Monday, December 04, 2006

Sinterklaas at the Kunsthal

Typically Dutch. Until December 10 on display at OMA's Kunsthal in Rotterdam: Sinterklaas wrapping paper from the 1920's until now. History in paper: changes in quality of pulp, design, and a shift in subject matter (from emphasis on the saintly Bishop to his ghost-busting helper Pete) through eight and a half decades.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Pixels for GAZPROM

OMA Design. Gazprom City Competition St Petersburg. Copyright Holder - OFFICE FOR METROPOLITAN ARCHITECTURE (O.M.A.)

Honorary Doctorate Rem Koolhaas

The Catholic University of Leuven (KUL in Belgium) has awarded Rem Koolhaas an honorary doctorate.
"Koolhaas perceives developments within cities as mirroring those within the community."
Other honorees are film actor Robert Benigni, author David Grosman, and violinist Sigiswald Kuijken.

Rem Koolhaas: A Hero In His Own Time…

Time Magazine calls Rem Koolhaas "‘urban visionary who spotted a wealth of potential in our congestial cities." The founder of OMA has been added to the magazine's list: "60 Years of Heroes".

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Jumeirah Beach Residence No Fata Morgana

Looking for jewels in the desert? Dubai Properties and the Office of Metropolitan Architecture are partners. The first joint project comes in the form of two buildings centrally located in the Dubai Business Bay including an 80-meter tall, cylindrically shaped residential building with a floor space of 30,000 square meters. In addition to apartments, underground parking and a spa area, the building will also house a variety of shops on the lobby level. The second and adjacent building, a futuristic glass cube of 20 floors with a floor space of 85,000 square meters in total, will accommodate office rooms.

Rem Koolhaas and Fernando Donis of OMA will be responsible for the design of the two buildings. The Porsche Design Studio will play a consulting role for the outdoor architecture. Furthermore, PDS will be in charge of designing public areas such as the lobby, restaurants and passenger lifts. Upon residents' request, apartments may be equipped with furniture, lighting units and kitchens by Porsche Design.
At the beginning of 2007, the German real estate agents Engel & Völkers of Hamburg will start to market both the apartments and office rooms. Both buildings are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2009. Porsche Design signs cooperation contract involving the interior of the building projects.

"The two construction projectemphasizese the great trust placed by the international finance community into Dubai as an innovative metropolis," says Hashim Al Dabal, CEO of Dubai Properties. "While the architecture and interior design of these two buildings will definitely attract a lot of attention, they will also contribute a valuable added bonus to Dubai Business Bay.

Roland Heiler, Managing director of the Porsche Design Studio in Zell am See: "We are delighted to be able to work on this project with internationally acclaimed partners like Dubai Properties and Rem Koolhaas. What is more, the new buildings provide an ideal platform from which we can further expand the presence of our brand in this important region."

Dubai Properties LLC is one of the three major real estate development companies of Dubai and a member of the publicly-owned Dubai Holding. Among other things, the company is the building contractor in charge of the Jumeirah Beach Residence real estate project, which includes apartments, villas and hotels but also leisure facilities such as shopping centers, sport and fitness clubs, and office rooms. Furthermore, Dubai Properties developed the Business Bay area, a property of 6.4 million squarmeterses where both residential and commercial buildings are planned.

Porsche Design is a global luxury men'’s brand and is hallmarked by engineered products. Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche established the Porsche Design brand in 1972 and the products attract consumers with their technical innovation, and represent functionality, and timelessness in its purest form. Porsche Design products are sold in exclusively owned retail and franchise stores, shop-in-shops, upscale department stores, and specialty stores.
The Porsche Design Studio is located in Zell am See, Austria, asymbolizesses the distinctive, classic styling typical of all products of the Porsche Design Group. The Studio also works for third parties active in the fields of industrial and product styling. It is one of the most renowned design studios of Europe.

