“Cartesian Space” AMO for 2019 SS Prada Man’s Show

For the 2019 Spring/Summer fashion show, AMO stages a return to basics with a sophisticated setup that brings fashion into the foreground by questioning the recent practice that sees show sets as explanatory efforts to contextualize collections.

 

2019 SS Prada Man's Show - Cartesian Space, OMA/AMO © Agostino Osio / AMO

2019 SS Prada Man’s Show – Cartesian Space, OMA/AMO © Agostino Osio / AMO

 

The rough imperfection of the venue in Via Fogazzaro, Milan, is counterbalanced by the Cartesian precision of the set, which magnifies the industrial elegance of the space. The room is treated as an architectural field that controls the show’s dynamics: a grid defines the areas occupied by guests, while four different trajectories are left unoccupied for models to cross the room longitudinally, enforcing a strict serial layout. (more…)

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

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…)

Koolhaas’ documentary, “REM”, to be premiered in the 73rd Venice International Film Festival

Filmed and directed by Tomas Koolhaas, the architect’s son, the documentary aims to take a peek inside the creative mind of Koolhaas, following him in his daily life and thoughts. The film also shows a different side to the architect’s most famous buildings and its inhabitants.

 

"REM" documentary by Tomas Koolhaas, 2016 © Tomas Koolhaas

“REM” documentary by Tomas Koolhaas, 2016 © Tomas Koolhaas

 

The long-awaited documentary “REM“, based on the works of Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, will be premiered during the 73rd Venice Film Festival, which will take place from August 31st to September 10th, 2016.

The film focuses on the human relations brought up by the Rem Koolhaas‘ architecture, in contrast to many architecture documentaries that merely portray the empty spaces inside and around the buildings. The documentary, which took over 4 years of filming and research, was directed by the architect’s son himself.
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Giulia Foscari´s “Elements of Venice” by Lars Muller Publisher

The metamorphic nature of Venice, a city in which most buildings underwent throughout the centuries substantial volumetric and formal transformations informed by political and cultural shifts, is revealed in Elements of Venice through the analysis of single architectural elements.

 

Developed as a parallel research project of Fundamentals—the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale curated by Rem Koolhaas—the book offers insights on Venetian facades, stairs, corridors, floors, ramps, ceilings, doors, hearths, windows, balconies and walls. It is composed by individual examples without apparent connection, apart from the narrative dictated by the original biennale 12 items.

 

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Despite its small size (16.5 × 12 cm), it guides us in a trip through almost 700 pages, with hundreds of diagrams, collages, drawings and original photos, alternating with historical documentation of the most varied type.

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