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Mecanoo Designs Bronze Skyscraper for World's Largest Weaving Enterprise in Shenzhen

13:00 - 21 March, 2019
Mecanoo Designs Bronze Skyscraper for World's Largest Weaving Enterprise in Shenzhen, Hengli Group Headquarters. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo
Hengli Group Headquarters. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo

Dutch practice Mecanoo has created a new skyscraper design for the Hengli Group Headquarters in Shenzhen, China. In the city's dense urban context, the design will host the world's largest weaving enterprise in two volumes above a commercial plinth. Inspired by the Hengli Group’s textile tradition, a bronze metal grid wraps the transparent volumes like threads on a loom. As a Shenzhen Bay landmark, the project was designed to display the company’s culture and embrace new urban design strategies.

Hengli Group Headquarters. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo Hengli Group Headquarters. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo Hengli Group Headquarters. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo Hengli Group Headquarters. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo + 9

Mecanoo Wins Frankfurt Grand Central Tower Competition

13:00 - 7 March, 2019
Mecanoo Wins Frankfurt Grand Central Tower Competition, Frankfurt Grand Central. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo
Frankfurt Grand Central. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo

Dutch design practice Mecanoo has won the competition to design the new Frankfurt Grand Central Tower in Germany. Sited in the country's fifth largest city, the residential tower will rise within walking distance of Central Station where a former post office once stood. Developed by Phoenix and Gross & Partner, the skyscraper hopes to meet the city's increased housing demand across all market segments. The glass and copper-colored metal tower was inspired by the surrounding industrial context.

Frankfurt Grand Central. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo Frankfurt Grand Central. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo Frankfurt Grand Central. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo Frankfurt Grand Central. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo + 9

Mecanoo Designs the World's Largest Man-Made Nature Park

13:00 - 6 March, 2019
Mecanoo Designs the World's Largest Man-Made Nature Park, Nieuw Land National Park. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo
Nieuw Land National Park. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo

Dutch design practice Mecanoo has created a masterplan for the world's largest man-made nature park at Nieuw Land in the Netherlands. Last month, the Provincial Government approved the plan with an overwhelming majority. The National Park is located near the metropolitan region of Amsterdam and covers over 29,000 hectares. The new masterplan integrates four nature reserves to secure and protect the future of the National Park.

Nieuw Land National Park. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo Nieuw Land National Park. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo Nieuw Land National Park. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo Nieuw Land National Park. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo + 9

Mecanoo's Kaohsiung Center Photographed Through the Lens of Sytze Boonstra

13:00 - 28 February, 2019
Mecanoo's Kaohsiung Center Photographed Through the Lens of Sytze Boonstra, National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts. Image © Sytze Boonstra
National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts. Image © Sytze Boonstra

Photographer Sytze Boonstra has captured the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts in Taiwan through a series of new images. Bringing Mecanoo's work to life, Boonstra turned his lens to the part-landscape, part-architecture building with four performance halls tucked underneath a 35-acre artificial terrain. As the largest performing-arts center under one roof, the project was made to blur the boundaries between indoors and out, solid and void.

National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts. Image © Sytze Boonstra National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts. Image © Sytze Boonstra National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts. Image © Sytze Boonstra National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts. Image © Sytze Boonstra + 23

Longgang Cultural Centre / Mecanoo

10:00 - 12 February, 2019
© Zhang Chao
© Zhang Chao

© Zhang Chao © Zhang Chao © Zhang Chao © Zhang Chao + 23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Mecanoo
  • Local Architects

    CCDI
  • Area

    95000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2019
  • Photographs

The Week in Architecture: Blue Monday and the Aspirations of a New Year

12:00 - 27 January, 2019
The Week in Architecture: Blue Monday and the Aspirations of a New Year, Courtesy of Pritzker Prize. Image © Hisao Suzuki
Courtesy of Pritzker Prize. Image © Hisao Suzuki

For those in the northern hemisphere, the last full week in January last week kicks off with Blue Monday - the day claimed to be the most depressing of the year. Weather is bleak, sunsets are early, resolutions are broken, and there’s only the vaguest glimpse of a holiday on the horizon. It’s perhaps this miserable context that is making the field seem extra productive, with a spate of new projects, toppings out and, completions announced this week.

The week of 21 January 2019 in review, after the break: 

LocHal / Mecanoo. Image © Ossip van Duivenbode © TMRW, courtesy of Gensler ©Jaime Navarro The Week in Architecture: Blue Monday and the Aspirations of a New Year + 11

LocHal Library / CIVIC architects + Braaksma & Roos architectenbureau + Inside Outside + Mecanoo

09:30 - 16 January, 2019
LocHal Library / CIVIC architects + Braaksma & Roos architectenbureau + Inside Outside +  Mecanoo, © Stijn Bollaert
© Stijn Bollaert

© Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert + 41

  • Architects

    CIVIC architects, Braaksma & Roos architectenbureau, Inside Outside, Mecanoo
  • Location

    Burgemeester Brokxlaan 1000, 5041 AA Tilburg, The Netherlands
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    CIVIC architects
  • Restoration architect

    Braaksma & Roos architectenbureau
  • Interior concept

    Inside Outside
  • Interior design

    Mecanoo
  • Textiles

    Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse
  • Area

    7000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2019
  • Photographs

Mecanoo's Qianhai Data Center is a "Digital Lighthouse" for Shenzhen

09:00 - 26 December, 2018
Mecanoo's Qianhai Data Center is a "Digital Lighthouse" for Shenzhen, © Mecanoo
© Mecanoo

Mecanoo has unveiled their design for the Qianhai Data Center in Shenzhen, China, from which they received second prize in an international design competition. The 63,000-square-meter scheme, imagined as an urban beacon, consists of an opaque tower atop an open plinth with offices and support spaces.

