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Morphosis Releases Details of Competition-Winning Scheme for Unicorn Island Masterplan in China

12:00 - 15 May, 2018
Morphosis Releases Details of Competition-Winning Scheme for Unicorn Island Masterplan in China, via Morphosis
via Morphosis

Morphosis has released details of their competition-winning masterplan for Unicorn Island in Chengdu, China. One of four entrants to be successful, including the OMA scheme we covered yesterday, Morphosis were recognized for their “walkable park city interweaving business resources, green infrastructure, and lifestyle” to offer the optimum conditions for both large and small companies to thrive in the Chinese development zone.

As the Chinese economy transitions from a production-based system to one driven by services, the Unicorn island masterplan is an initiative commissioned by the Chengdu government to offer state-of-the-art resources and networks for both start-up firms and so-called “Unicorn” companies, those with a value of over one billion US dollars.

via Morphosis via Morphosis via Morphosis via Morphosis + 7

OMA Among Winners of Competition for Unicorn Island Masterplan in China

12:00 - 14 May, 2018
OMA Among Winners of Competition for Unicorn Island Masterplan in China, Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA

OMA has been announced as one of four firms to win an international competition for the design of Unicorn Island in Chengdu, an “innovative masterplan specifically designed for New Economy companies.” 

As China moves from a production-orientated economy to a knowledge and service-based economy, the masterplan seeks to provide a variety of working and living conditions for both start-up firms and “Unicorn” companies, those with a value of over one billion US dollars. Along with OMA, the four winners also included Morphosis, who were recognized for their walkable scheme integrating business, green infrastructure, and lifestyle.

Courtesy of OMA Courtesy of OMA Courtesy of OMA Courtesy of OMA + 13

Kanye West's New Architecture Venture: Who, What, Why and... Really?

15:01 - 7 May, 2018

On Sunday evening, rapper Kanye West took to Twitter to announce the creation of a new architecture wing for his popular Yeezy company. With “Yeezy Home,” West is “looking for architects and industrial designers who want to make the world better,” leading to a flurry of speculation, excitement—and a certain amount of ridicule—across the online world.

Whether or not you welcome the news, or believe it will be realized, there is undoubtedly an interesting relationship between West and architecture which merits exploration, and which may provide clues as to Yeezy Home’s future, if indeed it has one. With that in mind, we dive into three questions: How likely is Yeezy Home to happen? What might the architecture of Yeezy Home look like? And how can architects get involved?

OMA’s Ellen van Loon on the Influence of Casa da Música in Her Latest Project, BLOX

11:15 - 7 May, 2018
OMA’s Ellen van Loon on the Influence of Casa da Música in Her Latest Project, BLOX, © BLOX / Rasmus Hjortshøj - COAST
© BLOX / Rasmus Hjortshøj - COAST

On Saturday, at the opening of her latest building, Ellen van Loon sat on the terrace of BLOX in Copenhagen exuding the satisfaction and fulfillment that comes with finishing a major public building. A day of opening activities concluded, van Loon spoke with ArchDaily about the 27,000-square-meter mixed-use building. Built for client Realdania, it’s the Danish Architecture Center’s new home on the edge of the harbor, located on an incredibly challenging site that is bifurcated by a busy street.

BLOX / OMA / Ellen Van Loon

10:13 - 7 May, 2018
BLOX / OMA / Ellen Van Loon, Photograph by Richard John Seymour, Courtesy of OMA
Photograph by Richard John Seymour, Courtesy of OMA

Photograph by Hans Werlemann, Courtesy of OMA Photograph by Hans Werlemann, Courtesy of OMA Photograph by Richard John Seymour, Courtesy of OMA Photograph by Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti, Courtesy of OMA + 83

OMA's Ellen van Loon Discusses the Firm's New Danish Architecture Center

16:00 - 3 May, 2018
OMA's Ellen van Loon Discusses the Firm's New Danish Architecture Center, Courtesy of Louisiana Channel
Courtesy of Louisiana Channel

Louisiana Channel has released a new video interview with Ellen van Loon, the Dutch “design duchess” of OMA. In the interview, available to watch below, van Loon discusses the concept of “architectural contamination” behind OMA's new mixed-use "BLOX" scheme, home of the Danish Architecture Center in Copenhagen.

Van Loon discusses the process of “re-invention” needed for the scheme’s realization, in terms of both function and location. Situated on an old brewery site, the scheme seeks to embed architects and visitors in their own field of study, “placing them in the center of the building, which meant they would contaminate all other functions.”

