Tag: OMA

"Can we now say that OMA has grown up?"
– Hugh Pearman


Dezeen Wire:
architecture critic Hugh Pearman has expressed admiration for the mature and understated nature of Dutch practice OMA's design for a new headquarters for merchant bank Rothschild on a sensitive site near the Bank of England – Hugh Pearman

Pearman suggests that it is "a miracle that a ‘foreign’ firm of architects with a reputation for the outrageous won the 2005 competition to redevelop the site," but describes their approach to this project as "well-mannered, corporate, svelte, positively self-effacing."

The area's history demanded a low-key approach and Pearman adds that, although he wishes the building "wasn’t on quite such good behaviour," its response to the brief "makes the right urbanistic moves and is enlivened by some flashes of wit."

See interviews with OMA partners on Dezeen Screen and all of our stories about OMA here.

"Without a tighter union, Europe will
disintegrate"- Rem Koolhaas


Dezeen Wire:
in an interview with Farah Nayeri for Bloomberg Businessweek, architect Rem Koolhaas describes the European Union as "an incomplete machine" and claims that it will "disintegrate" unless political leaders complete the task of integration begun when the EU was founded.

Koolhaas also talks about working in China, the global workforce currently inhabiting the countryside and his former employee, Zaha Hadid, who he says was "a very independent and massively talented person from the beginning."

Dezeen spoke to Rem Koolhaas and other partners from his practice OMA at the opening of OMA/Progress, an exhibition at the Barbican art gallery in London. You can see the videos now on Dezeen Screen.

Reinier de Graaf on OMA,
the megacity and its hinterland

Reinier de Graaf on OMA, the megacity and its hinterland

In this next movie from our series filmed at the OMA/Progress exhibition at the Barbican in London, OMA partner Reinier de Graaf talks about the Dutch architecture studio's preoccupation with the megacity and its hinterland  - "the vacuum left in the wake of the city's expansion." He suggests that we're moving to an era of city states and this is leading to a potential new relevance for architects as civic leaders. More »

Rem Koolhaas
on OMA's current preoccupations

Rem Koolhaas on OMA's current preoccupations

In the second instalment of our video interview with Rem Koolhaas, the OMA co-founder discusses two of his current preoccupations: the countryside, which he is addressing for the first time; and generic architecture, which could result in neutral, copyright-free building forms.

Both topics are discussed in the OMA/Progress exhibition which opened at Barbican Art Gallery in London last week.

"Koolhaas, Delirious in Beijing" - New York Times

Dezeen Wire: Nicolai Ouroussoff, outgoing architecture critic at the New York Times, reviews the Central China Television building in Beijing by Rem Koolhaas of OMA: "The forms are a reworking of classical perspective; the irregular structure is an attack on Modernist ideas about structural purity".

Read Ouroussoff's review | Read Dezeen's August 2008 story about the CCTV building More »