Op die foto: Building that looks like chunks have been knocked out of it

Glo dit of nie, this tower block is almost finished: The incredible new building that looks like huge chunks have been knocked out of it

  • ‘Valleyis a 75,000-square-metre development that is close to completion in Amsterdam’s business district
  • The architect firm behind it created the controversial Marble Arch Mound in London that was unveiled in July
  • It says that ‘Valley’, which is due to open next year, is ‘reminiscent of a carved-out block’
  • Once it opens, Valley will feature 200 woonstelle, a bar with panoramic views, offices and retail spaces
  • At a glance, this tower block looks halfway to being demolished.

    But it’s actually a brand new development in Amsterdamand very close to completion, deliberately designed to look like huge chunks have been knocked out of it.

    The 75,000-square-metre (807,293-square-ft) kompleks, called ‘Valley’, was designed by Nederlands architecture firm MVRDVwhich created the controversial Marble Arch Mound in Londen. Vallei, due to open in 2022, features three ‘peaks’the tallest of which is 100m (328ft) hoog. MVRDV says that the spectacular development is ‘reminiscent of a carved-out block’.

    'Valley' is a brand new development in Amsterdam that was deliberately designed to look like huge chunks have been knocked out of it

    ‘Valleyis a brand new development in Amsterdam that was deliberately designed to look like huge chunks have been knocked out of it

    The 75,000-square-metre (807,293-square-ft) kompleks, designed by the Dutch architecture firm MVRDV, is close to completion

    The 75,000-square-metre (807,293-square-ft) kompleks, designed by the Dutch architecture firm MVRDV, is close to completion

    Pictures show that one side of the building is completely mirrored. According to the architects, this ‘reflective exterior facade is supposed to ‘reflectthe building’s corporate surroundings in Amsterdam’s Zuidas business district.

    The other side of the building, egter, was designed ‘in direct contrastto the corporate facade. Once completed, it will feature ‘rugged, stone terraces with large planters, covering the building in vegetation’.

    These stone terraces are currently visible, but the plants have yet to grow.

    The acclaimed Dutch landscape architect Piet Oudolf designed the building’s green spaces, which will be made up of 13,000 different plants and trees.

    The incredible new building features three ¿peaks¿ - the tallest of which (pictured on the right) is 100m (328ft) hoog

    The incredible new building features three ‘peaks’the tallest of which (pictured on the right) is 100m (328ft) hoog

    MVRDV says that the spectacular development is ¿reminiscent of a carved-out block¿

    MVRDV says that the spectacular development is ‘reminiscent of a carved-out block’

    Inside the building, a large atriumknown as ‘The Grotto’will be illuminated by large skylights built into the ceiling.

    Members of the public will be able to enjoy drinks at the development’s ‘Sky Bar’, which will be spread across two storeys in the highest tower. Daar, they will enjoy ‘panoramic views over Amsterdam’.

    The rest of the building, which is being developed by Edge Technologies, will feature 200 apartments and roof gardens, as well as seven storeys of offices, a three-storey underground parking lot and ‘various retail and cultural facilities’.

    Inside the building, a large atrium - known as ¿The Grotto¿ (op die foto) - will be illuminated by large skylights built into the ceiling

    Inside the building, a large atriumknown as ‘The Grotto’ (op die foto) – will be illuminated by large skylights built into the ceiling

    A view of The Grotto's skylights. The building will feature 200 woonstelle, roof gardens, and seven storeys of offices

    A view of The Grotto’s skylights. The building will feature 200 woonstelle, roof gardens, and seven storeys of offices

    On the fourth and fifth storeys of the building, there will be a space known as the ‘central valley area’, which will be accessed via a ‘pathfrom the street level. Pedestrians who travel along the path will pass shops, terraces and gardens on their way up.

    A statement from the design firm says: ‘In twenty years, the Zuidas area of Amsterdam has developed into the main international business centre, which resulted in a reduced focus on residential interests.

    ‘The development of Valley is part of the city’s ambition to correct this by transforming the area into a more liveable and complete urban quarter, welcoming large amounts of residents and additional public facilities to the area over the next decade.’

    Once completed, the building will feature ¿rugged stone terraces with large planters, covering the building in vegetation¿

    Once completed, the building will feature ‘rugged stone terraces with large planters, covering the building in vegetation’

    One side of the building is completely mirrored. According to the architects, this ¿reflective exterior facade is supposed to 'reflect' the building's corporate surroundings in Amsterdam¿s Zuidas business district

    A rendering shows what ¿Valley¿ will look like when it¿s completed. The acclaimed Dutch landscape architect Piet Oudolf designed the building¿s green spaces

    One side of the building is completely mirrored (op die foto links). According to the architects, this ‘reflective exterior facade is supposed to ‘reflectthe building’s corporate surroundings in Amsterdam’s Zuidas business district. Aan die regterkant, a rendering shows what ‘Valley’ will look like when it’s completed. The acclaimed Dutch landscape architect Piet Oudolf designed the building’s green spaces

    MVRDV’s Marble Arch Mound, a £6million artificial hill on London’s Park Lane, was met by a wave of visitor complaints and online criticism when it opened in July. It was likened to a ‘slag heapand described as ‘the worst attraction in London’.

    But MVRDV defended the attraction, blaming ‘challenging weatherand how ‘unpredictableit is working with plants and trees for how it looked at the time.

    The firm also designed the gold-studded Ragnarock music museum in Denmark, a ‘Balancing Barnholiday home in Suffolk, and the incredible Imprint complex in South Korea, which contains a nightclub and a theme park.

    For more information visit mvrdv.nl.

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