Fondation D'Entreprise Galeries Lafayette by OMA

Fondation D'Entreprise Galeries Lafayette by OMA
[PAR] France
metalocus, ALEX DURO
Ground floor, basement, exhibition tower, Model 1-50e, ©OMA/Parthesius. Image courtesy of OMA

OMA presents his proposal for the extension of a late 19th century industrial building in the heart of Paris to house different areas of production, creation and innovation for the Fondation D'Entreprise Galeries Lafayette.

The team led by Rem Koolhaas, OMA, presents his proposal for the extension of a late 19th century industrial building in which they insert a tower in the backyard, whose floors can move through a rack and pinion system. Is expected to be completed during 2016.

The pre-existing building will be cleaned, preserved and restored to its initial state according to the heritage rules applied to it. This is one of the most central areas of Paris, next to the Centre Georges Pompidou, in a neighborhood where artists and artisans proliferate.

Description of the project by OMA

A late 19th century industrial building will be refurbished for Fondation d'Entreprise Galeries Lafayette to house exhibition and production spaces, with a focus on creation, innovation and research. OMA proposes to insert an exhibition tower into the courtyard of the building in which two sets of mobile platforms will offer a large repertoire of spatial more

Office for Metropolitan Architecture

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, more


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 more