OMA Architects, Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Photos, News, Designs, Projects
OMA, Architects : Architectural Practice
Office for Metropolitan Architecture, The Netherlands
Major OMA Buildings
Central Chinese Television Tower, Beijing, China 2012
Casa da Música, Porto, Portugal 2006
Seattle Public Library, Seattle, Washington, USA 2004
Netherlands Embassy, Berlin, Germany 2001
Maison at Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France 1998
Lille Grand Palais, Lille, France 1994
Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands 1992
Architecture News arranged chronologically:
HIA Airport City, Doha, Qatar
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Airport City Buildings Doha - 13 Mar 2013
Rem Koolhaas commented “We are delighted and honored to participate in the exciting growth of Doha, in a project that is perhaps the first serious effort anywhere in the world to interface between an international airport and the city it serves.”
Partner-in-charge Iyad Alsaka commented “Doha’s Airport City is an important addition to the realization of OMA’s work in urbanism and will incorporate unprecedented transport planning opportunities; we look forward to collaborating with the HIA to meet the objectives of this ambitious project.”
Darling Harbour Redevelopment - Masterplan + ICC Hotels, Sydney, Australia
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Darling Harbour Redevelopment - 13 Dec 2012
The New South Wales Government announced today that Destination Sydney, consisting of Lend Lease, HOSTPLUS, Capella Capital, AEG Ogden and Spotless, is the preferred consortium for Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct (SICEEP) redevelopment. OMA is the master plan designer within the consortium, and is also the conceptual architect of the ICC Hotels within the master plan.
Maggie’s Gartnavel - winner of UK’s Richest Architecture Prize
photo © Adrian Welch
8 Nov 2012 - At a ceremony in the Scottish Parliament, Maggie’s Gartnavel in Glasgow by Dutch architects, OMA, has been awarded the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award 2012. The building was selected from a shortlist of fourteen projects which represented a comprehensive range of building types.
G-Star RAW Headquarters, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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G-Star RAW HQ - 29 May 2012
Situated next to the A10 in the industrial ZuidOost area of Amsterdam, the new HQ for G-Star RAW will consolidate their disparate facilities into a single building that aims to stimulate interaction between various departments. The 27,500m2 horizontal building – 140 metres long - consists of a creative nucleus containing the core departments of G-Star RAW, which are enveloped by a ring of offices, parking and support facilities.
Maggie’s Centre Gartnavel, Glasgow, Scotland
photo © Adrian Welch
Maggie’s Gartnavel - exclusive photos - 28 May 2012
Having revisited this building I feel my initial positive response to it has been underlined. The simple uncluttered spaces are now softened and humanised by various items of furniture and personal effects, the result feeling harmonious.
Editor, Adrian Welch
14 May 2012
Recent OMA Building News
OMA designs stage set for ancient Greek theatre in Syracuse
OMA’s design for the stage set at the Greek Theatre in Syracuse, Sicily, was inaugurated on 11 May with the performance of Aeschylus’s Prometheus Unbound (directed by Claudio Longhi). The scenography features three temporary architectural devices that reinterpret the spaces of the theatre, which dates from the 5th century BCE.
Scenography OMA - OPENING REPRESENTATION Prometeo 1:
photos : Alberto Moncada
OMA’s interventions will be dramatically exploited and adapted at strategic moments within this summer’s cycle of plays staged by the Istituto Nazionale del Dramma Antico, which also includes Euripides’ Bacchae (dir. Antonio Calenda) and Aristophane’s The Birds (dir. Roberta Torre).
The first intervention, the Ring, is a suspended walkway that completes the semi-circle of the terraced seating, encompassing the stage and the backstage, and giving actors an alternative way of entering the scene.
The Machine is a fully adaptable backdrop for the plays: a sloping circular platform, seven metres high, mirroring the amphitheatre. The backdrop can rotate, symbolizing the passage of 13 centuries during Prometheus’s torture; split down the middle, it can also be opened, allowing the entrance of the actors, and symbolizing dramatic events like the Prometheus being swallowed in the bowels of the earth.
The Raft, a circular stage for the actors and dancers, reimagines the orchestra space as a modern thymele, the altar that in ancient times was dedicated to Dionysian rites.
The Greek Theatre scenography – executed by AMO, the unit within OMA dedicated to non-architectural and transient projects – is part of the office’s long history of designing innovative performance spaces, from the Netherlands Dance Theatre (1987) and the Wyly Theatre in Dallas (with Rex, 2009), to the Taipei Performing Arts Centre – three adaptable theatres plugged into a central cube, now under construction in Taiwan. AMO has also designed scenography for ephemeral events such as Prada catwalk shows and Francesco Vezzoli’s 24-Hour Museum in Paris earlier this year.
Ref. "Medea and Edipo a Colono" Set, Siracusa, Greece
Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas Architects
picture : Moreno Maggi
Siracusa Theatre Stageset : for the INDA Foundation
Garage Center for Contemporary Culture - new building in Gorky Park, Moscow, Russia
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Garage Gorky Park - 27 Apr 2012
Garage Center for Contemporary Culture unveiled concepts for a new building in Gorky Park, designed by Rem Koolhaas’ OMA. A renovation of the 1960s Vremena Goda restaurant, a derelict prefabricated concrete structure. OMA is collaborating on the 5,400 sqm building with the Russian architects practice Form Bureau.
Moscow City Agglomeration Development Concept Competition, Russia
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Moscow City Agglomeration Development - 27 Apr 2012
A consortium of experts led by OMA scored the highest of the 10 teams that completed the first stage of the competition to develop the concept of the Moscow Agglomeration.
Fondaco dei Tedeschi, central Venice
OMA - controversy
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Fondaco dei Tedeschi - 15 Feb 2012
A plan to convert a 500-year-old palazzo in the heart of Venice into a Benetton 'megastore' has come under fire from Italian heritage campaigners, reports The Daily Telegraph. The Renaissance building, known as the Fondaco dei Tedeschi, overlooks the Grand Canal and the city's famous Rialto Bridge.
Rothschild building, City of London, UK
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Rothschild Bank London - 15 Feb 2012 + 27 Nov 2011 : new information + photos
6 Oct 2011 - 19 Feb 2012
Barbican Art Gallery, London, England, UK
OMA Exhibition - 10 Oct 2011
‘Every architect carries the utopian gene.’
OMA/Progress is the first major presentation of OMA’s work in the UK and is guest curated and designed by the Brussels-based collective Rotor, who were responsible for the much praised Belgian Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale.
OMA Architects - Key Links
OMA : main page with current news + building images (this page)
OMA Architects : projects up to 2011
OMA Hong Kong : HK practice information
Office for Metropolitan Architecture : Background + alphabetical list of all buildings
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OMA Architects Rotterdam : Practice Information
OMA - Architecture Studio
OMA was created in 1975.
Shenzhen Stock Exchange, China:
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Rem Koolhaas Winner of RIBA Gold Medal 2004
Casa da Musica - RIBA European Award 2007
Rem Koolhaas - Pritzker Prize Winner 2000
Prada Foundation, Milan, Italy
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Prada Foundation Milan by AMO
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