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OMA design for the Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc in Bordeaux, France

OMA design for the Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc in Bordeaux, France

OMA, The Office for Metropolitan Architecture, has won an international competition to design the Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc, the sixth bridge across the river Garonne in Bordeaux and the first bridge design to be realized by OMA.

 

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OMA proposal for Axel Springer's new Media Campus, image courtesy OMA

OMA proposal for Axel Springer’s new Media Campus, image courtesy OMA

The Office for Metropolitan Architecture has been announced as a finalist in the competition to design media company Axel Springer’s new Media Campus in Berlin. One of three practices chosen along with BIG and ole scheeren, OMA is now entering the final stage of the competition. The winner is expected to be announced in the new year following a series of public consultations.

 

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Image courtesy of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)

All Images: Courtesy of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)

Part of an effort to regenerate the Kop van Zuid area of Rotterdam, Netherlands, these three multifunctional towers will feature space for corporate offices, residential apartments, a hotel / congress, restaurants, retail / public program and parking – creating a bustling vertical city that is active 24 hours a day. The project is situated on the Wilhelminapier, near the Hotel New York, the Luxor Theater and the cruise terminal. The Wilhelminapier is part of the Kop van Zuid district of Rotterdam, close to the Erasmus Bridge, and will develop into an exclusive residential / commercial location in the future. De Rotterdam will be a mixture of uses, such as offices, apartments, hotel, congress, restaurants, retail / public program and parking. This mixed usage will enable the Wilhelminapier to develop into a genuine city center location, with a host of facilities ensuring that something is happening at all times.

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Project Architect: Kees van Casteren

The name of the building – De Rotterdam – recalls the maritime history of the area. In fact, the Wilhelminapier is the former departure point of the Holland-America line, from where tens of thousands of Europeans immigrated to the United States in decades past. One of this company’s famous ships was named De Rotterdam. This building accommodates functions that create a synergetic use of the different facilities by the various occupants. For example, residents can use the fitness and catering facilities, and office users can benefit from the conference and hospitality facilities in the hotel and catering establishments.

Partners-in-charge: Rem Koolhaas, Reinier de Graaf, Ellen van Loon

Partners-in-charge: Rem Koolhaas, Reinier de Graaf, Ellen van Loon

The different programs are organized into different blocks, that – essentially shell and core – provide the individual users the great flexibility. The clustering of these blocks into a functioning ensemble creates a seemingly random composition that allows the building to blend into its context and yet maintain a distinctive look. Taking the mixed usage as the basis, OMA developed a very striking architectural concept – ‘the vertical city’ – a building of approximately 155.000 m2 floor area and 150 meters high. The ground floor is largely devoted to public amenities, combined with entrance lobbies of the offices, apartments and hotel. Three access cores suffice to serve the different parts of the building and provide access for each program. The lobbies for the offices and hotel, the restaurants and public program in the plinth are interconnected by a large public hall that serves as a general traffic hub for all the functions and users in the building.

 

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