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Stefano Boeri Architetti Wins Competition for First Dutch Vertical Forest

16:00 - 6 July, 2017
© A2 Studio
© A2 Studio

Stefano Boeri Architetti’s next vertical forest project will be found in Utrecht, after the firm was selected as winners in an international competition for the construction of a new urban district in Jaarbeursboulevard. Dubbed the “Hawthrone Tower,” the first Dutch Vertical Forest will be one of two new high-rise towers to rise on the site in the Utrecht city center, located near the Utrecht Central Train Station, alongside a tower designed by Amsterdam-based MVSA studio.

The 90-meter-tall tower will be covered by 10,000 plants of different species (360 trees, 9,640 of shrubs and flowers), aimed at creating “an innovative experience of cohabitation between city and nature.” The green facade will allow Hawthorne Tower to absorb more than 5.4 tons of CO2, scrubbing the air for healthier living conditions for both residents of the tower and the wider city.

Post-Fossil City Contest's 10 Finalists Share Visions of A Sustainable Future

16:00 - 25 March, 2017
Post-Fossil City Contest's 10 Finalists Share Visions of A Sustainable Future, Courtesy of Urban Futures Studio
Courtesy of Urban Futures Studio

Utrecht University’s Urban Futures Studio have announced the 10 finalists for their Post-Fossil City Contest, judged by a jury which included MVRDV co-founder Winy Maas. Each of the successful submissions responded to the contest’s call for the design of a sustainable city no longer reliant on non-renewable energy sources. Designers and makers were invited to envision this new future, which “will reshape our cities and everyday lives so radically that it is hard to imagine what it might feel, taste, smell, and look like.”

Out of the 250 total entries, below are the 10 selected finalists along with a snippet of their proposed futures as described by the competition website.

Moreelse Bridge / cepezed

13:00 - 6 March, 2017
Moreelse Bridge  / cepezed, © Leon van Woerkom
© Leon van Woerkom

© Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders © Leon van Woerkom      © Jannes Linders +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Architects in Charge

    Ronald Schleurholts, Jochem Paauwe
  • Area

    3200.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Utrecht Central Station / Benthem Crouwel Architects

09:00 - 19 December, 2016
Utrecht Central Station / Benthem Crouwel Architects, © Jannes Linders
© Jannes Linders

© Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders © Your Captain Luchtfotografie © Jannes Linders +17

House of Rolf / Studio Rolf.fr + Niek Wagemans

05:00 - 24 November, 2016
House of Rolf / Studio Rolf.fr + Niek Wagemans, © Christel Derksen & Rolf Bruggink
© Christel Derksen & Rolf Bruggink

© Christel Derksen & Rolf Bruggink © Christel Derksen & Rolf Bruggink © Christel Derksen & Rolf Bruggink © Christel Derksen & Rolf Bruggink +26

A.S.R Headquarters Renovation / Team V Architectuur

02:00 - 12 August, 2016
A.S.R Headquarters Renovation / Team V Architectuur, © Jannes Linders
© Jannes Linders

© Herman de Winter © Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders +36

Castellum Hoge Woerd / SKETS architectuurstudio

03:00 - 2 May, 2016
Castellum Hoge Woerd  / SKETS architectuurstudio, © John Lewin Marshall
© John Lewin Marshall

© John Lewin Marshall © John Lewin Marshall © John Lewin Marshall © John Lewin Marshall +25

Renovation of a 30's Row House / Lab-S

02:00 - 9 April, 2016
Renovation of a 30's Row House / Lab-S , © Suzanne Paap
© Suzanne Paap

© Suzanne Paap © Suzanne Paap © Suzanne Paap © Suzanne Paap +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Lab-S
  • Project Year

    2015

Thoreau's Cabin / cc-studio

05:00 - 24 November, 2015
Thoreau's Cabin / cc-studio, © John Lewis Marshall
© John Lewis Marshall

© John Lewis Marshall © John Lewis Marshall © John Lewis Marshall © John Lewis Marshall +20

Train Control Centre Utrecht / de Jong Gortemaker Algra Architects

03:00 - 5 June, 2015
Train Control Centre Utrecht / de Jong Gortemaker Algra Architects, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters +26

