OMAs MPavilion 2017 with a floating roof opens today in Melbourne

October 2, 2017 by  
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Melbourne is heating up for the summer with a new OMA-designed amphitheater. OMA founder Rem Koolhaas and colleague Daniel Gianotten just completed MPavilion 2017, a temporary pavilion that opened today in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens. Commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, MPavilion 2017 is the fourth annual architect-designed summer pavilion for the city and is OMA’s first Australian commission. The multifunctional amphitheater will host hundreds of free events throughout the four-month season. OMA designed MPavilion 2017 as a 19-by-19-meter aluminum-clad steel structure that transforms to accommodate a variety of unexpected programming. Surrounded by an artificial hill landscaped with native plants , the adaptable amphitheater comprises one fixed tiered grandstand and one moveable grandstand that rotates to open up to the park. The floating translucent roof is built with a two-meter-deep gridded, machine-like canopy with embedded advanced lighting technology. Related: Studio Mumbai unveils handmade pavilion crafted from seven kilometers of bamboo “Our design for MPavilion 2017 is intended to provoke all kinds of activities through its configurable nature and a materiality that relates to its direct surroundings,” said Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten of OMA. “We are happy that MPavilion can perform as a theater of debate around the city and its development, and contribute to the ongoing civic discourse of Melbourne.” MPavilion will be open everyday from 9AM to 4PM until February 4, 2018. At the end of the four-month season MPavilion will be moved to a permanent new home within Melbourne’s Central Business District. + OMA + MPavilion 2017 Images by Timothy Burgess and John Gollings

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Amsterdam is transforming a prison into a green energy-generating neighborhood

September 13, 2017 by  
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A brighter, solar-powered future is coming to Bijlmerbajes, a former prison complex in Amsterdam . The Dutch government tapped OMA to design a masterplan of the 7.5-hectare site, as well as a significant portion of the 135,000-square-meter mixed-use development. Designed in collaboration with FABRICations architects and LOLA Landscape , the new masterplan will transform the prison complex’s iconic six towers into Bajes Kwartier, an energy-neutral development powered by renewable energy and built largely from recycled materials. Built in the 1970s near the Amsterdam Amstel railways station, the Bijlmerbajes prison complex is a well-known urban landmark that permanently closed in June 2016. The former prison’s six linked towers and administrative building are located in the geographic center of Amsterdam’s new urban development, making it ripe for rebirth as a vibrant civic and cultural space. The new 7.5-hectare Bajes Kwartier development will conceptually preserve Bijlmerbajes’ “island character” and reuse building materials. Prefab elements from the existing walls will be recycled as cladding for the new residential buildings, while prison bars will be recycled into balustrades, and cell doors reused as edge panels for pedestrian bridges. Bajes Kwartier will become a mostly car-free environment and focus on elevating the pedestrian and cyclist experience. The masterplan includes approximately 1,350 residential units that include rentals and luxury condominiums, with 30 percent set aside for affordable housing. All but one of the prison towers will be demolished and the remaining building will be transformed into a “green tower” with a vertical park and urban farming . The centrally located administrative building will be turned into an arts and design center. The mixed-use development will also comprise a restaurant, health center, school, parks, water features, and underground parking lot. Related: OMA gets green light for their first major public building in the UK All the new buildings will be energy-neutral thanks to superior insulation and energy saving design, as well as hookups to solar power, wind power, and biomass power . Nearly 100 percent of the existing building material will be reused or recycled. The project is scheduled to begin in early 2018. + OMA Via ArchDaily

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Awesome new animation envisions Earth in 250 million years

September 13, 2017 by  
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Earth in 250 million years won’t be the planet we know and love today. Plate tectonics theory reveals how plates comprising Earth’s outer shell glide atop the mantle , causing continents to drift apart or come together. Business Insider put together an animation , using projections from Northwestern University adjunct professor Christopher Scotese , to envision Earth millions of years in the future. And it looks like a very different place. In fact, a whole new supercontinent could form. Scotese runs the PALEOMAP Project , which includes a YouTube channel with over 50 computer animations that show “the plate tectonic evolution of the continents and ocean basins during the last billion years.” Business Insider drew on Scotese’s projections to create a video of what Earth could look like in 250 million years. Related: How climate change could alter the environment in 100 years You can watch as some continents join together and others move away from each other, as land masses start to look like they might form a supercontinent. The final image is of a globe with an ocean filling most of one side, and land masses pushed together across the other side as the continents begin to merge. In the description of one of his videos, titled “ 240 million years ago to 250 million years in the future ,” Scotese suggested another Pangea will form 250 million years into the future. He calls it Pangea Proxima. He said in the description of another video, “ Future Plate Motions & Pangea Proxima – Scotese Animation ,” he changed the name of the supercontinent from Pangea Ultima to Pangea Proxima to reflect “the fact that plate tectonics will continue for several more billion years and that other future Pangeas are very likely.” You can see Business Insider’s animated map here . Many more animations of our changing planet can be found on Scotese’s YouTube page . In addition to how plate tectonics might change the globe, Scotese has explored how climate change might alter Earth. Via Business Insider Images via screenshot

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This mind-blowing building is made from material as thin as a coin

