Take a tour of the Dutch architect's most dazzling buildings
Remment Lucas Koolhaas, AKA Rem Koolhaas, is a Dutch architect and urbanist. He is the founding partner of Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) an architectural firm based in Rotterdam that was set up in 1975 by Koolhaas with fellow architects Elia Zenghelis, Zoe Zenghelis and Madelon Vriesendorp.
He is widely regarded as one of the most important architectural thinkers and urbanists of his generation, and in 2000 Koolhaas won the Pritzker Prize – an annual award that honors an architect whose work combines talent, vision and commitment and contributes towards humanity. In 2008, Time magazine included the architect in its top 100 of The World’s Most Influential People.
Critics have found it difficult to classify the work of Koolhaas as he doesn’t subscribe to a particular movement. Although some have said his work or at least his approach derives from Deconstructivism, a style of architecture which is characterized by an absence of harmony, continuity, or symmetry. Buildings in this style often appear to be distorted so the finished visual appearance culminates in a sort of unpredictable, controlled chaos.
Here we take a Street View tour of 8 of Koolhaas’ buildings from around the world, which play with scale, materials and shape, and get a sense of how he's injected modern cityscapes with a sense of intrigue and innovation.
De Rotterdam Complex, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Byzantium Building, Amsterdam, Holland
Casa da Musica, Porto, Portugal
McCormick Tribune Campus Center, Chicago, USA
Embassy of Netherlands, Berlin, Germany
Seattle Central Library, Seattle, USA
CCTV Headquarters, Beijing, China
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia