“Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association” at Tchoban Foundation

July 20, 2017

The exhibition presents some 50 masterworks of contemporary architectural drawings made by celebrated architects and assembled by the long-term chairman of the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) in London, Alvin Boyarsky.

 

The Macrophone, 1981 by Jeremie Frank at Tchoban Foundation © Jeremie Frank

The Macrophone, 1981 by Jeremie Frank at Tchoban Foundation © Jeremie Frank

 

The Tchoban Foundation, Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin hosts an exhibition on the drawings of some of the most celebrated architects formed at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. Alvin Boyarsky, who was chairman of the AA from 1971 to 1990, architectural drawing was not only a means of representation or a presentation medium but also a form of architecture.

The exhibition has already been on view at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum of Washington University in St. Louis, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, and at the Cooper Union in New York and is now coming to Berlin.  (more…)

“LR100-Rinascente: Stories of Innovation” at Palazzo Reale in Milan

June 7, 2017

OMA/AMO have led the team in charge of the in-depth research and stunning exhibition displays in each of the 12 rooms of the Palazzo Reale where dozens of objects stand side by side telling the story of the most distinguished Italian department store.

 

LR100 Rinascente: Stories of Innovation  © Agostino Osio

LR100 Rinascente: Stories of Innovation © Agostino Osio

 

The Palazzo Reale in Milan hosts an exhibition celebrating La Rinascente‘s 100 years’ anniversary. The Italian department store that changed Milan and became a symbol of prosperity in the whole of Italy is now the protagonist of a comprehensive exhibition following in-depth research by curators Sandrina Bandera and Maria Canella and OMA/AMO, who have also been in charge of the exhibition’s displays along with Ippolito Pestellini Lapparelli and Antonio Barone.

A wide arrange of objects, ephemera, clothing and photographs stand together in a stunning layout to better understand the importance of this 20th Century icon of fashion and lifestyle.

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Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville in Caen by OMA, “a new civic center” for the city

February 11, 2017

Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville is a public library for the metropolitan region Caen la Mer in Normandy, France. The 12,000 m2 multimedia library is located at the tip of the peninsula that extends out from the city of Caen to the English Channel.

 

Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville, photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti © OMA

Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville, photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti © OMA

 

Its key position – between the city’s historic core and an area of Caen that is being developed – supports the city’s ambition for the library to become a new civic center. The library’s glass facade visually connects the adjacent park, pedestrian pathway and waterfront plaza to the interior and together with two large ground floor entrances at both sides of the building, enables a fluid interaction of the library with its surroundings. On the upper floors, the urban belvedere provides unobstructed views in all four directions. (more…)

“Fear and Love. Reactions to a complex world” opening exhibition at the New Design Museum

February 1, 2017

The New Design Museum designed by OMA and John Pawson opens with this exhibition introducing present-time issues such as networked sexuality, sentient robots, slow fashion and settled nomads, addressed by 11 of the most thought-provoking designers and architects today.

 

Fear and Love exhibition view. New Design Museum © photo: Luke Hayes

Fear and Love exhibition view. New Design Museum © photo: Luke Hayes

 

Fear and Love, the opening exhibition at the Design Museum in Kensington, presents eleven installations by some of the most innovative and thought-provoking designers and architects working today. These newly commissioned works explore a spectrum of issues that define our time, including networked sexuality, sentient robots, slow fashion and settled nomads.

The exhibition shows how design is deeply connected not just to commerce and culture but to urgent underlying issues – issues that inspire fear and love. This is a multidisciplinary and global exhibition that aims to capture the mood of the present and establish the Design Museum as the home of design debate.

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“Building Site” exhibition at Lisbon Architecture Triennale

October 27, 2016

One of the four main exhibitions of the 2016 Lisbon Triennale, “Building Site” allows for cross-readings on issues generated by building sites, inviting the viewer to reflect on the transformations in contemporary building sites, the challenges they face and the impact they have on the practice of architecture.

 

Casa da Música, Model on the building site, December 2001 © Casa da Música

Casa da Música, Model on the building site, December 2001 © Casa da Música

 

Just as the forms of architecture determine the organization of building sites, so technology and economy organize methods of production – with a significant social impact. These conditions constrict and stimulate architectural  conception. From the communication between design and construction, the organization of time and money, to the rhetoric of politics and technological innovations, all the cards for architecture-to-be are played on the building site. (more…)

“Maatwerk. Custom made architecture from Flanders and the Netherlands” at DAM Frankfurt

September 23, 2016

Accompanying the Frankfurt Book Fair cultural program the DAM will present an exhibition on the work of architects from Flanders and the Netherlands, providing a new perspective on the apparently much more wellknown “Super-Dutch” architecture.

 

Boxy Kitchen, Deurle, Belgium, Architects: Maarten Van Severen © Maarten Van Severen Foundation, Gent \ Foto: Stijn Bollaer

Boxy Kitchen, Deurle, Belgium, Architects: Maarten Van Severen © Maarten Van Severen Foundation, Gent \ Foto: Stijn Bollaer

 

The past thirty years have been crucial years for architecture in the Low Countries, north and south of the border between Belgian Flanders and the Netherlands. While the public image of Dutch architecture has been dominated by the substantial campaigns promoting the ‘Superdutch’, during much of this period Flemish architecture has developed largely out of the limelight and has only more recently attracted the attention of the international media. (more…)

“Visioni per Genova. Progetti di grandi architetti” at Palazzo Ducale Genova

August 3, 2016

Genova is an asymmetrical city, with a balance of forces and weights that make it harmonic. This is the idea from which “Visione per Genova” draws its inspiration: an exhibition that brings together projects that have come and gone over time, following different paths and formulating sometimes even opposite hypotheses.

