Since the mid nineties the architects of MVRDV gained much admiration for their extraordinary architectural designs. Initially in The Netherlands, for instance with an unorthodox office building for a broadcasting company and with the Silodam, a building that stretches out in the waters of the Amsterdam harbour, looking like a giant container ship. The colourful complex showcases MVRDV's approach to density -- a collection of several different neighbourhoods condensed into one single building.
International attention came with the Dutch pavilion at the World Exhibition in 2000 in Hannover. MVRDV surprised it's visitors by stacking Dutch landscapes into a square tower formation measuring 40 meters high. At the moment MVRDV is working on numerous projects around the globe. As diverse as these projects may seem, they all share the same challenge for MVRDV: finding original solutions for intensified use of space by combining a variety of functions. The new market hall in Rotterdam is but one of many projects of MVRDV where this idea of producing, instead of consuming space, comes apparent.
Since their formation MVRDV has published visionary studies about global ecological issues, like KM3, a bulky book about how to prevent the suburbanisation of the country side. In their study Pig City, MVRDV proposes it's controversial thoughts on accommodating pigs in high-rise farms.
Commissioning editor Submarine: Geert van de Wetering
Producer: Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen
Director: Geert van de Wetering
Camera: Marijn Zurburg
Sound: Jaap Sijben
Editor: Paul de Heer
Colour Correction: Maurik de Ridder
Music/Sound Design: Pastelle Music
Produced by Submarine, Femke Wolting & Bruno Felix
Commissioned by DutchDFA
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The 2014 Serpentine Pavilion is designed by Chilean architect Smiljan Radić. A semi-translucent, cylindrical structure that resembles a shell and rests on large quarry stones, this year’s Pavilion occupies 350 square metres of the Serpentine’s lawn.
Radić's design for a temporary Pavilion has its roots in the architect’s earlier work, particularly The Castle of the Selfish Giant, inspired by the Oscar Wilde story and the Restaurant Mestizo - part of which is supported by large boulders. It follows, and contrasts with, Sou Fujimoto's cloud-like Pavilion which was visited by almost 200,000 people in 2013.
Stephenson / Bishop were commissioned to document the pavilion in construction and in use.
Produced by Stephenson / Bishop
Ably Assisted by Jack Latham
Edited by Gabriel Gane
On commission with The Architects Journal, Stephenson Bishop visited Loyn & Co's newest home for two artists in the Forest of Dean. Here, Chris Loyn takes us through the plan and the concept of the Inside Outside House.
The site lies in a sensitive rural location in the Forest of Dean and comprises 4 acres on a south facing gently sloping, wooded hillside. From within the site, there are panoramic views looking towards the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Accordingly, by virtue of its location, the existing property was visible from significant distances. The proposal involved replacing the existing house, with a new highly sustainable, energy efficient dwelling.
The brief was to create a live-work dwelling specific to both the site and to the client’s needs. This included their passion for the landscape and environment along with their requirement for two artist’s studios and a gallery like space. The building was to be contemporary and to respond sensitively and yet positively to the site, creating a timeless, quality architectural solution which will contribute both to the immediate locality and to the wider rural area in general.
Sou Fujimoto's plan to build an artificial tree in the V&A emerged from an architecture that draws both on the deep complexity of nature and the imposed simplicity of man-made design. Inside/Outside Tree is a series of polygonal Plexiglas sheets held together with thick cable ties that form a computerised render of an abstract tree. The structure was located on the Architecture Gallery landing and took advantage of the natural light to enhance the work’s transparent and wondrous geometric form.
This film, shot both in the Museum and in Fujimoto's home town of Tokyo using self-shot footage, shows the architect talking about his design philosophy and reveals his practice at work.
This film was produced for the exhibition 1:1 Architects Build Small Spaces (2010)