P15 Ravel Plaza, the mixed-use project designed by Dutch architecture office MVRDV and developed by OVG Real Estate, is the winner of the international competition for Zuidas Business District in Amsterdam, organized by the municipality of Amsterdam. The project consists of three irregular towers that combine retail and office spaces at the lower levels and housing above, with intertwining lush green public spaces outside and inside the buildings.

Design by MVRDV, Image Courtesy of A2 Studio

Design by MVRDV, Image Courtesy of A2 Studio

“With this project we wanted to introduce an innovative building into what is becoming an increasingly popular district of Amsterdam. The building is, to a large degree, open to the public; the public space literally extends into, and over, the building”. – Coen van Oostrom, CEO of OVG Real Estate.

“The houses have bay windows with beautiful views and large balconies with lots of vegetation, turning the whole building into a kind of village green,” explains Winy Maas, leading architect and co-founder of MVRDV. “We combine the quality of living in a green environment with the central location and the excitement of an urban environment in this unique location.”

Zuidas Business District, Amsterdam - Photography: Tony Lujien

Zuidas Business District, Amsterdam – Photography: Tony Lujien

The site, P15 Ravel, located on Beethoven Street was unique, as Klaas de Boer, director of Zuidas, Amsterdam City Council, noted. The bold architectural design of the project “marks a crucial turning point in the development of Zuidas into a mixed area with housing, employment and services”, he mentions. “This plan effectively increases the attractiveness of Zuidas”, he concluded.

The competition for the P15 Ravel site began in spring 2015. After the design for the Ravel Plaza was selected, an agreement between Amsterdam City Council and OVG Real Estate was signed on Oct. 8.

By: Ana Cosma

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