Office for Metropolitan
Architecture (OMA – AMO)
Rem Koolhaas was born in Rotterdam in 1944. He lived in Indonesia between 1952 and 1956. Back in the Netherlands, he became a screenwriter and a journalist at the Haagse Post. At the age of 24 he began his study of architecture at the Architectural Association in London. When he graduated in 1972 he went to study at Cornell University, followed by the Institute of Architecture and Urban Studies (IAUS) in New York City, under the direction of Peter Eisenman. During his stay there, he wrote Delirious New York. Published in 1978, this “exploration of the culture of congestion” met with international success. In 1975, he founded the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) with Elia and Zoe Zenghelis and Madelon Vriesendorp. The firm made itself known through its participation in many competitions, among which their projects for the Parc de La Villette (1982), the Très Grande Bibliothèque de France (1989) and the library for the University of Jussieu (1993), all projects located in Paris.
In 1989, the firm was awarded the project to renovate the center of Lille, Euralille. Its winning proposal enabled the firm to put its theses on complexity and urban programming into practice on a large scale, leading to a long series of building projects around the globe. In 1994 Rem Koolhaas, in association with the graphic artist Bruce Mau, published S, M, L, XL, a critical text that reappraises the issue of architecture and city in the age of globalization. In 1998 Rem Koolhaas created AMO, the “counterpoint” to his activity as a builder. This organization is dedicated to theoretical research on the contemporary conditions of architecture and urbanism. Rem Koolhaas was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2000 for the ensemble of his work. The Seattle Library (1999 – 2004), the Casa de Musica in Porto (1999 – 2005), and the headquarters of CCTV in Beijing (2002 – 2009) are among his most recent constructions.
© Tom Oldham
this video :
Rem Koolhaas speech video
Friday, 2nd October 2009
at Centre Pompidou
In pictures :
1. Waterfront City, Dubai, AE, 2008
2. Deltametropool, Randstad, NL, 2002
© Courtesy of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)