Rem Koolhaas – OMA / AMO

Rem Koolhaas

Formed as architect in the dazzling London scene of the late Sixties – a scene still smelling of the visionary ideas of avant-garde architects and groups such as ArchigramRemment “Rem” Koolhaas (born in 1944 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands) is among the most culturally articulated figures of contemporary architecture; a man whose interests span from the study of novel life models in western cities and the “heritage of modernity” (so clearly expressed in his seminal essay Delirious New York), to that for dance, theater, visual arts, literature, and for the many “exotic” cultures which populate port cities like Rotterdam, his hometown.
In a nutshell, all those forms of transversal contamination between design, cultural heritage, and contemporary creativity on which his professional, academic, and theoretical vision is essentially based and which has so clearly informed the 14th Architecture Biennale of Venice Koolhaas directed in 2014.

Koolhaas’ manifold approach to design could also explain the influence he had on other architects, such as Zaha Hadid, Winy Maas from MVRDV, Kunlé Adeyemi, and Bjarke Ingels, who worked as young architects at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture – OMA, the practice he co-founded in 1975. In 1999 Koolhaas also founded AMO, a research agency which expands the architectural work of OMA into an articulated array of disciplines, including graphics, publication, exhibition, fashion, visual identity, communication & new media, and sustainable technologies.

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OMA in 1975, foreground (from left to right) the practice’s founders Rem Koolhaas, Elia Zenghelis, Zoe Zenghelis, and Madelon Vriesendorp, background: Zaha Hadid (standing)

That’s why the definition of “provocative architect” many media often adopt when presenting Koolhaas should be considered quite reductive, since today he is one of the very few Occidental designers we could properly call a “humanist polymath”.

Cover image courtesy of OMA


our articles about Rem Koolhaas – OMA / AMO

14th Venice Architecture Biennale | part 1

14th Venice Architecture Biennale | part 1

The 14th Architecture Biennale of Venice, curated by Rem Koolhaas, is entitled Fundamentals. It is divided in three parts: the first is called Monditalia
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14th Venice Architecture biennale | part 2

14th Venice Architecture biennale | part 2

Elements of Architecture, one of the three exhibitions of the 14th Architecture Biennale, presents the basic elements of architecture.
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Design Museum – London

Design Museum – London

The Design Museum is a museum in Kensington, London, covering all fields of design, from architecture to graphic design, from fashion to industrial design
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Garage Museum of Contemporary Art – Moscow

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art – Moscow

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art is a famous Russian art center in Moscow housed in a Soviet-era restaurant near Gorky Park, redesigned by Rem Koolhaas OMA
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Kunsthal Rotterdam

Kunsthal Rotterdam

The Kunshal Rotterdam is a museum, designed by Rem Koolhaas, dedicated to contemporary art and design and one of the leading Dutch cultural institutions
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Prada Foundation Milan p. 2 – the art collection

Prada Foundation Milan p. 2 – the art collection

Prada Foundation Milan part 2: collection and art programs. The artists: Louise Bourgeois, Robert Gober, Damien Hirst, Yves Klein, John Baldessari and more
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Prada Foundation Milan p.1- OMA’s architecture

Prada Foundation Milan p.1- OMA’s architecture

Inexhibit's article on the new Prada Foundation Milan. Part 1: the renovation design by OMA - Rem Koolhaas and architecture of the industrial complex
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Rem Koolhaas – OMA | BLOX – Copenhagen

Rem Koolhaas – OMA | BLOX – Copenhagen

BLOX is a new mixed-use building designed by Rem Koolhaas / OMA in the Copenhagen harbor. Set to open in 2018, it will also accommodate the new home of DAC
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Seoul National University Museum Of Art

Seoul National University Museum Of Art

Opened in 2005, the Seoul National University Museum Of Art, also known as MoA, is a South Korean modern art museum designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas
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“Fear and Love” at the new Design Museum in London, from November 24

“Fear and Love” at the new Design Museum in London, from November 24

The exhibition "Fear and Love. Reactions to a complexe world" is one of the events programmed for the Design Museum opening in Kensington-west London.
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