Rem Koolhaas was born in Rotterdam in 1944 and is one of the most famous internationally acclaimed architects of our time. The best-known projects created by the architectsÂ’ office OMA, which was founded in 1975, include the Dutch Embassy in Berlin, the concert hall Casa da Musica in Porto and the Public Library in Seattle. On top of numerous other awards, Koolhaas received the >Pritzker Prize, which is generally held to be the equivalent of the >Nobel Prize in architecture.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Koolhaas to design Rothschild Headquarters

In 1975 Rem Koolhaas, Madelon Vriesendorp and Elia and Zoe Zenghelis founded the Office of Metropolitan Architecture in London. Thirty-five years later Rem Koolhaas is hired by David Rothschild to design the new headquarters of the Rothschild investment bank in The City.
The ten story building will be topped by the "Sky Pavilion" from where clients will be able to enjoy the view of landmarks such as St. Paul's Cathedral. The building is expected to be finished within three years time.

Iwan Baan for OMA at MoMa

November 15, 2006 – February 26, 2007, the walls at MoMa's Architecture and Design Galleries will be papered with Iwan Baan's photographs of OMA's CCTV in Beijing.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

OMA in Beijing at MoMa

November 15, 2006 – February 26, 2007, MoMa presents designs OMA - Ole Scheeren and Rem Koolhaas, for CCTV in Beijing. The Architecture and Design Galleries will be wall papered with Iwan Baan's photographs of OMA in Beijing.

From the web site of MoMa:

"The China Central Television Headquarters by Ole Scheeren and Rem Koolhaas is one of the most innovative architecture projects under construction today. Scheduled to open for the Beijing Olympics in 2008, the complex, which comprises three buildings and a media park situated on a site east of Beijing's Forbidden City, embodies a proposal for social and urban change through a rethinking of the tall building. CCTV is a private building that will have a uniquely public Visitor's Loop, while its mirror image—TVCC, or the Television Cultural Center—is a public structure housing a state-of-the-art broadcasting theater, cultural facilities, and a five-star hotel.

"The international architectural partnership Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) won the competition for its design in 2002, and the project broke ground in 2004, with OMA partner Ole Scheeren leading its design and execution. The immersive installation explores the project's internal complexity and richness, its integration of public and private uses, and its structural innovation through an array of graphics, renderings, and explanatory texts as well as large- and small-scale models,many of them presented publicly here for the first time. A selection of architectural drawings from MoMA's collection will situate the project as one of the most visionary undertakings in the history of modern architecture."

The exhibit is organized by Tina di Carlo, Assistant Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, and Alexandra Quantrill, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Serpentine Gallery Post Marathon October 13-14

During the Serpentine Gallery Marathon: London in July 2006, Rem Koolhaas and Hans Ulrich Obrist interviewed more than 70 protagonists of the London scene. Following the enormous success of this event, Post Marathon will feature live interviews with key figures about the influence of commerce on the cultural industry.

Post-Marathon live events at the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion:

Friday 13 October 2006 6:30-7:30 p.m. Rem Koolhaas and Hans Ulrich Obrist interview Jeff Koons

Saturday 14 October 2006 12 Noon-6 p.m. Rem Koolhaas and Hans Ulrich Obrist will conduct a series of interviews
to key players and thinkers in the cultural and financial world.

Speakers include: Thomas Demand, Chris Dercon, Jimmie Durham and Maria Thereza Alves, Dan Graham, Zaha Hadid, Samuel Keller, Tobias Meyer, Sarah Morris, Miuccia Prada, Saskia Sassen, Matthew Slotover and Amanda Sharp, Gayatri Chacrovati Spivak, Stephan Truby.

Post-Marathon is conceived as live research into the growing interest of investors and economic forces in the cultural industry - cultural studies, contemporary art and architecture in particular. New attitudes such as sponsorship of cultural events as a more efficient form of branding and advertising, management's use of critical theory, and the
interest of hedge funds and corporations in art collecting as a form of investment have recently changed the relationship between finance and culture.

Post-Marathon will address issues of power and the invisible laws governing the art market and the art world as well as the interaction between money, culture and creativity in a global perspective. The corporate and financial world and finance are capitalizing on culture not only with contemporary art acquisition, but also by rediscovering the key role of culture as well as western aesthetics in the globalised economy. More and more, business and industry is looking at art, architecture and
culture as a source for new inspiration. Is this interest shaping a new cultural and economic scenario? Why are the financial and business worlds interested in the previously disregarded cultural industries?

Post-Marathon purposely takes place during the Frieze Art Fair, a major event for art and for London that has changed the cultural landscape of the city. Such a background will be the perfect occasion to investigate the overlap and interaction between capital and culture. Post-Marathon will seek to consider the current situation and to identify new categories for the understanding of the changing role of culture in the global economy.

Tickets: Friday 13 October £5 (£3 concession), Saturday 14 October £10 (£8 concession), TicketWeb 08700 600100,, or at the Gallery Lobby Desk, Phone: 020 7402 6075
Press Enquiries: Tom Coupe, 020 7298 1528

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Contemporary Art Museum in Riga, Latvia

image Office of Metropolitan Architecture.

The OMA team, led by Rem Koolhaas and Reinier de Graaf has finished the design for the Latvian Contemporary Art Museum in Riga. Local cooperator is "Jaunr?gas att?st?bas uz??mums" Ltd. The project is one of the first examples of public and private partnerships in Latvia.

OMA has developed the complete concept for re-appropriation of the old TEC-1 building in Andrejsala, location of the former electricity center, and Riga's artsy enclave. Within the territory of almost 40 hectares public and residential space is combined.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Rem Koolhaas and his team presented the design for Milstein Hall, the newest building of the Cornell University College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP). Groundbreaking for the 43,000-square-foot Milstein Hall will take place in 2007 directly behind Sibley Hall and adjacent to the Foundry and Rand Hall.
The new building will offer a vibrant and flexible public space, with studios, library, presentation and exhibition areas, a lobby and an auditorium/boardroom. Milstein Hall will facilitate collaboration between the departments in the already existing buildings.
Koolhaas will lead the project along with OMA Associate Shohei Shigematsu.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Loft Project in Jersey City, N.J.

Rem Koolhaas intends to design a 1.3 million square feet building near the waterfront, which will include 710 condominium units, and 120 "work-live units", some of which will be offered to artists at below-market rate. The plan calls for 16,000 square feet of gallery space and about 52,000 square feet for retail businesses.
Whether the existing 13-block warehouse district will be incorporated, used partially, or torn down remains to be seen.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Alexander Kluge

Mark your calendars for another interesting TIME OUT PARK NIGHT at the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion.
On Friday 22 September, at 7p.m. you'll have a rare chance to see a special selection of films by the celebrated experimental German filmmaker Alexander Kluge.
Introduction by: Alexander Kluge, Rem Koolhaas and Hans Ulrich Obrist
Minutenfilme, 6:30 Min.
Der flexible Unternehmer / Tiermehlfabrikant Fred Eicke weiß Auswege, 15 Min.
Die Liebe stört der kalte Tod / Balladen-Magazin Nr. 9, 24 Min.
Wer immer hofft stirbt singend / Wieso aktuelle Schrecken trösten können,15 Min.
Eine Frau wie ein Vulkan / Das Finale I in Bellinis Meisterwerk NORMA, 15 Min.
Als Offizier und Philosoph / Eberhard von Erbst, Nietzsche-Forscher und Major, vor Verdun, 24 Min.

Check the weather forecast, put on your walking shoes and bring your umbrella, if only to keep the rain away, for artist Olivia Plender does it again with "In Search of the New Republic" (or the Tables Turned) an evening lecture and guided tour around the esoteric societies based in South Kensington.
Plender did it before with "A Gathering of Merrie Campers - Coniston Old Hall Campsite, Cumbria." A project with Grizedale Arts, 2005

For more information and tickets visit Time Out Park Nights or the Gallery Lobby Desk 020 7402 6075

For more information and tickets visit Time Out Park Nights or the Gallery Lobby Desk 020 7402 6075

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Serpentine Gallery hosts Domus Night: House of Cards

In this month's issue Domus published a reprint of influential Italian designer Enzo MariI's architectural card game LIVING, which was first published in 1976.

Join Rem Koolhaas, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Enzo Mari, Julia Peyton-Jones, members of graphic design studio Abake and other special guests as they play the card game to celebrate thirty years of LIVING.

Friday 15 September, 7p.m. Serpentine Pavilion

The same evening architect Joseph Grima and curator Kayoko Ota will present the Domus archival project Metabolism: Portrait of a Movement. This presentation will include interviews with the key protagonists of this Japanese architectural movement.

