Mecanoo, officially founded in Delft in 1984, is made up of a highly multidisciplinary staff of over 170 creative professionals from 25 countries. The team is led by creative director Francine Houben and includes architects, engineers, interior designers, urban planners, landscape architects and architectural technicians.
The extensive collective experience, gained over three decades, results in designs that are realised with technical expertise and great attention to detail. Mecanoo’s projects range from single houses to complete neighbourhoods and skyscrapers, cities and polders, masterplans, mobility projects, landscape architecture, urban design, schools, theatres and libraries, hotels, museums, and even a chapel.
Discovering unexpected solutions for the specifics of programme and context is the foremost challenge in all of our assignments. Each design is considered in terms of its cultural setting, place and time. As such, Mecanoo treats each project as a unique design statement embedded within its context and orchestrated specifically for the people who use it.
Within the practice are knowledge centres which enable us to stay current on technological and design innovations in sustainability, eco-engineering, technology, education and learning, high-rise and mobility. Preoccupied not by a focus on form, but on process, consultation, context, urban scale and integrated sustainable design strategies, the practice creates culturally significant designs with a human touch.
Mobility has always been one of mecanoo’s key focus areas. Projects such as ‘the art of integral engineering and the aesthetics of mobility” (a research project commissioned by the dutch national government), and the organisation of the first Architecture Biennale about Mobility: “a room with a view”, and a study for the A2 highway from Amsterdam to Maastricht, were key projects to emphasize the importance of designing for mobility. Throughout the years, a strong focus on cycling infrastructure has emerged as part of mecanoo’s overarching mobility strategies, resulting in several publications, studies and lectures about cycling, and for instance the design of an 18km. long cycling route in China.