BIM / Revit

The design process of MVRDV is in its essence driven by a mixture of quantitative and qualitative research. Central to this methodology is a strong belief that architecture and urbanism is a ‘device’ which can shape and improve our environment in an often quantifiable way. The man-made landscape is one which consists of data, in other words a datascape, which can be visually presented as the quantifiable forces that influence or even define the architects work. These influences could be building regulations, costs, technical constraints or natural conditions such as sun and wind developed by clients, advisors or a local government.

A highly collaborative working model, honed over both public and private projects and many master plans involving numerous stakeholders, strengthens the dialectic environment in which projects evolve, and is for MVRDV the fundamental basis for excellent design results. Where others often try to fight against these constraints MVRDV approaches these as a process of negotiation that in large part generates the design by operating as a network of numerous advisors and experts, spanning every discipline from sociologists to programmers, engineers and artists. Through these datascapes MVRDV is able to create unexpected forms that go beyond artistic intuition or known geometries, replacing them with completely data-driven designs.

BIM, as the next step in the technological development of spatial design and planning, enables architects an overview of this data and the ability to intervene in the datascape in a more intelligent manner, in real-time collaboration with clients, advisors and experts. BIM thus becomes a design tool that simulates, automatically updates and manages the spatial consequences of the desires of the individual parties involved in a design process, confronting them with one another in way previously impossible.

MVRDV has made a significant commitment to BIM, in the form of Autodesk Revit, over the last five years. Through training and orientation courses, a large percentage of our architects are now competent in using Revit, and we have used it on numerous live construction projects, as well as on competitions and commissions for all project typologies.