“Architecture is not only about creating something theoretical or trying to design architectural purity, but more about the use of space and trying to be very contextual; not always in shape, but always in the way buildings will be used by its visitors.”

Francesco Veenstra on “Sustainability as Social Responsibility” 

 

Mecanoo architecten, officially founded in Delft in 1984, is made up of a highly multidisciplinary staff of creative professionals from 25 countries. The team includes architects, engineers, interior designers, urban planners, landscape architects and architectural technicians.

The company is led by its original founding architect and creative director, Francine Houben, technical director Aart Fransen and financial director Peter Haasbroek, who are joined by partners Francesco Veenstra, Paul Ketelaars and Dick van Gameren.

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, 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 buildings with a human touch.



 

 


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