Gallery: INTERVIEW: MVRDV’s Anton Wubben on the Design of the Massive T...


INHABITAT: The building is of a massive scale (100,000 sq m public market space covered in an arch of ten floors of 228 apartments) and incorporates a variety of diverse uses into one structure - what is the approach to managing the design/construction of such an elaborate building?

Anton: We worked closely with the different advisors form the start of the design to be sure that we wouldn’t miss a thing, and that the design would be integrated. From the start it was clear that the design would be a development of all specialties and that it would require some unconventional solutions.

For example, the facade has been carefully developed by our design team together with companies with a wide experience of making these kinds of complicated facades. We wanted an “invisible” facade to connect inside and outside, without huge beams behind the glass. We have been looking at examples abroad and have been talking to the developers of these facades.

By including all the advisors in the design process from the beginning, a lot of problems were avoided. But more importantly, having all the specialists in one room from the beginning made it possible to develop the design on all levels and to create a truly integrated design. An example of the product of this is the fresh air that is needed in the market space.

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