BIG, OMA, and MVRDV Among Shortlisted Firms for Melbourne Landmark Competition

12:00 - 27 April, 2018
BIG, OMA, and MVRDV Among Shortlisted Firms for Melbourne Landmark Competition, via Southbank by Beulah
via Southbank by Beulah

The shortlist for a new landmark project in Melbourne has been announced, comprising award-winning global architects such as Bjarke Ingels Group, MVRDV, and OMA. For the “Southbank by Beulah” mixed-use development, the shortlisted architects will engage in a design competition working in collaboration with local Australian firms, each producing a design proposal for Melbourne’s BMW Southbank site.

With an end value in excess of $2 billion, Southbank by Beulah will be the first large-scale private project adhering to the Australian Institute of Architecture guidelines, while the design competition will be chaired by a jury of seven regarded individuals from academic, architectural, property and government sectors.

Fondazione Prada Torre / OMA

09:00 - 19 April, 2018
© Bas Princen. Courtesy Fondazione Prada
© Bas Princen. Courtesy Fondazione Prada

© Bas Princen. Courtesy Fondazione Prada © Bas Princen. Courtesy Fondazione Prada © Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti. Courtesy Fondazione Prada © Bas Princen. Courtesy Fondazione Prada + 38

Qatar National Library / OMA

09:05 - 17 April, 2018
Qatar National Library / OMA, © Iwan Baan – OMA
© Iwan Baan – OMA

© Iwan Baan – OMA Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti © OMA Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti © OMA © Iwan Baan – OMA + 38

Rem Koolhaas and Eurolab Call for Creative Ideas on How to Re-Brand the EU

14:00 - 9 April, 2018
Rem Koolhaas and Eurolab Call for Creative Ideas on How to Re-Brand the EU, AMO's 2001 redesign of the EU flag takes colors from the banners of all member states. Image © OMA
AMO's 2001 redesign of the EU flag takes colors from the banners of all member states. Image © OMA

OMA founder Rem Koolhaas has joined his colleague Stephan Petermann and artist Wolfgang Tillmans in calling for ideas on re-branding the European Union, at a time when the EU is experiencing increased pressure from the rising tide of far-right nationalism. Working with a group of artists, creatives, and communications experts from across Europe, the “Eurolab” team will present the outcomes of their initiative at the Forum on European Culture on June 3rd, 2018.

Eurolab argues that, although the EU is a project aimed at peace, cooperation, and solidarity, it has failed to present itself as a progressive, positive organization to European citizens. As support for nationalism and the far-right grows across Europe, Eurolab will embark on a 4-day fact-finding mission to investigate why the voices of European unity are been drowned out by the voices of European division. Going beyond the identification of issues surrounding disdain for the EU, Eurolab seeks to help re-brand the organization, asking “how can cooperation and solidarity be communicated to a large audience in a fresh and compelling way?”

OMA Reveals Pavilion Design for Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles

14:00 - 30 March, 2018
The scheme will be situated beside a 1929 Byzantine-Revival sanctuary. Image Courtesy of OMA New York / Luxigon
The scheme will be situated beside a 1929 Byzantine-Revival sanctuary. Image Courtesy of OMA New York / Luxigon

OMA New York has released initial details of its design for the Audrey Irmas Pavilion, a new addition to the Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles, California. The OMA scheme, currently seeking planning approval, seeks to “forge new connections within the existing campus and create a new urban presence to engage Los Angeles.”

Having won a competition for the pavilion's design in 2015, the OMA scheme represents the firm’s first commission from a religious institution and their first cultural building in California. Designed in collaboration with Gruen Associates, the Audrey Irmas Pavilion will form the newest addition to the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the oldest Jewish congregation in Los Angeles. The scheme will serve as a multi-purpose gathering space in what Rabbi Steve Leder regards as “the city’s most diverse neighborhood.”

OMA's 2017 MPavilion to Be Relocated to Monash University in Melbourne

14:00 - 6 March, 2018
OMA's 2017 MPavilion to Be Relocated to Monash University in Melbourne, OMA's 2017 MPavilion relocated to its new site at Monash University. Image © ASPECT Studios
OMA's 2017 MPavilion relocated to its new site at Monash University. Image © ASPECT Studios

Rem Koolhaas & David Gianotten / OMA’s 2017 MPavilion has found a permanent home at Monash University, Clayton, the Naomi Milgrom Foundation has announced. The news marks the fourth MPavilion to be gifted to the public by the Foundation. 

“The relocation of Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten’s MPavilion to Monash University ensures it will continue to be a dynamic incubator, where ideas about architecture, design, and creativity are encouraged and nurtured. I’m extremely pleased that it will carry on inspiring our young practitioners,” said Naomi Milgrom AO, founder of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation. 

