A non-place, an urban intersection transformed into inhabited architecture. BLOX / DAC by OMA

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OMA. Partner.- Ellen van Loon
Adrianne Fisher
CONCEPT / project architects.- Chris van Duijn, Adrianne Fisher, Mette Lyng Hansen / Team.- Sebastian Arenram, Marc Balzar, Andrea Bertassi, Sandra Bsat, Shengze Chen, Karolina Czeczek, Marc Dahmen, Katharina Ehrenklau, Mariano Sagasta Garcia, Andrea Giannotti, Ludwig Godefroy, Maaike Hawinkels, Carmen Jimenez, Hyoeun Kim, Joana Da Rocha Sá Lima, Cristian Mare, Ana Martins, Konrad Milton, Gianna Ong-Alok, Dirk Peters, Gabriele Pitacco, Daniel Rabin, Alessandro De Santis, Yanfei Shui, Koen Stockbroekx, Ola Strandell, Nurdan Yakup. DESIGN DEVELOPMENT / project architect.- Adrianne Fisher / Team.- Paul Allen. Sebastian Arenram. Fai Au, Federico D'Angelo, Katrien van Dijk, Daniel Dobson, Katharina Ehrenklau, Clarisa Garcia-Fresco, Waqas Jawaid, Gustavo Paternina, Parizad Pezeshkpour, Alessandro De Santis, Jad Semaan, Koen Stockbroekx, Soren Thiesen, Bas van der Togt, Pero Vukovic, Joe Wu, Jung Won Yoon, Haohao Zhu. CONSTRUCTION / project architects.- Adrianne Fisher, Morten Busk Petersen, Ariel Wallner. / Team.- Fred Awty, Federico D'Angelo, Anna Grajper, Nina Grex, Gilles Guyot, Will Hartzog, Piotr Janus, Brigitta Lenz, Berenice Moran, Lea Olsson, Chong Ying Pai, Dennis Rasmussen, Ansis Šinke, Koen Stockbroekx, Soren Thiesen AMO STUDY / Ali Arvanaghi, Talia Dorsey, Chris van Duijn, Jonah Gamblin, Alasdair Graham, David Moon, Dirk Peters, Daniel Rabin, Todd Reisz, Ian Robertson, Christian Staynor, Koen Stockbroekx
Engineering.- ARUP, Cowi. Local architect.- C. F. Møller, PLH Architekter. Façade Engineering.- ARUP, VS - A. Car-park consultant.- Alectia. Landscape.- Inside Outside, Kragh & Berglund. Lighting design, scenography.- Scenography.- Ducks Scéno. Acoustics.- Royal Haskoning DHV. Sustainability.- LANDSCAPE.- 1:1 Landskab. Cost and Risk Management.- Aecom
Realdania Byg
2006-2018. Commission 2006; Breaking ground 2013; Completed 2017; Opening 4 May, 2018
Museum, Gallery, Mixed Use. Office.- 8,260m². Parking.- 5,000m². Museum / gallery.- 4,730m². Residential.- 4,370m². Services.- 2.200m². Public space.- 1,635m². Restaurant / bar.- 1.000m². Total.- 27 195m²
BLOX, Bryghuspladsen, 1473 Copenhagen K, Denmark

OMA. Office for Metropolitan Architecture

Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) is an international practice operating within the traditional boundaries of architecture and urbanism. AMO, a research and design studio, applies architectural thinking to domains beyond. OMA is led by eight partners – Rem Koolhaas, Reinier de Graaf, Ellen van Loon, Shohei Shigematsu, Iyad Alsaka, Chris van Duijn, Jason Long, and Managing Partner-Architect David Gianotten – and maintains offices in Rotterdam, New York, Hong Kong, Doha, and Australia. OMA-designed buildings currently under construction are the renovation of Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe) in Berlin, The Factory in Manchester, Hangzhou Prism, the CMG Times Center in Shenzhen and the Simone Veil Bridge in Bordeaux.

OMA’s completed projects include Taipei Performing Arts Centre (2022), Audrey Irmas Pavilion in Los Angeles (2020), Norra Tornen in Stockholm (2020), Axel Springer Campus in Berlin (2020), MEETT Toulouse Exhibition and Convention Centre (2020), Galleria in Gwanggyo (2020), WA Museum Boola Bardip (2020), nhow RAI Hotel in Amsterdam (2020), a new building for Brighton College (2020), and Potato Head Studios in Bali (2020). Earlier buildings include Fondazione Prada in Milan (2018), Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow (2015), De Rotterdam (2013), CCTV Headquarters in Beijing (2012), Casa da Música in Porto (2005), and the Seattle Central Library (2004).

AMO often works in parallel with OMA's clients to fertilize architecture with intelligence from this array of disciplines. This is the case with Prada: AMO's research into identity, in-store technology, and new possibilities of content-production in fashion helped generate OMA's architectural designs for new Prada epicenter stores in New York and Los Angeles. In 2004, AMO was commissioned by the European Union to study its visual communication, and designed a colored "barcode" flag, combining the flags of all member states, which was used during the Austrian presidency of the EU. AMO has worked with Universal Studios, Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, Heineken, Ikea, Condé Nast, Harvard University and the Hermitage. It has produced Countryside: The Future, a research exhibited at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York; exhibitions at the Venice Architecture Biennale, including Public Works (2012), Cronocaos (2010), and The Gulf (2006); and for Fondazione Prada, including When Attitudes Become Form (2012) and Serial and Portable Classics (2015). AMO, with Harvard University, was responsible for the research and curation of the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale and its publication Elements. Other notable projects are Roadmap 2050, a plan for a Europe-wide renewable energy grid; Project Japan, a 720-page book on the Metabolism architecture movement (Taschen, 2010); and the educational program of Strelka Institute in Moscow.

Ellen van Loon

Ellen van Loonjoined OMA in 1998 and became Partner in 2002. She has led award-winning building projects that combine sophisticated design with precise execution. Recently completed projects led by Ellen include the shop-in-shops for Jacquemus at Galeries Lafayette and Selfridges (2022), the temporary showroom in Doha and store on Avenue de Montaigne in Paris for Tiffany & Co. (2022-23), Monumental Wonders exhibition for SolidNature in Milan (2022). Bvlgari Fine Jewelry Show (2021), Brighton College (2020), BLOX / DAC in Copenhagen (2018), Rijnstraat 8 in The Hague (2017), and Lab City CentraleSupélec (2017). Other projects in her portfolio include Fondation Galeries Lafayette (2018) in Paris; Qatar National Library (2017); Amsterdam’s G-Star Raw Headquarters (2014); De Rotterdam, the largest building in the Netherlands (2013); CCTV Headquarters in Beijing (2012); New Court Rothschild Bank in London (2011); Maggie’s Centre in Glasgow (2011); Casa da Musica in Porto (2005) – winner of the 2007 RIBA Award; and the Dutch Embassy in Berlin (2003) – winner of the European Union Mies van der Rohe Award in 2005. Ellen is currently working on The Factory Manchester – a large performing arts venue for the city; the renovation of Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe) Berlin – Europe’s biggest department store – and the design of Lamarr, a new department store in Vienna; and the Palais de Justice de Lille.




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