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

14:00 - 19 February, 2018
OMA's Colorful Base, Tower and Ring Scheme Wins Competition for New Courthouse in Lille, France, Concept model showing the 3 principle volumes. Image Courtesy of OMA
Concept model showing the 3 principle volumes. Image Courtesy of OMA

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.

Led by Ellen van Loon and Rem Koolhaas, OMA’s design team has developed a “multifaceted building that is able to address a wide range of different elements from the city’s past and present.” Public services and the major courtrooms will be located at the building base, while minor courtrooms and supporting spaces will be contained within a central, triangularly-shaped tower. A ring of offices floating over the base will surrounding the tower, offset to allow natural light to pass through the building.

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

Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten Discuss 2017 MPavilion, Reveal Temporary Installation 'Swings'

16:40 - 11 December, 2017
Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten Discuss 2017 MPavilion, Reveal Temporary Installation 'Swings', 'Swings' by OMA. Image © OMA
'Swings' by OMA. Image © OMA

Two months after the opening of the 2017 MPavilion in Melbourne, its designers, OMA’s Rem Koolhaas & David Gianotten, have returned to discuss the commission and design process, as well as their reactions to its use thus far.

“The opening was an opening with many formal obligations and many excellencies, and that was exciting,” said Koolhaas about the pavilions opening events. “But frankly more exciting was this morning, when the thing performed really wonderfully spontaneously in terms of raising a lot of issues and having from the very first second a really animated discussion about a whole range of issues. And that’s exactly we intended it go.”

Creative Mediators Reveal Concept for Manifesta 12 Palermo: The Planetary Garden. Cultivating Coexistence

14:00 - 1 December, 2017
Creative Mediators Reveal Concept for Manifesta 12 Palermo: The Planetary Garden. Cultivating Coexistence, Veduta di Palermo, Francesco Lojacono, 1875; Palermo Atlas. Image Courtesy of OMA
Veduta di Palermo, Francesco Lojacono, 1875; Palermo Atlas. Image Courtesy of OMA

The creative mediators of Manifesta 12 have revealed the concept for next year’s Manifesta 12 biennial in Palermo.

Entitled The Planetary Garden. Cultivating Coexistence, the concept will explore “coexistence in a world moved by invisible networks, transnational private interests, algorithmic intelligence and ever-increasing inequalities through the unique lens of Palermo – a crossroads of three continents in the heart of the Mediterranean.” 

The concept was derived from an earlier analysis conducted by OMA named the Palermo Atlas, which investigated the “social, cultural and geographical textures of the city.” The event will allow visitors to visualize contemporary global transformations through the lens of Palermo. 

AMO / Rem Koolhaas and the Guggenheim to Conduct Research Project Exploring "Radical Changes in the Countryside"

14:30 - 29 November, 2017
AMO / Rem Koolhaas and the Guggenheim to Conduct Research Project Exploring "Radical Changes in the Countryside", Countryside: Future of the World, a collaboration between Guggenheim and AMO / Rem Koolhaas examines radical changes transforming the non-urban landscape opens Fall 2019. Photo: Pieternel van Velden (Koppert Cress, The Netherlands 2011). Image Courtesy of Guggenheim
Countryside: Future of the World, a collaboration between Guggenheim and AMO / Rem Koolhaas examines radical changes transforming the non-urban landscape opens Fall 2019. Photo: Pieternel van Velden (Koppert Cress, The Netherlands 2011). Image Courtesy of Guggenheim

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has announced a new research project exploring the “radical changes in the countryside, the vast nonurban areas of Earth” that will culminate in an exhibition at the museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed New York home in Fall 2019.

