OMA and Laboratorio Permanente Win Competition for Scalo Farini

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OMA. Partners.- Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Reinier de Graaf
Design team
Massimo Tenan, Paolo Caracini
Local Architect.- Laboratorio Permanente. Landscape, Meteorological consultant.- Philippe Rahm. Architects Landscape.- Vogt Landscape Architects Sustainability.- Arcadis Italia. Social innovation.- Temporiuso Traffic / transportation.- Net Engineering. Urban politics & economics.- Ezio Micelli.
GFA.- 468.301 m² (Scalo Farini) & 140.199 m² (Scalo San Cristoforo)

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.

Laboratorio Permanente

Laboratorio Permanente was founded in 2008 by Nicola Russi and Angelica Sylos Labini. The studio is based in Milan and has been commissioned projects worldwide. Laboratorio Permanente develops projects that integrate innovation and a contemporary expression with a profound understanding of history and contextual thinking. The studio has taken part in numerous international design competitions; won the Honour Mention for the Golden Medal for Italian Architecture in 2012 and partecipated in The 14th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition with an installation named “the landscape has no rear”.

Nicola Russi [Ph.D Architect – Partner], is associate professor in Architectural and Urban Composition at Politecnico di Torino from 2016. Formerly professor in Urban Composition at Politecnico di Milano from 2008 to 2016. Member of the Executive Board of ANCSA, National Association af Historical and Artistic Centers. His principal fields of research are focused on the areas of Urban design and Architecture by investigating strategies of regeneration and contextual design.

Recent international activities include the research carried on with Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland  for the developement of the historical center of Dublin. From 2008 to 2009 project consultant at the Technical Urbanism Office of Milan’s municipality for the new master plan of the city.

Angelica Sylos Labini [Architect – Partner]. Studied Architecture at Politecnico di Milano and Barcellona. After working in several offices like Herrera (Barcelona), Cls architects (Milan), Albori architects (Milan), F & P architects (Milan), in 2008 she founded Laboratorio Permanente together with Nicola Russi in Milan. In 2013 she attended the workshops series: Architecture and Management, SDA Bocconi Milan.

Ekaterina Golovatyuk [Architect – Project Manager]. Studied architecture in Delft, Madrid and Milan, where she graduated in 2003. After working in several offices , she has been collaborating with Rem Koolhaas/OMA since 2008, focusing on architectural, urban and research projects in Russia and Asia.

Stefano Tordiglione [Architect – Project Manager]. He studied and worked in New York and London for over ten years. His first design experience started in London in 1991. Since then he has worked for internationally acclaimed Italian studios specialized in retail, luxury hotel and resorts, residential development and private yachts.

Luca Cozzani [Architect – Employee]
Mario Ventilato [Architect – Employee]
Giacomo Palomba [Architect – Employee]
Amedeo Noris [Architect – Employee]
Alberto Ceriotti [Architect – Employee]
Greta Benelli [Architect – Employee]

Ippolito Pestellini LAPARELLI

Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli joined OMA in 2007 and is based in Rotterdam. A partner since 2014, Ippolito’s work at OMA/AMO has a focus on preservation, scenography, and curation. Currently Ippolito is leading the transformation design of the 16th century Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice, the renovation of Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe) in Berlin and the design of Repossi’s flagship store on Place Vendôme in Paris. Recent work includes Monditalia, a multi-disciplinary exhibition focused on Italy, at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale; scenography for the Greek theater of Syracuse in Sicily (2012); and the co-curation of Cronocaos, OMA’s exhibition on preservation at the 2010 Venice Architectural Biennale. Through collaborations with different brands including Repossi, Galleries Lafayette, Knoll, and Prada his activity extends to research, product design, temporary installations, and publications. Since 2010, Ippolito is responsible for a range of AMO projects with Prada, including the stage design for the brand’s fashion shows and special events, and the art direction of videos. He contributes to exhibition design for Fondazione Prada, with projects such as When Attitudes Become Form: 1969/2013 and Serial Classics (2015). Ippolito holds a Master of Architecture from the Politecnico di Milano.


Reinier de Graaf

Reinier de Graaf (1964, Schiedam) is a Dutch architect and writer. Reinier de Graaf joined OMA in 1996. He is responsible for building and masterplanning projects in Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, including Holland Green in London (completed 2016), the new Timmerhuis in Rotterdam (completed 2015), G-Star Headquarters in Amsterdam (completed 2014), De Rotterdam (completed 2013), and the Norra Tornen residential towers in Stockholm. In 2002, he became director of AMO, the think tank of OMA, and produced The Image of Europe, an exhibition illustrating the history of the European Union.

He has overseen AMO’s increasing involvement in sustainability and energy planning, including Zeekracht: a strategic masterplan for the North Sea; the publication in 2010 of Roadmap 2050: A Practical Guide to a Prosperous, Low-Carbon Europe with the European Climate Foundation; and The Energy Report, a global plan for 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, with the WWF.

De Graaf has worked extensively in Moscow, overseeing OMA’s proposal to design the masterplan for the Skolkovo Centre for Innovation, the ‘Russian Silicon Valley,’ and leading a consortium which proposed a development concept for the Moscow Agglomeration: an urban plan for Greater Moscow. He recently curated two exhibitions, On Hold at the British School in Rome in 2011 and Public Works: Architecture by Civil Servants (Venice Biennale, 2012; Berlin, 2013). He is the author of Four Walls and a Roof, The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession.



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