Rem Koolhaas, the OMA founder, thinks that too little attention is paid to the countryside, where change is happening at a faster rate than in most cities. In this illustrated essay on the rural world, he argues that architects need to take stock of a new agricultural revolution
The Japan pavilion’s take on the theme of “Absorbing Modernity” focuses on a period in the 1970s when, with the country rushing into the free-market future, a group of architects turned instead to the vanishing past, says Julian Worrall
Ole Scheeren, one of architecture’s brightest talents, left OMA in 2010 ago to found his own practice. He talked to Icon about CCTV, his plans for more Asian towers, and his first realised project: a floating cinema in a picturesque bay in Thailand
In 2001, Rem Koolhaas put a name to the soulless, mallified space that was spreading virus-like across the planet. His rambling, witty essay still serves as a powerful lament for modern architecture.
OMA’s massive wall of cantilevered tower blocks is a curious addition to a city already awash with empty office space.
Rem Koolhaas’s riot of stacked glass boxes may not be entirely respectful towards its neighbours, but, says Edwin Heathcote, it is one of the most daringly democratic buildings of the early 21st century.
Ole Scheeren and OMA have teamed up to design a luxury residential block in Singapore that borrows aesthetically from post-war housing’’’
Frank Gehry's second Maggie’s Centre is an intimate building inspired by Chinese design, overlooking gardens created by Lily Jencks
A high-gabled glass and timber market hall renews the Belgian city’s centre by bringing back a sense of its bustling medieval past
Winy Maas, a founder of Dutch firm MVRDV, believes in the kind of high-density urban living only skyscrapers can provide. He talks to Icon about his love of ”intensity architecture” and explains how the pixel will help architects reconcile individuals to collective living
A Dutch team led by Hella Jongerius is redesigning the room where the world’s biggest decisions are made.
In this, the fifth in our series of exclusive previews of the OMA in Conversation series, Ellen van Loon speaks about the new Rothschild Bank headquarters, OMA's first completed building in London.
Iwan Baan is a global nomad, restlessly travelling the world documenting new projects by the world’s most distinguished architects. Last year, he clocked up 190,000 air miles shooting projects by Herzog & de Meuron, OMA and Steven Holl, among others. Here are the stories behind Baan’s best shots of 2011.
OMA’s architectural faculty building at Cornell is a playful take on modernism, with a clever hybrid structure that doubles as a teaching aid.
London has two new skyscrapers: the Heron Tower, the tallest building in the City, and the Shard, the tallest building in the EU. We took sculptor Richard Wentworth to appraise them as additions to the street scene – and peek at OMA’s super-discreet bank HQ along the way.
We talked about Africa for the second series of icon minds, to coincide with our special issue looking at architecture, design and the urban environment on that continent (icon 084).