Latest additions | MIMOAlatest additions, 20 Jun 2018 15:09:09 +0200Cultural centre and music school, Spain
Designer: Alberich Rodriguez Arquitectos
Contributed by: RGM

The building results in a compact plan that adapts itself to the geometry of the existing terrain and occupies its lower and southern part. Likewise, the building adapts to the existing topography in a steep slope, arranging its program of uses in a stratified way, within dependent layers with different uses. As a result the building organizes itself with two entrances located in the opposite facades and different floors. An empty space runs longitudinally within the building, merging uses and levels and permits a complex use and perception of it. This vacuum presents itself as the place of principal communication in the interior of the building, describing it spatially and qualifying it as a public building as it widens its limited interior surface area. Plinths and frames are solved with contemporary materials: reinforced concrete; the white stuccos. As well as the scale and the volumetric treatment collaborate in the insertion in Meco Town.

Eras 4
28880 eco
Mafengwo Global Headquarters , China
Designer: SYN Architects
Contributed by: SYN2017

"When the IP Era is ushered in, brands pay more attention to their personalized performances than before, while enterprises show more care for employees' office space and their identities of, enthusiasm for and emotion cultivation related to corporate cultures. We have created a unique space for Mafengwo, which will be enjoyed by its employees as if they're working in the best office ever in the world. " - Zou Yingxi, Principle Architect of SYN Architects. As one of the most popular websites providing tourism services in China, Mafengwo advocates freedom and exploration of the unknown. On the occasion of its upcoming 10th anniversary, a decision has been made to terminate the team's long-term scattered form of office works, thus improving its cohesion leapingly and eliminating the strangeness among internal teams engaged in different business sectors. The design task of its brand new global headquarters has been assigned to SYN Architects.

798 1
100001 Beijing
Nordic Haven Apartments, Poland
Designer: Nizio Design International
Contributed by: pkrajewski_pl

The building is designed on a trapezium plan. It has a cascade/terrace form, and in the elevation prominently marked is the division into office/commercial and residential parts. On one side it will have 4 storeys, adjusted to the height of the existing development. The building climbs up in terraces towards the River Brda to the height of 16 above-ground storeys. The residents will enjoy, e.g. a raised courtyard with greenery and viewing platform, green terraces on the roofs, and terraces and loggias encircling from the outside the residential part of the building. The building has a light glass elevation underscored by the woodwork, and Optiwhite glass balustrades on the upper storeys. The glass is contrasted with natural terracotta panels in dark brick colour. The bottom part of the elevation is emphasised with vertical wooden elements that provide sun protection acoustic insulation. (source:

Artura Grottgera 1
85-001 Bydgoszcz
Port House Antwerp, Belgium
Designer: Zaha Hadid Architects
Contributed by: egbertdeboer

The headquarters for the Antwerp Port Authority, designed by the renowned firm of Zaha Hadid Architects, is another iconic landmark in the old docks north of the city centre. The building symbolises the dynamic, reliable, ambitious and innovative character of the port. The Port House is a landmark on the Antwerp skyline, consisting of a modern glass structure suspended over the historic Hansa House. The suspended addition to the Hansa House stands on three pillars containing the lifts and stairs. Two of the pillars stand in the covered inner courtyard of the Hansa House, while the third stands outside it and houses a panoramic lift shaft. The outer skin of the suspended structure is all in glass, while the four outer walls of the historic building underneath have been restored to their former glory.

Zaha Hadidplein (intersection Siberiastraat & Mexicostraat) 1
2030 Antwerp
Antwerp Theatre Square, Belgium
Designer: Studio Associato Secchi-Viganò
Contributed by: Zinkinfobenelux

At one time or another, we all pay a visit to an open air market. Since the redevelopment of Antwerp's theatre-square market, it has been possible to shop there even on a rainy day. The square has been provided with a colossal free-standing steel canopy, more than 20m in height and with a surface area of ca. 70 x 70m. Despite the powerful overall visual impression it makes, a careful look at the canopy will reveal that it is comprised of relatively simple steel components. Another immediately apparent element of the square are the fire escape stairs of the Municipal Theatre. Following hot-dip galvanisation, the stairs were assembled on the ground floor, and the handrails in turn attached. Then, the entire stairs 'measuring 12m in length) were hoisted and attached to the canopy construction. Almost 1.000 tonnes of steel were employed in realising the project.

