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OMA is a leading international partnership practicing architecture, urbanism, and cultural analysis. OMA's buildings and masterplans around the world insist on intelligent forms while inventing new possibilities for content and everyday use. OMA is led by six partners - Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Loon, Reinier de Graaf, Shohei Shigematsu, Iyad Alsaka, and David Gianotten - and sustains an international practice with offices in Rotterdam, New York, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Doha.

OMA-designed buildings currently under construction include the Taipei Performing Arts Centre; three buildings in Doha, Qatar; the Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale, a four-story public library in Caen; and Bryghusprojektet in Copenhagen, a mixed-use project accommodating the new headquarters for the Danish Architecture Centre.

OMA's recently completed projects include the G-Star Headquarters in Amsterdam (2014) Shenzhen Stock Exchange - China's equivalent of the NASDAQ exchange for hi-tech industries (2013); De Rotterdam, the largest building in the Netherlands (2013); the headquarters for China Central Television - a tower reinvented as a loop (2012); New Court, the headquarters for Rothschild bank in London ; Milstein Hall, an extension to the Architecture, Art, and Planning school at Cornell University; Maggie's Centre, a cancer care centre in Glasgow (all 2011). Other acclaimed buildings include the Casa da Música in Porto (2005); the Seattle Central Library (2004); and the Netherlands Embassy in Berlin (2003). See a Google Map of OMA's completed buildings.

The work of Rem Koolhaas and OMA has won several international awards including the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2000, the Praemium Imperiale (Japan) in 2003, the RIBA Gold Medal (UK) in 2004, the Mies van der Rohe - European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture (2005), the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2010 Venice Biennale, and most recently, the prestigious RIBA Charles Jencks Award in 2012 and the Johannes Vermeer Prijs in 2013.

 

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The counterpart to OMA's architectural practice is AMO, a research studio based in Rotterdam. While OMA remains dedicated to the realization of buildings and masterplans, AMO operates in areas beyond the traditional boundaries of architecture, including media, politics, sociology, renewable energy, technology, fashion, curating, publishing, and graphic design.

AMO often works in parallel with OMA's clients to fertilize architecture with intelligence from this array of disciplines. This is the case with Prada: AMO's research into identity, in-store technology, and new possibilities of content-production in fashion helped generate OMA's architectural designs for new Prada epicenter stores in New York and Los Angeles. In 2004, AMO was commissioned by the European Union to study its visual communication, and designed a coloured "barcode" flag - combining the flags of all member states - that was used during the Austrian presidency of the EU.

AMO has worked with Universal Studios, Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, Heineken, Ikea, Condé Nast and Harvard University, produced exhibitions at the Venice Biennale (on the Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg) and Venice Architecture Biennale (on the development of the Gulf in 2006, on Preservation in 2010, and Architecture by Civil Servants in 2012), and guest-edited issues of the magazines Wired and Domus. Recent projects include a plan for a Europe-wide renewable energy grid, a 720-page book on the Metabolism architecture movement (Project Japan, Taschen, 2010) and the educational program of Strelka, a new postgraduate school in Moscow.

 

Selection of current OMA and AMO projects:

ROTTERDAM office
Netherlands:
Coolsingel, Rotterdam
De Rotterdam
Stadskantoor, Rotterdam

Europe:
Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale, Caen
Parc des Expositions, Toulouse
Il Fondaco dei Tedeschi, Venice
Commonwealth Institute, London
Cordoba Congress Centre, Cordoba
Fondazione Prada, Milan
Bryghus Projektet, Copenhagen

Middle East:
Education City Central Library and headquarters, Doha
HIA Airport City, Doha

AMO:
Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, Moscow
Project Japan: Metabolism Talks...
Prada catwalk shows, Milan and Paris

NEW YORK office
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Quebec
Marina Abramovic Institute, Hudson NY
Faena Arts Center
HUD Rebuild by Design
Bogota CAN Masterplan
The Plaza at Santa Monica
Transbay Block 8 Tower

BEIJING office
CCTV: China Central Television Headquarters, Beijing
TVCC: Television Cultural Center, Beijing

HONG KONG office
Shenzhen Stock Exchange
Taipei Performing Arts Centre
Chu Hai College

OMA History

OMA was founded in 1975 by Rem Koolhaas, Elia and Zoe Zenghelis and Madelon Vriesendorp as a collaborative office practicing architecture and urbanism. The office gained renown through a series of groundbreaking entries in major competitions: Dutch Parliament Extension (1978), Koepel Panopticon Prison (1980), Parc de la Villette, Paris (1982), ZKM, Karlsruhe (1989), Tres Grande Bibliotheque and Two Libraries for Jussieu University, Paris (1993). During these formative years OMA also realized ambitious projects, ranging from private residences to large scale urban plans: Villa dall'Ava, Paris (1991), Nexus Housing, Fukuoka, Japan (1991), the Kunsthal, Rotterdam (1992). In 1994 OMA completed Euralille, a 70-hectare business and civic center in northern France comprising the European hub for high-speed rail.