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Bruce C. Bolling Building by Mecanoo and Sasaki Wins 2017 Harleston Parker Medal

16:05 - 22 February, 2017
Bruce C. Bolling Building by Mecanoo and Sasaki Wins 2017 Harleston Parker Medal, via Mecanoo
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The Boston Society of Architects (BSA) has announced announced Mecanoo and Sasaki as the winners of the 2016 Harleston Parker Medal for their design of the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building. Awarded each year by the BSA and the City of Boston, the prestigious award honors “the single most beautiful” building or structure built in the metropolitan Boston area over the past 10 years.

Fly Through Mecanoo's Final Designs for Washington D.C.'s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

10:15 - 3 February, 2017

The District of Columbia Public Library authority has unveiled a fly-through video tour of the final design for the renovation and intervention of its main downtown branch, the Martin Luther King Jr. Public Library. According to the architects, Mecanoo and D.C.-based Martinez+Johnson Architecture, it shows "a modern library that reflects a focus on people, while celebrating the exchange of knowledge, ideas and culture." Slated for reopening in 2020, the designs will add 9,300 square feet of additional space for the public, including a rooftop event space and a landscaped terrace.

Exterior Bird's Eye. Image © Mecanoo Exterior Corner View. Image © Mecanoo Inside the lobby. Image © Mecanoo East Entrance. Image © Mecanoo + 14

Mecanoo Unveils Design for Experimental Garden and Palace Restoration in The Netherlands

14:00 - 10 January, 2017
Mecanoo Unveils Design for Experimental Garden and Palace Restoration in The Netherlands, © Omega Render
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Mecanoo has unveiled its design to transform The Soestdijk Estate into Eden Soestdijk, “an experimental garden for a sustainable society and a paradise destination for all” in The Netherlands. In an effort to become an educational tool for environmental awareness, the project aims to make a significant contribution to meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

“The world is facing pressure from increasingly larger and more complex problems when it comes to water, food, climate and energy,” said Anton Valk, chairman of the Eden Soestdijk foundation. “Eden Soestdijk wants to tackle these problems and contribute to a more sustainable society by stimulating and inspiring visitors to change their behaviour in a positive way.”

An architectural greenhouse behind the palace gardens will be the centerpiece of the project, and will house an interactive exhibition focusing on topics like circularity, ecological balance, and social aspects of sustainability.

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First Renderings Revealed of Mecanoo + Beyer Blinder Belle's New York Public Library Renovation

12:15 - 18 November, 2016
First Renderings Revealed of Mecanoo + Beyer Blinder Belle's New York Public Library Renovation, View of the "Long Room". Image © Mecanoo with Beyer Blinder Belle
View of the "Long Room". Image © Mecanoo with Beyer Blinder Belle

The New York Public Library has revealed the first renderings of Mecanoo and Beyer Blinder Belle’s renovation of the NYPL’s Mid-Manhattan Library at the corner of 5th Avenue and 40th Street, diagonally across from the library’s main branch, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Bryant Park. The $200 million project will increase seats, expand services and add public space to the building, which receives 1.7 million annual visits and constitutes the NYPL’s largest circulating branch.

“New Yorkers will soon have the central circulating library that they need and deserve,” said NYPL President Tony Marx. “This library will transform lives by providing books, classes, and programs for New Yorkers of all ages, and it will transform our city – as it will be a model for how libraries can strengthen communities.”

ID College and ROC Leiden / Mecanoo

04:00 - 24 October, 2016
ID College and ROC Leiden  / Mecanoo, Courtesy of Mecanoo
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Leiden, The Netherlands
  • Category

  • Area

    10000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016

iPabo University of Applied Sciences / Mecanoo

05:00 - 20 October, 2016
iPabo University of Applied Sciences / Mecanoo, Courtesy of Mecanoo
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Category

  • Area

    9460.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015

Mecanoo is Helping Commuters Find their Way With Vibrant Plans for Ede Wageningen Train Station

08:00 - 11 September, 2016
Mecanoo is Helping Commuters Find their Way With Vibrant Plans for Ede Wageningen Train Station, Courtesy of Mecanoo
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Mecanoo has unveiled the designs for the new Ede Wageningen Train Station in the city of Ede in the Netherlands, after winning the competition for the design of the project in 2014. As a gateway to the Veluwe National Park, the transport hub is designed to support future expansion in response to growth in passenger numbers.

Inspired by the local Veluwe landscape—its topography, typologies, and existing buildings and monuments—the Station building is nestled in the slopes of the moraine between the Veluwe Massif and the Gelderse Valley.

The wooden clock tower and roof of the project serve as the station’s hallmark. Consisting of a series of wooden triangles, the roof cascades over the bicycle parking, retail space, and other station facilities, ending as the overhang of the main entrance and connecting all quadrants of the hub in a uniform manner.

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KRONA Knowledge and Cultural Centre / Mecanoo + CODE: arkitektur

01:00 - 21 July, 2016
KRONA Knowledge and Cultural Centre  / Mecanoo + CODE: arkitektur, © Mecanoo
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Mecanoo Reveals Plans for Massive Green Train Station in Taiwan

06:00 - 5 July, 2016
Mecanoo Reveals Plans for Massive Green Train Station in Taiwan, Courtesy of Mecanoo
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Netherlands-based Mecanoo Architecten has unveiled its plans for the new Kaohsiung Station, the centerpiece of the massive Kaohsiung Metropolitan Area Underground Railway Project in Taiwan.

The project, which will occupy an 8.5-hectare site, will act as a green connector unifying different modes of transportation and represent Kaohsiung’s vision for its future as a sustainable city.

