OMA and Allies & Morrison complete Commonwealth Institute overhaul and housing

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OMA, Allies & Morrison
OMA Team
OMA Partner in Charge.- Reinier de Graaf OMA Project Director.- Carol Patterson OMA Project Managers.- Mario Rodriguez, Isabel Silva, Fenna Wagenaar, Mitesh Dixit, Richard Hollington III, Beth Hughes
Allies and Morrison Team
Allies and Morrison Partners Team.- Simon Fraser, Robert Maxwell Allies and Morrison Director.- Neil Shaughnessy Allies and Morrison Associate Directors.- Joel Davenport, Heidi Shah Allies and Morrison Associates.- Sean Joyce, Johanna Coste-Buscayret Allies and Morrison Team.- Dinka Beglerbegovic, Fabiana Paluszny, Stuart Thomson
Structural Engineer
Arup Structures
Services Engineer
Arup Services
Arup Acoustic
Arup Facades / FMDC
Quantity Surveyor
Landscape Architect
West 8
Interior Design
Lighting Designer
Project Year
323,000.0 ft2

OMA. 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, David Gianotten, Chris van Duijn, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Jason Long and Michael Kokora – and maintains offices in Rotterdam, New York, Beijing, Hong Kong, Doha and Dubai.

OMA-designed buildings currently under construction include Taipei Performing Arts Centre, Qatar National Library, Qatar Foundation Headquarters, Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale in Caen, Fondation d’Entreprise Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Bryghusprojektet in Copenhagen, Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, and Faena Arts Center in Miami.

OMA's recently completed projects include Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow (2015); Fondazione Prada in Milan (2015); G-Star Headquarters in Amsterdam (2014); Shenzhen Stock Exchange (2013); De Rotterdam, a large mixed-use tower in the Netherlands (2013); CCTV Headquarters in Beijing (2012); New Court, the headquarters for Rothschild Bank in London (2011); Milstein Hall at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York (2011); and Maggie's Centre, a cancer care centre in Glasgow (2011). Earlier buildings include Casa da Música in Porto (2005), Seattle Central Library (2004), and Netherlands Embassy in Berlin (2003).


Architects Allies and Morrison

Allies and Morrison is an architecture and urban planning practice based in London. They operate from our own studios at 85 Southwark Street – the 2004 RIBA London Building of the Year.

They have completed projects throughout the UK and overseas, and are currently working on projects in the Middle East and in North America.

The work of the practice ranges from architecture, interior design and conservation to planning, consultation and research.

39 of their completed projects have won a RIBA Award and they have twice been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize – for the revitalisation of the Royal Festival Hall in 2008 and for New Court Rothschilds Bank in collaboration with OMA in 2012.

In 2015, they were awarded the AJ120 Practice of the Year.




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