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A House with One Desk and 150 Rooms: MVRDV | The Architect’s Atelier


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Ossip van Duivenbode
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Kim Jia, Youn Yaelim, Park Jiyoun

SPACE Jun 2024 (No. 679) 



The building housing MVRDV’s new offices, Het Industriegebouw, is in itself a large community of creative, technical and entrepreneurial industries. The building was originally designed by the Dutch post-war architect Hugh Maaskant in 1952, who also designed several other iconic buildings in the city. MVRDV wanted to design a ‘workspace that could allow for future, flexible growth and collaboration within the building, just as was the design intention of the original architect’. MVRDV HOUSE is like a house, as its name suggests. The large Family Room becomes the centrepiece for social interaction with the couch, dinning table and vegetation chandelier—a large tribune with a drop-down projection screen for lectures, office presentations or football; the long lunch table, at whic...

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MVRDV was founded in 1993 by Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries. The three founding partners now lead a dynamic and optimistic team of over 300. Based in Rotterdam, Shanghai, Paris, Berlin, and New York, MVRDV has a global scope, providing solutions to contemporary architectural and urban issues throughout all regions of the world.