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Mecanoo Architecture News, chronological:

8 Nov 2019
Konka Tower, Shenzhen, China
Architects: Mecanoo
Konka Tower Shenzhen Building
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Konka Tower Shenzhen
The new Kang Qiao Jia Cheng development will provide an urban regeneration paradigm that is welcoming at street level as well as an imposing icon that fits Shenzhen’s skyline.

20 Oct 2019
KAMPUS, Manchester, England, UK
Kampus Manchester
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A new neighbourhood located at the former Manchester Metropolitan University campus in the heart of the city.

1 May 2019
Erasmus Campus, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Erasmus Campus Student Housing in Rotterdam
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Erasmus Campus
Rotterdam has a growing demand for student housing. To address this shortage, a student housing complex on a prominent location was sought, at the intersection of Abram van Rijckevorselweg and Burgemeester Oudlaan.

16 Apr 2019
The Grace Towers, The Hague, Holland
The Grace Towers in The Hague
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The Grace Towers in the Hague
To meet the city’s population growth challenge, the municipality is encouraging inner-city densification within the Central Innovation District (CID), a triangular area bound by the city’s three train stations.

8 Jan 2019
Qianhai Data Centre, Shenzhen, China
Design: Mecanoo architecten
Qianhai Data Centre Shenzhen
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Qianhai Data Centre Shenzhen
The aqueduct was a symbol of the development of the Roman Empire, and broadcast antennas have become icons in city skylines. Likewise, data centres are relatively new infrastructural facilities that can substantially contribute to a city’s identity.

3 Jan 2019
Glass Villa on the lake, Lechlade, Gloucestershire, South West England, UK
Glass Villa on the lake, Lechlade, Gloucestershire
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Glass Villa on the lake, Lechlade
The guiding design principle was to create a house that combines transparency with sustainability, forging a strong relationship between the villa and the landscape.

7 Oct 2018
NS Vision interior train of the future
NS Vision interior train of the future
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NS Vision interior train of the future
Every year, 373 million travellers spend their time in NS trains. In NS’s (the Dutch National Railway Company) future vision for 2025, the train will be more than a means of transport.

21 Sep 2018
Delft City Hall and Train Station Building, The Netherlands
Delft City Hall and Train Station Building
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Delft City Hall and Train Station Building

7 Aug 2018
Hoogheemraadschap van Delfland, Delft, The Netherlands
Delfland Water Authority building
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Delfland Water Authority Building by Mecanoo architecten
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.

12 Jul 2018
Cartesiusdriehoek Blue District, Utrecht, Netherlands
Cartesiusdriehoek Blue District in Utrecht
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Cartesiusdriehoek Blue District Utrecht
The masterplan for this new residential neighbourhood with 2,600 homes, a large central park, a school, a supermarket, catering and various other facilities is inspired by a scientific theory about areas around the world where people live longer, healthier and happier lives, the so-called blue zones.

2 May 2018
Kaohsiung Social Housing by Mecanoo, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Kaohsiung Social Housing by Mecanoo
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Kaohsiung Social Housing by Mecanoo
Mecanoo’s Social Housing philosophy focuses on the development of affordable living spaces defined by flexibility, the right balance of private and communal spaces, mixed housing types, connection with the environment and identity.

18 Apr 2018
Mecanoo: Inspiration and Process in Architecture by Moleskine
Mecanoo Inspiration and Process in Architecture by Moleskine
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Mecanoo Inspiration and Process in Architecture by Moleskine
Inspiration and Process in Architecture is a series of monographs on key figures in modern and contemporary architecture. It offers the reading of the practice of design which emphasises the value of freehand drawing as part of the creative process.

23 Feb 2018
Kaohsiung Station Building Wins at RTF Sustainability Awards 2017
Kaohsiung Station, Kaohsiung, Taiwan by Mecanoo architecten
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RTF Sustainability Awards 2017 Winner
The new Kaohsiung Station is the crowning achievement of the massive Kaohsiung Metropolitan Area Underground Railway Project, which includes seven subterranean stations along a 9.75 km railway tunnel.

24 Jan 2018
New Palace of Justice in Córdoba, Spain
New Palace of Justice in Córdoba
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Cordoba Palace of Justice
The new Palace of Justice in Córdoba is located in Arroyo del Moro which is characteristically dominated by anonymous housing blocks, products of the rapid urban development of 21st century Spanish cities.

