Glass Villa on the lake by Mecanoo

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/78/78cdc02cf7b818db55f94ce54bf35890.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />The guiding design principle was to create a house that combines transparency with sustainability, forging a strong relationship between the villa and the landscape. The harmony between landscape and interior, architecture and nature, was a key design determinant, particularly regarding sight lines, materials, colours, and lighting.
The house is designed from inside out, creating uninterrupted views to the surrounding nature while providing shelter and intimacy.  All these aspects work together to ensure the house’s sense of timelessness. The villa is situated in a green oasis of trees and plants that hide the house from view. Water plants along the water line alternate with stepping stones that lead to other parts of the garden. On the water side, the villa has an optimal view over the lake. Terraces on two different levels connect the villa to both the land and the water, anchoring the house in nature and giving it Continue reading "Glass Villa on the lake by Mecanoo"

NS Vision Interior Train of the Future by Mecanoo

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b6/b60319b7c67c48539c8c2110d8ac3bce.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Every year, 373 million travellers spend their time in NS trains. In NS&rsquo;s (the Dutch National Railway Company) future vision for 2025, the train will be more than a means of transport. Travel time will become more attractive and will be part of travellers&rsquo; 'own time'. Mecanoo architects and furniture maker Gispen were asked by NS to collaboratively shape this vision.
The result is a flexible and modular train interior that enables a wide variety of configurations and facilitates train passengers’ diverse activities. Every traveller and every journey is unique.  Mecanoo and Gispen, in cooperation with NS, have mapped train passengers’ activities. Based on this research six activity zones were defined, ranging from open and social to private and concentrated. These activity zones are differentiated by varying arrangements of twelve furniture modules. The modules include both current and new train interior elements and configurations. A dynamic travel landscape is Continue reading "NS Vision Interior Train of the Future by Mecanoo"

Mondorf-les-Bains Velodrome and Sports Complex by Mecanoo

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/17/172d7f068abff3373135631839ca4e6e.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Situated in the rolling countryside of Luxembourg on the edge of Mondorf-les-Bains, the new Velodrome and Sports Complex&nbsp;designed by Mecanoo and Metaform is set to reinforce the community, known for its thermal baths, as a destination for recreation.&nbsp;
The facilities combine the new national velodrome with an aquatic centre, multisport hall and climbing wall, creating a sporting destination capable of hosting national and international cycling events while simultaneously creating a sporting hub for the community and future international school, proposed adjacent to the site.   The prescribed re-naturalization of the sloping agricultural site combined with the restrictions of both the site and a limited budget informed the compact design approach. The pools and sports hall are sunken into the topography and absorbed by sloping green roofs which blend the building into the landscape.  This gives the desired prominence to the velodrome as a recognizable landmark in the landscape, Continue reading "Mondorf-les-Bains Velodrome and Sports Complex by Mecanoo"

Delfland Water Authority by Mecanoo

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b6/b6521ae51c45c802212f7930d906ffd2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />The Delfland Water Authority is located in a historical building on the Oude Delft: the Gemeenlandshuis. The monumental part was built in 1505 as a house for Jan de Huyter. The sandstone facade was unique for that time and it was one of the few buildings to survive the 1536 city fire. More than 100 years later, the house came into the hands of the Delfland Water Authority.


Over time the Water Authority has been extended to include several adjacent monumental buildings, and in 1975 a new building on the Phoenixstraat was added. In 2014, the Water Authority decided to revise its housing strategy. The most important task was to make what was once a fragmentary complex, a whole and transform it into a pleasant, flexible working environment that meets the requirements of modern time and the identity of the Water Authority, while maintaining the special characteristics of the monumental Continue reading "Delfland Water Authority by Mecanoo"

Masterplan Villa Industria by Mecanoo

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/61/610ee63c65fef549faca59c21ca39d75.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />With its characteristic industrial buildings, the former site of the Regional Energy Supply Company in Hilversum has always had its own identity. Mecanoo created a masterplan for the redevelopment of the site into Villa Industria: a neighbourhood with 357 homes &ndash; partly affordable housing, partly owner-occupied, small-scale businesses and sporting facilities.&nbsp;
 The urban plan prioritises public space for pedestrians and cyclists. Recessed parking throughout the site frees up space for a green environment with water features and a centrally located park.  The courtyards consist of private gardens with an intimate character. An eye-catching ensemble of three cylindrical residential buildings refers to the old gasometers which once stood on the site. The existing swimming pool has been recladded in brick, steel and glass, so it fits the aesthetics of the new building. Robust steel columns support a new sports hall and fitness centre which has been built on top Continue reading "Masterplan Villa Industria by Mecanoo"

