OMA Hopes on Turkey

CCTV/ Partners-in-charge: Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren, designers, David Gianotten, photographed by Iwan Baan

UPDATE: In an e-mail to ArchDaily, a Sr. PR Manager at OMA told us that while Victor van der Chijs expressed his hopes that Turkey will host the in an interview with an Anatolia news agency earlier this month, OMA is not planning on opening an office in Turkey any time soon. 

OMA, the Rotterdam-based, Dutch architecture and urban development firm, has its eyes set on the location of its next office: Turkey.

Why? They think it’s a safe bet hope that Turkey will edge out both Madrid and Tokyo for the 2020 Summer .

As Victor van der Chijs, a partner at OMA, told Anatolia: “We believe that Turkey will win the Olympics. In our opinion it is almost certain [...] Comprehensive investments in sports facilities, infrastructure services and transportation will be needed. That is why we want to take part in urban master planning and projects to prepare for the Olympics.”

Could OMA, who have offices in New York, Beijing, and Hong Kong (and considered having one in Brazil), be starting a new trend? With “legacy” being the new Olympic buzzword (see: our 3-part Olympic City Guide) and smart urban-planning and architecture a necessary part of the Olympic bid, could Architects begin cashing-in on (and perhaps ensuring) Olympic Glory, even before the Games are bestowed?

If so, it seems the torch starts here.

Story via Hürriyet Daily News

Cite: Quirk, Vanessa. "OMA Hopes on Turkey" 20 Jun 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>
  • Nick Simpson

    Odd that the article mentions that OMA “have offices in New York, Beijing, and Hong Kong (and considered having one in Brazil)”… Why no mention of the original (and head) office in Rotterdam?

  • Timmy Rea

    She makes it clear in the first sentenced that OMA is Rotterdam-based.

    • Nick Simpson

      It’s called “an edit”.

  • Daniel B

    Sorry but this is just about business. I don’t think this has anything to do with the Olympics even if Istanbul does get them and I hope it happens. Turkey is part of the G20 and one of the fastest growing economies in the world. It is considered the “China of Europe”. Also Istanbul is a Mega city with over 13 million residents.So there is plenty of work for architects there. Actually I am surprised that OMA does not go into India or Indonesia which are also rapidly developing economies.

  • Walt

    Considering the EU “plan” is failing, Tokyo is radiated and the forth-coming Trans-Pacific Partnership, Turkey may be the “safer bet” of the speculative choices. Practicalities aside, cool building imho.