PRINT January 2001

Herbert Muschamp

NINE OUT OF TEN ARCHITECTURE JOURNALISTS WANT to write about Winka Dubbeldam the moment they hear of her. Admittedly, most are just after an excuse to write her name down for the pure euphonic pleasure. Winka, Winka, Winka Dubbeldam. Sweet and Hot.

You can find both sweet and hot in the work, as well as the person, of this young architect; in fact you can find almost anything—save stupidity. Architecturally, the sweetness comes of Dubbeldam’s receptivity to light, weather, views—not to mention environmental tangibles like zoning restrictions. The heat is in the seductive forms she conjures—and the fact that people are paying attention.

Dubbeldam, who was born in Rotterdam and now lives in New York, belongs to a group of young architects who have adopted the folded plane as a favorite spatial motif. Among the brainier ones, the motif holds ideological as well as formal value.

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