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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Worldwide architecture firm comes to the Barbican

15th December 2011

Until February 19th next year, the Barbican centre will be playing host to an exhibition by renowned architecture practice OMA.

The Barbican is located in the heart of London close to Smithfield market, the iconic St Paul's Cathedral and the Guildhall, just a short tube ride on the Central Line from the best hotels in Marble Arch.

The exhibition is called Progress and features "a compelling selection of materials from archives, collections and OMA-offices across the globe," according to the curators.

OMA was founded in 1975 by Rem Koolhaas, Elia and Zoe Zenghelis and Madelon Vriesendorp as the Office for Metropolitan Architecture.

From its inception, the practice gained a reputation through a number of entries for high profile competitions, including the Dutch Parliament Extension in 1978; as well as working on large-scale urban projects such as Euralille, a 70-hectare business and civic centre in northern France.

The company now comprises seven partners and around 280 staff, has recently been working on projects such as developing a new headquarters for Rothschild Bank in London – some of its first work in the UK.

Also operating out of the firm's Rotterdam office is the design and research studio AMO. Unlike OMA, which concentrates on building design, AMO "operates in areas beyond the traditional boundaries of architecture," such as fashion and politics.

The exhibition of OMA's work has been described as "full of generosity and honesty" by TimeOut magazine and "a display of fierce energy and intelligence" by the Observer and will provide exhibition-goers with an insight into its "daring and unconventional" mentality.

Once you have visited the show the chance is there to retire to some of most opulent hotel architecture in the world at one the 5 star hotels in the city centre and enjoy the calm of a luxury suite. 


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