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The Milestone is a 12 storey, mixed use space creating an anchor on a public square in Neue Weststadt, Esslingen, Germany.

The Milestone is a new 6,500m2 mixed-use office building by MVRDV with a distinct part-reflective façade and open geometric core…

…its façade designed like a crystal rock is interactive and carries the topography of the town and messages about the history and people of Esslingen.


This building shows Esslingen to people all who pass by on trains. It will become a new symbol to reflect its past heritage and future

The façade, with fritted glass, will have QR codes integrated on to it informing visitors about Esslingen’s people, landscape, and histories. As a result the building becomes an interactive library for all.

Winy Maas, MVRDV

Architect’s Project Profile

The Milestone


MVRDV was founded in 1993 by Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The practice engages globally in providing solutions to contemporary architectural and urban issues. A highly collaborative, research-based design method involves clients, stakeholders and experts from a wide range of fields from early on in the creative process. The results are exemplary, outspoken projects, which enable our cities and landscapes to develop towards a better future.

MVDRV practice