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World’s First Publicly Accessible Art Depot by MVRDV Tops Out in Rotterdam

13:00 - 4 September, 2019
World’s First Publicly Accessible Art Depot by MVRDV Tops Out in Rotterdam, © Ossip van Duivenbode
© Ossip van Duivenbode

The world's first publicly accessible art depot by MVRDV has topped out in Rotterdam. Called Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, the new archive building was celebrated with a ceremony by the Stichting Collectiegebouw consortium, which comprises the museum, the municipality of Rotterdam, and Stichting De Verre Bergen. The depot will host the museum’s archive of 151,000 artworks and will be fully accessible to the public.

© Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode + 11

Studying the "Manual of Section": Architecture's Most Intriguing Drawing

04:00 - 29 August, 2019
Studying the "Manual of Section": Architecture's Most Intriguing Drawing, Phillips Exeter Academy Library by Louis I. Kahn (1972). Published in Manual of Section by Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, and David J. Lewis published by Princeton Architectural Press (2016). Image Courtesy of LTL Architects
Phillips Exeter Academy Library by Louis I. Kahn (1972). Published in Manual of Section by Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, and David J. Lewis published by Princeton Architectural Press (2016). Image Courtesy of LTL Architects

For Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki and David J. Lewis, the section “is often understood as a reductive drawing type, produced at the end of the design process to depict structural and material conditions in service of the construction contract.” A definition that will be familiar to most of those who have studied or worked in architecture at some point. We often think primarily of the plan, for it allows us to embrace the programmatic expectations of a project and provide a summary of the various functions required. In the modern age, digital modelling software programs offer ever more possibilities when it comes to creating complex three dimensional objects, making the section even more of an afterthought.

With their Manual of Section (2016), the three founding partners of LTL architects engage with section as an essential tool of architectural design, and let’s admit it, this reading might change your mind on the topic. For the co-authors, “thinking and designing through section requires the building of a discourse about section, recognizing it as a site of intervention.” Perhaps, indeed, we need to understand the capabilities of section drawings both to use them more efficiently and to enjoy doing so.

Bagsværd Church by Jørn Utzon (1976). Published in Manual of Section by Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, and David J. Lewis published by Princeton Architectural Press (2016). Image Courtesy of LTL Architects Notre Dame du Haut by Le Corbusier (1954). Published in Manual of Section by Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, and David J. Lewis published by Princeton Architectural Press (2016). Image Courtesy of LTL Architects United States Pavilion at Expo '67 by Buckminster Fuller and Shoji Sadao (1967). Published in Manual of Section by Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, and David J. Lewis published by Princeton Architectural Press (2016). Image Courtesy of LTL Architects The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum by Frank Lloyd Wright (1959). Published in Manual of Section by Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, and David J. Lewis published by Princeton Architectural Press (2016). Image Courtesy of LTL Architects + 15

Construction Begins on MVRDV’s Mixed-Use Development in Abu Dhabi

11:20 - 20 August, 2019
Construction Begins on MVRDV’s Mixed-Use Development in Abu Dhabi, Courtesy of MVRDV
Courtesy of MVRDV

Courtesy of MVRDV Courtesy of MVRDV Courtesy of MVRDV Courtesy of IMKAN + 20

Pixel, the latest project from Dutch firm MVRDV, is now under construction and is expected to be completed by the end of 2021. The community based mixed-used development is the first project in Abu Dhabi’s Makers District, an innovative and cosmopolitan new area, on the Reem Island.

MVRDV Designs Facade of Potted Plants along Dommel River in the Netherlands

13:00 - 14 August, 2019
MVRDV Designs Facade of Potted Plants along Dommel River in the Netherlands, Courtesy of MVRDV
Courtesy of MVRDV

MVRDV has designed an office and residential building on a corner lot next to the Dommel river in the Dutch village of Sint-Michielsgestel. Made with a facade that takes the form of potted plants, the project uses a gridded “rack” system to cover the building’s entire exterior in a variety of plants. Designed with MVRDV’s co-architect, Van Boven Architecten, the team wanted to create a landmark project for the village while also being socially conscious and environmentally progressive.