2000 Antwerp
Crane Hotel Faralda, Netherlands
Designer: IAA Architecten
Contributed by: Grohe

An exceptional piece of industrial heritage, a breath-taking view of the IJ and the city of Amsterdam and a neighbourhood brimming with creativity - Crane Hotel Faralda offers an unforgettable hotel experience for all lovers of extravagant and exclusive accommodation. The developer Edwin Kornmann Rudi had the giant crane dismantled, refurbished, transformed into a design hotel and reassembled at its location on the former shipyard. He was supported by the firm IAA Architecten, and interior designer Edward van Vliet. Renowned industrial partners such as GROHE contributed to the interior design. Access to the three suites as well as the rooftop Jacuzzi and lounge platform is via two panoramic elevators, which carry guests to the three distinctly designed suites. Ample glass surfaces combined with red painted steel accentuate the stature of the industrial crane, that stands as a monument to its own history while at the same time projecting a highly contemporary design message.

NDSM-plein 78
1033 WB Amsterdam
Hotel The Exchange, Netherlands
Designer: Onswerk Architecten
Contributed by: Grohe

Hotel The Exchange is a hotel in the heart of Amsterdam that combines a love of fashion with comfortable accommodation. The Exchange has a total of 61 rooms spread across three attached buildings on the Damrak. The rooms range from 1 to 5 stars. The room interiors at this creative concept hotel rival unique art exhibitions. What sets this hotel apart is that each room is individually dressed, just like a model on the catwalk. The unusual design based on fashion metaphors was created by graduates and alumni of the Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI), under the tutelage of the INA MATT studio and in collaboration with the Dutch Textile Museum. The young designers transformed the rooms into spaces where fashion and architecture meet in the most unexpected and inspiring ways. The bathroom design is equipped with GROHE fittings, mixers for baths and showers and shower sets transforming the hotel bathrooms into a sensual water experience in a relaxing oasis of well-being.

Damrak 50
1012 LL Amsterdam
Refurbishment National monument De Ploeg, Netherlands
Designer: diederendirrix
Contributed by: diederendirrix

De Ploeg is an ensemble of factory building and park in Bergeijk, designed by the leading Dutch architect and furniture designer Gerrit Rietveld and garden architect Mien Ruys. The factory was built in 1956-1959 as a weaving mill. After the original owner left, the building was empty for a few years, until the exhibition developer Bruns bought it to establish offices and workshops. In one year, the National Monument has been completely refurbished by Diederendirrix, in collaboration with Atelier van Asseldonk. The new interior seamlessly matches the lines Gerrit Rietveld strived so much for with an added touch of the 21st century. The visitor centre hosts permanently changing exhibitions, and of course the history of 'De Ploeg'. The park, also monumental status, is being renovated in accordance with the vision of Mien Ruys and has kept its open character. Bruns will keep promoting the organisation of events so that the park receives a more central role in the centre of Bergeijk.

Riethovensedijk 20
5571 CR Bergeijk
Philharmonie Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Designer: Christian de Portzamparc
Contributed by: pitufina13

Philharmonie Luxembourg is located in the centre of a triangular site, surrounded by offices and European Administration buildings on the Kirchberg Plateau. One enters a vast perimeter/filter, composed of 827 slim white steel columns, giving access to two halls, the Grand Auditorium and the Chamber Music Hall. The first is characterised spatially and acoustically by eight towers containing balconies and lodges, which house the public vertically around the orchestra and the orchestra pit. The second is an exterior volume, contained within a twisted plane, to avoid the sound focussing and at the same time creating a curved space.

