Collaborating for variety

Jan Knikker
Thursday 18 Jun 2009

24 international architects commissioned for Almere Olympiakwartier buildings

Adri Duivesteijn, city councilor of Almere, Amsterdam Housing Association Stadgenoot and MVRDV today met the group of architects commissioned to design two buildings each within the MVRDV masterplan for the Olympiaquarter in new town Almere, Netherlands. In order to reach a great urban variety within the ambitious plan, 48 of the 93 buildings in total will be designed by 24 different architecture offices from Europe, Japan and America.

Each selected office will design two different buildings ranging from 500m2 to 5,000m2. The architect’s selection consists of a varied group of offices, from young and conceptual to more established architects, in order to create true variety. The projects will be realized by a group of experienced construction companies under quality care of MVRDV and Stadgenoot who are joint client to the architects, an experimental way of development.

Frank Bijdendijk, director of housing association Stadgenoot: “In order to reach urban variety, flexibility and high quality of a new city, MVRDV and Stadgenoot invited a diverse group of 24 architects to design individual buildings; they range from starting offices to classic established practices. Stadgenoot explores the possibilities for developing a lively inner city district with long term development. Being a housing association, the creation of good quality living areas is part of our public responsibility.”

The architects involved are:

2012 Architects
Atelier Bow Wow
Baumschlager & Eberle
BKK-3 Architektur
Breitman et Breitman
Bruno. Albert Architecte & Associés
Charles Vandenhove Architecture
DierendonckBlancke Architecten
Édouard François
Guallart Architects
JDS Architects
Jürgen Mayer H.
Krier Kohl
Powerhouse Company
Sadar Vuga Arhitekti
Studio Gang
Urban Think Tank
Van Bergen Kolpa Architecten
Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

Key Facts:

Urban design

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