The Placemakers

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March 1, 2009

"We want to position our work outside of architecture, as a clear piece of sociology and ecology."

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  The Gyre building in Tokyo’s Omote-sando district is a layered cube, with the levels twisted slightly so that the volumes protrude at odd angles.
    The Gyre building in Tokyo’s Omote-sando district is a layered cube, with the levels twisted slightly so that the volumes protrude at odd angles.
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  The design for the expanded and renovated Cleveland Institute of Art adds a sinuously warped rectangular wing to the existing McCullough Center.
    The design for the expanded and renovated Cleveland Institute of Art adds a sinuously warped rectangular wing to the existing McCullough Center.
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  The Villa VPRO reflects the non-hierarchical nature of progressive Dutch broadcaster VPRO through its design as a continuous interior with the atmosphere of a “luxurious parking garage.”
    The Villa VPRO reflects the non-hierarchical nature of progressive Dutch broadcaster VPRO through its design as a continuous interior with the atmosphere of a “luxurious parking garage.”
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  The Villa VPRO's transparent facade was originally designed as a “climatic” boundary formed only by differences in temperature.
    The Villa VPRO's transparent facade was originally designed as a “climatic” boundary formed only by differences in temperature.
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  The cantilevered “outboard units” of the WoZoCo seniors’ housing complex in Amsterdam maximize daylight in the interiors and preserve outdoor spaces.
    The cantilevered “outboard units” of the WoZoCo seniors’ housing complex in Amsterdam maximize daylight in the interiors and preserve outdoor spaces.
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  The Dutch Pavilion is an emblem of MVRDV’s resolutely pro-density thinking. Stackability is a recurring feature in all of MVRDV’s urban solutions.
    The Dutch Pavilion is an emblem of MVRDV’s resolutely pro-density thinking. Stackability is a recurring feature in all of MVRDV’s urban solutions.
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  MVRDV evokes the artificial nature of the Netherlands in the “tulip fields” inside The Dutch Pavilion.
    MVRDV evokes the artificial nature of the Netherlands in the “tulip fields” inside The Dutch Pavilion.
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  Torre Huerta, currently under construction in Valencia, Spain, creates a layered landscape by adding stacked orange groves to the apartment’s balconies.
    Torre Huerta, currently under construction in Valencia, Spain, creates a layered landscape by adding stacked orange groves to the apartment’s balconies.
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  MVRDV's three founders: Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries (the tongue-twisting name MVRDV is an acronym of their surnames),
    MVRDV's three founders: Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries (the tongue-twisting name MVRDV is an acronym of their surnames),
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  A rendering of firm's proposed Pig City, in Rotterdam.
    A rendering of firm's proposed Pig City, in Rotterdam.
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  Maxima Medical Center, conceived in 2002, in Veldhoven, the Netherlands.
    Maxima Medical Center, conceived in 2002, in Veldhoven, the Netherlands.
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  The 2005 Effenaar Eindhoven, in the Netherlands.
    The 2005 Effenaar Eindhoven, in the Netherlands.
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  A 2005 rendering of the unbuilt City Sofa Busan, in South Korea.
    A 2005 rendering of the unbuilt City Sofa Busan, in South Korea.
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  The CCA, 2006, in Rotterdam.
    The CCA, 2006, in Rotterdam.
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  Didden Village, built in 2007 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
    Didden Village, built in 2007 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
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  A 2008 rendering of the unrealized Make It Right project in New Orleans, Louisiana.
    A 2008 rendering of the unrealized Make It Right project in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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