Mies van der Rohe award 2017

Mies van der Rohe award 2017

Colossal Amsterdam housing block brought up to date with customizable apartments

The project Kleiburg has won this year's Mies van der Rohe Award for innovative renovation of a dilapidated 1960s apartment block on the edge of Amsterdam.

A restoration plan for the project, named deFlat, rescued one of the Netherlands' largest housing blocks from demolition – a fate facing much of Europe's post-war housing.

Dutch studios NL Architects and XVW Architectuur achieved the prize, and special attention was payed to the initiators and investor of the project; consortium DeFlat.

Hella Hendriks from HendriksCPO was one of the initiators of the do-it-yourself concept behind the project. Together with KondorWessels Vastgoed a dedicated team refurbished structural and communal areas, but left the inhabitants to oversee the fit-out of their individual homes. 

The prize, which is named after German-American architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, is the most prestigious accolade in European architecture. The ceremony was held in Barcelona in the Mies van der Rohe house. It was the first time in history that the award was given to a housing project, and the first time as well it has been given to a renovation project. The winning team was very honoured by the words of chairman of the jury David

‘Kleiburg is a collective effort of many people, made possible by private money’