The Valley Complex, Netherlands

Valley is a mixed-use high-rise by architecture studio MVRDV that is nearing completion in the Netherlands. Valley is composed of three conjoined buildings of different heights, linked by a terraced podium that emulates the low area of land between mountains, giving the project its name. The faces of each peak vary across each side, shifting from glass walls to rockier surfaces composed of stone-clad terraces, bay windows, and balconies. On its jagged edges, the building also incorporates a "green layer", where 13,000 plants, trees and shrubs have been planted by landscape designer Piet Oudolf. This aspect will be maintained by automatic irrigation systems as well as a team of gardeners. The plants will be allowed an initial period to grow and become acclimatized, before the building's official opening.






The jagged, natural stone façade is defined by using a parametric tool developed. This allowed for much-needed real-time control over quantities of daylight and sunlight, over structural limitations and required privacy, amongst other things. The uneven exterior of the building is echoed internally at its heart, where a large atrium is intended to appear as though it has been carved out from a rock. Named The Grotto, it is clad in stone and lit by two giant skylights, and serves as a foyer and shared living space for residents. 







Designed for EDGE Technologies, the 75,000m2 mixed-use project contains apartments, shops, offices, cultural institutes, and a creativity center. Valley’s three peaks of varying heights reach up to a maximum of 100-meters at which the publicly accessible Sky-bar sits, spread out over the top two stories, offering panoramic views over Amsterdam. The building consists of 200 apartments, 7 stories of offices, three-story underground parking with 375 parking spots, and various retail and cultural facilities. According to the studio, no two apartments in Valley are the same, meaning there is a wide variety of housing types. The Valley is due to open in 2022.






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