MVRDV to convert communist monument in Albania into technology centre

Dutch studio MVRDV has unveiled plans for a new technology education centre in the Albanian capital of Tirana, which will be housed within a pyramidal monument to communism. Set within the city centre, The Tirana Pyramid was first erected in 1988 but has since undergone a variety of uses. First opening as museum dedicated to Albania’s long-serving

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MVRDV reveals plans for sinuous viewing platform on Dutch coast

Dutch firm MVRDV has won a contest to create a wave-like viewpoint that will sit on the northernmost point of Holland, providing vistas out towards the Wadden Sea. MVRDV won a competition organised by urban redeveloper Zeestad to create the public landmark for the municipality of Den Helder with its proposal SeaSaw. The brief called for a

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MVRDV reveals renderings of mirrored “crystal rock” office block in Germany

Dutch firm MVRDV has unveiled plans for an office block with an interactive mirrored facade in the city of Esslingen in southern Germany. Dubbed the “crystal rock” by the Rotterdam architecture firm, the facade of the Milestone building will be formed from fritted glass containing photovoltaic cells that will reflect back images of the city and its

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Hassell and MVRDV devise “suite of adaptable structures” to combat Bay Area flooding

Architecture firms Hassell and MVRDV have imagined a scheme featuring floating stadiums, emergency castles and pop-up restaurants, which aims to build resiliency to flooding in South San Francisco and foster the local community. Australian firm Hassell and Dutch firm MVRDV teamed up for Resilient by Design’s Bay Area Challenge ideas contest, which calls for ways to help protect San Francisco and the surrounding

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MVRDV designs constructivist-inspired tower block for Moscow

Dutch architecture firm MVRDV has won a competition to design a 78-metre tall mixed-use building with a red ceramic facade, to be a symbolic gateway to Moscow. MVRDV – which ranked at number 15 on Dezeen Hot List 2017 – was selected by developer GK Osnova to design the mixed-use complex for a prominent site in the

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MVRDV and BIG to create new neighbourhood in Abu Dhabi’s Makers District

Dutch firm MVRDV has revealed plans to build a cluster of mixed-use towers in Abu Dhabi, featuring pixellated corners that will frame a public square designed by Danish studio BIG. The 76,000-square-metre scheme planned by MVRDV comprises seven mid-rise towers, containing 480 apartments in the upper levels, and shops, offices and co-working spaces in the lower storeys. These seven towers will

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MVRDV completes library shaped like a giant eye in Chinese city Tianjin

Dutch firm MVRDV has built a public library that looks like a huge eye, as part of a new cultural district in Tianjin, China. The atrium of the Tianjin Binhai Public Library is deliberately designed to look like a 3D eyeball, staring out through the building’s glazed facade. The five-storey-high space is framed by floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, which are staggered at different levels to

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MVRDV presents a house you can reconfigure at Dutch Design Week

Dutch studio MVRDV has built a colourful, futuristic house, made up of nine rooms that can be moved into different configurations. On show in Eindhoven for Dutch Design Week 2017, (W)ego is a concept for a micro dwelling that can adapt to the different needs of any future inhabitants – whether they be families, students or

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Architects are suffering from “originality syndrome” and should copy more, says Winy Maas

Architects and designers are too obsessed with being original and should get over their aversion to copying others, according to a new book co-written by Winy Maas of MVRDV. Called Copy Paste, the book argues that the cult of uniqueness is slowing down innovation. “Instead of mocking the culture of copycats, design could learn better

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Tour the Seoul overpass that MVRDV converted into a plant-covered walkway

In the latest movie in our Dezeen X MINI Living series, drone footage offers an elevated view of the former 1970s highway that Dutch firm MVRDV transformed into an elevated urban garden. The project, named Seoullo 7017, is a kilometre-long path featuring 24,000 trees, shrubs and flowers set into cylindrical planters. The pedestrian-only route extends across several

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“Seoullo is no High Line, but it is of equal importance”

MVRDV’s plant-covered walkway in Seoul may look like a low-budget version of the High Line, but it’s much more than that – it’s the sign of a new frontier in city-making, says new Dezeen columnist Gerard Reinmuth. It seems every city has a disused conduit that is set to be transformed into “the new High

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MVRDV’s “Seoul High Line” captured in new photographs

Four months after MVRDV revealed its plant-covered walkway on a former elevated highway in Seoul, photographer Jim Stephenson visited the project to see how it is settling into the city. Known by locals as the Seoul High Line, Seoullo 7017 is a 983-metre-long park created on a disused stretch of road built in the 1970s. Featuring

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BIG, MVRDV, James Corner and more to tackle Bay Area climate change

