MVRDV breaks ground on 'valley', a tree-filled mixed-use complex in amsterdam

MVRDV breaks ground on 'valley', a tree-filled mixed-use complex in amsterdam

dutch architectural practice MVRDV has unveiled new images of ‘valley’, a 75,000 square meter mixed use complex in zuidas, amsterdam’s central business district. the competition-winning design for OVG real estate was selected by the municipality of amsterdam in 2015 and construction began in august 2017. scheduled for completion in 2021, the green-terraced towers will include apartments, offices, underground parking, a sky bar and various retail and cultural facilities.

MVRDV valley
the complex seeks to transform the area into a more livable and complete urban quarter
image by vero visuals



the zuidas area of amsterdam is an important international business center lacking residential quarters. MVRDV’s ‘valley’ will transform the area into a more livable and complete urban quarter, ‘welcoming large amounts of residents and additional public facilities to the area over the next decade’.


the project is defined by three peaks of varied heights which reach up to 100 meters, where a publicly accessible sky-bar offers panoramic views over amsterdam. the complex consists of 196 apartments, 7 stories of offices, a three-story parking lot, and various retail and cultural facilities.

MVRDV valley
the design is defined by three peaks of varied heights
image by vero visuals



a pedestrian path weaves through retail spaces, terraces and roof gardens, leading to a central ‘valley’ area which is placed on the 4th and 5th levels surrounding the central tower. this public ‘valley’ serves as a core public element of the project. the architects collaborated with landscape architect, piet oudolf, who designed the lush vegetation that will create a year-round green appearance.

the development will be completed in 2021
image by vero visuals



another core component of the project is the ‘grotto’, a large interior space, fully clad in natural stone and lit by two great skylights that double as water filled ponds on the valley above. publicly accessible from ground floor, through 2 large stairs, the grotto serves as both a living room for the residents of ‘valley’ as well as a grand foyer for all other activities in the building.

concept development diagrams
images by MVRDV




project info:


location: amsterdam, the netherlands
year: 2015+
size and program: 75,000 sqm, mixed-use, residential, offices, cultural, retail and parking
budget: undisclosed

design: MVRDV — winy maas, jacob van rijs and nathalie de vries
competition: winy maas with jeroen zuidgeest, anton wubben, luca moscelli, sanne van manen, elien deceuninck, marco gazzola, jack penford baker, brygida zawadzka, francis liesting, annette lam and hannah knudsen
design team: winy maas with jeroen zuidgeest, gijs rikken, gideon maasland, guido boeters, wietse elswijk, saimon gomez idiakez, rik lambers, javier lopez-menchero, sanne van manen, stephanie mcnamara, thijs van oostrum, frank smit, boudewijn thomas, maria vasiloglou and laurens veth
client: OVG real estate, the netherlands
investor: RJB group of companies
contractor: G&S bouw B.V. and boele & van eesteren B.V.
landscape design: deltavorm groep & piet oudolf, utrecht, the netherlands
engineering: inbo, amsterdam, the netherlands
cost calculator: BBN adviseurs, houten, the netherlands
structural engineer: van rossum raadgevende ingenieurs, amsterdam, the netherlands
installations: deerns, the hague, the netherlands
building physics: DGMR, the hague, the netherlands
parametric façade design: ARUP, amsterdam, the netherlands
real estate consultant: CBRE, amsterdam, the netherlands and heeren makelaars, amsterdam, the netherlands
images: vero visuals, rotterdam, the netherlands
diagrams and drawings: MVRDV
graphic design: plusone, amsterdam, the netherlands
model: made by mistake, rotterdam, the netherlands








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