Collaborating with Rem Koolhaas and his firm AMO, the think tank wing of OMA, the project will continue research already conducted by the Dutch architect and students from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Countryside: Future of the World, a collaboration between Guggenheim and AMO / Rem Koolhaas examines radical changes transforming the non-urban landscape opens Fall 2019.. Image Courtesy of Guggenheim Countryside: Future of the World, a collaboration between Guggenheim and AMO / Rem Koolhaas examines radical changes transforming the non-urban landscape opens Fall 2019. Photo: Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky c. 1909. Image Courtesy of Guggenheim Countryside: Future of the World, a collaboration between Guggenheim and AMO / Rem Koolhaas examines radical changes transforming the non-urban landscape opens Fall 2019.. Image Courtesy of Guggenheim Rem Koolhaas Photo: Fred Ernst, Courtesy of OMA + 5

New Photos and Renderings Show OMA's "Park Grove" Miami Towers as It Races Toward Completion

15:01 - 20 November, 2017
New Photos and Renderings Show OMA's "Park Grove" Miami Towers as It Races Toward Completion, Construction photos - November 2017. Image Courtesy of OMA
Construction photos - November 2017. Image Courtesy of OMA

New construction photos capture the progress of OMA’s Miami development, “Park Grove,” as the project’s details and finish begin to emerge.

Located next to the twisting towers of BIG’s recently completed “Grove at Grand Bay,” OMA’s trio of towers will consist of 1,000,000 square feet of luxury residential spaces with panoramic views of Florida’s Biscayne Bay.

Lobby. Image Courtesy of OMA Construction photos - November 2017. Image Courtesy of OMA © Craft Studio Construction photos - November 2017. Image Courtesy of OMA + 45

Spotlight: Rem Koolhaas

06:00 - 17 November, 2017
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 © OMA Maison Bordeaux. Image © Hans Werlemann, courtesy OMA Fondazione Prada. Image © Bas Princen Casa da Musica. Image © Philippe Ruault + 39

Marina Abramovic Responds to Allegations of Misuse of Funds over Scrapped OMA-designed Museum

14:10 - 16 November, 2017
Marina Abramovic Responds to Allegations of Misuse of Funds over Scrapped OMA-designed Museum, Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA

Following her decision to abandon plans for an OMA-designed, upstate New York museum, artist Marina Abramovic has spoken out in response to allegations that her institute may have improperly utilized funds raised through a crowdsourced fundraising campaign.

Marina Abramovic Ends Plans for OMA-Designed Art Institute After $2.2 Million Fundraising Campaign

12:30 - 14 November, 2017
Marina Abramovic Ends Plans for OMA-Designed Art Institute After $2.2 Million Fundraising Campaign, Some of OMA's design concepts. Image Courtesy of OMA
Some of OMA's design concepts. Image Courtesy of OMA

Performance artist Marina Abramovic has ended plans for her OMA-designed upstate New York art institute, leaving questions about what happened to the $2.2 million she raised from a slate of celebrity patrons and nearly 5,000 Kickstarter donors.

When Abramovic first announced the project in 2012, she touted the plans as transformative for the town of Hudson, New York. To be known as the Marina Abramovic Institute (MAI), the facility was intended to create a new space for the “collaboration between art, science, technology and spirituality.”

Abramovic tapped OMA’s Rem Koolhaas and Shohei Shigematsu to design the space, located within an old 33,000-square-foot theater. Early architectural concepts were daringly experimental – ideas included a theater with seats that could be individually rolled away if visitors were to fall asleep during planned hours-long performances.

Some of OMA's design concepts. Image Courtesy of OMA Some of OMA's design concepts. Image Courtesy of OMA Some of OMA's design concepts. Image Courtesy of OMA Some of OMA's design concepts. Image Courtesy of OMA + 4

15 Facades That Push Conventional Limits: The Best Photos of the Week

12:00 - 12 November, 2017
15 Facades That Push Conventional Limits: The Best Photos of the Week, © Hufton + Crow
© Hufton + Crow

© Hiroyuki Oki © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Peter Bennetts © Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti + 15

New technological developments in construction have given architects great freedom when designing. Innovations in construction materials and their properties allow for the creation of increasingly original and surprising facades. The buildings constructed as a result can even inspire people to travel thousands of kilometers just to see these masterpieces. This week, we present 15 of most ground-breaking facades through photos by prominent photographers such as Paul OttPeter Bennetts and Laurian Ghinitoiu.

OMA's Qatar National Library Opens to the Public

16:10 - 10 November, 2017
OMA's Qatar National Library Opens to the Public, Qatar National Library. <a href='http://https://www.facebook.com/TheQatarNationalLibrary/photos/a.777400588989497.1073741838.436689453060614/1548283765234505/?type=3&theater'>via Facebook</a>
Qatar National Library. via Facebook

The OMA-designed Qatar National Library has opened to the public in the Education City district of Doha, Qatar, giving residents access to a wealth of top-of-the-line facilities, including computer labs, group study spaces, a writing center, innovation stations offering 3D-printing tools and musical instruments, and of course, a massive library containing more than one million books, periodicals and special collections.