Ten teams of architects and engineers have been chosen to design solutions that will help San Francisco and the surrounding region combat the effects of climate change. Resilient by Design’s Bay Area Challenge asked entrants to come up with ideas to protect coastal areas from rising sea levels, flooding and earthquakes. As the global climate

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MVRDV unveils plans for Sri Lankan office building with stepped terraces

Work has begun on an office building designed by Rotterdam studio MVRDV for the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, which will feature a gridded facade based on local weaving patterns. Rising eight storeys high, the 12,000-square-metre Veranda Offices building will include a mix of office spaces, as well as a restaurant, a cafe and an events pavilion. Stepped terraces will interlock with

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Asian cities overtaking “impossible” London and “terrible” New York in urban design, says Winy Maas

“Monster cities” in Asia including Seoul, Taipei and Jakarta are racing ahead of western counterparts in terms of architectural vision and urban design quality, according to architect Winy Maas of MVRDV. Maas said that the dynamic mayors of Asian cities were driving dramatic improvements to transport, housing and public space in their cities to cope with

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MVRDV unveils plans for Eindhoven housing with jagged grass-covered roofs

Rotterdam studio MVRDV has unveiled plans for a residential tower complex in Eindhoven, featuring spiky plant-covered roofs and greenhouses. MVRDV won a competition to design the housing in Eindhoven’s Bergen neighbourhood, which will redevelop an inner city around Deken van Someren Street. It follows yesterday’s news that the Dutch studio will build a new skyscraper in Rotterdam. The 29,000-square-metre Nieuw Bergen will reuse

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MVRDV designs new Rotterdam skyscraper featuring pixellated walls

Rotterdam studio MVRDV has unveiled plans to build a new skyscraper in its home city, featuring a pixellated facade made up of hundreds of bay windows. Rising to a height of around 150 metres, The Sax will consist of two towers, bridged halfway up by a large horizontal volume with a public plaza on its roof. It

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MVRDV completes a tower block that resembles a giant staircase

MVRDV has built a tower block in Poznań, Poland, that looks like a huge staircase from one angle, while from another it looks like it’s about to topple over. The 16-storey Bałtyk tower is the first building in Poland by Rotterdam-based MVRDV, and was completed in partnership with local firm Natkaniec Olechnicki Architekci. The tower features a dramatically staggered

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MVRDV transforms 1970s highway into “plant village” in Seoul

Dutch studio MVRDV has converted a former overpass into a plant-covered walkway in Seoul, which follows a kilometre-long route above the traffic. South Korea’s answer to New York’s High Line, the 983-metre-long park occupies a stretch of the 1970s highway destined for demolition. It now contains 24,000 trees, shrubs and flowers set into cylindrical planters. The walkway, called

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MVRDV unveils pair of stone towers for The Hague topped with “crown of terraces”

MVRDV has revealed its design for a pair of mixed-use towers in The Hague, which will feature natural stone facades that stagger into wooden outdoor spaces on top. Located in The Hague’s central business district, the Grotius towers will each include over 500 apartments, along with shops and restaurants, and parking on the lower floors. The Dutch firm designed the buildings to activate

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MVRDV wraps glass facade of Rotterdam house around a mature olive tree

Two tiers of glazing sweep around a stout olive tree in the back garden of this Rotterdam residence by MVRDV, contrasting with the almost windowless brick walls that face the street and neighbouring houses. Rotterdam-based MVRDV gave the 480-square-metre property its dual appearance to provide privacy for the occupants of Casa Kwantes, which occupies the corner plot on

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MVRDV’s letter-shaped housing blocks spell out HOME across old army barracks site

MVRDV has revealed its plans to redevelop the former Mannheim US Army camp in Germany, creating a green mound from demolished barracks and four residential towers that spell out the word home. The Dutch firm’s designs for the 144-hectare Franklin Mitte neighbourhood in Mannheim are intended to introduce density and diversity to the monotonous plan of barracks. Aimed at local families leaving

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MVRDV designs Y-shaped villa with rooftop swimming pool for Taiwan

Dutch firm MVRDV has unveiled plans to build a Y-shaped house with a swimming pool cradled into its angular roof. Called Y House, the unusual villa will form part of a new residential community on the outskirts of Taiwanese city Taiwan. It will be used as a holiday home – one of the reasons why the

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BIG, MVRDV and Snøhetta unveil competing designs for San Pellegrino headquarters

Architecture studios BIG, MVRDV, Snøhetta and Architetto Michele De Lucchi have all unveiled proposals for the new San Pellegrino Flagship Factory in northern Italy (+ slideshow). The four firms were shortlisted to design a new home for the Italian soft drinks company San Pellegrino in July 2016. But their proposals have just been revealed, ahead of a winner being announced later this More