 

OBR – Paolo Brescia e Tommaso Principi, progetto per il Lido di Genova, 2014 © OBR

OBR – Paolo Brescia e Tommaso Principi, progetto per il Lido di Genova, 2014 © OBR

 

It is a thought on the possibilities that the architecture projects and design transform the conditions of the city, a place for collective  life. “Visioni per Genova” is an overview of what could be and is not (or not yet), but also a reflection on the potential that design and architecture have on the perception of the spaces in the city.


 

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“Visioni per Genova. Progetti di grandi architetti”
July 23  – September 11, 2016
Palazzo Ducale
piazza Matteotti 9, Genova
Italy

 


The exhibition, promoted by the Cultural Association Artrè Bruna Solinas and curated by  architect Luca Sturolo, brings together over 100 projects of national and international renowned architects who have come and gone over the course of two centuries, from the 1800’s to the 2000’s ,featuring projects by Carlo Barabino, Gino Coppedè, Carlo Scarpa,  Aldo Rossi, Stefano Boeri, OMA group, UNStudio, Ignazio Gardella and Bruno Gabrielli, to whose memory the exhibition is dedicated to. Designs and projects that have made Genova a major crossroads of architectural culture, which have developed following different paths and making exciting and diverse hypotheses.

 

OMA e Stefano Boeri, Isola Parodi, Genova, 2001 © OMA

OMA e Stefano Boeri, Isola Parodi, Genova, 2001 © OMA

OMA e Stefano Boeri, Isola Parodi, Genova, 2001 © OMA

OMA e Stefano Boeri, Isola Parodi, Genova, 2001 © OMA

 

The exhibition showcases imaginary perspective drawings as traces of the design of an urban space in continuous transformation, always powered by a will to transmit the many forms and signs of the architectureof the city; forms and signs that result, as the title says, in “visions” for Genova, a place that has been morphologically characterized by the infinite possibilities of perception: being able to place a certain point of view, bringing in a framework of harmony, harshness and dissonance.

 

"Visioni per Genova. Progetti di grandi architetti" ©  Artrè Bruna Solinas

“Visioni per Genova. Progetti di grandi architetti” © Artrè Bruna Solinas

Padiglione marina militare – Corazzata – Bozzetto ©

Padiglione marina militare – Corazzata – Bozzetto ©

 

Exhibition curated by Luca Sturolo; design of Luca Sturolo and Alba Guerrera.

 

"Visioni per Genova. Progetti di grandi architetti" ©  Artrè Bruna Solinas

“Visioni per Genova. Progetti di grandi architetti” © Artrè Bruna Solinas

"Visioni per Genova. Progetti di grandi architetti" ©  Artrè Bruna Solinas

“Visioni per Genova. Progetti di grandi architetti” © Artrè Bruna Solinas

"Visioni per Genova. Progetti di grandi architetti" ©  Artrè Bruna Solinas

“Visioni per Genova. Progetti di grandi architetti” © Artrè Bruna Solinas

"Visioni per Genova. Progetti di grandi architetti" ©  Artrè Bruna Solinas

“Visioni per Genova. Progetti di grandi architetti” © Artrè Bruna Solinas


 

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OMA’s Timmerhuis: municipal offices and Museum Rotterdam

December 24, 2015

The 48,400 m2 complex in the center of Rotterdam has been built in steel, erected alongside and nestled within an existing municipal building from 1953 – its ambiguous mass tries to mediate between the existing buildings surrounding it.

 

Timmerhuis, Rotterdam (2015). Photo: Ossip van Duivenbode. Copyright OMA.

Timmerhuis, Rotterdam (2015). Photo: Ossip van Duivenbode. Copyright OMA.

 

Timmerhuis – a new mixed-use building that will house Rotterdam’s municipal offices and the Museum Rotterdam, conceived by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) – is complete and open to the public since December 7, 2015. Situated in the city’s Laurenskwartier neighborhood, fifty percent of Timmerhuis is occupied by office space; the rest contains residential, retail, parking and the museum.  Its innovative structural system allows for adaptability, while providing the city with a large public space on the ground floor.

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“What is the Netherlands” by AMO: politics and construction of the Dutch pavilions

April 30, 2015

Led by AMO’s Stephan Petermann, the exhibition showcases the diversity of the Dutch pavilions at the World Expo featuring 14 reconstructions of pavilions and including collected fragments of exhibits.

 

Building site World Expo Osaka, Japan, february 1969  © Collection National Archives of the Netherlands

Building site World Expo Osaka, Japan, february 1969 © Collection National Archives of the Netherlands

 

Coinciding with this year’s 34th World Expo in Milan, the exhibition “What is the Netherlands,” curated by AMO, opens on 25 April at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. The exhibition is a wunderkammer of Dutch identities, revealing how the Netherlands conceived of and presented itself to the world at Expos since the early 20th century. (more…)