OMA is an international practice operating within the traditional boundaries of architecture and urbanism. AMO, a research and design studio, applies architectural thinking to domains beyond.
OMA is led by eight partners – Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Loon, Reinier de Graaf, Shohei Shigematsu, Iyad Alsaka, Chris van Duijn, Jason Long, and Managing Partner-Architect David Gianotten – and maintains offices in Rotterdam, New York, Hong Kong, Beijing, Doha, Dubai and Sydney.
OMA-designed buildings currently under construction include Taipei Performing Arts Centre, the renovation of Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe) in Berlin and The Factory in Manchester.
OMA’s completed projects include the Axel Springer Campus in Berlin (2020), Prince Plaza in Shenzhen (2020), RAI NHow Hotel in Amsterdam (2020), a new building for Brighton College (2020), Potato Head Studios (2020), Galleria in Gwanggyo (2020), the New Museum for Western Australia in Perth (2019), The 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), the 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), De Rotterdam, a large mixed-use tower in the Netherlands (2013), CCTV Headquarters in Beijing (2012), New Court, the headquarters for Rothschild Bank in London (2011), Milstein Hall at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York (2011), and Maggie's Centre, a cancer care centre in Glasgow (2011). Earlier buildings include Casa da Música in Porto (2005), Seattle Central Library (2004), and Netherlands Embassy in Berlin (2003).
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, Harvard University and the Hermitage. It has produced exhibitions at the Venice Architecture Biennale, including The Gulf (2006), Cronocaos (2010) and Public Works (2012) and for Fondazione Prada including When Attitudes Become Form (2012) and Serial and Portable Classics (2015). AMO, with Harvard University, was responsible for the research and curation of the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale and its principle publication Elements. Other notable projects are a plan for a Europe-wide renewable energy grid; Project Japan, a 720-page book on the Metabolism architecture movement (Taschen, 2010); and the educational program of Strelka Institute in Moscow.
OMA’s Axel Springer Building Opens in Berlin
Countryside, The Future Reopens in the Guggenheim Museum
OMA Selected to Join Design Competition for Millennium Areal in Frankfurt