Rotterdam almost certainly has the highest concentration of cutting-edge architects in the world--including MVRDV, West 8, Neutelings Riedijk, and, of course, Rem Koolhaas's OMA. So it's no surprise that the competition to design its new city hall was fierce--and Rem Koolhaas, the emperor of the local design scene, has won.
The building is slated to be the greenest building in the Netherlands . OMA's proposal, though it looks pretty cool, won out thanks to a certain blunt functionality.
Because the huge structure will be made of modular units, the building will be easier and less resource-intensive to build, and it's actual shape can mutate over time. As more space is needed, modules can be added. Fitting into the surrounding site--and also creating street-level public spaces--is just a matter of hollowing out the cube structure, in clever places.
However winning, the Rotterdam design underscores OMA's obsession with big buildings that look like a jumble of pixels or a pile of building blocks (depending on your viewpoint). For example: Their new apartment tower in New York , and another in Singapore .
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