MVRDV: society at its best, aesthetic realism and the future of cities
Far from any stylistic approach (each project is different from the other), from the very beginning the MVRDV group seems to literally take charge of the social by transforming it into a project tool, making it “work” beyond simply being the recipient of a building.
Until in each completed work it is possible that it finds a new path, a new way of being a protagonist.
Far from any stylistic approach (each project is different from the other), from the very beginning the MVRDV group seems to literally take charge of the social, transforming it into a project tool, making it “work” beyond simply being the recipient of a building, until in each completed work it is possible that it finds a new path, a new way of being a protagonist.
Noting their approach to architecture, their constant experimentation, their dreams about the future of our cities, the architects ask themselves how it is possible today to combine strong urban density, the isolation of vertical growth, the distancing from nature with the aspirations of the social, its most intimate desires.
“Silodam” is the result of the “materialization of a three-dimensional neighborhood” equipped with internal passages, terraces, resting places for socializing: “a container of houses that literally interprets the port context”, as is ultimately reflected in what we could define ” aesthetic realism “, a characteristic that is also found in many subsequent projects of the group, and which in this case concerns the image of the container used to differentiate the parts, made with different materials and finishes.
The symbolic intervention in the Madrid public building panorama of the early years of the new millennium is certainly the “Mirador”; the designers, known for their audacity towards the architectural approach, being in a suburb where the common building is the courtyard building, takes inspiration for the concept, reinterpreting its meaning, in total contrast with the context, designing a skyscraper with adjoining square.
Each project is like a reservoir of ideas that takes flight and returns eloquent images, thanks to the personality and skills of the protagonists, Each project is spectacular.
There are many ideas, one is to transform a heavily polluted “no go area” into an attractive residential environment with a mix of income brackets.
Surely an interesting project of MVRDV is the installation called “(W) ego”, created for Dutch Design Week 2017.
The installation represents an ideal house made up of nine colorful rooms, where you can experience daily life in limited spaces.
The underlying invitation is to confront others and overcome one’s selfishness (ego). Thanks to the flexibility and the comparison with the neighbor, the “I” becomes “Wego” (= let’s go), and new experiences can be made to make the most of the limited space. In other words, this project represents the idea of “The future city is intense”.