Taiwan National Archive by Mecanoo

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/p4/p4dlxt2471oprdgl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Timeless architecture is the philosophy of Mecanoo &amp; MAYU&rsquo;s design for the National Taiwanese Archive: a building that hosts the memory and the collective identity.
The National Archives building is composed of two volumes: one that extends horizontally, forming a large canopy, protecting the ground floor, establishing the relation interior-exterior; the other, a perfect cube, landed on top of the horizontal volume.  Following its clear shape, the building is also organized in two zones: the public and the restrict access areas. The public zone is located in the east part of the site, connected to Wenhuayi road, while the restrict access area is organized on the west part. The cantilevered volume allows the ground floor to be very transparent, creating a strong relationship with its surroundings. It accommodates the Auditorium, Exhibition Halls and Reading Room as well the File Exchange Center. The large brise-soleils protects the glazed facades, giving Continue reading "Taiwan National Archive by Mecanoo"

Global Headquarters of China Merchants Bank by Mecanoo

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/it/itdl48ris4u13rku.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />The development along the bay of Shenzhen will represent an important step for the city: not only the skyline will be profoundly changed, but the concept of what a contemporary megalopolis is, will be challenged. The tower of China Merchants Bank will be a relevant part of the composition of Shenzhen&rsquo;s bay coastline.
The key point of the project is the creation of an astonishing public space: in the same way the glorious buildings of the past used to shape the city to allow a theatrical display of themselves, the future quarter of China Merchants Bank will be generated around a square that literally carves the building blocks and sets unity within all the elements of the plot. Following this aim, the high-rise building takes the opportunity to reinvent this typology and explore different possibilities to create a dialogue between indoor and outdoor spaces, private and public. At the urban Continue reading "Global Headquarters of China Merchants Bank by Mecanoo"

Palace of Justice by Mecanoo

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6b/6bqqtdzuhmocupbt.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />The new Palace of Justice in C&oacute;rdoba is located in Arroyo del Moro which is characteristically dominated by anonymous housing blocks, products of the rapid urban development of 21st&nbsp;century Spanish cities. The blocks that characterize the urban fabric of the zone were not capable of generating public space or offering something new to the city, but collectively they form a compact and coherent urban identity.
The addition of a public institution to the area creates the opportunity to upgrade the public realm and add a civic quality to this relatively new neighborhood. The massing strategy creates urban integration through fragmentation. It follows a similar strategy to the spontaneous growth process of medieval cities resulting in a volume which is carefully sculpted to adapt to the surrounding context. From the main entrance, the interior organization is easily recognizable. A central spine creates a circulation axis which connects to the various the Continue reading "Palace of Justice by Mecanoo"

Shenzhen North Station Urban Design by Mecanoo

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ra/rapkprpkbpsfzzli.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ra/rapkprpkbpsfzzli.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ra/rapkprpkbpsfzzli.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ra/rapkprpkbpsfzzli.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" />With a scheme of twelve staggering skyscrapers, an elevated pedestrian network and a beautiful green urban park, Mecanoo architecten gives the Shenzhen North Station business district a distinct character. The main buildings of the business district are set around a central urban park and vary in height between 278 and 428 metres. By situating the transportation nodes on the subterranean levels, the public park appears as an open green space, something the area currently lacks.&nbsp;
The two-level plinth merges with the design of the park through an intricate network of overpasses, ramps and landscaped platforms that seamlessly weave into the urban setting, offering safe and comfortable access routes to the Shenzhen North railway and metro station. Commercial areas face the park in order to generate a lively public space. The elevated pedestrian network connects all towers of the Shenzhen North Station business district, creating a comfortable small-scale atmosphere that Continue reading "Shenzhen North Station Urban Design by Mecanoo"

Mecanoo clads Seoul office tower in black linear patterns

            <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ef/eflczvoiitvro71y.jpg" width="650" height="920" border="0" title="" alt="" />With its stark linear facade patterns, the Namdaemun Office Building in Seoul stands out from the vibrant market district that surround it. The office tower is Mecanoo&rsquo;s first completed project in South Korea&rsquo;s capital.<br><br>Located next to the ancient southern gate to the city of Seoul, the Namdeamun Market is the oldest and largest market in South Korea. Since its beginnings as a government managed marketplace in 1414, it has become an important 24-hour destination for trade and a popular tourist attraction. The market&rsquo;s history and regional traditions informed the design for a contemporary office building, connecting past and present.
Maximising the land allocation, the slim 14-floor building sits elegantly on a corner plot opposite the market. Its restrained monochromatic appearance acts as a counterbalance to the colourful frenzy of the market’s nonstop activity. The role of the facades frames extends beyond decoration. It continuously creates different atmospheres, filtering incomi...

