A vision for a cultural powerhouse in the heart of the Zuidas district in Amsterdam, our design for Ravel flourishes when life, work and art come together. In a new urban quarter dedicated to architectural prowess, UNStudio’s proposal for Ravel additionally offers residents and visitors the opportunity to live side-by-side with masterworks. A 5,000 m2 museum and exhibition space opens up a fresh cultural opportunity for Amsterdam's numerous museums, allowing space to present stored collections outside of the city’s longstanding museum district.
The artistic influence resonates with the identity of the building, becoming the binding focus for the community within. Ravel’s gallery themed public spaces are mirrored in the living units, which also contain dedicated spaces for the display of art works from the residents’ private collections. Restaurants, cafés, conference spaces and hotel tenants can also add to the design approach through organised cultural events.
Furthermore, the building is designed to boost quality of life through fitness spaces and air quality, while water conservation and exceptional natural light usage encourage sustainability. Ravel’s specific design amalgamates the architectural, the cultural and the lived environment.
UNStudio Ben van Berkel, Gerard Loozekoot, Frans van Vuure with Harlen Miller, Roman Kristesiashvili, Erwin Horstmanshof and Alexander Kalachev, Franck Fdida, Nanang Santoso, Crystal Tang, Patrik Noome, Michelle Gulickx, Hyun Jong Won, Michael Tremain, Meng Zhang