Photograph by Timothy Burgess. Courtesy of MPavilion Photograph by Timothy Burgess. Courtesy of MPavilion Photograph by Timothy Burgess. Courtesy of MPavilion David Gianotten, Naomi Milgrom and Rem Koolhaas (from left). Photograph by Timothy Burgess. Courtesy of MPavilion + 35

Rem Koolhaas to Lead OMA's Transformation of the New Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow

14:00 - 20 February, 2018
Rem Koolhaas to Lead OMA's Transformation of the New Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, © OMA
© OMA

OMA has revealed plans for the renovation of the New Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val in Moscow that will increase the accessibility and visibility of the gallery’s four sectors. Led by Rem Koolhaas, the scheme will use color and material to create a new visual identity and to establish a new link to the Moscow River.

© OMA © OMA © OMA © OMA + 7

OMA's Colorful Base, Tower and Ring Scheme Wins Competition for New Courthouse in Lille, France

12:00 - 20 February, 2018

Update 2/20/18: We've added a gallery of additional images to the post!

OMA has been selected as the winner of an international competition for the design of the new Palais de justice (courthouse) in Lille, France. Located on the outskirts of the city near the historic Vauban fortifications, the new courthouse will house the high court and district court of Lille within a colorful, expressive volume.

View from the parvis. Image © OMA / ArtefactoryLab View of the Salle Des Pas Perdus. Image © OMA / ArtefactoryLab © OMA Site plan. Image © OMA + 12

Winners of the 2018 Building of the Year Awards

23:00 - 7 February, 2018
Winners of the 2018 Building of the Year Awards

With nearly 100,000 votes cast during the last two weeks, we are happy to present the winners of the 2018 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards. This peer-based, crowdsourced architecture award showcases projects chosen by ArchDaily readers who filtered thousands of projects down to the 15 best works featured on ArchDaily in 2017.

Amanda Levete Wins 2018 Jane Drew Prize for Women in Architecture

14:00 - 1 February, 2018
Amanda Levete Wins 2018 Jane Drew Prize for Women in Architecture, AL_A's MAAT museum in Lisbon. Image © Francisco Nogueira
AL_A's MAAT museum in Lisbon. Image © Francisco Nogueira

British architect Amanda Levete has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Jane Drew Prize, recognizing “an architectural designer who, through their work and commitment to design excellence, has raised the profile of women in architecture.”

Founder of London-based practice AL_A, Levete rose to promise as one half of Stirling Prize-winning practice Future Systems, which she ran with then-husband Jan Kaplický. Together, they completed paradigm-shifting and critically acclaimed works such as the Birmingham Selfridges and the Lord’s Media Centre, winner of the 1999 RIBA Stirling Prize.

Levete left Future Systems to form AL_A in 2009, where she found continued success designing cultural venues with bold materiality. Some of the firm’s best known works include the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) in Lisbon, the Central Embassy Shopping Center in Bangkok, the 2015 MPavilion in Melbourne, and the recently-opened addition to the V&A museum in London.

Venice Biennale 2018: Danish Pavilion to Focus on the Power of Collaborative Innovation

12:00 - 6 January, 2018
Venice Biennale 2018: Danish Pavilion to Focus on the Power of Collaborative Innovation, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

The Danish pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale will demonstrate the power of collaborative innovation through large-scale installations. Architect and Head of Institute of Architecture & Technology at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Natalie Mossin was selected to be the Danish pavilion curator by several prestigious organizations including The Danish Architecture Centre, The Danish Ministry of Culture, Realdania and the Danish Arts Foundation.

OMA / AMO Completes Flexible Permanent Exhibition Space for Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam

14:30 - 14 December, 2017
OMA / AMO Completes Flexible Permanent Exhibition Space for Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Photograph by Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti. Image Courtesy of OMA
Photograph by Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti. Image Courtesy of OMA

AMO, the research and think tank wing of OMA, has completed a flexible new exhibition space for the permanent collection of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Named Stedelijk BASE, the bespoke display system is constructed from “very thin yet solid” free-standing steel partitions that interlock like puzzle-pieces to create an open-ended flow for viewing art from the late 19th and 20th centuries. 

Concept Collage. Image Courtesy of OMA Collection Highlights. Image Courtesy of OMA Installation views STEDELIJK BASE, Collectie Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Photo: Gert-Jan van Rooij. ImageStedelijk BASE Plan Stedelijk BASE model. Image Courtesy of OMA + 21