St. Gerlach Pavilion & Manor Farm by Mecanoo

            <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1e/1erxucnshr8394qd.jpg" width="650" height="459" border="0" title="" alt="" />Ch&acirc;teau St. Gerlach is an estate near Maastricht, situated in the middle of the hilly Limburg countryside: a unique complex with a luxury hotel, restaurant and spa. Mecanoo architecten designed an elegant pavilion which balances the historic buildings on the site.
The pavilion completes the ensemble of the Château (1661), the St. Gerlachus Church (1727), the Farmstead (1759) and the Manor Farm (1668). The estate is now clearly visible from the public road, and has gained new significance for the village of Houthem. The transparent, state of the art pavilion features three large multifunctional meeting rooms under a cantilevered roof with a beautiful curve. From the pavilion, guests will have views over the château, the hills, the meadow and the manor farm. The materials used are inspired by the natural surroundings of Limburg: marlstone, bluestone and oak. The manor farm, a national monument from 1668, has been renovated to house Continue reading "St. Gerlach Pavilion & Manor Farm by Mecanoo"

St. Gerlach Pavilion & Manor Farm by Mecanoo

            <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1e/1erxucnshr8394qd.jpg" width="650" height="459" border="0" title="" alt="" />Ch&acirc;teau St. Gerlach is an estate near Maastricht, situated in the middle of the hilly Limburg countryside: a unique complex with a luxury hotel, restaurant and spa. Mecanoo architecten designed an elegant pavilion which balances the historic buildings on the site.
The pavilion completes the ensemble of the Château (1661), the St. Gerlachus Church (1727), the Farmstead (1759) and the Manor Farm (1668). The estate is now clearly visible from the public road, and has gained new significance for the village of Houthem. The transparent, state of the art pavilion features three large multifunctional meeting rooms under a cantilevered roof with a beautiful curve. From the pavilion, guests will have views over the château, the hills, the meadow and the manor farm. The materials used are inspired by the natural surroundings of Limburg: marlstone, bluestone and oak. The manor farm, a national monument from 1668, has been renovated to house Continue reading "St. Gerlach Pavilion & Manor Farm by Mecanoo"

Zaans Medical Centre by Mecanoo

Zaans Medical Centre is the first lean hospital in the Netherlands. It is an efficient and compact building in which professional healthcare and a personal approach strengthen each other. Architecture, urbanism, landscape and interior are brought together in a coherent design. Clear routing, an abundance of daylight, and positive distractions contribute to an environment that does not feel like a hospital, but as a place that promotes wellbeing. The clear stacking of two floors of outpatient clinics, two floors of clinical departments and a flexible facility layer between them, optimally serves these primary care processes. All departments are designed to prevent any form of waste. Whenever possible, the outpatient clinics and nursing departments are standardised, allowing for exchangeability and adaptability. The Zaans Medical Centre is therefore flexible and future-proof. The patient experience played a crucial role in the design process. Positive distractions can reduce the stres...

Groundbreaking at Tainan Public Library

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Tainan Public Library in Taiwan was held on Friday, May 26, 2017. The library, designed by Mecanoo architecten in partnership with Kaohsiung-based MAYU architects+, will be built by Fu Tsu Construction and is due in 2019. Rational yet elegant structural lines and a sensitive use of light and shadow characterise the building’s timeless design. The 37,000 m² building will feature reading rooms, special collections, study spaces, a children’s area, café, a 180-seat conference hall, a 290-seat auditorium and public sunken courtyards. Mecanoo and MAYU won the design competition for the library in 2016.

The library’s perimeter increases on each level, creating a large cantilever that provides shade to the immediate surroundings of the transparent building. The top floor is clad with a delicate second skin of vertical louvres which filter the light and reduce solar heat gain. Typical window patterns of Tainan are transposed Continue reading "Groundbreaking at Tainan Public Library"

De Halve Maen Apartment Building by Mecanoo

Apartment building De Halve Maen is part of the Overhoeks development: attractive, high-quality, spacious homes that have been created on the former Shell terrain, beautifully located on the north shore of the river IJ in Amsterdam.