MVRDV Reopens Crystal Houses with New Tenant and Facade

05:00 - 26 June, 2019
MVRDV Reopens Crystal Houses with New Tenant and Facade, Crystal Houses. Image © Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee
Crystal Houses. Image © Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee

Dutch design practice MVRDV has reopened their 2016 project Crystal Houses with a new tenant and façade. Located on the high-end shopping street PC Hooftstraat, Crystal Houses initially hosted a temporary store for Chanel. The project’s jewel-like façade was proposed as a way for Amsterdam to be home to distinctive, upmarket flagship stores without compromising the city’s historical character. Now the project has been renovated and re-opened for French luxury brand Hermès.

Crystal Houses. Image © Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee Crystal Houses. Image © Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee Crystal Houses. Image © Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee Crystal Houses. Image © Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee + 10

High Profile Architects Shortlisted for Pulse Nightclub Shooting Memorial

06:15 - 3 June, 2019
High Profile Architects Shortlisted for Pulse Nightclub Shooting Memorial, © Anthony Constantine/Shutterstock
© Anthony Constantine/Shutterstock

The shortlist has been announced for the design of the National Pulse Memorial & Museum in Orlando, Florida, honoring the 49 people killed during the Pulse nightclub shooting on June 12th, 2016. Established by Dovetail Design Strategists for the onePULSE Foundation, the open, two-stage international competition seeks to honor those killed while also supporting the families, survivors, and first responders.

Winners of the 2019 Building of the Year Awards

07:00 - 12 March, 2019
Winners of the 2019 Building of the Year Awards

More than 80,000 votes were cast over the last two weeks and, after careful review, the results of the 2019 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards presented by Unreal are in. Building of the Year, which itself celebrated ten years this year, is the largest peer-based crowdsourced architecture award in the world, showcasing the projects chosen by you, our readers, as the most significant of the year.

This is no mean feat. More than 4000 projects were in contention this year, challenging readers to carefully consider a wide variety of projects across type, scale, and location. 4000 projects were whittled to 75 finalists; 75 have now been reduced to the 15 winners - one for each typological category.

The results are as diverse as the architecture itself. Well-known names are, as in years past, present among the bunch, among them Zaha Hadid Architects, MVRDV, and Heatherwick Studio. For London-based Heatherwick, their win marks the second consecutive year they have taken top honors for a refurbishment-based project. But less-renowned names dominate the ranks of the winners this year. Innocad’s serenely simple office building for a real estate company elevates what corporate architecture can be while the technical and material mastery of Sameep Padora’s Maya Somaiya Library is enough to make any architect look twice. The library is, in fact, one of two Indian projects to take top honors this year - a strong first year showing for the nation whose design talent seems finally to be coming to the fore.

But for all their many beautiful differences, the winners share a crucial element in common: they represent the values of our mission, to bring inspiration, knowledge, and tools to architects everywhere. Building of the Year - indeed, ArchDaily itself - would not be possible without the generosity of firms and readers as invested in our mission as we are. We give our profound thanks to all who participated this year, no matter the form. Congratulations to all the winners!



Construction of MVRDV's Landscaped Food Market Begins in Taiwan

09:00 - 6 March, 2019
Construction of MVRDV's Landscaped Food Market Begins in Taiwan, The Tainan Xinhua Fruit and Vegetable Market elevates a prosaic part of the supply chain into a place for the public to experience food . Image © MVRDV
The Tainan Xinhua Fruit and Vegetable Market elevates a prosaic part of the supply chain into a place for the public to experience food . Image © MVRDV

MVRDV has broken ground on a wholesale market for fruit and vegetables in Tainan, Taiwan. Defined by a terraced, accessible green roof, the open-air market will serve as both an important hub in Taiwan’s supply chain, and a destination for meeting, socializing, and taking in views of the surrounding landscape.

