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Officially founded in Delft in 1984, Mecanoo is made up of a highly multidisciplinary staff of over 110 creative professionals from 25 nationalities and includes architects, interior designers, urban planners, landscape architects and architectural technicians.

The company is directed by its original founding architect, Prof. ir. Francine M.J. Houben and technical director Aart Fransen and are joined by partners Francesco Veenstra, Ellen van der Wal, Paul Ketelaars and Dick van Gameren. The extensive experience gained over more than 25 years, together with structured planning processes results in designs that are realized with technical expertise and great attention to detail.

The projects of Mecanoo range from houses, 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 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. Within Mecanoo 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.

Mecanoo’s work balances pragmatism with design.
The three words in the title of Francine Houben’s book: composition, contrast and complexity, sum up the basis of Mecanoo’s architecture.

“Architecture must appeal to all the senses and is never a purely intellectual, conceptual or visual game alone. Architecture is about combining all of the individual elements in a single concept. What counts in the last resort is the arrangement of form and emotion.”

Francine Houben, founding architect.
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