Madelon Vriesendorp: Architecture's lost heroine

The Guardian - Apr 08, 07:00 GMT

Vriesendorp’s flat is seen as ‘a work of art’ by top curators. She co-founded one of world’s best-known architecture firms

Vriesendorp’s flat is seen as ‘a work of art’ by top curators. She co-founded one of world’s best-known architecture firms. So why haven’t you heard of her?

On the wall as you enter Madelon Vriesendorp’s flat in north-west London is a framed illustration by Drew Fairweather called The Creative Process. It shows a thick line changing colour from red to amber to green. The start point is labelled “work begins”; the red section – the longest stretch – is labelled “fuck off”. Towards the end, there’s a small amber section labelled “panic”. The end of the line shows a few millimetres of green – “all the work while crying” – just before “deadline”.

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