Recreation House Near Utrecht / Roel van Norel + Zecc Architecten

03:00 - 19 March, 2015

Courtesy of Roel van Norel Courtesy of Roel van Norel © Stijn Poelstra Courtesy of Roel van Norel +27

Gerrit Rietveld College / atelier PRO

01:00 - 22 February, 2015
Gerrit Rietveld College / atelier PRO, © John Lewis Marshall
© John Lewis Marshall

© John Lewis Marshall © John Lewis Marshall © John Lewis Marshall © John Lewis Marshall +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Eykmanlaan 1200, 3571 KH Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Project Leader

    Eelko Bemener
  • Project Architect

    Dorte Kristensen, Lisette Plouvier, Evelien van Beek
  • Project Collaborators

    Allard de Goeij, André van Veen, Constanze Knüpling
  • Area

    9860.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Crossoverzaal / NL Architects

00:00 - 1 February, 2015
Crossoverzaal / NL Architects, Courtesy of NL Architects
Courtesy of NL Architects

Courtesy of NL Architects Courtesy of NL Architects Courtesy of NL Architects Courtesy of NL Architects +94

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vredenburg, 3511 Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse
  • Design Team

    Sören Grünert, Kirsten Hüsig, Thomas Scherzer, Marc Dahmen, Gerbrand van Oostveen, Michael Schoner, Wim Sjerps, Martijn Stoffels, Michael Schoner, Bobby de Graaf, Stephan Schuelecke, Florent Le Corre, Jung-Hwa Cho, Michael Schoner, Bobby de Graaf, Lorena Valero Miñano, Inés Quinteiro Antolin
  • Project Year

    2014

MVRDV and Interior Urbanism: An Interview With Winy Maas

01:00 - 29 January, 2015
MVRDV and Interior Urbanism: An Interview With Winy Maas, Markthal Rotterdam. Image © Daria Scagliola+Stijn Brakkee
Markthal Rotterdam. Image © Daria Scagliola+Stijn Brakkee

In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, one of the major changes within cities around the world has been the rise of so-called "privately-owned public space," a development which has attracted the attention of many urbanists and is still being widely debated. However, for MONU Magazine, the increasing prevalence (and arguably, acceptance) of such privately owned spaces for public use gives us an opportunity to discuss another aspect of public space: interior urbanism. With the rise of the shopping mall and the increasingly diverse functions required by buildings such as libraries, interior spaces now resemble exterior public spaces more and more.

The following interview is an excerpt from the 21st issue of MONU Magazine, in which MONU's Bernd Upmeyer and Beatriz Ramo interview MVRDV founder Winy Maas, discussing the concept of interior urbanism in the work of MVRDV, in particular in their Rotterdam Markthal, Glass Farm and Book Mountain projects.

Markthal Rotterdam. Image © Nico Saieh Book Mountain in Spijkenisse. Image © Jeroen Musch Book Mountain in Spijkenisse. Image © Jeroen Musch Glass Farm in Schijndel. Image © Jeroen Musch +13

The Architect / LEVS architecten

01:00 - 8 November, 2014
The Architect  / LEVS architecten, © Marcel van der Burg
© Marcel van der Burg

Courtesy of LEVS architecten © Marcel van der Burg © Marcel van der Burg © Marcel van der Burg +25

DOMunder / JDdVarchitects

01:00 - 24 September, 2014
DOMunder / JDdVarchitects, © Oliver Schuh
© Oliver Schuh

© Oliver Schuh © Oliver Schuh © Oliver Schuh © Oliver Schuh +13

Parkark / BYTR architecten

01:00 - 30 May, 2014
Parkark / BYTR architecten, © StijnStijl
© StijnStijl

© StijnStijl © StijnStijl © StijnStijl © StijnStijl +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kanaalweg, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Richel Lubbers, Tjerk van de Wetering, Lucia Sanchez
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

P+R De Uithof / KCAP Architects & Planners + studioSK

01:00 - 12 December, 2013
P+R De Uithof / KCAP Architects & Planners + studioSK, © Ronald Tilleman
© Ronald Tilleman

© Ronald Tilleman © Ronald Tilleman © Ronald Tilleman © Ronald Tilleman +13