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Office for Metropolitan Architecture NYC Exhibition

6 May 2011

Cronocaos, OMA’s exhibition on preservation, opens in New York

5 May – 5 Jun

Cronocaos, OMA’s exhibition on the increasingly urgent topic of preservation in architecture and urbanism, opened on the 5th of May at the New Museum in New York. First shown at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, Cronocaos examines the growing “empire” of preservation and its consequences for the way we build, demolish, and remember.

Around 12 percent of the planet now falls under various regimes of natural and cultural preservation. “Through our respect for the past, heritage is becoming more and more the dominant metaphor for our lives today – a situation we call Cronocaos,” OMA founding partner Rem Koolhaas says. “We are trying to find what the future of our memory will look like.”

Cronocaos – featuring new material in its New York edition – includes historic objects and unseen OMA archival material; analysis of the rapid growth of preserved urban and natural territories; and a timeline of OMA projects that have confronted the issue of preservation over 35 years of practice, including the 2001 proposed extension to the Whitney Museum in New York and the curatorial masterplan for the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Each project within the OMA timeline will take the form of a “postcard” for visitors to peel off the wall and take home.

The exhibition takes place in the New Museum’s new space, a former restaurant supply store next door to the main museum. Reflecting the exhibition’s themes, one side of the space will be “preserved” as it was while inhabited by the store; the other will be renovated into typical white cube museum space.

Cronocaos will open to the public on the 5th of May and remain on view through June 5. The exhibition is part of the Festival of Ideas for the New City, taking place in venues across Manhattan from May 4–8.

OMA’s New York office, led by partner Shohei Shigematsu, is currently overseeing the award-winning design for the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec in Canada and the construction of Milstein Hall, an extension to the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University, scheduled for completion during the fall of this year.

Office for Metropolitan Architecture – Key Projects

OMA – Architects

The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) is a leading international partnership practicing contemporary architecture, urbanism and cultural analysis. The studio is engaged with projects in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America.

OMA – Current Projects

Asia: China Central Television Headquarters, Beijing; Television Cultural Center, Beijing; Shenzhen Stock Exchange; Singapore Residential Tower

Europe: Danish Architecture Centre Copenhagen, Denmark; Riga Harbour Redevelopment, Latvia; Riga Contemporary Art Museum, Latvia; Cordoba Congress Centre, Spain; Rothschild Bank HQ London, UK; MAB/OVG multi-use Tower Rotterdam Harbour, Netherlands; Almere, Binckhorst, Stadionplein Masterplans, Netherlands; White City London masterplan, UK; Ghent masterplan, Belgium; Essen Zollverein Masterplan and Kohlenwaesche, Germany; Almaty Science Campus, Kazakhstan

Middle-East: Porsche Residential and Business Towers, Dubai; Kuwait City Masterplan; 3 Masterplans, Ras-Al-Khaimah; 3 Buildings Education City, Qatar

America: Milstein Hall Cornell University, Ithaca; Jersey City Residential Tower and Hotel, New Jersey; Mexico City tower

The office was lead by six partners: Rem Koolhaas, Ole Scheeren, Ellen van Loon, Reinier de Graaf, Floris Alkemade and Managing Partner Victor van der Chijs.

Office for Metropolitan Architecture Contact

OMA Rotterdam – +31 10 24 38 200
OMA Beijing – + 86 10 58696993

Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas:
Office for Metropolitan Architecture Rem Koolhaas
photograph from Nitropix 240507

Ole Scheeren:
Ole Scheeren
image from Andrea Schwan

Key Office for Metropolitan Architecture Buildings

Office for Metropolitan Architecture Designs, alphabetical:

Casa da Música, Porto, Portugal
Date built: 2006
Casa da Música Porto
photo by Charlie Koolhaas, Courtesy of Office for Metropolitan Architecture 270307
OMA : Portuguese building

Seattle Public Library, Seattle, Washington, USA
Date built: 2004
Seattle Library
photo: Philippe Ruault, from OMA 270307
Seattle Public Library building

Central Chinese Television Tower, Beijing, China
Date built: 2012
Central China TV Beijing
photo : Ole Scheeren
Central Chinese Television Tower – a major new Chinese building

OMA Architects – Key Links

OMA : main page with current news + building images

OMA Architects : projects up to 2008

OMA Hong Kong : HK practice information

Office for Metropolitan Architecture : Background + alphabetical list of all buildings (this page)

OMA Buildings – No Images

111 First Street, Jersey City, USA
Date built: 2007
52 storey tower
waterfront mix use development: condominiums, hotel, studios, gallery, retail

Almere Masterplan, Netherlands

Masterplan competition 1997

Carré Building, The Netherlands

Educatorium Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands

Illinois Institute of Technology – New Student Center Building, Illinois, USA

Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Lille Grand Palais, Lille, France

McCormick Tribune Campus Center – IIT, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Illinois Institute of Technology – New Student Center

Netherlands Dance Theater, The Hague, Netherlands

Nexus Housing, Fukuoka, Japan

One Madison Park, New York, USA
One Madison Park

Parard von Troje Performance Centre, The Hague, The Netherlands

Serpentine Pavilion London – temporary building
Rem Koolhaas with Cecil Balmond / Arup
Serpentine Pavilion

Torre Bicentenario, Mexico City, Mexico
For Groupo DANHOS: Mixed-use tower, due to be over 50 storeys high

Villa Dall’Ava, Saint Cloud, Paris, France

White City masterplan, northwest London, UK

More buildings by Office for Metropolitan Architecture – OMA architects online soon

Location: Rotterdam, Holland

Office for Metropolitan Architecture Practice Information

OMA – Architecture Studio
Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) was established in 1975.
Rem’s architect partners were Madelon Vriesendorm and Elia and Zoe Zenghelis.

First OMA Project
Parliament extension, The Hague

OMA Architects : main page

Office for Metropolitan Architecture – Rem Koolhaas Winner of RIBA Gold Medal 2004

Rem Koolhaas – Pritzker Prize Architects – Winner 2000

RIBA European Award 2007 – Casa da Musica shortlisted

OMA Website:

Dutch Architectural Designs

Contemporary Netherlands Architecture

Netherlands Architecture Designs – chronological list

Amsterdam Building Developments – chronological list

Architecture Studios

Buildings / photos for the OMA – Rem Koolhaas Architects page welcome