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Although it’s within biking distance of the city centre, Amsterdam’s Zuidas neighbourhood and its rows of soulless steel and glass office towers feel worlds away from the city’s iconic canal houses and neo-Renaissance train stations. But a new mixed-use arrival, MVRDV’s Valley, aims to challenge what a modern business district can — and should — be.

“It’s a literal expression of this area becoming alive,” says Gijs Rikken, associate design director at MVRDV. “We made it into a bit of a joke. The flat glass is similar to the fancy pinstriped suits of buildings that are already there, but then we scratch out the inside of those blocks to show that it’s something very different within — there is a human factor being introduced to this...

With Valley, MVRDV Adds Topography to Amsterdam’s Business District

Part residential rock formation, part commercial hub, MVRDV’s Valley shakes up a stiff area of Amsterdam.

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