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Hanwha Galleria . Gwanggyo

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The new Galleria department store is located in the Gwanggyo, a developing urban district close to Seoul. The site is at an intersection between nature and city, situated between the Suwon Gwanggyo Lake Park with natural hills, forest and trekking routes and colorless and anonymous buildings. Drawing upon the locations rural scenery, the building evokes a sculpted stone, forming a visual anchor for the new downtown of Gwanggyo. Continue reading OMA

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MANGALEM . Tirana

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In September 2016 OMA was comissioned to develop a masterplan for a residential complex on the outskirts of Tirana, the capital of Albania. The city is paving its way into becoming a major metropolitan area by 2030 with a dramatic increase of population. Moreover the city envisions a green belt [metrobosco] which will stop the intense urban sprawl. The site is located on the fringes of the center. It sits on one hand at the edge of the planned 4th ring road –which will allow an increase of heights in order to frame it– and on the other at a close proximity to the the envisioned metrobosco. Continue reading OMA . Kontakt Shpk

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Casa da Musica . Porto

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The past thirty years have seen frantic attempts by architects to escape the domination of the “shoe-box” concert hall. Rather than struggle with the inescapable acoustic superiority of this traditional shape, the Casa da Musica attempts to reinvigorate the traditional concert hall in another way: by redefining the relationship between the hallowed interior and the general public outside. The Casa da Musica, the new home of the National Orchestra of Porto, stands on a new public square in the historic Rotunda da Boavista. It has a distinctive faceted form, made of white concrete, which remains solid and believable in an age of too many icons. Inside, the elevated 1,300-seat (shoe box-shaped) Grand Auditorium has corrugated glass facades at either end that open the hall to the city and offer Porto itself as a dramatic backdrop for performances. Casa da Musica reveals its contents without being didactic; at the same time, it casts the city in a new light. Continue reading OMA