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MVRDV and Adept team up on community centre that invites grownups to play

Mazes, slides, nets, fireman’s poles and climbing walls all feature inside this Copenhagen community centre, designed by architecture studios MVRDV and Adept to encourage adults to be more active (+ slideshow). Opening today, the Ku.Be House of Culture and Movement offers a wide assortment of physical activities, including sport, mediation, dance and parkour – a practice that encompasses running, climbing and jumping. More

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Golden “sunbeam” to mark entrance to MVRDV-designed shopping centre and nightclub complex

Dutch firm MVRDV has designed an entertainment complex featuring inverted facades and a huge blob of gold, which will be built in Seoul, South Korea, ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics (+ slideshow). Called Paradise City, the 9,800-square-metre complex will form the centre of a new tourist district in Seoul. It will feature a nightclub and a retail building, with a public plaza sandwiched between. More

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Eye-like library by MVRDV nears completion in China

Dutch firm MVRDV has revealed its designs for a library with an eye-shaped atrium, which is nearing completion in Tianjin, China (+ slideshow). The Tianjin Binhai Library will encompass 34,200 square metres of total floor space. It will have a rectilinear body, but at its centre will be an oval-shaped atrium with a spherical, mirrored auditorium. MVRDV designed this space to More

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MVRDV creates transparent interior for Hong Kong office block

Transparent glass walls, floors and furniture all feature inside this office block, created by Dutch firm MVRDV in a stripped-out Hong Kong factory (+ slideshow). The Rotterdam-based firm completely overhauled the inside of the 13-storey structure, replacing all of the opaque partitions and floor surfaces with new see-through alternatives in a bid to make it feel more open and spacious. More

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MVRDV completes giant scaffolding staircase in Rotterdam city centre

Dutch office MVRDV has revealed the first photographs of The Stairs, a huge scaffolding staircase leading up to the roof of an office block in Rotterdam city centre (+ slideshow). As the latest of several exciting new additions to the city, the temporary installation allows visitors to climb 180 steps up to the roof of the Groot Handelsgebouw – one of More

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Movie documents MVRDV’s pioneering technique for creating glass brick facades

This movie shows the installation of MVRDV’s Crystal Houses – a Chanel store featuring a traditional facade replicated with glass bricks that are “stronger than concrete”. First published on Dezeen last month, Crystal Houses is located on PC Hooftstraat in Amsterdam, a former residential street that has become a hub for luxury fashion brands like Prada, Dior and Rolex. More

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MVRDV and COBE complete Roskilde rock museum dressed with golden studs

MVRDV and COBE pay tribute to the trashy glamour of rock and roll with this rock music museum in Denmark, which features a golden studded exterior and an auditorium that appears to defy gravity (+ slideshow). Located in Roskilde, home of Denmark’s biggest music festival, the Ragnarock museum provides a new attraction for rock music fans amongst the More

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MVRDV replaces Chanel store’s traditional facade with glass bricks that are “stronger than concrete”

MVRDV has used a pioneering glass technology to replace the brick facade of a former townhouse in Amsterdam with a transparent replica, more suited to the building’s new use as a Chanel boutique. Described by the Rotterdam studio as the first of its kind, the innovative facade of Crystal Houses Amsterdam uses glass bricks, windows frames More

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MVRDV to transform old US Army barracks in Germany into affordable housing

MVRDV has revealed its plans to redevelop a former US Army barracks in Mannheim, Germany, into a “village” of affordable housing. The Dutch firm is working with housing producer Traumhaus – which translates as Dreamhouse – on the project, intended to offer an alternative “to the current state of modern day suburbia and the village”. Designed to appeal to More

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MVRDV to build giant scaffolding staircase in Rotterdam city centre

Dutch office MVRDV has revealed plans to build a huge staircase out of scaffolding in Rotterdam, the latest in a series of exciting new additions to the city. Marking 75 years since Rotterdam began its recovery from the second world war, the temporary installation will pay tribute to the architecture that has come about as a result. More

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MVRDV to transform La Part Diu shopping centre in Lyon

Rotterdam firm MVRDV has unveiled its plans to overhaul La Part Diu retail complex in Lyon, which feature an “evaporating” facade and a rooftop park. MVRDV’s transformation of the shopping centre is considered the centre piece in a major renovation taking place across the third arrondissement of the French city. The firm’s proposal includes a More

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MVRDV to transform 600 hectares of historic city in Normandy