September 13, 2017 by  
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MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY’s giant alien-like structure is pushing the envelope for self-supporting architecture. Built of material as thin as a coin, Minima | Maxima is a 43-foot-tall organic building commissioned for the World Expo 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan. The self-supporting structure is an incredible achievement; as the studio puts it: “If an egg were scaled up to the same height as Minima | Maxima, it would be much thicker.” Like most of MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY’s projects, Minima | Maxima looks like something straight out of science fiction with its organic yet alien shape created using digital tools. The installation is as tall as a four-story building and is built from 2-millimeter-thick aluminum . The studio used their signature “Structural Stripes” material to build the self-supporting curvilinear structure, and reinforced it with multi-ply composite. Three flat strips of powder-coated aluminum—white and white sandwiching pink—are layered to create a 6-millimeter-thick anisotropic composite material comparable to fiber technology like carbon or glass fiber, yet does not need to be in tension or temporary scaffolding. Related: MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY’s ultralight informal amphitheater in France looks like an opening chrysalis “The unprecedented structural achievement of the project lies in its geometry,” said the studio. “Minima | Maxima extends MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY’s research and development into achieving structural integrity through ultra-thin, self-supporting structures which find their strength in the double curvature of their form. In the whimsical yet durable universe the studio creates, curves win out over angles; branches, splits and recombinations make columns and beams irrelevant. A ‘networked’ surface rolls in, on and around itself, transforming into a space that obscures our preconceived notions of enclosure, entrance/exit, and threshold, while also providing its own support to stand up.” Minima | Maxima was completed in June 2017 in Astana , Kazakhstan and is a permanent installation. + MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY Images © NAARO

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OMA gets green light for their first major public building in the UK

January 16, 2017 by  
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Move over London —Manchester is on the rise as an arts and culture capital in the north of England. City councilors just gave the green light to the Factory – a £110 million Rem Koolhaas -designed arts center that marks OMA’s first major public building in the United Kingdom. The design of the boxy white arts venue won an international competition, and it will be “ultra flexible” to accommodate a variety of art forms and performances. OMA revealed the Factory designs back in 2015, when the Dutch firm beat out a shortlist of acclaimed practices including Zaha Hadid and Mecanoo . Located in Manchester’s St. John’s neighborhood, the massive glass cube construction will transform the underused area—the site of the former Granada Studios—into a world-class center for arts and culture. The Factory is also expected to generate 1,500 jobs and boost the area’s economy by £1.1 billion through the growth of creative industries in the north. Related: London’s new Design Museum opens this week inside a renovated post-war modernist building “From classical opera and ballet to large-scale performances and experimental productions, Factory in Manchester provides the perfect opportunity to create the ultimate versatile space in which art, theatre and music come together: a platform for a new cultural scene,” said Ellen van Loon, the OMA partner in charge of the project. Construction is expected to begin this spring. + OMA Via Dezeen

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A new Eden greenhouse is springing up in a Royal Dutch estate

January 16, 2017 by  
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Palace Soestdijk Estate in the Netherlands will soon be transformed into an experimental garden and greenhouse . Mecanoo unveiled plans for Eden Soestdijk, which will take visitors on an interactive, educational tour of several spectacular landscapes, in partnership with the Eden Soestdijk foundation, Eden Project (UK), Kossmann.dejong and Royal HaskoningDHV. The project aims to educate people on ecology and sustainability, and create an interactive exhibition space that will showcase the beauty of nature from different perspectives. Different chambers will allow visitors to explore the planet’s various ecosystems . In the tropical rainforest they will experience the importance of biodiversity , the high-tech agricultural area will provide insights into efficient, sustainable food production , while the subterranean level will be inhabited by fungi and bacteria. In addition to its cultural role, the palace will also house an incubator space where entrepreneurs, scientists and students can learn and develop ideas. Related: Giant Bubble Biomes Form the World’s Largest Greenhouse “The world is facing pressure from increasingly larger and more complex problems when it comes to water, food, climate and energy. Eden Soestdijk wants to tackle these problems and contribute to a more sustainable society by stimulating and inspiring visitors to change their behavior in a positive way,” said Anton Valk, chairman of the Eden Soestdijk foundation. + Mecanoo Via World Architecture News

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Los Angeles approves $28 million FAB Park designed by OMA and IDEO

June 13, 2016 by  
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Los Angeles may soon receive a much-needed green boost. City officials have chosen the design team for a planned 2-acre park downtown, near the Los Angeles City Hall at 1st Street and Broadway. Their team headed by Mia Lehrer + Associates (MLA) also includes IDEO and OMA . Called FAB Park , the project could be finished by 2019 . The Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering and Department of Recreation and Parks have settled on a budget of $28 million to create FAB Park. That budget includes money for ” site work and a contingency fund .” Much of the money will come from what the city calls “Quimby funds” or ” real-estate development fees .” Related: MAD Architects unveil futuristic Cloud Corridor skyscrapers for Los Angeles According to MLA, IDEO, and OMA , the park would provide a “respite for downtown LA that celebrates the City’s diversity as its greatest asset and promotes civic engagement through the park’s highly versatile spaces to experience art, enjoy food, and revel in its unique urban/park setting.” The park design incorporates features such as a plaza space for events, an upscale restaurant with an “edible roof garden,” and amphitheater seating. Restaurant revenues will go to park upkeep. MLA, IDEO, and OMA said they hope to achieve “‘ net-zero ‘ efficiency in water and energy use” and focus on water conservation and on collecting solar energy. Metal canopies equipped to collect solar power also provide shade. The design team plans to plant sycamore and oak trees that “respect the natural environments of Southern California.” According to officials, the design is not yet final, but they chose MLA’s design because of its focus on shade, balance between man-made fixtures and greenery, and a stormwater filtration system. The Los Angeles Times says FAB Park is part of the city’s efforts to invest in parks as the downtown area becomes more residential. Via The Los Angeles Times Images via OMA

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OMA unveils designs to transform iconic RFK Stadium-Armory campus from pavement to sports park

April 8, 2016 by  
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OMA wins competition for the Lujiazui Exhibition Center in Shanghai

December 16, 2014 by  
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OMA Beats BIG and Buro Ole Scheeren in Bid to Design Axel Springer Campus in Berlin

March 27, 2014 by  
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