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 ...read more
While exploring and studying the Hermitage in the early 2000s, AMO encountered, hidden beneath the dense mass of the museum, the former stables and manège of the palace complex, closed to the public since the 1950s and used to store furniture, carriages and other large items. Relatively free of decoration, these huge open spaces, located in the Small Hermitage, offer a radically different condition to the rest of the museum.
As part of OMA’s almost 15-year engagement with the Hermitage, the two halls, the Pergam Hall and the Manege Hall (the former stables and equine riding arena respectively), are now transformed into a Kunsthalle, offering a relatively neutral background for temporary exhibitions, events and experimentation. Located on the ground level of the Small Hermitage, the Kunsthalle will be directly accessible through its own visitor entrance along the Shuvalov Passage, closed off for decades and now open to the public. By opening the Shuvalov Passage, the Kunsthalle project restores an earlier urban model, in which each of the Hermitage buildings had a relatively independent life as a component of the city. The Passage also offers an alternative entrance to the eastern half of the Hermitage, rebalancing the flow of visitors.
The Pergam Hall, the former ...read more
Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) is a leading international partnership practicing architecture, urbanism, and cultural analysis. OMA's buildings and masterplans around the world insist on intelligent forms while inventing new possibilities for content and everyday use. OMA is led by ten partners – Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Loon, Reinier de Graaf, Shohei Shigematsu, Iyad Alsaka, D...read more