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Happy Houses

Jacob van Rijs
MVRDV Netherlands

Ever since the start of the office, MVRDV has been focusing on finding recipes for implementing individual as well as collective aspects into their housing projects. Both in large collective as well as smaller individual context. From a single family Barcode House in Munich to the 1000+ apartment buildings in India.
Recently, as the market for housing in the Netherlands went through a severe crisis, there has been a tendency from collective to private developments where a it becomes easier for home-buyers with different budgets to developed and 'design' their own ideal houses, and even neighborhoods, MVRDV has been incorporating these tendencies in several master plans. How to deal with freedom in individual design in a collective urban context? Or in other words how to create Happy Houses?

Jacob van Rijs is an architect, urban planner and one of the founders of the office MVRDV, together with Winy Maas and Nathalie de Vries in 1991. Early projects such as the headquarters for the Public Broadcasting Company VPRO and the WoZoCo housing for elderly in Amsterdam brought MVRDV to the attention of a wide field of clients and reached international acclaim. In 20 years MVRDV has realized architectural and urban designs, master plans and research projects.

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