MVRDV was set up in Rotterdam (Netherlands) in 1993 by Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries. In close collaboration, the 3 principal architecture directors produce designs and studies in the fields of architecture, urbanism, and landscape design. Early projects such as the headquarters for the Public Broadcasting Company VPRO and the WoZoCo housing for the elderly in Amsterdam brought MVRDV international acclaim and gained the attention of a wide field of clients.

Realized projects include the Dutch Pavilion for the World EXPO 2000 in Hannover, an innovative busiess park 'Flight Forum' in Eindhoven, the Silodam Housing complex in Amsterdam, the Matsudai Cultural Centre in Japan, Unterföhring office campus near Munich, the Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam, an urban plan and housing in The Hague Ypenburg, the rooftop housing extension Didden Village in Rotterdam, the cultural centre De Effenaar in Eindhoven, the boutique shopping building Gyre in Tokyo, Veldhovens Maxima Medical Centre and the iconic Mirador housing in Madrid.