23 Nov 2017
Eurojust, Den Haag, The Netherlands
Eurojust Den Haag
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Eurojust Den Haag
Eurojust is the EU-judicial cooperation unit dealing with cross-border crime. The new headquarters for Eurojust in the International Zone of The Hague were developed together with the Central Government Real Estate Agency, the Ministry of Justice and Security and the municipality. The twelve-storey building has more than four hundred workplaces and accommodates the national representatives of the EU Member States and three non-EU countries, supported by an administrative department.

18 Nov 2017
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, New York City, NY, USA
Design: Mecanoo with Beyer Blinder Belle, architects
New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
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New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
The New York Public Library has unveiled a Master Plan for its iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, one of the nation’s leading research libraries, which for over a century has stood as a symbol of open and free access to information and opportunity.

5 Sep 2017
Shenzhen North Station Urban Design Competition, China
Shenzhen North Station Urban Design Competition
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Shenzhen North Station Urban Design Competition
The main buildings of the business district are set around a central urban park and vary in height between 278 and 428 metres.

27 Aug 2017
Mecanoo Appointed for Perth City Hall Renovation
Perth City Hall interior renovation by Mecanoo
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Perth City Hall Building Renovation
The category B-listed building will be transformed into a cultural facility with exhibition spaces, learning suite, café and retail space.

25 Jul 2017
Namdaemun Office Tower in Seoul, Seoul, South Korea
Namdaemun Office Building in Seoul by Mecanoo |
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Namdaemun Office Building in Seoul
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’s first completed project in South Korea’s capital.

23 Jun 2017
Zaans Medical Centre in Zaandam, Netherlands
Zaans Medical Centre Building, Zaandam
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Zaans Medical Centre Building in Zaandam

18 Apr 2017
Perth City Hall Building Revamp, Scotland

Mecanoo is one of five of architects firms competing for the right to redesign Perth City Hall with the building’s re-opening scheduled for 2021.

Each has a grand vision for redeveloping the building into a cultural attraction capable of bringing visitors to the city from around the world. Shortlisted architects, alphabetical order:

– Austin Smith Lord
– Hoskins Architects
– Mecanoo
– Richard Murphy Architects

Perth City Hall Building Redevelopment

4 + 1 Apr 2017
Grand Gatehouse for Keukenhof by Mecanoo


Keukenhof finally has a proper main entrance. Mecanoo designed an elegant gatehouse to welcome the large flows of, mainly international, visitors to the world-famous gardens. The striking timber roof structure of interwoven isosceles triangles provides shelter and creates an ever-changing play of light and shadow.

Grand Gatehouse for Keukenhof by Mecanoo



The 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 stepped roof leans on two volumes, forming an impressive gateway to the park. The Grand Gatehouse for Keukenhofhouses public functions such as cash registers, an information desk and retail. Skylights in the roof create a spacious and light atmosphere in the restaurant.

Keukenhof Keukenhof

Francine Houben, creative director Mecanoo:
“The gatehouse is the transition between the outside world and the world of Keukenhof and all its flowers. While walking through the entrance, you will see the beautiful Dutch skies above framed by timber triangles. Look down and you will see an intriguing pattern of triangular shadows on the ground. A fence with a tulip motif marks the beginning of a journey of discovery through the most beautiful spring garden in the world.”

Grand Gatehouse for Keukenhof by Mecanoo




The use of natural materials – wood, copper and brick, lends character to the building without being a distraction from its environment. On a beautiful spring day, the glazed facade can be opened almost entirely, blending the interior with the exterior. Ponds with fountains provide a suitable ambiance for a pleasant day out and sitting on the spacious terraces, visitors are treated to views over the largest tulip field inside the park.


Keukenhof will be open daily this Spring until May 21.

16 + 15 Mar 2017
Mecanoo and Gispen launch modular furniture for learning environments
HUBB modular furniture collection
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Mecanoo and Gispen modular furniture

Feb 21, 2017
Mecanoo wins prestigious architecture prize in Boston
Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building
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Mecanoo architecten, led by Francine Houben, has received the Harleston Parker Medal for designing the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building. The Harleston Parker Medal is Boston’s most prestigious architecture prize. The project, on which Mecanoo collaborated with local firm Sasaki Associates, also won the People’s Choice Award.

