Amsterdam affordable residential “megablock” wins Mies van der Rohe prize for architecture

By Jenny Brewer

Europe’s top architecture award, the EU Mies van der Rohe prize, has for the first time been given to a renovation project: the DeFlat Kleiburg residential “megablock” in Amsterdam. Revamped by NL architects and XVW architectuur, it is one of the biggest apartment buildings in the Netherlands and was “saved from the wrecking ball” by turning it into a so-called “Klusflat”, meaning the inhabitants renovate their apartments themselves after the structural improvement work. It also offers a wide range of affordable housing, from fully subsidised and low-cost homes to shared ownership and rent-purchase schemes.

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