MVRDV receives Red Dot Design Award for Balancing Barn

The Balancing Barn has been announced as one of the winners of a red dot design award, one of the world's most prestigious design competitions. The Balancing Barn received an ‘honourable mention' in the ‘Architecture and Urban Design' category, selected from 4,433 entries from 60 countries. The jury recognises work that shows highly refined detail solutions. The official awards ceremony will take place at the Aalto Theater in Essen, Germany on 4 July 2011.

Living Architecture, a non-profit organization founded by Swiss philosopher and writer Alain de Botton and devoted to the experience of modern architecture, commissioned MVRDV in 2008 to design one of five holiday rental homes in the UK. The Balancing Barn is built on a stunning site beside a Suffolk wildlife nature reserve overlooking a small lake. 30m in length, the barn cantilevers over a slope, with 50% of the building hanging in free space and giving wide views over the Suffolk landscape. It is clad in reflective stainless steel which reflects the surrounding nature and changing seasons. 4 en-suite bedrooms, kitchen and a large dining room accommodate up to 8 people. Mole Architects from Cambridge were executive architects and Dutch designers Studio Makkink & Bey fitted out the interior.

All winners, comprising a total of 1,500 products in 18 categories, from architecture to lighting design and entertainment technology, will be on display from 5 July to 1 August 2011 in the exhibition «Design on stage – winners red dot award: product design 2011» in the red dot design museum at the world heritage site of the Zeche Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen, Germany. The red dot award is granted annually to designs which stand out for their exceptional quality and refined detail solutions. The award dates back to 1955 and is now the world’s largest and most distinguished design competition. It breaks down into the three disciplines ‘red dot award: product design’, ‘red dot award: communication design’ and ‘red dot award: design concept’.

Was set up in Rotterdam (the Netherlands) in 1993 by Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries. MVRDV engages globally in providing solutions to contemporary architectural and urban issues. A research based and highly collaborative design method engages experts from all fields, clients and stakeholders in the creative process. The results are exemplary and outspoken buildings, urban plans, studies and objects, which enable our cities and landscapes to develop towards a better future. Early projects such as the headquarters for the Dutch Public Broadcaster VPRO and housing for elderly WoZoCo in Amsterdam lead to international acclaim. MVRDV develops its work in a conceptual way, the changing condition is visualised and discussed through designs, sometimes literally through the design and construction of a diagram. The office continues to pursue its fascination and methodical research on density using a method of shaping space through complex amounts of data that accompany contemporary building and design processes. MVRDV first published a cross section of these study results in FARMAX (1998), followed by a.o. MetaCity/Datatown (1999), Costa Iberica (2000), Regionmaker (2002), 5 Minutes City (2003), KM3 (2005), and more recently Spacefighter (2007) and Skycar City (2007). MVRDV deals with global ecological issues in large scale studies such as Pig City as well as in small pragmatic solutions for devastated areas of New Orleans. Current projects include various housing projects in the Netherlands, Spain, China, France, the United Kingdom, USA, India, Korea and other countries, a bank headquarter in Oslo, Norway, a public library for Spijkenisse , Netherlands, a central market hall for Rotterdam, a culture plaza in Nanjing, China, large scale urban plans include a plan for an eco-city in Logroño, Spain, an urban vision for the doubling in size of Almere, Netherlands and Grand Paris, the vision of a post-Kyoto Greater Paris region. The work of MVRDV is exhibited and published world wide and receives international awards. The 60 architects, designers and staff members conceive projects in a multi-disciplinary collaborative design process and apply highest technological and sustainable standards. Together with Delft University of Technology MVRDV runs The Why Factory, an independent think tank and research institute providing argument for architecture and urbanism by envisioning the city of the future.

More information > pr@mvrdv.nl

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