CMG Qianhai Global Trade Center, erasing boundaries between building and urban context, by OMA

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OMA. Partner Architect.- Chris van Duijn
Project team
Competition phase. Project Architect.- Ravi Kamisetti, John Thurtle.
Felicia Gambino, Giedrius Mamavicius, Slobodan Radoman, Gabrielė Ubarevičiūtė, Christina Wilkinson, Junxiang Zhang.

Concept Design Development. Project Architect.- Bauke Albada.
Simon Bastien, Felicia Gambino, Zhenke Jin, Richard Leung, Gabi Quek, Younseo Song, Connor Sullivan, Gabrielė Ubarevičiūtė, Christina Wilkinson, Junxiang Zhang.

Schematic Design. Project Architect.- Bauke Albada, Lingxiao Zhang.
Assaf Barnea, Simon Bastien, Paloma Bule, Anna Chen, Joel Cunningham, Ellen Fang, Felicia Gambino, Inge Goudsmit, Nicola Ho, Zhenke Jin, Anthony Ko, Felix Lam, Cris Liu, Chen Lu, Freddy Maggiorani, Jonathan Ngo, Ioana Pricop, Haoyang Wu, Calvin Yue.

Design Development. Project Architect.- Kellen Huang, Lingxiao Zhang.
Assaf Barnea, Paloma Bule, Anna Chen, Ken Fung, Felicia Gambino, Chen Lu, Freddy Maggiorani, Ioana Pricop.
Local Architect.- Huayi Design. Structural Engineering.- RBS Structural Engineering Design Associates. Mechanical Engineering.- Meinhardt (Shenzhen) Ltd. Façade Consultancy.- CBS Facade. Traffic Consultancy.- MVA.
Shenzhen Qianhai & Shekou FTZ Investment Development CO., LTD
Competition.- 2016. Expected completion date.- 2024.
Shenzhen, China.

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.

Chris van Duijn

Chris van Duijn joined OMA in 2000 and is based in Rotterdam. He has been involved in many of OMA’s most renowned projects including Universal Studios in Los Angeles, the Prada stores in New York and Los Angeles (2001), Casa da Musica in Porto (2005) and the CCTV Headquarters in Beijing (2012). Recently completed projects include Fondazione Prada in Milan (2015) and the Garage Museum of Contemporary in Moscow (2015).

In addition to large-scale and complex projects, he has worked on interiors and small-scale projects including private houses, product design, and temporary structures such as the Prada Transformer in Seoul (2009).

Currently he is overseeing the design of the Axel Springer Campus in Berlin and the Jean Jacques Bosc Bridge in Bordeaux, the construction of the Parc des Expositions in Toulouse and the Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale in Caen, as well as product development projects.

Chris holds a Master of Architecture from the Technical University of Delft.



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