Official Trailer for REM Documentary / Tomas Koolhaas / 2013

Official Trailer for REM Documentary / Tomas Koolhaas / 2013


Footnotes

The layering of images, coupled with the sense that you are constantly slipping around the building's edges, imbues the space with a subtle erotic charge, as if the purity of the architectural spaces were being infected by unconscious images, a swirl of fragmented memories and repressed desires. ➡︎

The switch from movies to architecture wasn’t so extreme, he claims: “Design is all about entrances and exits. People say my buildings are episodic, and I consider that a compliment.” Indeed, Koolhaas’s buildings have a cinematic sense of continuity: rooms dissolve into one another. The new Casa da Música in Porto, for example, uses angled ramps to sweep you from the ground floor, past a succession of increasingly dramatic spaces—a futuristic aluminum-clad ticketing area, a glass-floored cocktail bar—and through a stage-side entry into an auditorium sheathed in gold leaf. Before heading to your seat, you face the crowd and feel, for a moment, the thrill of being a performer. ➡︎


Sources

◼︎ Rem Koolhaas Learns Not to Overthink It / Nicolai Ouroussoff / The New York Times / April 10 2005

◼︎ Intelligent Design / Daniel Zalewski / The New Yorker / March 14 2005


The Philharmonic Concert Hall opens in West Berlin / October 15, 1963

The Philharmonic Concert Hall opens in West Berlin / October 15, 1963

Casa da Música Oporto / stgo.es / 2009

Casa da Música Oporto / stgo.es / 2009