The founders of MVRDV, left to right: Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, and Nathalie de Vries
Founded in Rotterdam in 1993, MVRDV is an award-winning architectural firm – with offices also in Paris and Shanghai – led by Dutch architects Winy Maas (b. 1959), Jacob van Rijs (b. 1965), and Nathalie de Vries (b. 1969).
Taking a cue from maverick architects such as Rem Koolhaas/OMA and Archigram, Maas, van Rijs, and de Vries have been able to create their own, highly original and powerful, architectural language.
The first work by MVRDV to receive international acclaim was the Dutch pavilion at the 2000 World Expo in Hannover, a futuristic building in which six levels stacked on one another reproduce the Dutch landscape in a mix of natural and artificial.
Since then, the Rotterdam-based firm has created a number of iconic buildings in which technology, expressiveness, and irony combine; including the Silodam housing complex in Amsterdam (2003), the Mirador building in Madrid (2005), the Gemini building in Copenhagen (2009), the Market Hall in Rotterdam (2014), the Ragnarock Museum in Roskilde (2016), and the new library of Tjanjin (2017).
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