Some stunning shots of the library have already begun to circulate across social media streams, showing off the building’s striking form and expansive interiors, including the open rows of stacks, hanging seating lounges, interactive media walls, and central labyrinth, among other features.

Check out some first looks at the building below, and stayed tuned for professional photos next week.

OMA's Qatar National Library Opens to the Public OMA's Qatar National Library Opens to the Public OMA's Qatar National Library Opens to the Public OMA's Qatar National Library Opens to the Public + 5

OMA’s Rijnstraat 8 Redesign Brings Transparency and Light to a Government Building in The Hague

09:30 - 9 November, 2017

In addition to their videos, #donotsettle’s Wahyu Pratomo and Kris Provoost tell extended stories about the buildings they visit through an exclusive column on ArchDaily: #donotsettle Extra. In this installment, the duo brings you to the newest design by OMARijnstraat 8 in The Hague, The Netherlands. Saskia Simon and Kees van Casteren from OMA explained the architecture of Rijnstraat 8 to #donotsettle while touring the building.

This project, which houses a variety of Dutch government agencies, is an example of a spatial alteration that occurred as result of political and organizational changes. However, given the existing structure by architect Jan Hoogstad, OMA has transformed the architectural experience of the building from within.

Photograph by Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti, © OMA © #donotsettle Photograph by Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti, © OMA Photograph by Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti, © OMA + 14

Neufert: The Exceptional Pursuit of the Norm

08:00 - 30 October, 2017
Neufert: The Exceptional Pursuit of the Norm

In this excerpt from Reinier de Graaf's new book Four Walls and a Roof: The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession (Harvard University Press), the all-pervasive work and pedagogical practice of Ernst Neufert is put under the spotlight. Was he an architect, a teacher, or something larger than both? In examining Neufert's ardent pursuit of the "norm", De Graaf sheds light on the impact and enduring legacy of the author of Architect’s Data.

His built output—a few industrial complexes, some housing projects, and the Quelle Mail Order headquarters in Nuremberg—is not much to speak of, but his name is known to every practicing architect: Ernst Neufert, author of Architect’s Data, more commonly referred to as Neufert. [1] If the importance of an architect equals the extent to which his work lives on in others, Neufert is the most important of the twentieth century. There is probably no architect who has not used Neufert, whether as a didactic tool or as a volume of references. It contains all the necessary information to design and execute works of architecture. Neufert is enduringly popular. As of 2016, it is in its forty-first German edition, has been translated into seventeen languages, and has sold over 500,000 copies. [2] 

OMA / Shohei Shigematsu and Rem Koolhaas Selected to Design New Museum Expansion in New York

07:10 - 11 October, 2017
OMA / Shohei Shigematsu and Rem Koolhaas Selected to Design New Museum Expansion in New York, © Dean Kaufman
© Dean Kaufman

Rem Koolhaas and Shohei Shigematsu, both partners at OMA, have been tapped to design the recently-announced expansion of the New Museum in New York. OMA will design a new building adjacent to SANAA's tiered-box museum. The project is expected to break ground in 2019 and will give the New Museum an additional 50,000 square feet (4,650 square meters) for "galleries, improved public circulation and flexible space for the institution’s continued exploration of new platforms and programs." This will be Koolhaas' first public building in New York. According to the New York Times, the New Museum—the only museum in New York City exclusively devoted to contemporary art—has already raised 50 percent of the cost.

Tomas Koolhaas On "REM" – A Film About Architecture, Celebrity, and Globalization

04:00 - 6 October, 2017
Tomas Koolhaas On "REM" – A Film About Architecture, Celebrity, and Globalization, © GSAPP Conversations
© GSAPP Conversations

In this episode of GSAPP Conversations, Tomas Koolhaas—the director of the much anticipated documentary-biopic REMa film about the eponymous founder of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), Rem Koolhaas—discusses the movie at length. Among other topics, the conversation touches upon Koolhaas's specific tools and methods for filming architectural space, and the challenges of producing a film founded on a personal relationship.