Mecanoo’s design for the complex forms a subtle play on symmetry and massing. The U-shaped building has a tall masonry plinth and tiered superstructure with twenty special penthouses and large roof gardens on the top three floors. The orientation of the residences, outdoor pocket spaces, public courtyard and a division between lower and upper building forms defy the rigid structure of the urban plan. The staggered roofline, combined with vertical incisions and the transparent entrance hall combine to create a dynamic building. The apartments have been given two or more sided orientation to allow for an abundance of daylight to flood in through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

The design and material selection was inspired by Continue reading "De Halve Maen Apartment Building by Mecanoo"

Bao’an Public Culture and Art Center by Mecanoo

Surrounded by residential towers and infrastructure, the site for the Bao'an Public Culture and Art Center presents several challenges. Mecanoo reinterpreted these challenges as opportunities, capitalising on the proximity of the new cultural facility to the adjacent Bao’an Central Metro Station and the Binhai School.

The metro station and the Culture and Art Center have similar qualities: the station manages large flows of people and the Center attracts them. The design reconciles the two functions for mutual benefit, reinventing the inwardly focused identity of cultural facilities in Hong Kong.  Combining the museum entrance with the entrance of the metro station generates an inviting and open urban node with a powerful capacity to diffuse art throughout the community. The Center has the simple shape of a cube, elevated from the ground to create a public square and sculpture garden. This cosmopolitan plaza will allow people, cultures, ideas and opportunities to Continue reading "Bao’an Public Culture and Art Center by Mecanoo"

Keukenhof by Mecanoo

A grand gatehouse welcomes the large flows of, mainly international, visitors to the world famous Keukenhof park. The stepped timber roof structure of interwoven isosceles triangles leans on two volumes, forming an impressive gateway to the park. The gatehouse houses public functions such as cash registers, an information desk and retail. Skylights in the roof create a spacious and light atmosphere in the restaurant.

Mecanoo’s integral design for the entrance area includes two plazas. A forecourt with wedge-shaped planters leads visitors from the main car park to the entrance. The gatehouse is the transition between the outside world and the world of Keukenhof and all its flowers. It provides shelter whilst creating an ever-changing play of light and shadow. Looking up, you will see Dutch skies above framed by timber triangles. Look down and you will see patterns of triangular shadows on the ground. A fence with a tulip motif Continue reading "Keukenhof by Mecanoo"

Mecanoo and Gispen launch modular furniture for learning environments

Architecture practice Mecanoo has teamed up with furniture manufacturer Gispen to work on creating the learning environment of the future: one which is dynamic, open and people-oriented. The result is an innovative modular furniture collection called HUBB. Design for (un)predictable change
Learning is not limited to a single activity. In today’s educational system, no semester is the same when it comes to the curriculum or the teaching methods. Therefore, learning environments should be designed in such way that they can respond to changing needs, both in the short and long term. Francine Houben, creative director at Mecanoo architecten, says: “Spaces in which creativity, innovation and identity are encouraged, and where people can exchange ideas and inspiration, provide a basis for lifelong learning.” Endless combinations
HUBB allows for the creation of tailored learning environments which facilitate various activities. The furniture series consists of various elements with a seemingly ...

Mecanoo and Gispen launch modular furniture for learning environments

Architecture practice Mecanoo has teamed up with furniture manufacturer Gispen to work on creating the learning environment of the future: one which is dynamic, open and people-oriented. The result is an innovative modular furniture collection called HUBB. Design for (un)predictable change
Learning is not limited to a single activity. In today’s educational system, no semester is the same when it comes to the curriculum or the teaching methods. Therefore, learning environments should be designed in such way that they can respond to changing needs, both in the short and long term. Francine Houben, creative director at Mecanoo architecten, says: “Spaces in which creativity, innovation and identity are encouraged, and where people can exchange ideas and inspiration, provide a basis for lifelong learning.” Endless combinations
HUBB allows for the creation of tailored learning environments which facilitate various activities. The furniture series consists of various elements with a seemingly ...

“A Legacy of Mies and King” screening in Washington DC

The documentary film “A Legacy of Mies and King” will have it US premiere screening at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Wednesday March 1, 2017. The film deals with the modernisation of Washington DC’s central library, which was designed in the sixties by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and named after Martin Luther King, Jr.

The film follows architect Francine Houben as she investigates the past and present in order to design a world-class library of the future. Francine delves into the archives, meets contemporaries of Mies and King, speaks to current visitors of the library, and participates in a Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Peace Walk. During her quest, both the building's namesake and the original architect look over her shoulder critically.

A Q&A with Francine Houben, creative director of Mecanoo Architecten, and DC Public Library executive director Richard Reyes-Gavilan will follow the screening.

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