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Existing & New

Building on the existing

Mei retains qualities of the existing built environment for new use. With over 20 years of experience in the realisation of urban development and architectural transformation projects, we are specialised in repurposing. For both national monuments and heritage without formal status, we make designs that make historical layers visible and allude to history that is no longer physically present.

Our work is based on a careful inventory and appreciation of the existing, often in collaboration with architectural historians. Based on knowledge of the constructive and material-technical structure of the original buildings, we assume maximum use of what is present. Using clear interventions – aimed at natural lighting, accessibility and the addition of usable surface – we create space for a new interpretation.

Fenix I vanaf de kade
Fenix I, Rotterdam

Existing & New projects

    • Existing & New
    Maastricht, NL


    • Existing & New
    Münster, DE
    Gasometer Munster by night


    From gas holder to green icon
    • Existing & New
    Rotterdam, NL

    Fenix I

    From monumental dockyard warehouse to daring icon for Rotterdam
    • Existing & New
    • Urban planning
    Delft, NL
    Kabeldistrict street render

    Kabeldistrict Delft

    Transformation of former cable factory
    • Existing & New
    Rijswijk, NL
    Vooraanzicht van de zijgevel met expressieve balkons

    De Generaal

    From empty office tower to a beacon of light with unique homes
    • Existing & New
    Hamm, DU
    Aerial view of plan site

    CreativRevier Hamm

    From coal to culture; redevelopment of a former mine complex

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Do you have an existing building that deserves a new future?

Mei architects and planners has years of experience in combining existing context and buildings with new construction.

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Urban planning

Future-proof and full of identity Mei is working on robust regional visions that create the conditions for the emergence of green, mixed and lively cities. With carefully designed frameworks, we…

Kabeldistrict aerial view