Hyde Park is all about international architecture. Architect Winy Maas from the renowned MVRDV architectural firm drew the brilliant Hyde Park masterplan. Various top international architects are designing the Hyde Park apartment blocks, including the renowned MVSA, Team V, MVRDV, Barcode and Studioninedots.
Hyde Park’s master plan fills two thick folders full of paper but co-creator Winy Maas (1959) cleverly manages to summarise the concept in a couple of sentences: "Hyde Park will be a lively metropolitan district, close to Amsterdam, where you can live comfortably, meet up with friends and enjoy the leafy surroundings. And all that on an un-Dutch scale." Winy Maas (1959) has an impressive CV. He graduated not only as a landscape architect, but also as an architect and urban planner. In 1991, he founded the MVRDV architectural firm together with two partners. MVRDV, which is responsible for the Hyde Park master plan, is internationally renowned for its experimental and innovative architecture.
Some of the firm’s well-known designs include the Markthal in Rotterdam, the Silodam in Amsterdam, Villa VPRO, Expo 2000 Hannover, the Tianjin Binhai library in Tianjin and Mirador in Madrid.
Once the first residents move into their Knightsbridge apartments soon, it’s really only the beginning for Team V Architecture. Because for this architectural firm, a building is not ‘finished’ on handover. No, that’s when their design is only ready to go live and contribute to society and culture. Not an end then, but a beginning.
For Team V Architecture, the challenge of Hyde Park was threefold: a strong and modern urban plan for the area as a whole; the attention paid here to well-conceived design; and – last but not least – the iconic spot that Knightsbridge occupies. It is the entrance to Hyde Park, located on the main boulevard that opens up Hyde Park.
The Dutch landscape architect Piet Oudolf (1944) enjoys global fame. In England – where people are known to be complete garden fanatics – he’s recognised wherever he goes. He is not recognised quite as often by the general public in the Netherlands, but he remains highly regarded by those in the know. There is every reason for Hyde Park to ask this 'grandmaster' to design and shape the courtyards in the new urban district. He is equally famous as a designer of gardens and landscapes. His work includes the magnificent ‘Gardens of Remembrance' in New York, which were laid out in memory of the victims of 9/11. In the Netherlands, his work can be seen in the landscape of the Singer Museum in Laren and in that of Museum Voorlinden in Wassenaar. For his Hyde Park designs Oudolf took inspiration from the surrounding flora and the views of the seasons in the Haarlemmermeer. This creates a special bond throughout Hyde Park between the urban density of the buildings and living in nature.
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