Tickets: £5 (£3)
BSL Interpreted

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Metamorphosis Binckhorst

After designing the tram tunnel and Netherlands Dance Theatre for The Hague, Rem Koolhaas and OMA embark on a mega project in the residential Dutch city. Chosen out of three competing firms, the Office of Metropolitan Architecture will give new life to the old industrial area called Binckhorst.
Projected changes include revamping of the Brinckhorstlaan into the Champs Elysées of the North.

Existing landmarks on the ±250 acres are the former Caballero Factory, a wind mill, cemeterySint Barbara, a harbor and a castle Kasteel Binckhorst.

The Binckhorst will become a residential area with 4500 - 5000 homes of which 30% will be social- or subsidized housing.

The plans for the area, which will be presented in October of 2006, will include office space, restaurants, cafes, shops and other facilities which will stimulate job possibilities within the neighborhood. At the moment 1100 people work at Binckhorst, the projected number for 2025 is 15,000 according to the advice by Houthoff Burumawhich was published in March of this year.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Tony Hall visits Serpentine Pavilion

Some people get to have all the fun. Check out, and keep an eye on Tony Hall's blog. He posted some well taken photograps of the Serpentine Pavilion in London on his blog. According to his comment at this -OMA Arch. Fan in Seattle- site, he'll be attending some of the presentations within "the egg".

Friday, July 21, 2006

Time Out Park Nights at the Serpentine Gallery



Rem Koolhaas and Hans Ulrich Obrist interview over 50 people in 24 hours. Leading artists, architects, philosophers, writers, filmmakers and economists debate critical issues of the day with particular focus on London.

6pm - 9pm
Ken Adam / David Adjaye / Brian Eno / Zaha Hadid / Charles Jenks / Hanif Kureishi / Ken Loach / Tim O’Toole / Yinka Shonibare

9pm - 12am
Michael Clark / Tony Elliott / David Greene and Sam Hardingham / Susan Hiller / Tim Newburn / Tom McCarthy

12am - 3am
Ron Arad / Marcus du Sautoy / Pedro Ferreira / Mark Leckey / Roger Hiorns / Olivia Plender / Peter Saville / Richard Wentworth / Jane and Louise Wilson / Cerith Wyn Evans

3am - 6am
Abake / Shumon Basar and Marcus Miessen / Anat Ben-David / Sophie Fiennes / Russell Haswell / Damien Hirst / Ant Genn

6am - 9am
Zygmunt Bauman / Michael Bracewell and Linder / Ryan Gander / Gilbert and George / Iain Sinclair / Caruso St John

9am - 12pm
Eleanor Bron / Mark Cousins / Giles Deacon and Katie Grand / Patrick Keiller / Isaac Julien / Doreen Massey / Mary Midgley

12pm - 3pm
Peter Cook / Richard Hamilton / Gustav Metzger / Gautam Malkani / Chantal Mouffe

3pm - 6pm
Tariq Ali / David Bailey / Hussein Chalayan / Doris Lessing / Milan Rai / Marina Warner

The 24-hour interview marathon is made up of eight three-hour sessions. Each pavilion ticket allows access to the Pavilion for one three-hour session.

Access to the Pavilion lawn on Friday evening or all-day Saturday. Interviews will be relayed by audio outside the Pavilion.

Pavilion Tickets: £15 (£10 concessions) for a 3 hour session

Lawn Tickets: £5 (no re-admittance) Friday or Saturday

Serpentine Gallery
Kensington Gardens
London W2 3XA
T 020 7402 6075

Time Out Park Nights
or at the Gallery Lobby Desk

Schedule of contributors may be subject to change

Time Out Park Nights at the Serpentine Gallery is supported by:
Arts Council England
Lottery Funded
The Royal Parks
Pilsner Urquell

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2006

On July 13 the the Serpentine Pavilion will be opened to the public. From then until October 15 all kinds of activities and events will take place. Rem Koolhaas will for instance interview artists he has invited himself. On July 28 and some time in October, a 24-hour debate marathon will take place. Admittance is free, and you can have a coffee or watch a video inside the Pavilion.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Realdania at Bryghusgrunden in Copenhagen

Judging committee of Realdania unanimously has chosen OMA to design buildings and public space on the location of the old Brewery site in the neighborhood called Bryghusgrunden.

Rem Koolhaas and Ellen van Loon will head the design team, while Chris van Duijn has been appointed to head the project team.