18 Nov 2016
New Mid-Manhattan Library Building, New York City, USA
Design: Mecanoo and Beyer Blinder Belle, architects
New Mid-Manhattan Library Building
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New Mid-Manhattan Library Building

1 Sep 2016
Manchester City Council Nominated for RIBA Client of the Year for HOME

The annual 2016 RIBA Client of the Year award (by The Royal Institute of British Architects) recognises the role that a good client plays in the creation of fine architecture.

Manchester City Council – nominated by Mecanoo for their 2016 RIBA National Award-winning HOME (in addition to the 2016 RIBA North West Award winners Manchester Central Library by Ryder Architecture and Library Walk Link Building by SimpsonHaugh and Partners)

RIBA Client of the Year

3 Jun 2016

Manchester University Engineering Campus, North West England, UK
Engineering Campus
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Manchester University Engineering Campus by Mecanoo architecten
Planning permission approval for a £350 million engineering campus designed by this Dutch architecture practice. MECD will be one of the largest, single construction projects ever undertaken by a higher education institution in the United Kingdom. The development’s main building – MEC Hall – is 195 metres long.

10 Jun 2016
Kaohsiung Station Building, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Kaohsiung Station
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Kaohsiung Station Building
With its organic, curvilinear shape and landscaped canopy, the new Kaohsiung Station will introduce a generous amount of public green space to Taiwan’s second city. D

21 Mar 2016
Villa 4.0. Renovation, Hilversum, The Netherlands

Villa 4.0
photo © Pedro Kok

Dutch studio Mecanoo has completed the last of a series of renovations on a 1967 home in Hilversum, The Netherlands, called Villa 4.0., reports designboom.

Villa 4.0.

The original building completed in 2011 was designed by dick van gameren in collaboration with iding interior design and michael van gessel landscape.

The original floor plan began as a somewhat hexagonal form in a lush green site surrounded by a natural wall of dense trees and a small brook running along one side. Over the years, various owners have added onto the house to accommodate a larger program but in turn have also made the house increasingly more inward-looking and disconnected from the site.

Villa 4.0
photo © Pedro Kok

As a result, the design strategy was based on re-opening the home to the exterior while updating the structure’s sustainable performance. To begin with, all windows were replaced with more high efficient glazing, and outer walls and roofs were given insulation.

HOME, Manchester, England, UK
Design: Mecanoo architecten
Home Manchester arts centre
photograph Courtesy of Mecanoo

HOME Manchester – 28 May 2015
Manchester’s new centre for international contemporary art, theatre and film, is a catalyst for the developments around First Street, giving Manchester a new cultural epicentre.

Fontys Sports College, Eindhoven, Holland
Fontys Sports College Building
photo : Christian Richters
Mecanoo design – WAF Awards 2013 Completed Building Schools winner – 4 Oct 2013
World Architecture Festival Awards
Sport encourages friendship and solidarity and serves as an inspiration. Sport is healthy, relaxing, and above all, fun. This is evident in the sports college that Mecanoo architecten was commissioned to build by the council of Eindhoven and Fontys University of Applied Sciences on the Genneper Parken ‘sports estate’ in Eindhoven.

Library of Birmingham, England – 5 Sep 2013
Design: Mecanoo
Library of Birmingham
photo : Christian Richters

Centenary Square, the largest public square in the heart of Birmingham, currently lacks cohesion or a clear identity or atmosphere. Mecanoo’s design transforms the square into one with three distinct realms: monumental, cultural and entertainment. These palazzos form an urban narrative of important periods in the history of the city; The Repertory Theatre (REP), a 1960s concrete building, the Library of Birmingham, designed in 2009 and Baskerville House, a listed sandstone building designed in 1936. The busiest pedestrian route in the city, what Mecanoo calls the red line, leads pedestrians into Centenary Square.

Windconvertor EWICON, Netherlands
Windconvertor EWICON revealed: wind’mill’ without moving blades.

Delft, 27 March 2013 – Is there such a thing as a wind mill without moving blades? Have a look for yourself! From Wednesday the 27th of March on, a scale model of the bladeless windmill can be viewed in front of the faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science at Delft University of Technology. Mecanoo Architects designed the model EWICON (Electrostatic WIndenergy CONvertor) using technology developed by Delft University of Technology in a consortium with Wageningen UR and commercial companies in an economy-ecology-government partnership program context. The breakthrough wind convertor transforms wind energy into electricity without the use of moving mechanical parts. The result: greatly reduced wear and tear, lower maintenance costs, and zero noise pollution or shadow casting. The EWICON can be installed on land or sea, and can also be integrated on to the roof of a tall building.

