MVRDV: glass farm in the netherlands MVRDV: glass farm in the netherlands
jan 17, 2013

MVRDV: glass farm in the netherlands

‘glass farm’ by MVRDV, schijndel, the netherlandsimage © persbureau van eijndhoven



MVRDV has just released news on the opening of their new ‘glass farm’ sitauted in the town square of schijndel, surrounded by the church, townhall, main street. the metal-framed barn structure is a scaled up version of the traditional vernacular architecture as a result of intensive studies of theremaining agricultural constructs, in collaboration with frank van der salm who made a collage from which the archetypal farm image was extracted.this image was then printed using a fritting technique on the structure’s most striking feature, an 1800 m2 glass skin that wraps the entire envelope.the large size of the project respects the original local designs and symbolizes the town’s growth into a city, as well as providing enough floor areato accommodate the restaurants, shops and a wellness center. 


see designboom’s earlier coverage on the conceptual phase of the project here.



image © persbureau van eijndhoven



positioned in the middle of the unusually large town squareimage © persbureau van eijndhoven



image © persbureau van eijndhoven



image © persbureau van eijndhoven


image © persbureau van eijndhoven


 ‘glass farm’ by MVRDV, schijndel, the netherlandsimage © persbureau van eijndhoven


image © persbureau van eijndhoven



interiorimage © MVRDV



printed image on the glass skinimage © MVRDV



concept diagramimage © MVRDV

  • What’s the architectual value and the innovation of its design, thinking about form and relation with the public space, from a blow up farm that takes out a big part of a historical marketplace in a village where 90% of the inhabitants is opposed to the coming of a glass farm, right in the middle of its center. ??

    Jan van Esch says:
  • Hahaha. This is so surreal. I can’t say whether I 100% love it, but it’s definitely eye catching. Shows that my Stained-Glass Greenhouse could actually become reality!

    LincolnHo says:

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