Rotterdam firm MVRDV has revealed plans to overhaul 600 hectares of the French city where William the Conqueror built his castle, creating housing, offices and numerous leisure attractions (+ slideshow). MVRDV is already two years into its La Grande Mosaïque project, which aims to remodel a huge chunk of Caen, the capital of northern France’s Lower Normandy region. The firm plans to tackle More

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MVRDV unveils plans for sunken lagoon park in Taiwan

Dutch architecture studio MVRDV is to replace a flooded shopping centre in the Taiwanese city Tainan with a lagoon to create a “hip urban pool” and artificial beach (+ slideshow). The Rotterdam firm won a competition to transform the shopping centre into a park and is working with local studios The Urbanist Collaborative and LLJ Architects on […]

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MVRDV’s proposed 2004 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion was “a heroic failure”

Movie: in our next exclusive movie with Julia Peyton-Jones, the Serpentine Gallery director discusses the artificial mountain MVRDV proposed for the 2004 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, which eventually proved too expensive to build. Since the Serpentine Gallery’s pavilion programme began in 2000, the gallery has built a new structure on its lawn in Kensington Gardens every […]

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MVRDV completes flower-inspired office block near Shanghai Hongqiao Airport

Designed to looked like a four-petalled flower, this office block is the first of 10 buildings that Dutch firm MVRDV is constructing beside Shanghai’s Hongqiao Airport (+ slideshow). Rotterdam-based MVRDV won a competition in 2013 to design a series of buildings for the 45,000 square-metre site. The first of these, known as the Flower Building, […]

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MVRDV completes Amsterdam tennis clubhouse with seating bowl on the roof

The roof of this bright red tennis clubhouse by Rotterdam firm MVRDV doubles up as an expansive seating area for game spectators (+ slideshow). Located in east Amsterdam on one the artificial islands that make up the city’s IJburg neighbourhood, the building provides a new facility for a tennis club established in 2008, which already […]

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MVRDV’s plant-covered proposal wins Ravel Plaza Amsterdam competition

Protruding bay windows and angular balconies feature in Rotterdam firm MVRDV’s proposal for a greenery-covered high-rise complex in Amsterdam’s financial district. Working with property developer OVG Real Estate, MVRDV was selected by the municipality of Amsterdam to design the Ravel Plaza Amsterdam, which will house apartments, offices and commercial spaces. The proposal features three conjoined buildings of varying heights, with flat […]

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MVRDV’s Markthal in Rotterdam “monumentalises food” says Winy Maas

In the 10th and final instalment from our exclusive MVRDV movie series, architect Winy Maas explains how the firm’s huge arch-shaped market hall in Rotterdam has become a place for meeting and celebration (+ movie). Completed almost a year ago, the Markthal is one the Dutch firm’s most important projects to date. It comprises a 40-metre-high arch […]

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MVRDV used pixellated forms to make DNB Bank “human and approachable” says Winy Maas

Winy Maas of MVRDV explains how his design for a “big building composed of mini units” created a headquarters for Norway’s DNB Bank interspersed with indoor and outdoor meeting places, in the penultimate movie from our exclusive series (+ movie). Completed in 2012, the building is one of three designed for the bank on a developing stretch of Oslo’s waterfront. Rotterdam-based […]

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Frosilo apartments offer a “great combination of old and new” says MVRDV’s Jacob van Rijs

The eighth movie in our exclusive series profiling buildings by MVRDV looks at Frosilo – a pair of converted seed silos in Copenhagen that now contain some of the neighbourhood’s most sought-after apartments (+ movie). Completed in 2005, the Frosilo project involved the overhaul of the twin 1960s-built silos, which were put out of service when the soybean […]

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MVRDV created “a different kid on the block” with Haus am Hang, says Jacob van Rijs

MVRDV co-founder Jacob van Rijs explains how the staggered formation of his firm’s Haus am Hang in Stuttgart gives every floor its own outdoor space in the latest movie from our exclusive series (+ movie). Completed in 2005, the timber-clad family residence is located near the Württemberg vineyards on the outskirts of the city. It stands […]

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MVRDV’s Silodam block contains a cross-section of Amsterdam society says Nathalie de Vries

The sixth movie in our exclusive series profiling the buildings of MVRDV focuses on Silodam – a polychromatic apartment building on Amsterdam harbour that studio co-founder Nathalie de Vries describes as a “big block lying in the water” (+ movie). Completed in 2002 as part of the huge transformation of an industrial area comprising a […]

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MVRDV’s Parkrand apartment block is “like a big mansion” says Jacob van Rijs

