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Mecanoo Designs Cultural Tower for Shenzhen's Futian District

13:00 - 16 July, 2019
Mecanoo Designs Cultural Tower for Shenzhen's Futian District, Futian Civic Culture Center . Image Courtesy of Mecanoo
Futian Civic Culture Center . Image Courtesy of Mecanoo

Dutch design practice Mecanoo has won 1st Prize in the Futian Civic Culture Center Competition. The proposal includes a new cultural tower for Shenzhen in one of the city's oldest and densest districts. The project is designed to house cultural programs and social spaces to stimulate urban activity in the neighborhood. Made with three theaters, a library and exhibition halls, the project aims to be open to the city and bring people together.

Futian Civic Culture Center . Image Courtesy of Mecanoo Futian Civic Culture Center . Image Courtesy of Mecanoo Futian Civic Culture Center . Image Courtesy of Mecanoo Futian Civic Culture Center . Image Courtesy of Mecanoo + 16

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

© 3d Studio Prins © 3d Studio Prins © 3d Studio Prins © 3d Studio Prins + 4

"Past, Present, Future": Leading Dutch and Italian Designers on Being an Architect Yesterday, Today, and Beyond

09:30 - 13 June, 2018

Architecture is always evolving. The practice and business of architecture are undoubtedly evolving alongside the more obvious technological advances, but what we often forget is that there are no new ideas. When it comes to design, what we see manifested in our daily lives is the result of evolution. And at the root of that design evolution is inspiration.

A new initiative from Gianpiero Venturini and his firm Itinerant Office titled Past, Present, Future aims to open a research path based on the analysis of successful practices in the 21st Century while ultimately providing a new form of inspiration for the next generations of architects and designers. The documentary series begins with a select group of 11 international architects, including Jacob van Rijs, co-founder of MVRDV, Mario Cucinella, and Simone Sfriso, co-founder of TAMassociati. Each architect is featured in three video interviews in which they reveal the methodology behind their designs, the themes and approaches within their architectural practice, and the predictions they have for architecture in the near and distant future.

Mecanoo Designs Mile-Long Green Corridor Along Former Railway Line in Taiwan

12:00 - 31 May, 2018
Mecanoo Designs Mile-Long Green Corridor Along Former Railway Line in Taiwan, Courtesy of Mecanoo Architecten
Courtesy of Mecanoo Architecten

Mecanoo has released images of their proposed Taichung Green Corridor in Taiwan, set along a mile-long (1.7-kilometer) former railway line cutting through the city center. Once a valuable means of connection, the railway currently acts as a barrier due to its awkward position along a dyke, impeding circulation across the railway lines.

The Mecanoo scheme seeks to reuse the railway line to connect different parts of the city through a green corridor centered on biodiversity, cycling, and walking. Throughout the design process, Mecanoo addressed factors including urban regeneration, public participation, historic preservation, and green and water resources along the Green River waterfront.

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Mecanoo Reveals Images (And a LEGO Model) of Competition-Winning Social Housing Proposal in Taiwan

12:00 - 3 May, 2018
Mecanoo Reveals Images (And a LEGO Model) of Competition-Winning Social Housing Proposal in Taiwan, Design concept. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo
Design concept. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo

Mecanoo has released images of their competition-winning social housing proposal for the city of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The 234-unit-scheme embodies Mecanoo’s philosophy towards social housing, “defined by flexibility, the right balance of private and communal spaces, mixing housing types, connection with the environment and identity.” Comprised of two buildings linked by a green canopy, the scheme is designed for a variety of users, including students, young families, the elderly, or people with special needs.

Masterplan. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo Lego model. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo Design concept. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo Lego model. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo + 13

World's Largest Single-Roof Performing Arts Center by Mecanoo Nears Completion in Taiwan

12:15 - 13 April, 2018
© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Taiwan has announced the scheduled October 2018 opening of the Mecanoo-designed National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, also named “Weiwuying.” The Mecanoo scheme incorporates five state-of-the-art performance spaces under a single roof which, at 35 acres (141,000 square meters), stands as the world’s largest performing arts center under one roof.

Set across a 116-acre (470,000-square-meter) subtropical park in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, the scheme will occupy a former military training base, symbolizing the city’s transition from a major international harbor into a rich, diverse, cultural hub, connecting local and international artistic talent.

Mecanoo and Beyer Blinder Belle Unveil $317 Million Masterplan for the New York Public Library's Main Branch

12:00 - 17 November, 2017
Mecanoo and Beyer Blinder Belle Unveil $317 Million Masterplan for the New York Public Library's Main Branch, The master plan for the flagship building of the New York Public Library includes creating a new entrance on 40th Street, near Fifth Avenue. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo with Beyer Blinder Belle
The master plan for the flagship building of the New York Public Library includes creating a new entrance on 40th Street, near Fifth Avenue. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo with Beyer Blinder Belle

The New York Public Library has revealed plans for the transformation of their iconic main branch on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Led by Mecanoo with Beyer Blinder Belle, the $317 million masterplan will increase accessibility to the library as well as increase public space for research, exhibitions and educational programs by 20%.

“For over a century, the Schwarzman Building has been a beacon of open access to information and a tireless preservationist of the world’s knowledge,” said New York Public Library President Tony Marx. “We have a responsibility to preserve its architectural wonder and its role as an important civic space, while also preparing it for the future, and another century of best serving the public. We believe this plan does just that.”

The renovation at the Public Library will include new exhibition spaces, like this one planned for an area currently used as the gift shop. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo with Beyer Blinder Belle The new Lenox and Astor Room will house books and artwork bequeathed to the library by Brooke Astor, a longtime benefactor. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo with Beyer Blinder Belle The new 40th Street entrance will lead to the Center for Research and Learning, where students will be able to work with materials from the library’s collections. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo with Beyer Blinder Belle The connection between the Mid-Manhattan Library, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building and Bryant Park is an important aspect of the campus plan. Image © Mecanoo Architecten + 13

Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekte Beats Out 30 Top Firms in Munich Concert Hall Competition

15:30 - 2 November, 2017
1st Prize - Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekten. Image Courtesy of Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekten
1st Prize - Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekten. Image Courtesy of Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekten

The Austrian firm Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekte has been selected as the winner of an international competition for the design of a signature new concert hall in Munich, Germany, beating out proposals from 30 of the world’s most notable architecture practices.

The competition tasked architects with designing a stand-alone new structure on a 5,300-square-meter site near the Ostbahnhof train station in the neighborhood of Werksviertel. The building program included an overall floor area of approximately 9,500 square meters, including a larger 1800-seat concert hall and a more intimate 600-seat venue that satisfy “the most exacting acoustic requirements.”

2nd Prize - PFP Planungs. Image Courtesy of PFP Planungs 3rd Prize - David Chipperfield Architects. Image Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects 4th Prize - 3XN. Image Courtesy of 3XN 5th Prize - Staab Architekten. Image Courtesy of Staab Architekten + 49