Presentation of the Euralille project and interview with its architect, Rem Koolhas, in his research consultancy in Rotterdam.
Unavoidable figure of the contemporary architectural avant-garde in his writing as much as his radical projects, Rem Koolhaas has developed a method allowing for a mixture of programs and interconnections of flow. Using a raw vocabulary of materials and contemporary ones too, he's attracted by chaos theory. He notably completed the Maison Floriac in Bordeaux, Nexus Housing in Japan, the Kunsthal in Rotterdam and the planning of Euralille. His projects have been exported all over the world and influence the new generations. He is currently building the CCN headquarters for the TV station in Beijing, with an area of 575,000m².
First a journalist for theHaagse Post, he founded the OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) in 1975 in London after having completed his studies at the Architecture Association. He became known for his worksDelirious New Yorkin 1978, a retrospective proclamation in Manhattan, andS,M,L,XLin association with the graphic artist Bruce Mau. Today the OMA has over 300 collaborators and 6 associates (Koolhaas, Scheeren, van Loon, de Graaf, Alkemade and van der Chijs) whose activity is centred around large construction and planning projects. Its equivalent AMO developed research and design for the group in multi-discipline domains such as sociology, technology, media and politics, publishing numerous works. Several prizes have been awarded to Koolhaas, of which the Pritzker Prize, the Praemium Imperial, the Médaille d'Or from RIBA and the Mies Van der Rohe prize.