MVRDV co-founder Jacob van Rijs explains how the firm created an Amsterdam housing development where over 200 homes share one big “outdoor living room” in the latest movie from our exclusive series (+ movie). Completed in 2007, the Parkrand Amsterdam apartment building is a block made up of five connected towers that together frame a communal […]

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Winy Maas: an “open heart” reveals the inner workings of MVRDV’s Pushed Slab office block

MVRDV’s Winy Maas explains how the hollow centre he created at the heart of a Paris office block allows passersby a privileged view into the movements of a financial services company, in the latest movie from our exclusive series (+ movie). Completed in 2014, the seven-storey Pushed Slab was the first building to open in a proposed eco-quarter […]

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MVRDV’s “office village” avoids business park cliches says Jacob van Rijs

MVRDV created an urban centre in the heart of “business-park suburbia” with its UPV Munich office park, says studio co-founder Jacob van Rijs in the third movie from our exclusive series (+ movie). The Rotterdam-based firm won a competition in 1999 to design the office park on the outskirts of Munich. The first phase involved the construction of […]

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MVRDV’s Stedelijk Museum renovation makes way for the historical details, says Nathalie de Vries

MVRDV’s Nathalie de Vries explains how she used “a wallpaper” of storage and furnishings to transform a Neoclassical chapel into the entrance for the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, in the second in a series of exclusive movies profiling the Dutch studio’s work. MVRDV renovated the 18th century chapel in 2014, adding bright red shelves between the existing features to […]

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MVRDV’s Spijkenisse library has become a “proud mountain of books” says Winy Maas

In the first of a series of exclusive movies profiling buildings by Dutch firm MVRDV, architect and studio co-founder Winy Maas looks back at Book Mountain – a library contained within a glass pyramid (+ movie). Completed in 2012 in Spijkenisse, south of Rotterdam, the library contains five floors of bookshelves connected by a trail […]

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MVRDV’s Zaanstad Cultural Cluster will house five Dutch institutions in one building

Dutch architecture firm MVRDV has won a competition to design the Cultural Cluster in the heart of the city of Zaanstad, with a proposal to group multiple institutions inside one building – each with their own house-shaped presence on the facade. MVRDV was selected by the Dutch municipality of Zaanstad, North Holland, for the project, which […]

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MVRDV to transform Seoul overpass into High Line-inspired park

Dutch firm MVRDV has been selected to transform an elevated road in Seoul into a public park that could become South Korea’s answer to the High Line. MVRDV will work alongside Dutch design studio Studio Makkink & Bey and landscape designer Ben Kuipers to overhaul the 938-metre-long Seoul Station Overpass, creating a new pedestrian pathway boasting 254 species of trees, shrubs and flowers. Their competition-winning […]

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MVRDV wins approval for Vandamme Nord shopping centre facelift in Paris

News: MVRDV has been granted planning approval to overhaul a 1970s shopping centre on Gaîté-Montparnasse in Paris, with a design intended to give the building a new identity. The Rotterdam-based studio plans to renovate and extend Vandamme Nord in the French capital’s 14th arrondissement, adding a facade of colourful stacked boxes, new entrances and planted roof terraces, all […]
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MVRDV plans skyscraper with a “curving waist” for Vienna

News: Rotterdam firm MVRDV has won a contest to design a new addition to the Vienna skyline by proposing a 110-metre tower with an “elegant, hourglass figure” that will reduce the impact of its shadow (+ slideshow). MVRDV saw off competition from architects including Dietmar Feichtinger, Dominique Perrault and Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos to win the commission for the mixed-use tower, which will […]
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MVRDV’s Pushed Slab office block has a huge hole in its middle

The gaping hole in the centre of this office block in Paris was designed by MVRDV to preserve views of another local building (+ slideshow). The Rotterdam-based architecture firm named the building Pushed Slab, after the way its volume has been “pushed until it breaks, then twisted and pushed to the south” to maintain a […]

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MVRDV’s Markthal Rotterdam photographed by Hufton + Crow

MVRDV’s huge horseshoe-shaped market hall and housing development in Rotterdam is captured in these new images by photographers Hufton + Crow (+ slideshow). Completed last month, the Markthal Rotterdam features the Netherlands’ first covered market, sheltered beneath a 40-metre arch that contains 228 apartments, and is protected by glazed end walls. Related story: MVRDV’s zigzagging […]

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MVRDV’s zigzagging buildings come top in Mainz basin contest

News: MVRDV and fellow Rotterdam studio MorePlatz have been selected to create a pair of dockside office blocks in Mainz, Germany, with designs for buildings featuring zigzagging profiles. Named Hafenspitze, the two buildings will become the first new structures in the proposed transformation of the city’s former shipping container harbour, described by the architects as “one of […]

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