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Valley, Amsterdam

How do you use parametric design to push the boundaries of what is possible?

The new multifunctional complex 'Valley' is a unique and bold architectural design by MVRDV which includes offices, residences, retail and a museum at the ‘Zuidas’ business district.

The design for Valley emphasises the contrast between the corporate history and the more residential future of the Zuidas. Its offices boast high floor-to-ceiling windows, large, brightly lit floor plates and full-service amenities. The residential levels have large openable windows and sliding doors for outdoor spaces integrated within the stone facades. Outdoor ceilings and terraces are clad in natural stone as well, as are the fixed, automatically hydrated planters of varying heights that facilitate Valley’s distinct green appearance. Full glass railings protect residents against wind and sound without impeding on their panoramic views.

The resulting overall variation of Valley’s building volume means that no two apartments are alike, creating a wide variety of housing types with unique plans for its inhabitants and an increased performance of the design.

We supported the architectural design with parametrical design services. Parametrical design is the method of intelligently designing architectural objects based on relationships and rules using the computer.

Project Summary

75,000m2 total floor area


Our parametric design services included a review of the buildings’ shape, which resulted in the reduction of costs as the different angles and formworks of the building were reduced. We developed a parametric tool to test the daylight, structures and view requirements were met in all the rooms, and reduced the time needed to check which apartments in the three towers were compliant to the Dutch building codes and norms in each design iteration. We demonstrated the added value and the increased performance of the unique design.

The ground was broken mid August 2017, and the complex is expected to be ready in 2021.

Watch: this video showcases the parametric tools applied for the Valley project.
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