MVRDV - Winy Maas awarded Royal decoration of the Order of the Dutch Lion

Winy Maas awarded Royal decoration of the Order of the Dutch Lion

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Architect and MVRDV co-founder Winy Maas received the Order of the Dutch Lion in a ceremony this morning. Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb presented Maas with the royal decoration for his exceptional merit and contribution to Dutch architecture and for the Markthal, which was opened last October by Queen Maxima in Rotterdam.

Currently Maas is working with MVRDV on the Floriade Almere, an urban plan for the world’s largest horticultural expo , the public art depot for Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, and the transformation of a large scale shopping centre in Paris next to the Tour Montparnasse.
For the past five years, Winy Maas has led The Why Factory at Delft University of Technology, an urban think tank that developed scenarios for the future of the city. Recent research units have included ‘BiodiverCity’, a vision of a city with as many plants and animals as possible, and the ‘Vertical Village’, a vision of a high rise with the spatial characteristics small village.

Maas is also an urban planner and landscape architect. Together with MVRDV he is currently developing a sustainable extension to the medieval city centre consisting of 3,000 new homes; and recently a plan for the reconstruction of Oslo’s government quarter was presented to the Norwegian public.
Earlier this year Winy Maas received the Rotterdam Marketing Award from Mayor Aboutaleb. The award recognized the importance of the Markthal Rotterdam, a building that attracted millions of visitors and led to a rise in tourism to the Netherlands’ second largest city.