MVRDV’s “mountain of books” in the center of Spijkenisse’s town market square has just been announced as winner of the internationally acclaimed red dot design award for “high quality design” in the Architecture and Urban Design category. The jury selected MVRDV’s Book Mountain from 4,662 entries submitted from 54 countries, lauding the project for its “exceptional quality and refined detail solutions”.
More information on the building after the break…
Architects: BaksvanWengerden Architecten
Location: Alkmaar, The Netherlands
Project Architects: Gijs Baks, Jacco van Wengerden
Collaborators: Rui Duarte, Keimpke Zigterman
Structural Engineer: Van Rossum Raadgevende Ingenieurs, Amsterdam
Contractor: Cor Koper Bouwbedrijf, Heerhugowaard
Area: 210 sqm
Photographs: Yvonne Brandwijk
The Luchtsingel is a pedestrian footbridge in Rotterdam that is being realized by crowdfunding, an exciting new means of funding in which the public donates money via an online platform (essentially investing in an unrealized idea) in order to make a project reality. The Luchtsingel, which uses the slogan “the more you donate, the longer the bridge”, has resonated with the public imagination and surpassed its initial funding goals, becoming an important part of Rotterdam’s urban rejuvenation.
Read more about the unusual birth of this public bridge, after the break…
The European Postgraduate Masters in Urbanism (EMU) is a joint program that aims to produce highly qualified, university trained urban designers, physical planners and researchers. The EMU program brings together the strengths and richness of different design approaches and methods, and the long traditions and experiences in urban planning and design of each of the participating universities.
The master course is design oriented and affirms the role of design in the knowledge process, while integrating different levels of scale. Learning by doing, research by design, and the project as knowledge producer constitute the key concerns and standpoints of this European postgraduate master’s degree.
More info after the break.
Location: Jan van Galenstraat, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Team: Ton Venhoeven, Richèl Lubbers, Danny Esselman, Manfred Wansink, Jos-Willem van Oorschot, Erik de Vries, Thomas Flotmann, Peterine Arts
Landscape Architects: OKRA
Project Management: Draaijer & Partners
General Contractor: Van Wijnen
Area: 7,100 sqm
Photographs: Luuk Kramer