Archinect - News 2017-07-21T12:57:53-04:00 OMA embarks on first Boston commission with 88 Seaport mixed-use building Justine Testado 2017-05-31T13:14:00-04:00 >2017-06-23T11:31:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="530" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA</a>&nbsp;unveiled a rendering of their design for a mixed-use office tower along Boston's 88 Seaport Boulevard, marking the firm's first commission in the city. With OMA Partner <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shohei Shigematsu</a> as design lead, the &ldquo;sliced&rdquo; building comprises 18 floors with almost 425,000 square-feet of office space, about 60,000 sq.ft. of retail on the first two floors, and 5,000 sq.ft. for civic/cultural functions. The exterior features a series of cascading terraces that slope down toward Fan Pier Green and the Seaport waterfront.</p><p>&ldquo;Our design for 88 Seaport slices the building into two volumes, creating distinct responses for each urban scale of old and new, while also accommodating diverse office typologies for diverse industries with demands for traditional and alternative floorplates,&rdquo; Shigematsu said in a statement. &ldquo;The slice also generates an opportunity to draw in the district&rsquo;s public domains, linking the waterfront and Fan Pier Green with a continuous landscape.&rdquo;</p><p>As part of WS Development's la...</p> Shigematsu-led OMA team to design Albright-Knox Art Gallery expansion Justine Testado 2016-06-08T14:19:00-04:00 >2016-06-16T00:17:12-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="389" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Office for Metropolitan Architecture...has been chosen to design the Albright-Knox Art Gallery&rsquo;s first major expansion in more than 50 years...The comparatively delicate and more budget-conscious Albright-Knox expansion project, which is expected to cost about $60 million, will unfold on a small but famous plot of public parkland and will be attempt to fuse the architectural styles of three centuries.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Albright-Knox Gallery announces short list of firms for $80m expansion: Sn&oslash;hetta, BIG, OMA, wHY, Allied Works</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shohei Shigematsu of OMA transforms the Met for the spring Costume Institute exhibit</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A tour of OMA's Pierre Lassonde Pavilion</a></p> A tour of OMA's Pierre Lassonde Pavilion Julia Ingalls 2016-04-20T15:15:00-04:00 >2016-05-07T00:09:31-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Described in a press release as a "spacious and distinctively contemporary gateway to the institution's existing complex of buildings," the new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pierre Lassonde Pavilion of the Musee National des Beaux Arts du Quebec</a> by OMA appears to have an exceedingly functional quality. Admittedly, the building won't open to the public until June 24th, so these initial photos by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Iwan Baan</a> feature a higher than average amount of protective tarps and plywood.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The concept behind the three gallery stacked structure, according to OMA partner Shohei Shigematsu, is meant to continue the topography of the nearby park.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"The activity of the city extends below, providing a new point of interface between the city and the park," Shigematsu&nbsp;continued. "Art becomes a catalyst that allows the visitor to experience all three core assets&mdash;park, city, and museum&mdash;at the same time."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>More on the latest projects from OMA:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shohei Shigematsu of OMA transforms the Met for the spring Costume Institute exhibit</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA releases render...</a></li></ul> Shohei Shigematsu of OMA transforms the Met for the spring Costume Institute exhibit Nicholas Korody 2016-04-19T12:58:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T22:57:12-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="480" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>NOT MANY ARCHITECTS get to reshape a wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But Shohei Shigematsu, who runs the New York branch of Rem Koolhaas&rsquo;s Rotterdam-based firm, OMA, has done precisely that. This month he converts a skylit, double-height section of the museum&mdash;the 1970s Robert Lehman Wing&mdash;into a graceful, cathedral-like setting for Manus x Machina, the Costume Institute&rsquo;s spring show, opening May 5.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The exhibit, curated by Andrew Bolton, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">considers</a> "the founding of the haute couture in the 19th century, when the sewing machine was invented, and the emergence of a distinction between the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) at the onset of industrialization and mass production."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Accordingly, the organizers wanted an exhibition design that blends the analog and the mechanical. Shigematsu's intervention is intended to "soften" the existing brick-and-stone of the 1970's-era Robert Lehman wing, which was designed by&nbsp;Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo and Associates.