OMA – The Office for Metropolitan Architecture – is an international partnership and one of the leading organizations worldwide involved in architecture, urbanism and cultural analysis.
AMO is a design and research studio that works in sectors that go beyond architecture and which today have a growing impact on architecture itself: media, politics, renewable energy, technology, publishing, fashion.
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OMA was founded in 1975 by architects Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis, along with Madelon Vriesendorp and Zoe Zenghelis, and based in Rotterdam.
Nowadays there are eight partners who lead OMA — Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Lun, Rainier de Graaf, Shohei Shigemats, Iyad Alsaka, Chris van Duijn, Jason Long, and also David Gianotten — managing partner architect. OMA’s offices are located in Rotterdam, New York, Hong Kong Beijing, Doha, Dubai and Brisbane.
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The main goal for OMA is to offer the client innovative original non-standard concepts and ambitious but practical architectural solutions. The project is being developed under the leadership of a collaboration of specialists from various fields. When working on a project, OMA specialists begin by conducting research, collecting data and holding brainstorm sessions, presentations and workshops. They closely cooperate with the client, which becomes an active member of the design team during the discussion of the project’s concept. Thus, they first determine the main issues, and jointly develop solutions, and then create their architectural proposals.
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What are the OMA’s projects?
- Taipei Performing Arts Centre (ongoing)
- Axel Springer Campus (ongoing)
- Renovation of Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe) in Berlin (ongoing)
- Factory Manchester (ongoing)
- Prince Plaza in Shenzhen (ongoing)
- RAI NHow Hotel in Amsterdam (2020)
- A new building for Brighton College (2020)
- Potato Head Studios (2020)
- Galleria in Gwanggyo (2020)
- New Museum for Western Australia in Perth (2019)
- Avery in San Francisco (2019)
- 121 East 22nd in New York (2019)
- Sotheby’s Headquarters in New York (2019)
- Norra Tornen in Stockholm (2018)
- Fondazione Prada (2018)
- BLOX / DAC in Copenhagen (2018)
- Fondation d’Entreprise Galeries Lafayette in Paris (2018)
- Qatar National Library (2018)
- Rijnstraat 8 (2017)
- Lab City CentraleSupélec in Saclay (2017)
- Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville (2016)
- Il Fondaco dei Tedeschi (2016)
- Faena District in Miami (2016)
- Pierre Lassonde Pavilion
- A new building for the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (2016)
- Timmerhuis, the new home for Rotterdam’s municipal offices (2015)
- Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow (2015)
- G-Star Headquarters in Amsterdam (2014)
- Shenzhen Stock Exchange (2013)
- Large mixed-use tower in the Netherlands (2013)
- CCTV Headquarters in Beijing (2012), New Court
- Headquarters for Rothschild Bank in London (2011)
- Milstein Hall at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York (2011)
- Maggie’s Centre, a cancer care centre in Glasgow (2011)
- Casa da Música in Porto (2005)
- Seattle Central Library (2004)
- Netherlands Embassy in Berlin (2003)
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AMO is the analytical center of the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). It often works in parallel with OMA’s customers. For example, the Prada personalization project: research into individualization, store technology and new fashion content creation opportunities helped create OMA architectural designs for the new Prada stores in New York and Los Angeles. In 2004, the AMO developed the EU flag version, which was used as logo during Austria’s EU presidency. The flag was a color barcode combining the flags of all EU member states.
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Among AMO clients we find Universal Studios, Heineken, Ikea, Condé Nast, Harvard University, the Hermitage and Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport . Among the most famous works there are exibitions like the Gulf (2006), Cronocaos (2010) and Public Works (2012), created for the Venice Architecture Biennale. When Attitudes Become Form (2012) and Serial and Portable Classics (2015) were produced for Fondazione Prada .
The 14th Venice Biennale was held under the responsibility of AMO in conjunction with Harvard University. Other well-known projects are a plan to create a pan-European network of renewable energy sources; Project Japan, 720-page book on the movement of metabolic architecture (Taschen, 2010); and the educational program of the Strelka Institute in Moscow.
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