Rem Koolhaas

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Catherine Wahpeconiah | Post 5

Remment Lucas “Rem” Koolhaas is a dutch architect, architectural theorist, and urbanist. Koolhaas is considered one of the most important architectural thinkers and urbanists of his generation.  In 2000, Koolhaas won the Pritzker Prize, which is  awarded annually “to honor a living architect or architects whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.”

bp-5-1(Rem Koolhaas, taken 1987)

Koolhaas has his own architectural firm, founded in 1975 with Greek architect  Elia Zenghelis, along with Madelon Vriesendorp and Zoe Zenghelis. The firm is called the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). One of the first notable projects completed by OMA was the Netherlands Dance Theater. Completed in 1987, this building was the first to showcase Koolhaas’ ideas and vision. bp-5-2

The theater has a structure of steel beams and girders, using metal cladding with sheet rock covered with stucco, marble and gold foil. The roof has a self-supporting structure of a double layer of trapezoid folded sheet steel. bp-5-3

I really like this building because of its modern leanings. The gold foil adds a unique element that looks cool and ties in to the other features of the interior.

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  1. I’m not sure how I feel about the outside of the building. It just doesn’t scream dance theater to me. Maybe its the more modern and not really roman-grecco design that I usually associate with the arts. The inside is really beautiful though. I like how they were able to incorporate the acoustically necessary curves in the walls into a beautiful sculpture like design that does not distract from the stage.

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