Mecanoo’s performing arts centre nears completion in Taiwan

Dutch practice Mecanoo is putting the finishing touches to an arts centre in the Taiwanese port city of Kaohsiung, which plays host to a selection of opera houses, concert halls and an open-air theatre set into its bulging roof. Situated on a former military training base, The National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts will be the

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Mecanoo completes modern Palace of Justice in historic Córdoba

Mecanoo’s vast law courts in the Spanish city of Córdoba features cut-out courtyards and golden details, in reference to the city’s medieval history. The Dutch architecture studio collaborated with local engineering firm Ayesa to design the 48,000-square-metre Palace of Justice as a new civic centre for the area. Along with a courthouse containing 26 courtrooms, the six-storey

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Mecanoo reveals renovation plans for New York Public Library

Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo has unveiled its masterplan to overhaul the New York Public Library’s main beaux-arts building on Fifth Avenue. The newly released visuals and details reveal Mecanoo’s intentions for the Stephen A Schwarzman Building – the library’s main branch at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street – which the studio has developed with local

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Mecanoo designs 12 skyscrapers for new business district in Shenzhen

Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo has won a competition to masterplan a commercial district in Shenzhen, China, with its design for 12 stepped skyscrapers built around a park featuring a raised path and pools. Mecanoo’s masterplan will see the development of 1.36 million square metres of commercial facilities integrated with Shenzhen North Station, which includes one of the city’s regional railway stations and a

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Mecanoo installs golden pavilion with scooped roofline on 17th-century Dutch estate

Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo has created a golden hued events pavilion with a broad scooped roof in the grounds of a historic chateau near Maastricht. Mecanoo’s addition provides conference and meeting room facilities for the estate, which includes a chateau and manor farm built in the 1660s, as well as the St Gerlachus Church and a farmstead, which date to the

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MAD and Stefano Boeri propose crinkled towers and vertical forests for Milan’s disused railway yards

MAD, Stefano Boeri Architetti and Mecanoo are among five architecture studios to unveil proposals to completely transform unused railways across Milan, creating high-density housing and swaths of greenery. Milanese practice Cino Zucchi Architetti and Barcelona studio EMBT Miralles Tagliabue also developed ideas to reinvigorate the seven disused railway yards. The five proposals emerged from a workshop held in December 2016, which invited architects to reimagine

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Mecanoo’s KRONA centre features a light-filled atrium and zigzagging concrete staircases

Dutch firm Mecanoo has completed a library and cultural centre in Kongsberg, Norway, which centres around an atrium with concrete staircases running across its walls and through its centre (+ slideshow). Mecanoo – which was also behind Europe’s largest public library – developed the KRONA Knowledge and Cultural Centre to accommodate a variety of public functions required by the local community. More

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Architects including Mecanoo and Studio Weave propose solutions to Britain’s housing crisis

Walter Segal-inspired cottages, co-living and custom-built terraces are among the solutions to Britain’s housing crisis proposed in an exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London (+ slideshow). Mecanoo, Studio Weave, vPPR, Mae, Jamie Fobert Architects and Maison Edouard François have all developed housing schemes for the RIBA’s At Home in Britain: Designing the House of Tomorrow exhibition, which opened More

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Mecanoo replaces Foster + Partners on New York Public Library renovation

The New York Public Library has selected Mecanoo – the Dutch architecture firm behind Europe’s biggest library – to lead the renovation of its iconic main building on Fifth Avenue and a smaller branch nearby. Mecanoo has been tasked with expanding the public areas of the Stephen A Schwarzman Building, the library’s main non-circulating research […]

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Mecanoo designs huge engineering campus for The University of Manchester

Dutch firm Mecanoo has unveiled plans for a £350 million engineering school at The University of Manchester in the UK. Mecanoo, the studio behind Europe’s largest library, designed the 78,000-square-metre building to house The University of Manchester’s Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. The Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) will join the school’s main campus […]

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Mecanoo scales back additions to Mies van der Rohe’s Washington DC library

Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo has revised its competition-winning design for the renovation of Mies van der Rohe’s Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library in Washington DC. Working with local firm Martinez and Johnson, Mecanoo originally proposed a three-level addition to the library by the Modernist German-American architect. The DC Public Library (DCPL) board rejected that design […]

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Mecanoo’s first US project incorporates historic facades into Boston civic building

Dutch firm Mecanoo has completed its first project in the United States: an asymmetrical, brick-clad municipal building in a historic neighbourhood in Boston (+ slideshow). The Bruce C Bolling Municipal Building was designed in collaboration with Sasaki Associates, a US-based, multidisciplinary practice. Located on a triangular site in the heart of the Roxbury neighbourhood, the […]

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