The best things ever said by Rem Koolhaas

OMA’s Rem Koolhaas & David Gianotten were just selected to design MPavilion 2017, and in honor of the occasion, we made a list of our favorite Rem Koolhaas quotes.

Rem Koolhaas

MPavilion is a project spanning throughout four years, located in Queen Victoria Gardens, in the centre of Melbourne’s Southbank Arts Precinct, initiated by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation with support from City of Melbourne and the Victorian State Government.

It all started in 2014 when MPavilion was designed by Australian firm Sean Godsell Architects. 2015 was in the hands of AL_A the studio of Stirling Prize–winning architect Amanda Levete, MPavilion 2016 was designed by Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai, an award-winning architect, and 2017 belongs to Netherlands-based OMA and will be designed by Rem Koolhaas & David Gianotten. With this appointment, MPavilion becomes first building designed and constructed by OMA in Australia.

Rem Koolhaas founded OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) in 1975 in collaboration with Madelon Vriesendorp, and Elia and Zoe Zenghelis. Today, together with eight partners, Koolhaas heads the work of both OMA and AMO, the research branch of OMA. Their work operates within traditional boundaries of architecture and urbanism and includes commissions by Fondazione Prada in Milan, the Garage Museum in Moscow’s Gorky Park, Casa da Musica in Porto, the Seattle Public Library….

That said, we all know Rem Koolhaas can work magic and say magic, so for the occasion, we made a short list of our favorite quotes from the master himself.

“Our society can no longer tolerate ugliness. You see that in cars, sofas and women. [But] ugliness also has a right to exist.”

 “If less is more, maybe nothing is everything.”

 “Journalists seem mostly interested in what brand of shoes I wear.”

 “A building has at least two lives – the one imagined by its maker and the life it lives afterward – and they are never the same.”

 “All important architecture of the last century was strongly influenced by political systems. Look at the Soviet system, with its constructivism and Stalinism, Weimer with its Modern style, Mussolini and the Nazis and Albert Speer’s colossal structures. Today’s architecture is subservient to the market and its terms. The market has supplanted ideology. Architecture has turned into a spectacle. It has to package itself and no longer has significance as anything but a landmark.”

 “The good is not a category that interests me.”

 “I am very lucky to be part of a generation that has experienced poverty. We moved to Amsterdam, which was devastated by the war. My parents were absolutely poor—with bicycles with wooden wheels. The idea of luxury was extremely remote and has remained remote. I have pleasures, like swimming, that are often quite cheap.”

MPavilion 2017 designed by OMA / Rem Koolhaas & David Gianotten opens October 3RD, 2017.

Text: Katja Horvat

Photos: Courtesy of OMA/AMO and Mpavilion

20.02.2017 | Kategorien Design, Event, Kunst | Tags , , , , , ,