Named the “Tainan Xinhua Fruit and Vegetable Market,” the MVRDV scheme transforms an often-prosaic aspect of the food industry into a public experience of food and nature. Located in a strategic position between the city and mountains, with good public transport links, the scheme sits at a convenient node for traders, buyers, and visitors.

The design comprises a simple open structure with high undulating ceilings that allow for natural ventilation. Image © MVRDV The design compliments the surrounding environment. Image © MVRDV The open-air market will also be an important social hub. Image © MVRDV The Tainan Xinhua Fruit and Vegetable Market elevates a prosaic part of the supply chain into a place for the public to experience food . Image © MVRDV + 4

Porocity: Opening up Solidity

10:00 - 20 February, 2019
Porocity: Opening up Solidity

An exciting new manifesto from the Why Factory, Porocity: Opening Up Solidity makes a case for the intervention of the public realm into the private sphere of the city. The Why Factory raises a critique of the city as excessively closed off, and offers tools for the prying open and aerating of the city in such a way that is socially, environmentally and economically valuable to its citizens. How can we introduce pockets for encounters, for streams of circulation, for green areas, for tunnels of cooling? What structures can be imagined to allow for this openness? Creating grottos? Splitting towers?

MVRDV's Tirana Tower forms a Pixelated Map of Albania

09:00 - 15 February, 2019
MVRDV's Tirana Tower forms a Pixelated Map of Albania, © MVRDV / REDVERTEX
© MVRDV / REDVERTEX

Construction has begun on MVRDV’s “Downtown One,” a 140-meter-tall mixed-use skyscraper for the Albanian capital city of Tirana. Set to become Albania’s tallest building, the 37-story scheme is defined by its “relief of cantilevered houses and offices, which form a pixelated map of Albania, each representing a town or city.”

Situated in the center of the city, on the Bajram Curri Boulevard, the scheme intends to boost the economy of the capital through a mix of apartments, shops, offices, and restaurants. In addition to manifesting as a map of Albania when viewed from afar, the iconic cantilevers also generate spectacular panoramic views of the city and mountains, and create a connection between residents of this “vertical village.”

© MVRDV / REDVERTEX © MVRDV © MVRDV © MVRDV / REDVERTEX + 5

MVRDV and The Why Factory Develop a Future "Grand Puzzle" of Marseille for Manifesta 13

11:00 - 13 February, 2019
MVRDV and The Why Factory Develop a Future "Grand Puzzle" of Marseille for Manifesta 13, © MVRDV / The Why Factory
© MVRDV / The Why Factory

In 2020, the French city of Marseille is set to host Manifesta 13, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art. In preparation for the event, MVRDV has collaborated with thinktank The Why Factory (directed by MVRDV co-founder Winy Maas) in unveiling “The Grand Puzzle,” a 1200-page interdisciplinary pre-biennial research study of the urban potential for Marseille.

MVRDV produced the study through deep analyses of the city, such as interviews and spatial data, culminating in suggestions for possible urban interventions. As part of this engagement, the firm worked with The Why Factory, founded as “the think tank on the future city” at Technical University Delft, who collaborated with local architecture and design schools on the study. Having received overwhelmingly positive feedback, the work will now be “contextualized, analyzed, and refined as it becomes a tool for Marseillais to imagine possible futures for their city.” In addition, the study will serve as a point of inspiration for artistic and cultural interventions both before and during the Manifesta biennial.

Manuelle Gautrand Designs Futuristic Housing Block for Amsterdam

05:00 - 13 February, 2019
Manuelle Gautrand Designs Futuristic Housing Block for Amsterdam, Hyde Park Residence. Image Courtesy of Romain Ghomari
Hyde Park Residence. Image Courtesy of Romain Ghomari

Manuelle Gautrand has designed a 400 unit mixed housing block for the futuristic Hyde Park district in Amsterdam. The homes are divided into nine buildings that make up "thematic" houses organized around a landscaped island core. Each house stands unique, made of different volumes, materials, colors and heights. Formed around the idea of a village, the project aims to develop ambitious environmental goals while bringing people together to rethink urban life. 

