Berlin, where it all began: In 1991 Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, and Nathalie de Vries won the Europan competition with the project “Berlin Voids”. For the architects, it wasn’t important whether their design would be built or not – what mattered was its radicality. This soon changed, at the latest when their Dutch Pavilion for EXPO 2000 in Hannover, designed as a stacked landscape, helped MVRDV to achieve an international breakthrough and become the icon of a new generation of architecture. Since then, MVRDV’s bold and sometimes provocative projects have joined the canon of contemporary international architecture.
In the exhibition “MVRDV Haus Berlin” – a nod to the “MVRDV House Rotterdam” – the studio will present its entire “German oeuvre” for the first time, which consists of more than 50 completed projects and designs. In addition, MVRDV will transform the gallery into a “working office” – giving visitors a live view of the studio’s work on current projects.
MVRDV was founded in 1993 and today has 250 employees in its offices in Rotterdam, Paris, Shanghai, and – as of this autumn – also in Berlin. Major projects include the Market Hall in Rotterdam, Depot Boijmans van Beuningender Pushed Slab in Paris, Flight Forum in Eindhoven, Matsudai cultural center in Japan, Unterföhring Park Village (UVP) near Munich, Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam, Gyre boutique shopping mall in Tokyo, and the DNB headquarters in Oslo. In Germany, MVRDV is currently working on the KoolKiel mixed-use complex, the Hamburg Innovation Port, and a creative quarter in Potsdam.