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Holiday Home Between Dunes and Beach / De Zwarte Hond

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  • Architects: De Zwarte Hond
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  220
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
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    Manufacturers: Aluverre, VSTechniek

Taekwang Country Club Café / Mecanoo

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  • Architects: Mecanoo
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  300 Area:  300
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015 Year:  2015

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

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, 1759Saint Mary of the Angels Chapel, Rotterdam, 2001. Image © Christian RichtersIn 1996 Mecanoo transformed a former Lutheran church in the heart of Amsterdam into a theatre for De Trust. Image © Christian RichtersLibrary of Birmingham, Birmingham, 2013. Image © Harry Cock+ 12

Mecanoo's New Delft Station Hall Opens To The Public

Six years after the original announcement of the project, the first phase of Mecanoo's new Train Station and City Hall complex in Delft, The Netherlands, has been opened to the public. Within the new station hall an undulating 'vault', which has been designed to evoke an "unforgettable arrival experience", features a scaled 1877 map of the Dutch city rendered in blue and white. Columns wrapped in a mosaic of Delft-blue titles, also reminiscent of the colours of Delftware, one of the city's most famous global exports. The station platforms below ground have been designed by Benthem Crouwel, the Dutch practice behind Rotterdam Centraal Station.

Villa B te O / Bureau B+O

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Oldeholtpade, The Netherlands
  • Architects: Bureau B+O
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  545
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2008