Windconvertor EWICON
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The EWICON has an abstract appearance with a flowing steel frame in the shape of a squared -0- supporting a framework of horizontal steel tubes. Within this framework, electrically charged droplets are created and blown away by the wind. The movement of the droplets creates an electric current, which can be passed on to the grid. In 2009, Mecanoo applied the EWICON into the design of the Stadstimmerhuis 010 in Rotterdam, where the 010-sign on the roof would make use of two EWICONS. Continued development will be carried out once funding has been secured for further scientific research.

Animation of the EWICON:

Noorderpoort college in Stadskanaal, Netherlands
Noorderpoort College Stadskanaal
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Noorderpoort college – 8 Feb 2013
The start of the construction work at the new Noorderpoort school for vocational education has been celebrated in Stadskanaal on the 7th of February 2013. The 8,500 m² school building designed by Mecanoo architecten will be situated like a country estate on a beautiful front garden with extensive watercourses in the middle of the village’s green hart.

Kongsberg Cultural Centre, Norway
Mecanoo / Code Arkitektur
Kongsberg Cultural Centre
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Kongsberg Cultural Centre – 24 Oct 2012
Mecanoo with Code Arkitektur and Buro Happold, have won the design competition for a Knowledge and Cultural Square in the centre of a former mining town about 75 km southwest of Oslo. The project comprises of a design for a cultural and teaching building totaling approximately 24,000 m², and includes future expansion of other functions, such as student housing, sports facilities and businesses.

New Harbor Service Building, Taiwan
Delft, 23 July, 2012 – Mecanoo shortlisted to design New Harbor Service Building in Taiwan
New Harbor Taiwan
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Dutch architecture practice Mecanoo has been shortlisted to design the New Harbor Service Building in the major Taiwanese port city of Keelung. The building will accommodate the office of Keelung Port Authority, a passenger cruise terminal and cargo terminal, a bus transfer station and commercial space.

West Kowloon Cultural District Competition, China
Shortlisted Design Team for First Arts Venue
West Kowloon Cultural District
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West Kowloon Cultural District Competition – 18 Jul 2012
Shortlist of five design teams invited to submit proposals for the design of the Xiqu Centre, one of the first landmark buildings for the WKCD, scheduled for completion at the end of 2015.
Shortlisted design teams:
– BTA & RLP Company Limited
– Foster + Partners with O Studio Architects
– Mecanoo architecten / Leigh & Orange
– Safdie Architects LLC
– Wong & Ouyang (HK) Ltd. (in collaboration with Diamond and Schmitt)

Mecanoo architecten : Practice information

Calvijn Groene Hart comprehensive school, The Netherlands
Calvijn Groene Hart school
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Calvijn Groene Hart School – 4 Jul 2012
Calvijn Groene Hart comprehensive school celebrates topping out
On Monday 2 July 2012 the new building of the Calvijn Christian comprehensive school in Barendrecht, designed by Mecanoo architects, celebrated its topping out. The school building will come into use at the beginning of 2013.

Amsterdam International Golf Club, The Netherlands
Amsterdam Golf Club Building
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Amsterdam International Golf Club – 7 Jun 2012
Construction begins on the new clubhouse for the Amsterdam International Golf Club Schiphol. The new exclusive golf club is located next to Schiphol Airport, a stone’s throw from Amsterdam’s Zuidas business district. The 2,000 m² clubhouse is designed by Mecanoo and features, in addition to a high end restaurant, a fitness and wellness centre with luxury dressing rooms, lounges, terrace and roof terrace for parties and events.

Mecanoo to design primary school in Mill, The Netherlands
Primary School in Mill Building
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Primary School in Mill – 14 May 2012
Mecanoo has won the commission to design a new primary school in Mill, the Netherlands through a European procurement competition in combination with Giesbers-Wijchen Bouw. The 4,200 sqm school building will be the new home for primary schools De Kameleon and De LenS, and houses a preschool, day and youth care and a youth and family center. Due to open at the end of the summer in 2014.

