Bold, unique, green and sustainable: all words that describe Valley in Amsterdam. The building is being realised on behalf of EDGE Technologies according to a design by architect Winy Maas. The City of Amsterdam wants to increase the number of multifunctional destinations and public spaces in the heart of the Zuidas business district and so Valley will be a mixed-use building, with the lower seven storeys being used for offices, cafes and restaurants, retail and cultural facilities, and three residential towers on top providing a total of 198 rental apartments.
No two storeys the same
The most striking thing about Valley is the large amount of greenery running through and over the building like a landscape – a valley. Trees and plants are being installed on the plinth and balconies of all homes during the construction phase. The interspace between the towers will house an attractive courtyard garden with steps connecting terraces on various levels. The planting pattern was designed by landscape gardener Piet Oudolf.
“Valley presents a challenge to us as builders: no two storeys are the same,” said Roel van Heumen, project director at Boele & van Eesteren. “If you look at the building as a whole, its shape and complexity can be overwhelming. We divide the building into sections and reduce the building assignment to manageable work packages. It is a great honour to be given the chance to construct such a special building.”