18/01/2011

New Vision for Urban Transit in Hong Kong

OMA to Design.
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Architecture, Projects
OMA has been commissioned to produce a new design strategy and identity for Hong Kong’s transit authority, the MTR. The plan, Railway Vision 2020, will culminate in OMA designing and building two new stations as prototypes for the entire network throughout Hong Kong.

OMA and its research unit AMO will study the city's mass transit system and its infrastructure in depth, conducting site analysis, branding and identity research, observation of the everyday usage patterns of the system by commuters, and sustainability research. OMA’s design for the two stations will emerge from this research, and will include a rethinking of all the elements of a station: its engagement with the street level, its connections, concourses and platforms, station furniture, circulation and way-finding, and MTR’s visual identity.

OMA partner-in-charge David Gianotten commented: "We are honoured to contribute to the identity of one of Hong Kong's most important and efficient companies, as well as the overall identity of Hong Kong, through this project. OMA's history of research and its dedication to the development of the city will be crucial for our approach to the work." Also in Hong Kong, OMA is working on the West Kowloon Cultural District project and the new campus for Chu Hai College.

OMA will collaborate with Stanford University, the City University of Hong Kong and the University of Hong Kong. Railway Vision 2020 will be developed in OMA’s Asia headquarters in Hong Kong. The first stations designed for Railway Vision 2020 will open before 2014.

BELOW more information about other Hong Kong project by OMA.

New Vision for Urban Transit in Hong Kong
REM
KOOLHAAS

Rem Koolhaas was born in Rotterdam in 1944. He began his career as a journalist, working for the Haagse Post, and as a set-designer in the Netherlands and Hollywood. He beganHe frequented the Architectural Association School in London and studied with Oswald Mathias Ungers at Cornell University. In 1978, he wrote Delirious New York: a retroactive manifesto for Manhattan, which has become a classic of contemporary architectural theory. In 1975 – together with Elia and Zoe Zenghelis and Madelon Vriesendorp – he founded OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture). The most important works by Koolhaas and OMA, from its foundation until the mid-1990s, include the Netherlands Dance Theatre at The Hague, the Nexus Housing at Fukuoka in Japan, the Kunsthal in Rotterdam, the Grand Palais of Euralille and Lille, the Villa dall’Ava, the Très Grande Bibliothèque, the Jussieu library in Paris, the ZKM in Karlsruhe and the Seattle Public Library.

Together with Koolhaas’s reflections on contemporary society, these buildings appear in his second book, S,M,L,XL (1995), a volume of 1376 pages written as though it were a “novel about architecture”. Published in collaboration with the Canadian graphic designer, Bruce Mau, the book contains essays, manifestos, cartoons and travel diaries.

In 2005, with Mark Wigley and Ole Bouman, he was the founder to the prestigious Volume magazine, the result of a collaboration with Archis (Amsterdam), AMO and C-lab (Columbia University NY).

Koolhaas is professor at Harvard University, where he directs The Project on the City, a research programme on changes in urban conditions around the world. This programme has conducted research on the delta of the Pearl River in China (entitled Great Leap Forward) and on consumer society (The Harvard Design School Guide to Shopping). Taschen Verlag has published the results.

Among the awards he has won in recent years, we mention here the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize (2000), the Praemium Imperiale (2003), the Royal Gold Medal (2004) and the Mies Van Der Rohe prize (2005). In 2008, Time mentioned him among the 100 most influential people of the planet.

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