Gijs  Rikken

Gijs Rikken

Associate Design Director | Architect

Gijs Rikken (1980, Boxtel, The Netherlands) is an architect and Associate Design Director at MVRDV since 2007. At MVRDV, Gijs is responsible for the design and execution of a wide variety of projects, ranging from large-scale, complex buildings to detailed innovative material research.
“At MVRDV, we continuously push the envelope. As architects, we have an obligation to try to change the world into something better. Something greener, more social, more mixed, more accessible, more wonderful.”
Key projects include such completed buildings as the Glass Farm in Schijndel, The Crystal Houses in Amsterdam and the Balancing Barn in Suffolk, England. Other defining works consist of the winning design for the Urban Hybrid in Emmen, the Coral Tower in Sydney and the Theater aan de Parade in Den Bosch. He is currently responsible for the development and construction of Valley, a 75,000m2 mixed-use building in Amsterdam which boasts three residential, green-covered towers and a publicly accessible, vertical park.

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  • Dutch Building Award, NL – for cable-net façade, winner Markthal, Rotterdam, NL

  • ESPA gold award – winner Markthal parking garage, Rotterdam, NL

  • European Property Award – winner mixed-use category, Markthal, Rotterdam, NL

  • 2015 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards - Finalist Markthal and Parkrand, Rotterdam, NL

  • Amsterdamse Nieuwbouwprijs - winner Valley, Amsterdam

  • MIPIM Awards 2022 - Best mixed-use development - Finalist Valley, Amsterdam

  • Marketing Award Rotterdam NL - winner Winy Maas and Hans Schröder for Markthal, Rotterdam, NL

  • Architizer 2017 A+Award Popular Choice Winner - Mixed Use Category - Crystal Houses, Amsterdam, NL

  • Architectenweb Awards - shortlist Valley, Amsterdam, category Best Housing Project of the Year

  • Créateurs Design Award - Finalist Valley, Amsterdam

  • The International Architecture Awards, Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, and The European Centre for Art, Architecture, Design and Urban Studies - Winner Valley, Amsterdam, NL

  • 2015 NRW Jaarprijs, winner Markthal, Rotterdam, NL

  • Benelux Trofee voor Thermisch Verzinken - winner The Podium, Rotterdam

  • Emporis Skyscraper Award - winner Valley, Amsterdam

  • European Parking Award – winner Markthal parking garage, Rotterdam, NL

  • AZ Awards - jury winner and people's choice winner Valley, Amsterdam

  • WAN Mixed Use Award 2014, UK - winner Markthal, Rotterdam, NL - completed Projects sub-category

  • 2020 MIPIM Awards - Finalist Valley, Amsterdam, NL, Best Futura Project

  • Dezeen Awards - longlist Valley, Amsterdam, category Mixed-Use

  • Architizer A+ Awards - Architecture+Facades category - jury winner Valley, Amsterdam

  • ICSC European Shopping Center Award – winner Markthal, Rotterdam, NL

  • Architizer A+ Awards - Mixed-Use category - Finalist Valley, Amsterdam

  • Design Museum Designs of the Year Awards - nomination Markthal, Rotterdam, NL

  • Zuiderkerkprijs - nomination Valley, Amsterdam

  • CTBUH Annual Awards - winner 'Award of Excellence' Best Tall Building, Europe - Valley, Amsterdam

  • CTBUH Annual Awards - winner 'Award of Excellence' Best Tall Building by Height - Valley, Amsterdam