MVRDV is an architecture office that has created great designs from facade design to public spaces, from interiors to high-rise buildings that was founded in 1993 in Rotterdam by Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries. In this article, we will look at some of the iconic projects of the world-famous architecture office MVRDV.

Photo Source: MVRDV Designs Colorful Hotel Architecture at Dutch Design Week (bocadolobo.com)

Valley by MVRDV 

Valley, a mixed-use high-rise in the Netherlands designed by MVRDV, has three angular peaks with projecting stone-clad balconies and windows. MVRDV unveiled it for the first time in Amsterdam in 2015, after winning a competition to design the building for EDGE Technologies first.

Photo Source: MVRDV Breaks Ground on Mixed-Use “Valley” to Inject Life into Amsterdam’s Business District | ArchDaily

Valley is made up of three conjoined buildings of varying heights that are connected by a terraced podium that resembles a low piece of land between mountains, thus the project’s name.

Photo Source: MVRDV Breaks Ground on Mixed-Use “Valley” to Inject Life into Amsterdam’s Business District | ArchDaily

All of the flats offer access to terraces with plants. This includes residents on the building’s fourth and fifth floors, dubbed the “valley floor,” which will serve as a public park. The tallest storey is 100 meters tall and has a bar running across it.

Photo Source: MVRDV Breaks Ground on Mixed-Use “Valley” to Inject Life into Amsterdam’s Business District | ArchDaily

Shenzen Terrace

Through a seamless combination of landscape, leisure, commerce, and culture, MVRDV’s Shenzhen Terraces intends to bring energy and creativity to the neighborhood. The building is ideally positioned to serve as a distinguishing public space within the neighborhood, since it is located in the center of the Longgang, at the intersection of high-rise residences, commercial properties, sports and education institutions.

Top 5 Projects of MVRDV Office
Photo Source: Shenzhen Terraces | MVRDV | ArchiDiaries

Shenzhen Terraces’ main concept is to use stacked plateaus for its numerous buildings to blend the current landscape with the new construction. These ties bind Shenzhen’s newest urban space to its surroundings, making it one with the city and allowing everyone access.

Photo Source: Shenzhen Terraces | MVRDV | ArchiDiaries
Photo Source: Shenzhen Terraces | MVRDV | ArchiDiaries
Photo Source: Shenzhen Terraces | MVRDV | ArchiDiaries

Depot Boijmans 

According to MVRDV, Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen is the world’s first fully accessible art depot, and is located in Rotterdam’s Museumpark. The goal was to give visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the museum and make the entire art collection available to them. The circular, reflecting volume reacts to its environment.

Photo Source: Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen by MVRDV opens in Rotterdam (dezeen.com)
Photo Source: Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen by MVRDV opens in Rotterdam (dezeen.com)

The Depot has exhibition rooms, a rooftop garden, and a restaurant, as well as a massive amount of art and design storage space. The Depot, which stands 39,5 meters tall and is a ’round’ structure, has an ovoid shape. Because of its bowl-like shape, the ground-level footprint is minimal, allowing vistas into and pathways through the Museumpark to be maintained while the roof is as large as feasible.

Photo Source: Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen by MVRDV opens in Rotterdam (dezeen.com)
Photo Source: Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen by MVRDV opens in Rotterdam (dezeen.com)

‘O’ Revealed

The ‘O’ building was promoted as “bringing the character to the neighborhood.” Franklin Mitte neighborhood is one of a handful being developed as part of the long-term rehabilitation of the former military barracks. Franklin Mitte’s design integrates a number of components from MVRDV’s masterplan proposal for the same site, which includes a mix of diverse building styles and functions.

The ‘O’ in HOME stands close to the Green Hill, with the development consisting of the high-rise and several low-rise structures nearby. The ‘O’ stands out from its surroundings as one of the tallest buildings in the area, and its powerful presence is enhanced by its blue brick façade and colored voids that are balconies.Almost all residences in the building have direct access to outside space thanks to their balconies.

Photo Source: MVRDV – Bringing a character to the neighbourhood: MVRDV’s ‘O’ revealed in Franklin Mitte, Mannheim
Photo Source: MVRDV – Bringing a character to the neighbourhood: MVRDV’s ‘O’ revealed in Franklin Mitte, Mannheim

A public terrace is located in the heart of the ‘O.’ This terrace, which is accessible by a public stairwell, serves as the neighborhood’s “living room,” affording views of the surrounding region as well as a magnificent entrance route to the bar on the building’s 4th floor. This podium will become a perfect event location, with spectators able to see a show going place on the Green Hill’s summit.

Photo Source: MVRDV – Bringing a character to the neighbourhood: MVRDV’s ‘O’ revealed in Franklin Mitte, Mannheim

Candid-To

Candid-Tor is a radical intervention on a site in Munich, combining a renovation of a current building complex with a pair of towers that are connected at the summit. At ground level, the design expending of the outdoor space, forging linkages to its surroundings and placing a green plaza at the core of the complex, while the 64-meter-tall landmark provides the design a prominent presence on the scale of the city.

Photo Source: MVRDV – Candid-Tor
Photo Source: MVRDV – Candid-Tor

Six of the nine existing blocks will be included into the new layout, with the current buildings mostly preserved and refurbished. This strategy notably adds to the proposal’s sustainability by significantly lowering the quantity of embodied carbon generated during construction.

Photo Source: MVRDV – Candid-Tor
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