MVRDV-designed Valley architectural project in Amsterdam has won the Future Project of the Year Award in the 2020 Future Project Awards from MIPIM and The Architectural Review.
Designed by MVRDV for EDGE Technologies, Valley received the award for best Commercial Mixed-Use project then beat out all other competitors to take the top prize.
Netherlands-based architecture and urban design practice MVRDV and EDGE Technologies have been selected by the municipality of Amsterdam for the development of the P15 Ravel plot in the Zuidas Business District. The competition, which began in the spring of 2015, is located on Beethoven Street, adjacent to the ABN AMRO headquarters beside the ‘Sportpark Goed Genoeg’ (AFC). The project was created with the aim of realising a multifunctional building, which included a mixed programme of offices, residences and amenities, covering a total floor area between 50,000m2 and 75,000m2. A number of possible tenants for the offices and other commercial spaces have already been involved in the project.
Valley’s three peaks of varied heights reach up to a maximum of 100 metres at which the publicly accessible Sky-bar sits, spread out over the top two stories, offering panoramic views over Amsterdam. The building includes 196 apartments, 7 storeys of offices, a three-storey underground car park with 375 parking spots, and various retail and cultural facilities.
From street level, a pedestrianised path, running alongside retails functions, terraces, and roof gardens, leads up to the central valley area, from which the project gets its name, spread across the 4th and 5th level surrounding the central tower. Internationally renowned landscape architect Piet Oudolf designed all of Valley’s vegetation, focusing on a year-round green appearance.
All the category winners of the 2020 MIPIM are:
- Commercial Mixed-use: Valley, Amsterdam, The Netherlands by EDGE Technologies;
- Community & Civic: Kamyaran City School, Kurdistan, Iran by CAAT Studio;
- Cultural Regeneration: Cheick Hamala Diabaté Institute for the Performing Arts, Kita, Mali by Gould Evans + Billes Architects;
- Hotels & Leisure: La Península Hotel, San Pancho, Mexico by Studio mk27;
- Offices: 210 George Street, Sydney, Australia by Grimshaw;
- Old & New: Silo City, Buffalo, New York, USA by Studio V Architecture;
- Regeneration & Masterplanning: Mixed-use Community, Mayfield, Manchester, UK by Studio Egret West;
- Residential: Shan-shui Yuelanting, Suzhou, PRC by GOA;
- Shopping: Paveletskaya Place, Moscow, Russia by 5+design;
- Sport & Stadiums: SAP Garden, Munich, Germany by 3XN Architects;
- Tall Buildings: 111 West 57th Street, New York City, USA by SHoP Architects;
- Urban Infrastructure: Transformation of Ulsoor Lake, Bangalore, India by Arup;
- Jeu d’Esprit Prize: The Panda Pavilions, Chengdu, Sichuan, PRC by EID Architecture;
- Sustainability Prize: W350 Plan, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan by Nikken Sekkei
“All the finalists in this year’s Future Project Awards have showcased outstanding examples of innovative architecture, responding successfully to the development brief and taking into consideration the full impact and contribution they will make on the communities around them,” wrote Architectural Review.