29 August 2012
Rem Koolhaas wins Jencks award

Rem Koolhaas has been named the winner of the Jencks Award for 2012. Given annually to an individual (or practice) that has recently made a major contribution internationally to both the theory and practice of architecture, the Jencks Award will be presented on Tuesday 20 November at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London. The event will feature a public lecture by Koolhaas, chaired by Charles Jencks, architectural theorist.  Jencks commented: "Rem Koolhaas, more than any other architect of his generation, has built a parallel life between the theory and practice of architecture." Previous winners of the Jencks Award include Zaha Hadid, Foreign Office Architects, Peter Eisenman, Cecil Balmond and Steven Holl.

27 August 2012
Public Works opens at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2012
Today at the Venice Biennale OMA unveils the exhibition Public Works, showcasing architectural masterpieces realized for the greater good by bureaucrats: 15 buildings, across different European cities, designed by architects employed by the public sector. The exhibition is curated by OMA Partner and Director of AMO Reinier de Graaf and by OMA Associate Laura Baird. more
1 August 2012
OMA to reimagine retail for Coach’s new stores
American fashion brand Coach has commissioned OMA to develop a new merchandizing system that accommodates Coach's wide diversity of products while returning to the clarity of Coach's heritage stores. The collaboration, led by OMA partner Shohei Shigematsu, will begin inside upcoming flagship stores in New York and Tokyo. more
27 July 2012
OMA designs engineering school Ecole Centrale in France

OMA has won a competition for the École Centrale Paris and its urban developments in Saclay. The project, led by Clément Blanchet, Director of OMA projects in France, has been selected to develop the engineering school, through a competition process against four international architectural practices.

25 July 2012
OMA curates exhibition at Galeries Lafayette

This autumn, Galeries Lafayette, Paris's iconic department store, will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its famed Cupola, a symbol of the store's commitment to culture. OMA has been invited to study this centennial cultural journey. Conceived by AMO, 1912-2012: Chroniques d'un parcours créatif is an exhibition reflecting the store's unique formula of mixing culture with shopping under the iconic stained glass, built in 1912 by architect Ferdinand Chanut and the master glassmaker Jacques Gruber.

6 July 2012
OMA exhibits new vision for Bordeaux
The exhibition "Bordeaux 50000," held at arc en rêve in Bordeaux, displays an urban strategy by OMA that addresses the city's bold ambition to expand housing with 50,000 new dwellings by 2030. Led by Rem Koolhaas and Clement Blanchet, the project, commissioned by the CUB (Bordeaux Urban Community) proposes visions for three sites in Bordeaux that vary in terms of population, scale, and density.
5 July 2012
OMA presents masterplan for Floriade 2022
As part of a team including the province of South Holland, eight local municipalities, and ARCADIS, OMA has designed a 60-hectare masterplan proposal for Floriade - the biggest horticultural expo in Europe - in 2022. Held every ten years since 1960, and attracting an average of 2 million visitors from around the world, 4 different cities across the Netherlands are competing to host the next Floriade. more
3 July 2012
OMA retains lead in 'Big Moscow' competition

In the second round of the 'Big Moscow' Competition - to masterplan Moscow's expansion - the team led by OMA was again among the top scoring teams, judged by a jury of international and local experts. After two rounds, OMA has the highest cumulative score, with the teams led by Grumbauch & Associates, Ricardo Bofill and Chernikov sharing second place.

26 June 2012
Milstein Hall at Cornell awarded LEED gold certification

Milstein Hall, OMA's extension of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP) at Cornell, has been awarded LEED Gold Certification. The award recognizes the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings in the United States.

21 June 2012
OMA awarded for Rothschild Bank and Maggie’s Centre

OMA's recently completed New Court headquarters for Rothschild bank in London and the new Maggie's Centre in Gartnavel, Scotland, have each received a 2012 RIBA Award for excellence. Both buildings are now contenders for this year's RIBA Stirling Prize. New Court has also won RIBA's London Building of the Year.

