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OMA's Stacked RAI Nhow Hotel Tops Out in Amsterdam

09:00 - 11 February, 2019
OMA's Stacked RAI Nhow Hotel Tops Out in Amsterdam, Construction update. Image © Walter Herfst courtesy of OMA
Construction update. Image © Walter Herfst courtesy of OMA

The OMA / Reinier de Graaf-designed Nhow Amsterdam RAI Hotel has topped out at its 91-meter height. The main hotel for the RAI Amsterdam convention and exhibition center, the scheme will offer 650 hotel rooms across 25 floors. Formed of three shifting triangular volumes, the scheme draws from a triangular advertising column on the Europaplein that once stood prominently on the site.

OMA was chosen ahead of eleven practices to design the project, which will operate as a hub for business travelers, tourists, and Amsterdam locals. The project has been 15-years in the making, as a larger 800-room proposal was once rejected by the city a few years back.

Construction update. Image © Walter Herfst courtesy of OMA Model photography. Image © Frans Parthesius courtesy of OMA Facade close up. Image © OMA night landscape view. Image © OMA + 12

Farshid Moussavi to Design the First Ismaili Muslim Center in the United States

13:00 - 7 February, 2019
Farshid Moussavi to Design the First Ismaili Muslim Center in the United States, MOCA. Image © Dean Kaufman/Courtesy MOCA Cleveland
MOCA. Image © Dean Kaufman/Courtesy MOCA Cleveland

Farshid Moussavi Architecture has won a competition to design the first Ismaili Center in the United States. To be built in Houston, Texas on an 11-acre site along the Buffalo Bayou, the project will be completed with with AKT II, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects and DLR Group. The team beat out a shortlist including David Chipperfield Architects, OMA and Studio Gang. As the seventh center built worldwide, the building will be a cultural and religious space for Houston’s Ismaili Muslim community.

Fondation Galeries Lafayette / OMA

06:00 - 7 February, 2019
Fondation Galeries Lafayette / OMA, © Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti, courtesy of OMA
© Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti, courtesy of OMA

© Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti, courtesy of OMA © Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti, courtesy of OMA © Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti, courtesy of OMA © Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti, courtesy of OMA + 27

  • Architects

    OMA
  • Location

    9 Rue du Plâtre, 75004 Paris, France
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Loon

  • Design Team

    Alice Grégoire, Barbara Materia, Francesco Moncada, Pietro Pagliaro, Maria Finders, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Alejo Paillard, Clément Périssé, Adrian Auth, Frane Stanic, Kenny Kim, Paul Cournet, Sofia Koutsenko, Thiago Almeida, Veselin Lozanov, Lina Kwon, Magdalena Stanescu, Yushang Zhang, Sebastian Janusz
  • Construction

    Alejo Paillard, Clément Périssé

  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Rem Koolhaas Featured on Electronica Band Tempers’ New Album

12:00 - 2 February, 2019
Rem Koolhaas Featured on Electronica Band Tempers’ New Album, Rem Koolhaas. Image via Wikimedia
Rem Koolhaas. Image via Wikimedia

They say diversity is key for a strong portfolio. Now OMA's Rem Koolhaas can add “featured artist on a musical album” to his resume. New York-based duo Tempers, in collaboration with German artist Katja Eichinger, feature Koolhaas in a mall-themed concept album.

a+u 18:01 Feature: Recent Projects

03:30 - 2 February, 2019
a+u 18:01 Feature: Recent Projects

This edition of a+u introduces the 23 recent works of architecture and technology that emerged from their relationship with the urban structure or the development history. In this issue, we focus our attention on the process of conceiving and realizing the projects driven by various motivations and tactics. We invite readers to look beyond the confinement of a single building and examine the works on their possibilities to be in use for a long time.

UCCA Regeneration / OMA

10:15 - 21 January, 2019
UCCA Regeneration / OMA, © Bian Jie
© Bian Jie

© Bian Jie © Bian Jie © Bian Jie © Bian Jie + 9

  • Architects

    OMA
  • Location

    4 Jiu Xian Qiao Lu, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China
  • Category

  • Partner-in-Charge

    Chris van Duijn
  • Associates-in-charge

    Inge Goudsmit
  • Team

    Aishwarya Keshav, Chen Lu, Cecilia Lei, Christina Wilkinson, Connor Sullivan, Hayger Chan, Junsik Oh, Dongmei Yao
  • Project Year

    2019
  • Photographs

Architecture on Stage: Madelon Vriesendorp and Sam Jacob in Conversation

03:30 - 14 January, 2019
Architecture on Stage: Madelon Vriesendorp and Sam Jacob in Conversation, © © Flickr user leiris202. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0. ImageMadelon Vriesendorp's cover for Delirious New York (1978)
© © Flickr user leiris202. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0. ImageMadelon Vriesendorp's cover for Delirious New York (1978)

Presenting architects in conversation with creative figures, Architecture Foundation’s headline annual lecture in collaboration with the Barbican will see architect Sam Jacob in conversation with Dutch visual artist Madelon Vriesendorp.

