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Welcome! Thank you for visiting my weblog. I am Irene, Elisabeth Pouw, a Dutch blogger. As blogger I am connecting my readers with beauty, style, quality and craftsmanship in various subjects like interiordesign, architecture, haute couture, photography, art etc. I love decorating & bringing beauty and harmony into interiors. I created this blog to share my passion for decorating as well as the many other things which inspire me. From time to time I am also highlighting certain interior designers, decorators, architects, stylists, photographers etc. I hope you enjoy your visit. Feel free to give a comment on my blogs. I will react back as soon as possible. Best regards, Irene Pouw from Holland.

06 september 2022

Smartphone Photography by Irene: The Valley at Amsterdam Zuidas business district (03)

I recently decided to follow my passion more and that is shooting photos. It always made me happy, even when I was a teenager. 🤗 Today I would like to share with you several architectural photos I have taken earlier from the impressive building 'The Valley' at the South Axis in Amsterdam. What an amazing place to live, work and play around! 
Designed by architect Winy Maas (from the company MVRDV) for the client EDGE Technologies. Landscape design was made by landscape architect Piet Oudolf. For additional information, see the links below as well as the You Tube movies. Now and then I will show you more smartphone photos I've captured. Be Inspired .......  

More about the building
With its landscape of jagged stone terraces, bay-windows and balconies covered in dense planting, designed by landscape architect Piet Oudolf, Valley brings much-needed greening to Amsterdam’s Zuidas business district. Designed for EDGE Technologies, the 75,000 m2 mixed-use project contains apartments, shops, offices, cultural institutes and a creative centre, highlighted by a publicly accessible "valley floor" located on the building's podium at the 4th and 5th floors.

In twenty years, the Zuidas area of Amsterdam has developed into the main international business centre which resulted in a reduced focus on residential interests. The development of Valley is part of the city’s ambition to correct this by transforming the area into a more liveable and complete urban quarter, welcoming large amounts of residents and additional public facilities to the area over the next decade.

Valley’s three peaks of varied heights reach up to a maximum of 100-meters at which the publicly accessible Sky-bar sits, spread out over the top two stories, offering panoramic views over Amsterdam. The building consists of 200 apartments, 7 storeys of offices, a three-storey underground parking with 375 parking spots and various retail and cultural facilities. From street level, a pedestrianised path, running along retails functions, terraces and roof gardens, leads up to the central valley-area spread across the 4th and 5th level and surrounds the central tower. Internationally renowned landscape architect Piet Oudolf designed all of Valley’s vegetation, focusing on a year-round green appearance. The project derives its name from the publicly accessible terraced valley that is spread out in-between its three mixed-use, towers.

Location: Netherlands. City: Amsterdam. Year: 2015.
Surface: 75000 m². Client: EDGE Technologies. Status: On site.
Programmes: Mixed use, Offices, Residential, Cultural, Bar-restaurant
Themes: Architecture, Housing, Mixed use, NEXT

Thank you for reading this blogpost.
Sources: MVRDVValley NL and Edge Tech
Photos made by Irene Pouw by smartphone

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