Berlin – where it all began. MVRDV's German oeuvre is presented in an exhibition specially designed for the Architektur Galerie Berlin. MVRDV Haus Berlin is partly conceived as a 'working office' and thus provides an insight into past and current projects. For this purpose, the exhibits are shown in a monochrome orange ambiance in the style of MVRDV House Rotterdam.
Set both in contrast and in connection to its past - and in signature wall-to-wall orange monochrome - MVRDV adapts to present challenges to generate new and provocative solutions, inviting visitors into the MVRDV Haus Berlin to take a closer look at the German projects that have helped to shape the practice.
As the office’s seminal effort, Europan 1991 winner Berlin Voids encapsulates ideas that have come to define MVRDV’s work as a practice, so the return to Berlin is both practical and symbolic. Soon the bold designs of the newly founded MVRDV office were implemented in Germany: The equally radical and impressive proposal for the Dutch pavilion at EXPO2000 became an icon on the Expo site in Hannover; a stack of landscapes.
But there is much more architecture by MVRDV in Germany, some of it only on paper, but some of it realized. For example, the Unterföhring Park Village was completed shortly after Expo 2000, while Werk12 in Munich was completed in 2019. Other projects are currently under construction such as Phase 2 of Hamburg Innovation Port and Zollhafen Mainz, and more designs are in progress, such as the KoolKiel development, Kreativquartier Potsdam, and the Expo Pavilion 2.0, including renovations and additions to the original Expo 2000 building.
More than 50 projects from 28 years of creative work are displayed in the Architektur Galerie Berlin, which has been converted into the MVRDV Haus Berlin, with models, plans, and photographs. A team of MVRDV’s architects working on German projects transforms part of the exhibition into a real office. A ‘working office’, which gives visitors an insight into the working methods, which employs 250 people in its offices in Rotterdam, Paris, Shanghai and, after the conclusion of the exhibition, also in Berlin.
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