Within an area covering 12.000 square meters, the architects need to envision Realdania's new headquarters, gallery space for the Danish Architecture Centre, housing, offices and recreation areas. All this interspersed with public space, to create a lively ambiance. Projected opening date is in 2010.

Realdania is a strategic foundation created with the objective of initiating and supporting projects that improve the man made environment. The foundation's mission is to enhance quality of life in Denmark, by means of quality design and building.
Realdania was established in late 2000 following a merger between two large financial institutions. At the end of 2005 RealdaniaÂ’s net capital amounted to approx. 3,9 billion Euro. In 2005 the foundation's grants amounted to approximately 120 million Euro. Realdania is currently involved in approx. 45 strategic flagship projects and approx. 210 focus projects.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006


Rem Koolhaas is one of seven architects who have been invited to present a concept for a new office of the Russian gas company Gazprom in Saint Petersburg. The building should be 900 feet tall and may cost 750 million dollars.
Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller requires the design to fit well within the historic environment of the city. Community members will also have a say. This will be one of Saint Petersburg's most prestigious projects. The city has been attracting many national and international companies.
Whether the project will be realized isn't all together clear yet. Gazprom's stockholders would rather see the company invest money in nuclear energy projects. Interesting aside, Gazprom has interest in hunting clubs and raising pigs.

OMA in The Hague

OMA has had a close relationship with The Hague for over 25 years. Founded in London in 1975 in London, part of the reason to move the office to the Netherlands in 1978, was the firm's sketch design for the extension to the Dutch House of Commons. Today The Hague has the highest number of OMA buildings in the Netherlands. A good and timely reason for a show.

From June 23-August 20, 2006, Stroom a center for visual arts and architecture, houses the exhibit "OMA in the Hague". The first complete overview of all projects: studies, designs, master plans and built projects, such as the Netherlands Dance Theatre, pop/ rock venue Paard van Troje and The Souterrain. Also shown are designs that were never executed: the price winning design for the new city hall, the plans for the second city centre at the Prins Claus Plein and the visionary transformation of highway A13 into a grand boulevard comparable to the Champs Elysees in Paris. Projects which, had they become reality, would have completely changed the image of The Hague. Future OMA projects will be presented as well, such as the new neighborhood close to the Central Station and the master plan for the industrial area The Binckhorst.

Opening Reception: June 22, 2006 at 5 p.m.
Open to the public from June 23 - August 20, 2006
Wednesday - Sunday, 12 noon - 5 p.m.

To RSVP for a tour of built, never realized and future project sites on July 7, 2006 check out information at Stroom site
The tour starts at 11 a.m. and finishes around 6 p.m. The program includes lunch, and a lecture by one of OMA's partners Floris Alkemade. Fee € 37.50

It's also possible to just attend Alkemade's lecture "OMA in the Hague", at Het Paard van Troje, Prinsengracht 12, The Hague, for €5.-- RSVP at the Stroom site.

Stroom Den Haag
Hogewal 1-9
2514 HA Den Haag
The Netherlands

Stroom Den Haag

OMA is al meer dan 25 jaar nauw verbonden met de stad Den Haag. OMA verhuisde in 1978 vanuit Londen naar Nederland, mede naar aanleiding van hun schetsontwerp voor de nieuwbouw van de Tweede Kamer. Inmiddels is Den Haag uitgegroeid tot de stad met de hoogste ‘OMA-dichtheid’.
Met de tentoonstelling ‘OMA in Den Haag’ presenteert Stroom het eerste volledige overzicht van alle projecten: studies, ontwerpen, masterplannen en de gerealiseerde bouwprojecten, zoals het Nederlands Danstheater, poppodium Paard van Troje en het Souterrain. Daarnaast worden ook de niet-uitgevoerde ontwerpen getoond: het prijswinnende ontwerp voor het nieuwe stadhuis, het plan voor een tweede stadscentrum bij het Prins Clausplein en de transformatie van de A13 tot een boulevard met de allure van de Champs Elysées. Projecten die, als ze wel waren uitgevoerd, de stad Den Haag een heel ander gezicht zouden hebben gegeven. Ook de toekomstige OMA-projecten voor Den Haag komen aan bod, waaronder de nieuwbouw bij het Centraal Station en een masterplan voor industrieterrein De Binckhorst.

