Open to the Public. New Library of Caen designed by OMA and Barcode Architects

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OMA in collaboration with Barcode Architects
Competition Team
Partner.- Rem Koolhaas Project manager.- Barcode Architects: Dirk Peters Associate in charge.- Clément Blanchet Team.- Cristina Ampatzidou, Joshua Boyd, Nils Christa, Marc Dahmen, Guillaume Durand, Alice Grégoire, Simon de Jong, Anthony Joyeux, Noémie Laviolle, Clément Périssé, Jos Reinders
APS & APD Team
Partner.- Rem Koolhaas Project manager.- Dirk Peters (Barcode Architects), Francisco Martinez (APS & APD) Associate in charge.- Clément Blanchet Team.- Marek Chytil, Paul Cournet, Lionel Debs, Javier Guijarro, Didzis Jaunzems, Sangwoo Kim, Pierre Jean Le Maitre, Filippo Nanni, Clement Perisse, Maria Aller Rey, Mariano Sagasta, Giulia Scotto
PRO & DCE Team
Partner.- Rem Koolhaas. Associate in charge.- Clément Blanchet. Project leader.- Francisco Martinez. Team.- Merve Anil, Alicia Casals, Helena Hiriart, Phil Handley, Sangwoo Kim, Byungchan Kim, Pierre Jean Le Maitre, Maria Aller Rey, Mariano Sagasta, Giulia Scotto, Sara Sun
Collaborators Colaboradores
Architecture.- Barcode Architects, Clement Blanchet Architecture. Engineering.- Iosis / Egis Batiments. Sustainability & Facade.- Elioth Acoustic.- RHDHV. Scenography.- Ducks sceno. Façade.- Robert-Jan van Santen / VS-a group. Curtains.- Inside Outside. Renderings / moving images.- ArtefactoryLab
Construction Team
Partner.- Chris van Duijn. Contract Manager.- Francois Riollot. Project leader.- Francisco Martinez. Team.- Maria Aller Rey, Julien Miguel, Phelan Heinsohn, Jerome Picard, Jeanne Le Lièvre
Client Cliente
Communauté d’agglomération Caen La Mer
Library, Total 12 700 m² (SHON), including 325 m² exhibition space, 350 m² restaurant, 250m² auditorium, 3200 m² reading spaces, 2075m² offices + logistics and 1900 m² storage space
At the tip of the peninsula in Caen, Quai Francois Mitterrand, Rue Dumont d’Urville, Rue Suède et Norvège.

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.


Clément Blanchet Architecture (cBA) is an innovative architecture and urban design practice that brings together multidisciplinary and multicultural actors on themes around the city, architecture and all media related to it. The firm approaches the design of architecture, infrastructure and the city as necessarily interrelated, and in negotiation with planning, development and public space. The practice is structured as a laboratory, informing and generating architecture and urbanism out of the conditions of the city and territory.

The synergy between theory and practice is the base of its methodological approach. The practice engages the consciousness of reality, of the real world, but also the analysis of phenomena – environmental, developmental, economic - that affect and feed architecture. This methodology not only deals with inventions but also with manipulations, making program legible, and ensuring resilience and durability over time. This structure operates at multiple scales; from designing interiors to public cultural facilities, while considering specific approaches in the areas of education, housing, infrastructure, landscape and urbanism. The firm has also developed tools for dialogue with different urban and project actors, aimed to place the user at the heart of the creative process.

Clément Blanchet is Principle of Clément Blanchet Architecture (cBA) and a former Associate of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), where he joined in 2004.

In 2011, Clement Blanchet was appointed Director of OMA France, with whom cBA continues to collaborate with on ongoing projects led by Blanchet.

He graduated with high honours from the Architectural school of Versailles and has been an invited critic in France, England, Holland, Switzerland, Denmark & Sweden. He currently teaches at Paris Val de Seine Architectural School and ESA. Clément Blanchet divides his time between this firm in Paris and the United States where he also teaches at the University of Michigan and Rice University.


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.

Dirk Peters, Caro Van de Venne. BARCODE ARCHITECTS

Dirk Peters founded BARCODE Architects in 2009. Today he is involved in all projects within the office, and leads the special Research & Design Studio of the practice. Peters has a long tradition  in the planning and design of large scale international projects. As Project Architect at Herzog & de Meuron he has been collaborating on a number of ambitious projects, including the extention of the Tate Modern in London, W-Hotel Casino Las Vegas, Basel Concert hall, the Vienna Tower, and the Roche Headquarters in Basel. After Herzog & de Meuron Peters worked as a Project Manager and Design Architect for OMA/Rem Koolhaas on the Danish Architecture Center in Copenhagen, Qatar Conference Center, the prize winning ‘Stadskantoor’ in Rotterdam, Prada Larco Isarco in Milano and  the recently finished Rothschild Bank in London. Besides his activities as Director of BARCODE Dirk Peters is teaching at the University of Technology in Delft and the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture (RAVB), and is a guest speaker at numerous events for architecture and urbanism.

Caro van de Venne, became Partner/Director of Barcode Architects in 2010. Caro is currently involved with all projects in the office from concept-design to construction documents and building completion. Previously Caro collaborated with Dirk Peters at Herzog & de Meuron in Switzerland, where she worked on the completion of the Bondstreet apartments in New York and the 1111 Lincoln Road project in Miami. After Herzog & de Meuron Caro van de Venne has been Associate at Foster + Partners in London (2005-2010), where she had a leading role in the design of Heathrow Terminal East, the National Museum for Afro American Art in Washington and the Wallbrook Square Complex in the City of London. Most recent she was responsible at Foster+Partners for the design of the new Ministry of Defence in Paris. In addition, Caro van de Venne is currently teaching at the University of Technology in Delft and Eindhoven and at the Academy of Architecture in Tilburg



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