</p><p>Interested in other collaborations between the sartorial world and architecture? Check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prototyping: "Architecture in Digital Fashion" makes parametricism personal</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working out of the Box: Justin LeBlanc</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The extra-architectural ventures of Zaha Hadid</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG in Paris: Bjarke Ingels to design for Galeries Lafayette on Champs-&Eacute;lys&eacute;es</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a look at "Real Fantasies," AMO's latest collaboration with Prada</a></li></ul> OMA's Masterplan Chosen for New Bogotá Civic Center Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-27T15:07:00-04:00 >2013-09-05T12:58:06-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="250" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA</a>'s New York office will design the&nbsp;<strong>Bogot&aacute; Centro Administrativo Nacional</strong> (CAN), led by partner-in-charge Shohei Shigematsu in collaboration with local Columbian firm, Gomez + Castro. Winner of an international design competition, OMA's CAN will firstly serve as a new civic center, but the 680 acres of mixed-use development will also include educational facilities, cultural venues, retail and residences.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Situated at the midpoint of Bogot&aacute;'s main axis, Calle 26, CAN's site is already symbolically significant, in line with the corridor that exhibits Bogot&aacute;s history from historical downtown to international airport. Its mixed-use program is split into office, governmental, and educational zones, connected from end to end with a green path that will extend into Bogot&aacute;'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CicloV&iacute;a</a> cycling and pedestrian network.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The design aims to integrate not only civic and public life, but also coordinate nearby destinations. According to Shigematsu, &ldquo;Our proposal enables CAN to be a live...</p> Marina Abramovic Tries to Kickstart OMA-Designed Art Institute Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-08T18:40:00-04:00 >2013-08-24T05:46:16-04:00 <img src="" width="639" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The [Marina Abramovic Institute] was launched last year, and designed by none other than OMA, under the direction of partners Shohei Shigematsu and Rem Koolhaas. The architects are poised to explore programming for the center and produce mock-ups--depending on Kickstarter results. The funding Abramovic is after is to cover this "first phase" work on the project.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> Performance artist Marina Abramovic is the latest established artist seeking funding for large-scale projects using&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>,&nbsp;the democratic fundraising platform.&nbsp;The&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marina Abramovic Institute</a>, to be located in Hudson, New York, will use the funds from Kickstarter backers for its first-phase of development and programming. Abramovic's "long durational works," such as her 2010&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">residency at MoMA</a>, are in line with her rationale for using Kickstarter:</p> <p> "By inviting the broader public to contribute to our early development, Kickstarter helps to affirm and build the engaged community necessary for sustaining MAI into the future. With your contribution, you become a founder of the institute not only financially, but also conceptually, by partaking in the very experiences we hope to create."</p> <p> And from the Kickstarter FAQ, in response to "Why did Marina choose to work with OMA?"</p> <p> "MAI is a new type of multidisciplinary center that requires an innovative design to fulfill its func...</p> OMA Designs a Pyramid for Kanye West Archinect 2012-05-28T20:03:00-04:00 >2012-05-29T11:24:08-04:00 <img src="" width="558" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An OMA-designed temporary pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival was inaugurated today with a screening of Kanye West's debut short film Cruel Summer. The pavilion, with a design led by Shohei Shigematsu, is a raised pyramid containing a seven-screen cinema invented by West's creative team, Donda.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> "It Reflects Her Obsession": OMA's Shohei Shigematsu on Building Marina Abramovic's Performance Palace Archinect 2012-02-23T11:23:00-05:00 >2012-05-28T20:16:26-04:00 <img src="" width="200" height="301" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>All the headlines talk about Marina and Rem, but his involvement is quite minimal, isn&rsquo;t it? He&rsquo;s involved, but I&rsquo;m running the New York office. You know the media always has to say Rem just to catch people&rsquo;s attention, but I appreciate if you don&rsquo;t repeat that laziness. Of course Rem is involved, but as you can see he&rsquo;s not here.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>