Opening: donderdag 22 juni 17.00 uur

23 juni t/m 20 augustus 2006
wo t/m zondag, 12.00 – 17.00 uur

Stroom Den Haag
Hogewal 1-9
2514 HA Den Haag
The Netherlands

Stroom Den Haag

Monday, May 15, 2006

Prince Ramus and King Koolhaas

Joshua Prince-Ramus is leaving the OMA nest, he's setting up office with another OMA architect, Erez Ella. The new partners are taking all of OMA's New York staff with them. Name of the new firm: REX.
Koolhaas keeps royal front in New York Times article of 5/14/2006.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

OMA versus Austria

OMA used the idea of bar codes to design the logo for the European Union. The colors of the flags of participating countries take the place of the well known black and white verticals.
Austria chairs the EU at the moment and representatives claim that OMA is responsible for turning around the colors of the Baltic State. The order of the colors is blue black white, but appears as black blue white in the logo.
This is not a black and white issue, this is a colorful argument. May the true color surface.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Hard Hatted Joshua Prince-Ramus

OMA is all over the map. At the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, Joshua Prince-Ramus leads the team that's working on the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Center for Information Science and Technology, while Los Angeles based Gruen Associates provides executive architecture services.

"We are delighted to have a design partner of the highest caliber in OMA. The combined intellect of Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Prince-Ramus will help us realize the full potential of the physical vision for IST," said David Baltimore, president of Caltech. "I am confident that they will design a building that will encourage the effective exchange of ideas across academic disciplines."

Peter Schroder, professor of computer science and chairman of the Annenberg Center building committee noted, "OMA's approach to the design of a building is as exacting and thorough as our approach to science and engineering. We have a real meeting of the minds."

Gruen Associates also has numerous well-known buildings to its credit, including such Los Angeles-area projects as the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles Convention Center renovation, and the Pacific Design Center.

Caltech will be represented on the project by Bonnie Khang-Keating, the Institute's head architect and director of the architecture and engineering department on campus.

The Walter and Leonore Annenberg Center for Information Science and Technology will serve as the interdisciplinary home for IST at Caltech. IST brings together people from different academic backgrounds to work on challenging problems that share a common theme of information. It is the first activity of its kind in the nation organized at an institutional level.

Rem Koolhaas returns to Alma Mater

OMA has signed with Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. to design the new Millstein Hall.

The new building will be used by the College of Architecture, Art and Planning and will accommodate classrooms, studios and office spaces for each of the College's departments. The building will also offer a major lecture hall, as well as a boardroom.

OMA's design will enable integration with an already existing building, which in previous design concepts had been earmarked for demolition. The project budget is estimated at US $34 million and groundbreaking will start in 2007.

Joshua Prince-Ramus, OMA partner and head of the firm's New York office, will lead the design team, together with Rem Koolhaas, who is a 1972 AA graduate, and one of the department's visiting lecturers since 2005.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

AMO & Platform 21

AMO, OMA's research office for architecture and new markets is involved with concept consulting for Platform 21


"Platform 21 is a new stage for design, fashion and creation.
As our name implies, Platform 21's focus is on contemporary issues and topics that will be of relevance in the future. We aim to create dynamic spaces for a variety of projects and activities that question and give insight into how the world is shaped around us.

The domain of creation is - at least to us - not something professionals have a monopoly on. We are interested in creative developments in fashion and design, including amateur initiatives. Platform 21 functions as an international meeting point, real and virtual, where seemingly disparate groups can inspire and strengthen each other: a network for people curious to explore our new century.

We are starting in a temporary home: a beautiful round chapel in the Zuidas district of southern Amsterdam. During this initial period, we look forward to experimenting with different ways of exhibiting design and fashion, showing the process of creation, and allowing interested designers and companies to share and test their latest projects. is another stage where we can show, tease, inform, question and play. It will develop into a 'little brother' or 'big sister' of Platform 21's real space, depending on the traffic it attracts.

In 2009, Platform 21 will move to a new 5,000m2 building near our present location. What this building will look like, how it will function, and who is going to design it are questions that have yet to be answered.

The Platform 21 concept will be developed further with the help of our founders, ING Real Estate, Premsela - Dutch Design Foundation and the Amsterdam City Council.

In the meantime, we hope to welcome you as a visitor, a contributor or a critic, online and our new site."