Jacob van Rijs - AFFR

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The Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (AFFR) was established in 2000, and the foundation organized its festival the same year as the first architecture film festival in the world. Festivals also took place again in 2001 and 2003. In 2007 AFFR made a fresh start after a few years of silence. In 2009 the event expanded significantly in terms of visitor numbers and programming.

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Watch Online: Rotterdam Speciaal – (T)huisloos in de stad.

In cooperation with AIR, Vers Beton and Urban Guides, AFFR organized a discussion on the problem of homelessness in Rotterdam on Friday 9 October 2020. The debate followed the film What it Takes to Make a Home by Giovanni Borassi…
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Jacob van Rijs

Jacob van Rijs

Jacob van Rijs (Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1964) is a co-founder and principal architect of MVRDV, an interdisciplinary studio that works at the intersection of architecture and urbanism. The award-winning Dutch practice was set up by Van Rijs alongside Winy Maas and Nathalie de Vries in 1993 and has established an international identity with a wide variety of building typologies and scales that are self-generated, innovative, experimental, and theoretical.

In his designs Van Rijs combines daring ideas and concepts with a humanistic and user-friendly approach. In the past 25 years he has lead a wide variety of projects, from cultural and civic buildings to transformations, and from residential buildings to social housing and interiors. Renowned past projects lead by Van Rijs include the Danish Rock Museum, community centre KU.BE and Frøsilo in Denmark, Matsudai Cultural Centre in Japan, Mirador social housing in Madrid, Spain and Casa Kwantes in Schiedam, the Netherlands.

Van Rijs has also worked extensively in Germany. Current projects are Werk 12 in Münich, Hamburg Innovation Port, and KoolKiel, the redevelopment of a post-industrial site in Kiel. In India he supervises several large-scale housing projects, from Future Towers to Oranje Castle. Worldwide, he has experimented with ceramic facades, which he used on Gyre in Tokyo and M-Cube in Beijing, among others. For the façade of Bulgaris flagship store in Kuala Lumpur, he developed a special concrete and resin façade.  

Van Rijs successfully led the growing MVRDV Office into a new era as the firms Managing Director, a role he stepped down from in November 2018 in order to spend more time on projects – currently he is working on high-rise projects such as the Modernist and the Sax, both in Rotterdam, and the Pixel in Abu Dhabi – and teaching at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, where he is Professor of Architectural Design.

Photo: Barbra Verbij

film • city • architecture 6 - 10 Oct. 2021
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