25 May 2012
Construction begins on G-STAR headquarters, designed by OMA
Construction begins today on the OMA-designed headquarters for fashion brand G-Star RAW. The project, led by OMA partners Reinier de Graaf and Ellen van Loon, will consolidate G-Star RAW's existing disparate facilities into a single 27,500m2 horizontal building. more
24 May 2012
Kanye West’s seven-screen pavilion, designed by OMA, unveiled at Cannes Film Festival
An OMA-designed temporary pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival was inaugurated today with a screening of Kanye West's debut short film Cruel Summer. The pavilion, with a design led by Shohei Shigematsu, is a raised pyramid containing a seven-screen cinema invented by West's creative team, Donda. more
18 May 2012
Très Grande Bibliothèque at Montreal's CCA

Très Grande Bibliothèque, OMA's 1989 project for a national library in Paris, is being exhumed from the archive for an exhibition at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal. The exhibition, curated by Rem Koolhaas and Clément Blanchet, presents models, drawings and research produced by OMA in response to an international competition launched by France's then president, François Mitterrand. OMA's design was for a giant cube with areas of emptiness that would accommodate the library's various functions - a "strategy of the void".

16 May 2012
CCTV Headquarters in Beijing, designed by OMA, completed

Today OMA participated in the official construction completion ceremony for the China Central Television (CCTV) Headquarters in Beijing, which will start to be used later this year. Designed by OMA as a reinvention of the skyscraper as a loop, construction on the building began in 2004. At approximately 473, 000m2, CCTV - accommodating TV studios, offices, broadcasting and production facilities - is OMA's largest ever project and its first major building in China.

12 May 2012
OMA designs stage set for ancient Greek theatre in Syracuse

OMA's design for the stage set at the Greek Theatre in Syracuse, Sicily, was inaugurated today with the performance of Aeschylus's Prometheus Unbound (directed by Claudio Longhi). The scenography features three temporary architectural devices that reinterpret the spaces of the theatre, which dates from the 5th century BCE.

7 May 2012
OMA to design Marina Abramović Institute in Hudson

Artist Marina Abramovic has commissioned OMA to develop a former theater in Hudson, upstate New York, into the Marina Abramović Institute for the Preservation of Performance Art (MAI). The project, led by Shohei Shigematsu and Rem Koolhaas in OMA's New York office, marries Abramović's 40 years of pioneering work in the genre with OMA's innovation in theatres, museums and curation. Listen to the press conference, with Abramović, Shigematsu, P.S.1 director Klaus Biesenbach, Stefano Boeri and MAI director Serge Le Borgne, here.

27 April 2012
OMA to design new home for Garage in Moscow

Today, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture unveiled plans for a new building in Gorky Park, designed by OMA. Garage Gorky Park - due to be completed in 2014 - will be a renovation of the famous 1960s Vremena Goda (Seasons of the Year) restaurant, a prefabricated concrete structure that has been derelict for more than two decades. Full project info here.


27 April 2012
OMA wins first round of the Moscow City Agglomeration Development Concept Competition

A consortium of experts led by OMA scored the highest of the 10 teams in the first round of the competition to develop the concept of the Moscow Agglomeration. In 2011, the Russian Federation Council confirmed that the city of Moscow will annex 150,000 hectares to the southwest, making Moscow 2.4 times its current size. The expansion is designed to relieve pressure on the historic city centre by redistributing the working places to the annexed part of the Moscow Oblast, thereby addressing transport, ecological and social issues that result from high levels of commuting.

3 April 2012
Project update: Coolsingel

Coolsingel, the mix-used development in the centre of Rotterdam - location of OMA's hq - is currently in design development. New images can be found here. Recently, the Coolsingel team tested the reflective qualities of the facade...

19 January 2012
OMA master plan for Sydney convention and exhibition precinct redevelopment selected

Hong Kong, Rotterdam, 13 December 2012 - The New South Wales Government announced on Tuesday that Destination Sydney, consisting of Lend Lease, HOSTPLUS, Capella Capital, AEG Ogden and Spotless, is the preferred consortium for Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct (SICEEP) redevelopment. OMA is the master plan designer within the consortium, and is also the conceptual architect of the ICC Hotels within the master plan.

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