Started construction in 2017, MVRDV's 75,000 square meters (807,300 sqft) project 'Valley' for EDGE Technologies nears its completion now. The mixed-use project containing shops, apartments, offices and cultural institutes and a creative centre has peaked 103 meters in Amsterdam's Zuidas district. "Now that the highest point has been reached, it is clearly visible what Valley can be: an oasis for the Zuidas," said MVRDV founding partner Winy Maas. SURFACES REPORTER (SR) is sharing here the special features of the project. Take a look:
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The project is said to bring much-needed greening to Amsterdam's Zuidas business district thanks to its landscape of jagged stone terraces, bay-windows, and balconies, with dense planting designed by landscape architect Piet Oudolf.
The unique and magnificent building makes "Valley" a striking landmark in an otherwise-conventional and rather corporate business district. It consists of three towers while it takes its name from the carved void that it forms at its centre.
The building's outside edge is wrapped in glass to fit with its context in the business district, giving the appearance.
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The accessible part of the valley space stretches up to the fifth floor and will be publicly accessible via staircases that wind upwards from the ground floor.
Below the valley is the grotto, a large interior hall providing access to shops and offices, clad in natural stone and lit by two large skylights that also serve as ponds for the valley.
The apartments will have openable windows and sliding doors, giving access to the terraces and balconies integrated into the stone facades.
The trees and plants, which are maintained using an automatic irrigation system, will positively affect the sense of well-being of both people who live and work in the building.
In terms of sustainability, the dramatic greening and the arrangement of the terraced landscape to create optimum sunlight and daylight conditions for the apartments contribute to the target of BREEAM-NL Excellent certification.
"You go from a corporate CBD, like the ones you know all over the planet, into a human and green environment, forming a literal and visual transition towards the city of tomorrow: a city that is green and accessible, dense and human," said Maas
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"The apartments with their densely planted terraces have a radically different appearance, small-scale and friendly; they ensure a human scale," Maas added.
MVRDV's Competition Winning Design' Valley' Nears Completion
As now the construction work of the Valley nears completion, more and more lodgers have been confirmed.
Text and Video Courtesy- MVRDV
Photo courtesy- © Ossip van Duivenbode unless otherwise stated.
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