Hyde Park Residence. Image Courtesy of Romain Ghomari  ©LMNB. ImageHyde Park Residence Hyde Park Residence. Image Courtesy of Romain Ghomari Hyde Park Residence. Image Courtesy of Romain Ghomari + 15

MVRDV to Transform Historic Palais du Commerce in Rennes

11:00 - 12 February, 2019
MVRDV to Transform Historic Palais du Commerce in Rennes, Shops. Image © ENGRAM
Shops. Image © ENGRAM

MVRDV has won a competition to renovate and extend the Palais du Commerce in Rennes, France. Developed in collaboration with co-architects Bernard Desmoulin and developers Frey and Engie Avenue, the transformation of the historic landmark will “signify a renaissance for both the building and its surroundings.”

The MVRDV scheme will reactivate both the Place de la Republique and the Palais, turning a former public building into a centerpiece of the city’s main commercial street as was originally intended. While being respectful to the existing building, the MVRDV proposal adopts a critical approach to its drawbacks, such as transparency and accessibility.

Aerial. Image © ENGRAM River. Image © ENGRAM Shops. Image © ENGRAM Connection. Image © ENGRAM + 15

MVRDV's Design for 'KoolKiel' Tower Brings Distinctive Whimsy to an Adaptable Scheme

09:00 - 25 January, 2019
MVRDV's Design for 'KoolKiel' Tower Brings Distinctive Whimsy to an Adaptable Scheme, © MVRDV
© MVRDV

MVRDV have released details of their proposed mixed-use complex, designed to redevelop a post-industrial site in Kiel, Germany. The 65,000-square-meter proposal will adopt a flexible design system as opposed to a fixed, unchangeable plan, thus allowing the scheme to adapt to future demands as the design development progresses.

Labeled the “KoolKiel,” MVRDV’s scheme will occupy an existing large, single-story building previously used to store chains of ships, and for the printing of Germany’s famous Werner comics in the 1980s. The site’s current use as a hub for media and creative industries, and its resulting charismatic identity, has strongly influenced the MVRDV scheme, with the retention of the existing structure and lively, playful exterior spaces.

© MVRDV © MVRDV © MVRDV Interior. Image © MVRDV + 20

MVRDV Designs a Dual Tower Scheme with Interactive Facades for "Times Square" of Taipei

09:00 - 10 January, 2019
Distant view. Image Courtesy of MVRDV
Distant view. Image Courtesy of MVRDV

MVRDV have released images of their ambitious design for the Taipei Twin Towers, set to revitalize the central station area of the Taiwanese capital. The two towers are characterized by a “pile of blocks” that create a vertical urban neighborhood, complete with interactive media facades.

The site is currently occupied by the city’s main station, containing railway, airport lines, metro networks, and underused parks and plazas. Under the MVRDV scheme, the two towers will be built over the top of the station, offering retail, offices, two cinemas, two hotels, and the unification and redevelopment of surrounding plazas.

Aerial view. Image Courtesy of MVRDV Plaza view. Image Courtesy of MVRDV Pedestrian view. Image Courtesy of MVRDV Event view. Image Courtesy of MVRDV + 14

MVRDV Redefines the Skyscraper as a 3D City in Shenzhen

13:00 - 19 December, 2018
MVRDV Redefines the Skyscraper as a 3D City in Shenzhen, Vanke 3D City. Image © ATCHAIN
Vanke 3D City. Image © ATCHAIN

Dutch practice MVRDV has won the competition to design the new Vanke headquarters building in Shenzhen. Designed for the major Chinese real estate developer, the 250 meter tall project is a cluster of eight interlinked blocks of offices, housing and culture. The concept was grounded in MVRDV's research into the three-dimensional city. Aiming to rethink the next generation of skyscrapers, the tower rises from four separate bases to a single crowning tower.

Vanke 3D City. Image © ATCHAIN Vanke 3D City. Image © ATCHAIN Vanke 3D City. Image © ATCHAIN Vanke 3D City. Image © ATCHAIN + 17