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MVRDV – The Alphabet Building

This is The Alphabet Building, MVRDV‘s approach of more suitable office spaces for small to mid-sized creative companies in Amsterdam, a city where this kind of space is much needed.

The building is located in the Amsterdam port refurbishment Minervahaven, which is being transformed into a creative hub, and features high-ceilinged loft-like interior spaces.

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One might think it’s a school building and probably will get a little confused  when realizing some letters are missing.

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MVRDV initially designed the building without the letters I and Z, but ultimately left off I and Q, leading to a few jokes among architects and locals about the intelligence of the design and its impact on young onlookers. The firm explains, “As it was impossible to put the entire alphabet on the façade the letters I and Q are missing: the IQ is inside the building.”

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Each letter-shaped cut-out in the Alphabet Building’s metal facade provides a large window for an individual office unit and signifies the address extension for the occupying business. On the east facade, a series of dotted windows forms the number 52, which is the building’s street address.

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