Anne Frank School
Mecanoo architecten
Anne Frank School Building
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Anne Frank School Utrecht
Friday, 27 April, marks the ground breaking celebration for the new Anne Frank School in Utrecht, the Netherlands. In addition to the primary school, the 2,600 m² building will feature a gymnasium, child care and preschool education. The 200 students will move into their new school at the end of 2012. The building’s horizontal, glazed profile creates an elegant, light school. Cantilevers serve to block direct sunlight from entering the building.

Onze Droomschool, Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Mecanoo architecten
Dordrecht School Building
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Dordrecht School Building – 25 Apr 2012
The new 5,322 m² school brings together education, care and medical science. The Vlij ‘Mytyl’ school, the Blije Gaarde school and the Dordtse Buitenschool collaborate in their new premises with the care support body Gemiva-SVG Group and the Rijndam revalidation centre

KAPP SKIL, Texel, Dutch Wadden Islands, The Netherlands
KAAP SKIL museum
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KAPP SKIL Texel – 28 Mar 2012
Friday 30 March 2012, KAAP SKIL, maritime and beachcombers museum, on the Dutch Wadden Island of Texel will open its doors. In addition to two new exhibitions, the museum building designed by the Dutch office Mecanoo architecten, will house a café and offices.

Eurojust Building, Den Haag, The Netherlands
Design: Mecanoo / Haskoning
Eurojust Building The Hague
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Eurojust Building Den Haag – 21 Mar 2012
The Mecanoo-Haskoning design team is the winner for the realisation of the new Eurojust headquarters in The Hague. The design visions of four candidates were judged on the following aspects: architectural quality, urban integration and landscape , functionality and programme of requirements, maintenance and sustainability, and integrated design process.

Municipal Office Building in Boston, MA, USA
Design: Sasaki Associates and Mecanoo architecten
Municipal Building Boston
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Municipal Office Building Boston – 3 Mar 2012
The office building is a part of Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s Dudley Square Vision Project, which seeks to revitalize the once-thriving urban neighborhood of Roxbury and mass transit hub Dudley Square. The 17,000 m² facility will become the headquarters of the Boston Public Schools Administration and will include green, state-of-the-art office space, retail and civic spaces, and meeting space for the community.

Recent Mecanoo Designs

Amsterdam University College, Netherlands
Amsterdam University College Building
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Amsterdam University College – 23 Sep 2011

Manchester Arts & Cultural Centre, England
Manchester Arts & Cultural Centre
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Manchester Arts Centre by Mecanoo – 4 Jul 2011

Taiwan Library Architecture Competition – Mecanoo entry. 4 Nov 2010

Amphion Theatre, The Netherlands
Amphion Theatre Building
photograph © Christian Richters
Amphion Theatre

La Llotja theatre, Lleida, Spain
La Llotja theatre
photograph : Christian Richters
La Llotja theatre

Masterplan Longgang City Centre, China
Shenzhen Masterplan
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Longgang Masterplan, Shenzhen

Birmingham Library Building, England
Birmingham Library
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Birmingham Library

Student Housing Delft, The Netherlands
Student Housing Delft
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Student Housing Delft

Swimming Pool het Marnix, Netherlands
Amsterdam Swimming Pool
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Mecanoo architecten : Amsterdam building

Montevideo, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Montevideo Rotterdam
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Montevideo Rotterdam

Taiwan National Performing Arts Centre
Kaohsiung Arts Center
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Taiwan National Performing Arts Centre

Palace of Justice Córdoba, Spain
Palace of Justice Córdoba
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Palace of Justice Córdoba

Da Vinci College, Dordrecht, Netherlands
Da Vinci College
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Da Vinci College

Municipal office building and Train Station, Delft, Netherlands
Delft building
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Delft architecture

FiftyTwoDegrees, Jonker Bosplein 52, Nijmegen, Netherlands
2006/08 phased
86m high
semi-conductor industry knowledge centre
Mecanoo architecten : FiftyTwoDegrees Building

BBC Scotland, Glasgow, UK
Mecanoo Architects Competition entry

Foxhill Housing, Sheffield, north England, UK
Sheffield Architecture

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Mecanoo – Practice Information

Mecanoo architecten
Founding director/architect : Prof. ir. Francine M.J. Houben

This Dutch architecture studio have offices in Delft (Netherlands) and Birmingham (UK).

Mecanoo architecten : Delft Architect Studio – contact details

Architecture practice founded in 1984.

Mecanoo architecten former partner – Erick van Egeraat

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