Place de l'Europe 1
1499 Luxembourg
QO Amsterdam, Netherlands
Designer: Mulderblauw architecten
Contributed by: Mulderblauw

QO Amsterdam is a highly sustainable four-star plus hotel on the Amstel river near Amstel Station in Amsterdam. A new, dynamic residential and working area will be developed here in the coming years. Amstelside BV commissioned Mulderblauw Architects, Paul de Ruiter Architects and Arup to design the first LEED Platinum certified hotel of Europe. The hotel has more than 300 rooms and tick all the boxes for the hotel guest of the 21st century: every luxury and comfort with great care for our planet. This calls for integrated sustainability in both the field of energy conservation and business operations as well as in quality of accommodation. The primary focus for achieving this is to close every possible cycle in the fields of energy, wastewater and the use of materials. The secondary focus is to design a special hotel that is connected to its location and the city of Amsterdam in a variety of ways. These focus points together form the hotel's sense of place.

Amstelvlietstraat 4
1096 GG Amsterdam
Via Crucis Park, Italy
Designer: Laura Zamboni
Contributed by: laura_zamboni_architetto

In Arcole (VR), there's a Sanctuary from the Romanesque period with a green park that overlooks the surrounding countryside. With this project, the usable part of the park has been expanded and restored to the community, with the idea of maintaining the sanctuary as the fulcrum of the entire area. In this area a path has been organized through the trees, whose regular grid has been fully preserved, equipped with mounts for works of art, made with carpenter nails assembled, representing Jesus Christ's way of passion. The path alternates moments of maximum integration with the surrounding nature and other more intimate and reflective at the stations. These consist of a display support that is composed by two plates of steel arranged at an angle: one is made by a series of blades of increasing height parallel to the path, the other is one large plate, transverse to the path, on which the sacred composition is placed, enhanced by the backdrop of white stone.

via Alzana 3
37040 Arcole
Garden Parking, Italy
Designer: Laura Zamboni
Contributed by: laura_zamboni_architetto

The area is characterized by a hard part in white concrete and gravel, and a soft green part. The need to ensure a sufficient amount of green space follows the necessary presence of a surface on which lawn and cars must coexist: grass and paved surfaces are alternating bands, with dimensions such as to keep the wheel of the car always resting on the part paved, without getting to touch the ground, thus avoiding to compress it and damage the lawn, and even avoiding the annoyance of any jolts. To further increase the presence of greenery in the parking lot have been inserted grass tongues in correspondence of the central part of each parking space: the cars will have to be positioned astride these, so as not to step on them. The space has been imagined as semi-public, so as to promote its use in this sense, starting from the absence of an enclosure of the area to facilitate its opening both to view and to the distance, so as to return, even if minimally, a space to the country.

Via Roma 36
37040 Arcole
House of Province, Netherlands
Designer: Team V Architecture
Contributed by: renatevschaik

The combination of a new building with the renovation of an existing monument will provide the Province of Gelderland with a sustainable and modern office with a historic character. A 21st century interpretation of the distinctive visual language of the monumental House of Province, a Gesamtkunstwerk from the fifties, is used for the design of the new building. The application of cultural, architectural and physical connections makes the building ensemble into a recognizable whole. Several new routes cross the complex. They improve the contact between inside and outside, add life to the urban fabric and restore the connection between Market and Rhine. The existing courtyard is covered with a durable roof of ETFE pneumatic panels and functions as the reception area and logistic heart of the whole complex. A grand sculptural staircase provides a contemporary addition to the Gesamtkunstwerk.

Markt 11
6811 CG Arnhem
Tianjin Binhai Library, China
Designer: MVRDV
Contributed by: MI_MOA

From MVRDV: MVRDV and Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute have completed Tianjin Binhai Library as part of a larger masterplan to provide a cultural district for the city. The 33,700m2 cultural centre featuring a luminous spherical auditorium and floor-to-ceiling cascading bookcases not only as an education centre, but also social space and connector from the park into the cultural district. An oval opening punctured through the building is propped open by the Eye, a luminous sphere with an auditorium, which takes the main stage within the atrium and enlarges the perceived space within. Terraced bookshelves which echo the form of the sphere create an interior, topographical, landscape whose contours reach out and wrap around the façade. In this way, the stepped bookshelves within are represented on the outside, with each level doubling up as a louvre. The library is MVRDV's most rapid fast track project to date. It took just three years from the first sketch to the opening.

