MVRDV was founded in 1993 by Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The practice engages globally in providing solutions to contemporary architectural and urban issues. A highly collaborative, research-based design method involves clients, stakeholders and experts from a wide range of fields from early on in the creative process. The results are exemplary, outspoken projects, which enable our cities and landscapes to develop towards a better future.
The products of MVRDV’s unique approach to design vary, ranging from buildings of all types and sizes, to urban plans and visions, numerous publications, installations and exhibitions. Built projects include the Netherlands Pavilion for the World EXPO 2000 in Hannover; the Market Hall, a combination of housing and retail in Rotterdam; the Pushed Slab, a sustainable office building in Paris’ first eco-district; Flight Forum, an innovative business park in Eindhoven; the Silodam Housing complex in Amsterdam; the Matsudai Cultural Centre in Japan; the Unterföhring office campus near Munich; the Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam; the Ypenburg housing and urban plan in The Hague; the Didden Village rooftop housing extension in Rotterdam; the music centre De Effenaar in Eindhoven; the Gyre boutique shopping center in Tokyo; a public library in Spijkenisse; an international bank headquarters in Oslo, Norway; and the iconic Mirador and Celosia housing in Madrid.
Current projects include a variety of housing projects in the Netherlands, France, China, India, and other countries; a community centre in Copenhagen and a cultural complex in Roskilde, Denmark, a public art depot in Rotterdam, the transformation of a mixed use building in central Paris, an office complex in Shanghai, and a commercial centre in Beijing, and the renovation of an office building in Hong Kong. MVRDV is also working on large scale urban masterplans in Bordeaux and Caen, France and the masterplan for an eco-city in Logroño, Spain. Larger scale visions for the future of greater Paris, greater Oslo, and the doubling in size of the Dutch new town Almere are also in development.
MVRDV first published a manifesto of its work and ideas in FARMAX (1998), followed by MetaCity/Datatown (1999), Costa Iberica (2000), Regionmaker (2002), 5 Minutes City (2003), KM3 (2005), Spacefighter (2007) and Skycar City (2007), and more recently The Vertical Village (with The Why Factory, 2012) and the firm’s first monograph of built works MVRDV Buildings (2013). MVRDV deals with issues ranging from global sustainability in large scale studies such as Pig City, to small, pragmatic architectural solutions for devastated areas such as New Orleans.
The work of MVRDV is exhibited and published worldwide and has received numerous international awards. One hundred architects, designers and urbanists develop projects in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative design process which involves rigorous technical and creative investigation. MVRDV works with BIM and has official in-house BREEAM and LEED assessors.
Together with Delft University of Technology, MVRDV runs The Why Factory, an independent think tank and research institute providing an agenda for architecture and urbanism by envisioning the city of the future.
- The Memory with Huge Words. WERK12 by MVRDV
- MVRDV’s Crystal Houses, re-opens with an even more transparent façade
- Roskilde Festival Folk High School completed by MVRDV and COBE
- Participation and Flexibility. “KoolKiel” a City Block by MVRDV
- Intensify the City. Taipei Twin Towers by MVRDV
- MVRDV’s Future Towers Adds Over 1,000 New Residential Units in a Single Building
- MVRDV Breaks Ground on its First US Project, a Colourful 22-Storey “Vertical Village” in Manhattan’s Washington Heights
- KWG·M·CUBE, shopping centre designed by MVRDV
- MVRDV Completes The Imprint at Paradise City, a White-and-Gold Art-Entertainment Complex in Incheon
- MVRDV unveils SeaSaw, a new connection between the city and the sea
- Gaîté Montparnasse by MVRDV
- MVRDV reveal Fabryczna offices, in the new city centre of Łódź
- Resilient by Design, by HASSELL+
- The Milestone, Esslinger Room, by MVRDV
- Silhouette winner project by MVRDV, in Moscow
- Construction begins on WERK12, a mixed-use office by MVRDV
- Design Society Shenzhen by MVRDV
- The eye of books. Tianjin Binhai Library by MVRDV / TUPDI
- MVRDV creates (W)ego, an habitable facility at the Dutch Design Week
- New Skyscraper in Rotterdam. MVRDV wins the competition to design the Sax
- Baltyk by MVRDV. Carve the cube
- New public park right in the centre of Seoul. Seoullo 7017 Skygarden by MVRDV
- Life around a olive tree. Casa Kwantes by MVRDV
- Movie documents MVRDV's technique for creating of Chanel glass brick façade
- The Infinity Kitchen of MVRDV at Venice Biennale 2016
- Paradise City by MVRDV
- MVRDV House. New headquarters for MVRDV´s offices
- Presentation of the IV International Architecture Congress, ARCHITECTURE: CHANGE OF CLIMATE
- New Rock Music Museum by COBE and MVRDV
- Crystal Houses by MVRDV
- MVRDV wins competition for Zaanstad Cultural Cluster
- Seoul Skygarden by MVRDV
- Houses over the grocery in Rotterdam by MVRDV
- Penthouse with car elevator and ‘sky vault’, in Nueva York by MVRDV
- MVRDV win 58ha SERP & MOLOT FACTORY transformation in Moscow.
- MVRDV winner to the Public Art Depot Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.
- The Kinetic Facade of the MegaFon Pavilion
- La Grande Mosaique, MVRDV wins transformation 600ha in Caen
- MVRDV win Competition Marking the Urban Renewal of Villeneuve d’Ascq, France
- Porous City in Cannes at MIPIM
- MVRDV completes DNB Bank Headquarters in Oslo
- MVRDV completes Book Mountain and Library Quarter
- MVRDV at Desafíos Urbanos '12
- MVRDV will design Caen’s port refurbishment