Mecanoo The Archives

Monday 24 March, 2014

Contextualism: Dead or Alive?


Friday 22 November, 2013

Mecanoo designs a pavilion with a spiral staircase underneath a garden in Warsaw

News: Dutch architects Mecanoo have won a competition to design a garden and an underground pavilion with a corkscrew staircase in the Polish capital, Warsaw (+ slideshow).


Saturday 21 September, 2013

Fontys Sports College by Mecanoo

Here’s another project from Dutch firm Mecanoo: a sports college in Eindhoven featuring a black brick exterior with perforations in the shape of athletes (+ slideshow). Mecanoo completed the sports centre last year in Eindhoven’s Genneper Park for students at Fontys Hogescholen – a local science university. It houses swimming pools, indoor sports facilities, a 15 metre-high rock-climbing wall […]


Thursday 19 September, 2013

Kaap Skil Maritime and Beachcombers Museum by Mecanoo

This maritime museum in the Netherlands by Dutch studio Mecanoo features reclaimed wooden cladding and a zig-zagging roof that reference the gabled houses of the surrounding hamlet (+ slideshow). Photograph by Mecanoo




Friday 30 August, 2013

“Libraries are the most important public buildings” – Francine Houben

Interview: after completing Europe’s largest public library in Birmingham, architect Francine Houben of Dutch studio Mecanoo spoke to Dezeen about the role of the library in the digital age and claims libraries are as central to society as cathedrals once were.


Thursday 29 August, 2013

Library of Birmingham by Mecanoo

Dutch studio Mecanoo has completed a new public library in Birmingham, England, with a sunken amphitheatre, rooftop gardens and a shimmering facade clad with interlocking metal rings (+ slideshow). Sandwiched between a 1930s building block and a 1960s theatre, the new Library of Birmingham fronts one of three piazzas that comprises Centenary Square. The building […]


Wednesday 13 February, 2013

Noorderpoort School for Vocational Education Proposal / Mecanoo Architecten

Construction just started last week for the Mecanoo Architecten designed Noorderpoort School for Vocational Education proposal. Located in Stadskanaal, the 8,500 m² school building designed will be situated like a country estate on a beautiful front garden with extensive watercourses in the middle of the village’s green hart. The project will provide an education for 1,300 students in […]


Saturday 22 December, 2012

Six Teams Shortlisted for Museum and Educational Center in Moscow

A shortlist of six international teams has been chosen to advance to the second stage of the architectural competition for the Museum and Educational Center of the Polytechnic Museum and Lomonosov Moscow State University.