Mecanoo's Design for the University of Manchester's Engineering Campus Eyes the Future

12:00 - 3 June, 2016
Mecanoo's Design for the University of Manchester's Engineering Campus Eyes the Future, Courtesy of Mecanoo
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The University of Manchester’s Mecanoo-designed engineering campus has received planning permission from the Manchester City Council, greenlighting the £350 million project. The Manchester Engineering Campus Development is part of the University’s campus masterplan, meant to bring together a multidisciplinary engineering and scientific community and to consolidate the University’s campus around Oxford Road. The project is one of the largest single construction projects ever undertaken by an institution of higher education in the United Kingdom. MEC Hall, the main building of Mecanoo’s development, is 195 meters long.

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Mecanoo Unveils Namdaemun Office Building in Seoul

14:00 - 19 May, 2016
Mecanoo Unveils Namdaemun Office Building in Seoul, Courtesy of Mecanoo
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Mecanoo has unveiled plans for the Namdaemun Office Building in Seoul. The tower takes its name from the Namdaemun Market, the oldest and largest market in South Korea, which is next to the ancient southern gate of the city. Opened as a government managed marketplace in 1414, the market is now an important 24-hour destination for trade and tourism. The slim 14-story, 5,900 square meter (65,000 square foot) building rests on a corner opposite the commercial activities of the market.

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Villa 4.0, ‘t Gooi / Mecanoo

05:00 - 10 May, 2016
Villa 4.0, ‘t Gooi / Mecanoo, © Pedro Kok
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Hilversum, The Netherlands
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Dick van Gameren in collaboration with IDing Interior Design and Michael van Gessel Landscape
  • Area

    542.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
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Mecanoo’s Cultural Center in Shenzhen Set to Top Out in April

06:00 - 31 March, 2016
Mecanoo’s Cultural Center in Shenzhen Set to Top Out in April, Courtesy of Mecanoo
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A new cultural center designed by Mecanoo, located in the Longgang district of Shenzhen, China is currently under construction and is set to top out by end-April. With the goal of revitalizing an existing park-square, the new complex includes a variety of programs such as a bookshop, an art museum, a youth center, and a science center. The nearly 100,000 square-meter building is set to open to the public in 2018.

Studio Libeskind, Mecanoo and Haptic Appointed to Van Alen Institute's International Council

04:00 - 19 January, 2016
Studio Libeskind, Mecanoo and Haptic Appointed to Van Alen Institute's International Council, Van Alen Institute. Image © Cameron Blaylock
Van Alen Institute. Image © Cameron Blaylock

New York City's Van Alen Institute have announced four new members—Haptic Architects, Mecanoo, Studio Libeskind, and Trahan Architects—to their International Council, a platform for exchange among leading architects, designers, developers, and planners. Furthermore, Jing Liu (SO–IL), Kim Herforth Nielsen (3XN), and Raymond Quinn (Arup) have joined its board of trustees to help guide the organisation's cross-disciplinary research, provocative public programs, and design competitions.

Taekwang Country Club Café / Mecanoo

22:00 - 6 January, 2016
Taekwang Country Club Café / Mecanoo, © Harry Cock
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Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol / Mecanoo

09:00 - 17 December, 2015
Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol  / Mecanoo, Courtesy of  mecanoo
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, Evert van de Beekstraat 202, 1118 CP Schiphol, Netherlands
  • Category

  • Area

    40150.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015

People, Place, Purpose: How Mecanoo's Architecture Aspires to More than Style

09:30 - 12 December, 2015
In 1996 Mecanoo transformed a former Lutheran church in the heart of Amsterdam into a theatre for De Trust. Image © Christian Richters
In 1996 Mecanoo transformed a former Lutheran church in the heart of Amsterdam into a theatre for De Trust. Image © Christian Richters

In "People, Place, Purpose," the latest monograph of her Delft-based firm Mecanoo, Francine Houben explores the unique work which has enabled the firm to take their place among the world-renowned pantheon of Dutch architects. In the following excerpt from the book, Herbert Wright presents an introduction to the monograph and the themes running through Mecanoo's work in general, breaking down an architecture that is defined not by style or ego but by three overarching responsibilities - and perhaps a dash of color.

On a computer screen, architects can move virtual walls around with just a few clicks, but surely only superheroes can shift an actual wall around physically with their bare hands? So it was quite a surprise, while standing in the Saint Mary of the Angels Chapel in Rotterdam, to see Francine Houben, founding partner of Mecanoo, do precisely that. After some gentle fussing and tidying around the lectern and candles where the priest conducts ceremonies, she walks to a wall, and puts her hands firmly to it. It recedes to let in the sound of tree branches swaying in the wind passing through the cemetery outside.

Oil on wood depicting the Mecanoo Headquarters on Oude Delft 203, 205 and 207 by Paulus Constantijn la Fargue, 1759 Saint Mary of the Angels Chapel, Rotterdam, 2001. Image © Christian Richters In 1996 Mecanoo transformed a former Lutheran church in the heart of Amsterdam into a theatre for De Trust. Image © Christian Richters Library of Birmingham, Birmingham, 2013. Image © Harry Cock + 12

Tradition and Modernity Come Together in Mecanoo and HS Architects’ Proposal for the Longhua Art Museum and Library

06:00 - 27 November, 2015
Tradition and Modernity Come Together in Mecanoo and HS Architects’ Proposal for the Longhua Art Museum and Library, Courtesy of Mecanoo
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Mecanoo has released their proposal for the Longhua Art Museum and Library, designed in collaboration with HS Architects. The proposal was a finalist for a competition to design a new cultural center in Baoan Qu, a district of Shenzhen, China. Their design recalls the necessity of returning to the Chinese cultural context after years of foreign designs, blending modernity with place and purpose. Read more about the proposal after the break.

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