“Designing buildings is all about listening to the client; to hear what they want but, more importantly, why they want something. Only then can you create a place where they truly feel at home,” explains Menno Lam, owner of LAM architects. Inspired by world-renowned architects such as John Lautner and taught by Glenn Murcutt (who won the Pritzker Prize in 2002), the buildings Lam designs stem from the same philosophy. “I want to create living environments where building and nature come together and make the users feel at ease, whether it is a house or an office building,” elaborates Lam. The same approach was applied for the giraffe house at the Royal Rotterdam Zoo.

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