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Venice Biennale OMA 2008 Architecture Masterplan

Italian Masterplan, 2008 – OMA Projects

post updated 2 Feb 2021 ; 15 Sep 2008

Venice Biennale Masterplan Design

La Défense Masterplan

Design: OMA

La Défense Masterplan - Venice Biennale OMA 2008 La Défense Masterplan design
images from architect

OMA’s design for La Défense, presented in the Carlo Scarpa restored Querini Stampalia building, is curated by Francis Rambert, alongside 12 other proposals for the area.

OMA’s scheme stems from the recognition of La Défense’s struggle to maintain and expand its position on the international scene.

The masterplan proposes to create a nodal point that transforms La Défense into a compact and efficient business district by creating a new central transit stop in the middle of the district with an internal shuttle that extends to the neighbouring district of Les Groues – to bring in life and also distribute to surrounding neighbourhoods.

The Italian Pavilion is located in the first Tesa delle Vergini at the Venice Arsenale while the Querini Stampalia is located in the sestieri of Castello – both will be open until November 23.

Images courtesy of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)

OMA, Rotterdam, NL

Venice Biennale OMA Installation – 12th International Architecture Exhibition
Dutch Parliament Extension
picture courtesy OMA
The exhibition occupies eight rooms and includes a hyper-detailed scale model of the future Fondazione Prada in Milan, a museum complex designed by OMA and due to go under construction soon. The model is intended as a tool to develop the Fondazione’s curatorial strategy, featuring works from the Fondazione collection in handmade miniature versions.

Location: Venice, Italy

Venice Biennale
Venice Biennale Kazuyo Sejima
photo © Adrian Welch

Venice Biennale 2008
Venice Architecture Biennale structure
photo : David Grandorge

Venice Architecture Biennale 2008 U.S. Pavilion
Venice Biennale US Pavilion
image from organiser

Venice Architecture Biennale Pavilion by Gustafson Porter
Venice Biennale landscape installation
image from organiser

Key Projects by Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)

Recent architectural designs by this Dutch architectural studio:

Making Doha 1950-2030, Doha, Qatar
Architects: OMA/AMO
Making Doha Exhibition in Qatar
photography : OMA
Making Doha 1950-2030 Exhibition in Qatar
Curated by Rem Koolhaas and Samir Bantal of OMA/AMO and Fatma Al Sehlawi and the Qatar based research team from Atlas Bookstore, and designed by a team from OMA/AMO, Making Doha 1950-2030 brings together seventy years of photographs, models, plans, texts, films, oral histories, and archival materials to chart Doha’s transition from organic growth to more modern and deliberate planning practices.

Xinhu Hangzhou Prism, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
Xinhu Hangzhou Prism Building in Zhejiang
image : Bloomimages, Courtesy of OMA
Xinhu Hangzhou Prism Building
Construction has begun on OMA’s pyramid-shaped mixed-use building – Xinhu Hangzhou Prism – which forms the heart of Hangzhou’s Future Tech City in the new Technology Central Business District (CBD). The project is commissioned by Zhejiang Xinhu Haichuang Group.

Older project posts for OMA:
Caen Library, France
Caen Library
image © OMA

West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong
West Kowloon Cultural District
image courtesy OMA

Venice Biennale Dune Formations images by Zaha Hadid

Rem Koolhaas

Venice Biennale Conference

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