The 113-meter-tall “digital lighthouse” is to be located within the 15-square-kilometer Qianhai Free Development Zone, where it will mark the arrival to the district and symbolize its innovative ambition.

© Mecanoo © Mecanoo © Mecanoo © Mecanoo + 13

Villa on the Lake / Mecanoo

01:00 - 10 December, 2018
Villa on the Lake / Mecanoo, © mariashot.photo
© mariashot.photo

© Blue Sky © mariashot.photo © mariashot.photo © mariashot.photo + 19

This Week in Architecture: More than Visual

07:00 - 20 October, 2018
This Week in Architecture: More than Visual, © Beat Widmer. ImageCourtesy of Diller, Scofidio + Renfro
© Beat Widmer. ImageCourtesy of Diller, Scofidio + Renfro

Architecture is a profession deeply dependent on the visual. It’s imagined, sold, critiqued and consumed almost entirely on the strength (or lack thereof) of drawings. We pick and prod at images presented at angles we’ll never be able to see, admiring the architectonic qualities of elements we’ll never actually experience.

The World’s Largest Performing Arts Center Opens in Taiwan, Designed by Mecanoo

11:00 - 18 October, 2018
The World’s Largest Performing Arts Center Opens in Taiwan, Designed by Mecanoo, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

The opening ceremony has taken place for the world’s largest performing arts center in Taiwan, designed by Mecanoo. The National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts comprises five state-of-the-art performance spaces under a single roof measuring 35 acres (140,000 square meters).

Opened on October 13th 2018, the scheme is set across a subtropical park in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, occupying a former military training base to symbolize the city’s transition from a major international harbor into a rich, diverse, cultural hub, connecting local and international artistic talent.

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan + 6

National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts / Mecanoo

00:00 - 17 October, 2018
National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts / Mecanoo, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan + 36

  • Architects

  • Location

    Fengshan District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
  • Category

  • Local Architect

    Archasia Design Group
  • Client

    Preparatory Office of The Wei-Wu-Ying Center for the Arts of the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan
  • Founding Partner & Creative Director

    Francine Houben
  • Artistic and Executive Director

    Chien Wen-Pin
  • Area

    141000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

In Progress: Kaohsiung Station / Mecanoo

23:00 - 10 October, 2018
© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography
© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography

© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography © Yi-Hsien Lee Photography © Yi-Hsien Lee Photography © Yi-Hsien Lee Photography + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sanmin District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • Category

  • Client

    Railway Reconstruction Bureau / Pacific Engineers & Constructors, Ltd.
  • Area

    182000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2023
  • Photographs

Mecanoo and Metaform Win Mondorf-les-Bains Velodrome and Sports Complex

16:00 - 25 September, 2018
Mecanoo and Metaform Win Mondorf-les-Bains Velodrome and Sports Complex, Mondorf-les-Bains Velodrome and Sports Complex. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo
Mondorf-les-Bains Velodrome and Sports Complex. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo

Mecanoo and Metaform Architects have won a competition to design a new Velodrome and Sports Complex in Mondorf-les-Bains, Luxembourg. Sited in the countryside outside the city, the project was designed as a destination for recreation. The new project will include a new national velodrome with an aquatic centre, multisport hall and climbing wall. The design aims to be a sporting hub that could host national and international cycling events while also remaining open to the community and future international school on site.

Mondorf-les-Bains Velodrome and Sports Complex. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo Mondorf-les-Bains Velodrome and Sports Complex. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo Mondorf-les-Bains Velodrome and Sports Complex. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo Mondorf-les-Bains Velodrome and Sports Complex. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo + 13

Delft City Hall and Train Station / Mecanoo

05:00 - 24 September, 2018
Delft City Hall and Train Station / Mecanoo, Courtesy of Mecanoo
Courtesy of Mecanoo

Courtesy of Mecanoo Courtesy of Mecanoo Courtesy of Mecanoo Courtesy of Mecanoo + 27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Delft, The Netherlands
  • Category

  • Underground station platforms design

    Benthem Crouwel Architects.
  • Area

    28320.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018

Rem Koolhaas to Give Closing Keynote at 2018 World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam

06:15 - 7 September, 2018
Rem Koolhaas to Give Closing Keynote at 2018 World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam, Confirmed speakers at the 2018 World Architecture Festival.. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Confirmed speakers at the 2018 World Architecture Festival.. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival

Rem Koolhaas, Dutch architect and founder of the Rotterdam-based firm OMA, has been announced as the closing keynote speaker at the World Architecture Festival. The event will take place in Amsterdam at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre on from 28-30 November.

Delfland Water Authority / Mecanoo

05:00 - 9 August, 2018
Delfland Water Authority / Mecanoo, Courtesy of Mecanoo architecten
Courtesy of Mecanoo architecten

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Delft, The Netherlands
  • Category

  • Area

    8800.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017

Will Mecanoo’s “Blue District” in Utrecht Promote a Generation of Urban Centenarians?

14:51 - 12 July, 2018
Will Mecanoo’s “Blue District” in Utrecht Promote a Generation of Urban Centenarians?, © 3d Studio Prins
© 3d Studio Prins

That’s the goal, at least. Mecanoo has released designs for a large-scale development in Utrecht inspired by “blue zone” regions - areas where residents tend live atypically long and healthy lives. Currently there are only five recognized blue zones worldwide: Sardinia, Nicoya, Loma Linda, Okinawa, and Ikaria.

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