzog & de Meuron


20 56 Leonard Street

Herzog & de Meuron

We work with the capabilities of our teams. The firm is fairly flexible for its size, but there is a degree of inertia. It’s like a passenger liner: people come up with ideas, they are picked up in the firm, they diffuse into various projects and we then realise that everybody has begun to design square, as it were, because round is not allowed … We then have to get back to a proper balance but that does take a little time. It is difficult to steer a liner. We could decide to concentrate on the broad concepts, and delegate the actual implementation and construction to others. But we don’t want to work, to contribute according to just one approach; we want something that is more open. In the end, we work across a very wide spectrum.


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