Day 284/365 of Steel – Winy Maas

Winy Maas (Schijndel, 17 January 1959) is a Dutch architect, landscape architect, professor and urban planner. In 1991, together with Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries, he founded MVRDV.

Boijmans Van Beuningen Depot,
Fig 1: Boijmans Van Beuningen Depot
Photo: © Ossip Van Duivenbode

He designed the Boijmans Van Beuningen Depot, the Market Hall in Rotterdam and Boekenberg in Spijkenisse. Since 2007, he has been Professor of Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture of Delft University of Technology. Before that, he taught at Yale University.

market hall covert market in Rotterdam
Fig 2: Market hall covert market in Rotterdam
Photo: Paul Arps from The Netherlands

Matrix One

Matrix I on the Amsterdam Science Park recently opened for companies and organisations researching current social issues such as the consequences of climate change, making agriculture more sustainable and greening business models.

Matrix 1 for the Matrix Innovation Center.
Fig 3: Matrix 1 for the Matrix Innovation Center.
Photo: mvrdv.com

The office and laboratory spaces in the building, designed by MVRDV, are adaptable at any time. Should Matrix I ever no longer be needed, the structure can be taken apart for reuse in an instant. A circular building.

The six-storey building consists of a steel skeleton with precast concrete floors. Both the connections between the elements of the steel structure and the links between floors and skeleton are demountable. This makes it easy to dismantle the entire supporting structure down to its original components, after which the components can be reused in new buildings.

About the Author:

Bruno Dursin – Managing Director at Believe in Steel. Bruno has more than 30 years of experience in promoting steel & steel solutions. His clients benefit from his extensive network within the building industry.

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