The Engineering Campus Development of the University of Manchester (MECD) is still under development by Mecanoo in Manchester, England. Once finished, the campus building will be a landmark to celebrate engineering within the world’s first modern city. The building is intended for the new home to the University’s four engineering schools as well as two research institutes from the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.
This 70,590-meter-square building presents interactive learning environments that consist of versatile labs and bespoke project spaces with cutting-edge technologies to encourage creativity, collaboration, and innovation on a totally new scale.
The Manchester Engineering Campus Development will emphasize the accessibility and visibility to the activities in engineering and the applied sciences, providing a stronger engagement with local schools, industry, and the wider public in general.
The building design will showcase a strong identity that highlights the city’s past, present, and future as a city of pioneers that continued to be led by discovery. The design is inspired by the main principles of visibility of technology, activities, permeability, craftsmanship, and urban continuity.
MECD acts as a gateway between the University of Manchester campus and the city, attracting people to the facilities and having a glimpse of the activities inside the building.
A palette of honest and simple materials such as steel and bricks is integrated with a strong articulation of clear structural expression throughout the building façade.
Mecanoo integrates architecture, landscape, and interior to create an inspiring, highly flexible first-class teaching and research environment that improves the way the University educates future engineers.