Construction of OMA's Taipei Performing Arts Center Progresses in Taiwan

09:00 - 8 January, 2019
Construction of OMA's Taipei Performing Arts Center Progresses in Taiwan, © OMA by Chris Stowers
© OMA by Chris Stowers

New photographs have been released of OMA’s Taipei Performing Arts Center (TPAC), as construction continues in Taiwan. Consisting of three theaters, each functioning autonomously of each other, the OMA scheme seeks to depart from the traditional consensus of performing arts centers as simply containing a large auditorium, medium-sized theater, and small-size black box.

OMA sees “no excuse for contemporary stagnation,” using the TPAC as an opportunity to experiment with the inner workings of theaters, leading to a dynamic external presence. Hence, the TPAC’s three theaters plug into a central cube combining stages, backstages, and support spaces into a single, efficient entity, allowing stages to be modified or merged for unforeseen scenarios. 

© OMA by Chris Stowers © OMA by Chris Stowers © Frans Parthesius, courtesy of OMA © Frans Parthesius, courtesy of OMA + 22

OMA Reveals New Feyenoord Stadium Design in Rotterdam

13:00 - 21 December, 2018
OMA Reveals New Feyenoord Stadium Design in Rotterdam, Feyenoord Stadium. Image Courtesy of OMA
Feyenoord Stadium. Image Courtesy of OMA

OMA has released images and plans for the new Feyenoord Stadium at the Maas. Feyenoord will set up a new multi sports club for the residents of Rotterdam Zuid, as OMA designed the masterplan after reaching initial city approval in 2016. The 63,000 stadium will rise along the river as the largest football stadium in the Netherlands. The stadium features a perfect bowl shape formed by continuous curved tiers in close proximity to the pitch, and will feature a main concourse with views into the stadium across the Rotterdam skyline.

Feyenoord Stadium. Image Courtesy of OMA Feyenoord Stadium. Image Courtesy of OMA Feyenoord Stadium. Image Courtesy of OMA Feyenoord Stadium. Image Courtesy of OMA + 24

OMA's Latest Fails to Live Up To Its Own Pedagogy

09:30 - 21 December, 2018
OMA's Latest Fails to Live Up To Its Own Pedagogy, The first tower of OMA's Norra Tornen project. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu via Metropolis Magazine
The first tower of OMA's Norra Tornen project. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu via Metropolis Magazine

This article was originally published on Metropolis Magazine as "In His Latest Residential Building, OMA's Reinier de Graaf Doesn't Practice What He Preaches".

Last month in Stockholm, OMA partner Reinier de Graaf took a not-so-sly swipe at Bjarke Ingels: “I’m not a reincarnation of Harry Potter,” he said to a packed lecture theater at Stockholm’s KTH University.

Spotlight: Rem Koolhaas

09:30 - 17 November, 2018
Spotlight: Rem Koolhaas, Casa da Musica. Image © Philippe Ruault
Casa da Musica. Image © Philippe Ruault

With the extensive list of acclaimed alumni of his firm, OMA, it is not a stretch to call Rem Koolhaas (born 17 November 1944) the godfather of contemporary architecture. Equal parts theorist and designer, over his 40-year career Koolhaas has revolutionized the way architects look at program and interaction of space, and today continues to design buildings that push the capabilities of architecture to new places.

Seattle Central Library / OMA + LMN. Image Courtesy of OMA Maison Bordeaux. Image © Hans Werlemann, courtesy OMA Fondazione Prada. Image © Bas Princen Casa da Musica. Image © Philippe Ruault + 39

Norra Tornen / OMA | Reinier de Graaf

08:18 - 8 November, 2018
© Ossip van Duivenbode
© Ossip van Duivenbode

© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu + 37

  • Architects

    OMA
  • Location

    Torsplan 8, 113 64 Stockholm, Sweden
  • Category

  • Partner in Charge

    Reinier de Graaf
  • Client

    Oscar Properties
  • Program

    320 apartments, Retail
  • Area

    42299.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

OMA Set to Break Ground on Wilshire Boulevard Temple Expansion in Los Angeles

04:30 - 30 October, 2018
OMA Set to Break Ground on Wilshire Boulevard Temple Expansion in Los Angeles, Audrey Irmas Pavilion. Image Courtesy of OMA
Audrey Irmas Pavilion. Image Courtesy of OMA

OMA will be breaking ground on their new design for Wilshire Boulevard Temple's expansion next month. The groundbreaking for the new Audrey Irmas Pavilion is scheduled for November 11. The $75-million project was designed by OMA partners Shohei Shigematsu and Rem Koolhaas. The three-story expansion will include space for the temple congregation, surrounding neighborhood and supportive services.

