Dutch NL Architects and XVW Architectuur received the Mies van der Rohe Award for the renovation of a dilapidated 1960s apartment block in Amsterdam’s Bijlmermeer district. As most post-war residential sky-rises, this colossal block of five-hundred large-size apartments was scheduled for demolition. The architects took a DIY approach to the renovation, refurbishing structural and communal areas but leaving the individual homes naked so inhabitants could oversee the renovations themselves. Formerly this area was lined with cookie-cutter buildings, and the area was redeveloped to contribute to diversity, demolishing many buildings but leaving the Kreiburg building behind as a symbolic role from the turn of a negative legacy to create a new city.
Words: Yui Kiyomi