Chongde Rd 300457
Binhai Xinqu Tianjin
Hotel W Barcelona, Spain
Designer: Ricardo Bofill
Contributed by: magicarch

W Barcelona Hotel, located on the new entrance of Barcelona’s Port appears as a modern icon rising above the Mediterranean sea, and is the landmark of this new area to be developed with high-end retail, office and entertainment venues. A sail shaped building on a 10 hectares land claimed from the sea, is included in an ambitious urban renovation plan of Barcelona coastline. W Barcelona Hotel is a five star-hotel with 480 rooms, 67 suites, a roof top bar, large spa, indoor and outdoor pool, several food and beverage concepts and a retail store. The closest volume to the sea is a thin building 105 meters high perpendicular to the dike (1 underground level, 1 ground floor level and 26 storey). The reflecting façade of silver glass blends with the colours of the sky and the sparkles of the sea.

Plaça Rosa dels Vents 1
08039 Barcelona
Santorini Grace Hotel, Greece
Designer: Divercity architects
Contributed by: mz

How could one revive vernacular architecture in such an exceptional setting as Imerovigli, with its view of Caldera, opposite the Skaros rock At Santorini Grace Hotel, we have attempted a modern interpretation of vernacular traits: We have refrained from using vaults, the typical roof infinitely replicated in the island, choosing horizontal outlines instead that bend in plan in order to follow the land contours. The restaurant, located at the level of the pool, features an exterior thick wall with concave openings and a black interior of polygonic, rock like geometries. Some of the hotel rooms are built with the region's dark volcanic rock with enlarged gaps from which rays of light are allowed to pass. All interior furniture is built in, using the wall thickness in the traditional settlements of the island. Floors in the new hotel are of cement together with the black stones in the walls they form a dialogue with the island's unique geological strata.

84700 Santorini
Praktijkschool de Einder Hague, Netherlands
Designer: Tektor
Contributed by: Tektor

Design for a new facade for a school building, inspired on the multicultural neighbourhood. Enhancing the internal climate and sustainability. The palette of colors used in the facade are a representation of the course of the sun. The pictures show the facade before and after the transformation.

Spionkopstraat 9
2572NK The Hague
Woonhuis Dronten, Netherlands
Designer: VDSVT
Contributed by: simon2

This project is situated on the edge of the city of Dronten and therefore has to deal with the transition from an urban environment into the Dutch countryside. The simple volume of the building gradually decreases from a two storey volume on the urban side into a single storey volume on its backyard side and eventually into the terrace, the deepened garden and the surrounding landscape. The facades are made of light grey stucco.

Braspenning 13
8253 BA Dronten
Pompejus Watchtower, Netherlands
Designer: RO&AD Architecten
Contributed by: ROAD

Pompejus is a watchtower on Fort de Roovere in Halsteren, West Brabant. The tower looks out over the West Brabant Water Defence Line, the oldest part of the Zuiderwaterlinie running from Bergen op Zoom to Grave. Pompejus is a watchtower, an open-air theatre and an information point for tourists. Pompejus is named after the first commander of the fortress, Pompejus de Roovere.

Ligneweg 3
4661 PM Halsteren
Salewa Headquarters, Italy
Designer: Park Associati
Contributed by: Park

The new headquarters of Salewa, one of the most important manufacturing firms in Bolzano, is integrated into the landscape at the point where the city of Bolzano meets the uncontaminated nature of the mountains. As well as new work spaces, the building aims to provide a space of interaction and communication between the company and its network of suppliers, partners and clients. The new headquarters represents a point of convergence between different elements of everyday life: from physical, social and communicative dimensions to work styles and leisure. The Salewa headquarters is formed by a series of multifaceted slabs and towers, including a 50 metre-high structure which when built will be the tallest building in the city. The project combines an electro-coloured micro-perforated aluminium skin which protects the most exposed parts of the building with a large vertical glass covering. The resulting visual effect is that of a rock crystal.

P.-Agostini-Straße 2
39100 Bozen