Audrey Irmas Pavilion. Image Courtesy of OMA Audrey Irmas Pavilion. Image Courtesy of OMA Audrey Irmas Pavilion. Image Courtesy of OMA Audrey Irmas Pavilion. Image Courtesy of OMA + 5

AD Classics: Dutch Parliament Extension / OMA

22:00 - 11 October, 2018
AD Classics: Dutch Parliament Extension / OMA, via OMA
via OMA

This article was originally published on April 22, 2016. To read the stories behind other celebrated architecture projects, visit our AD Classics section.

Designed shortly before Zaha Hadid left the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)—led by Rem Koolhaas—to found her practice, Zaha Hadid Architects, the proposed extension for the Dutch Parliament firmly rejects the notion that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Rather than mimic the style of the existing historic buildings, OMA elected to pay tribute to the complex’s accretive construction by inserting a collection of visibly postmodern, geometric elements. These new buildings, unapologetic products of the late 1970s, would have served as unmistakable indicators of the passage of time, creating a graphic reminder of the Parliament’s long history.

"The Final Push". Image Courtesy of A.D.A. EDITA Tokyo Co., Ltd. Courtesy of A.D.A. EDITA Tokyo Co., Ltd. "The Podium: Accommodation for Orgies of Speech". Image Courtesy of A.D.A. EDITA Tokyo Co., Ltd. Elevations. Image Courtesy of A.D.A. EDITA Tokyo Co., Ltd. + 9

Park Grove / OMA | Shohei Shigematsu

10:55 - 10 October, 2018
Park Grove / OMA | Shohei Shigematsu, © Robin Hill
© Robin Hill

© Robin Hill © Robin Hill © Robin Hill © Robin Hill + 28

  • Architects

    OMA
  • Location

    Miami, FL 33133, United States
  • Category

  • Partner in Charge

    Shohei Shigematsu
  • Design TeamProject Manager

    Scott Abrahams
  • Area

    1386000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Architectural Intervention: Transforming Venice’s Historic Structures to Fit Contemporary Needs

07:00 - 7 October, 2018
Architectural Intervention: Transforming Venice’s Historic Structures to Fit Contemporary Needs, via OMA
via OMA

The history of Venice’s architecture, as seen today, is a semblance of styles centuries old. A destination rich in culture, many of Venice’s existing buildings, from homes alongside the thin interior canals to the grand domed churches of Palladio, have remained stagnant in their overall design and layout since the 16th century. Once a hub of Byzantine and European trade, the city now thrives on a steady stream of tourism and a foundational group of local residents.

The structures that make up the city’s compact matrix, once integral to its function as a commercial empire, have come to take on new functions through architectural intervention; notably, architects such as Carlo Scarpa, OMA, and Tadao Ando have had a large hand in this process.

via OMA © Luca Girardini via OMA © Bruno Vanbesien + 15

AD Classics: Villa dall'Ava / OMA

22:00 - 3 October, 2018
AD Classics: Villa dall'Ava / OMA, © Peter Aaron (OTTO)
© Peter Aaron (OTTO)

This article was originally published on November 13, 2013. To read the stories behind other celebrated architecture projects, visit our AD Classics section.

Much of the spatial composition of the Villa dall'Ava was influenced by its site, in a garden on a hill. It was completed in 1991 in the residential area of Saint-Cloud, overlooking Paris. The clients selected OMA to design a house with two distinct apartments—one for themselves and another for their daughter—and requested a swimming pool on the roof with a view of the Eiffel Tower.

© Hans Werlemann, courtesy OMA © Hans Werlemann, courtesy OMA © Hans Werlemann, courtesy OMA © Hans Werlemann, courtesy OMA + 21

Rem Koolhaas to Give Closing Keynote at 2018 World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam

06:15 - 7 September, 2018
Rem Koolhaas to Give Closing Keynote at 2018 World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam, Confirmed speakers at the 2018 World Architecture Festival.. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Confirmed speakers at the 2018 World Architecture Festival.. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival

Rem Koolhaas, Dutch architect and founder of the Rotterdam-based firm OMA, has been announced as the closing keynote speaker at the World Architecture Festival. The event will take place in Amsterdam at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre on from 28-30 November.