Remment Lucas ‘Rem’ Koolhaas, the eldest son of a famous dutch writer named Anton Koolhaas, is a dutch architect, architectural theorist, urbanist and professor at the Graduate school of Design at Harvard University.

Rem Koolhaas

He is considered as one of the most influential urban designer from all over the world. This Pritzker Prize holder also well known as a co-founder of an architectural firm, Office for Metropoliton Architects or OMA, which is a pioneer of not only capitalism but modernism in the world of architecture. The projects of OMA’s give the users a new dimension to see the world of spaces and utilize the void spaces in a very different way. They are actually giving a new shape to the world. The Jussieu- two Libraries, wood model, 1992 is one of the out of the box design process by the architects of OMA, and I chose the style or design process of these libraries to proceed further in my assessment work.

Jussieu- two libraries

According to Aaron Betsky, Rem is not contented to allow himself to be co-opted by capitalism, nor interested in the position of the marginal avant gardist, he dived into the stream of mass produced media to found within the historic discipline of architecture itself. He is a mythic maker, manipulator and mirror of data driven imagery. Though he is criticized for exceed budget and time limits with often difficult & uncomfortable spaces.

The designs made by Rem Koolhaas or OMA are tended towards sustainability as well as a denial of proper structural distinctions. Data works as a form in their work, not it led towards the form. The open structures of their designs are allowing for the continual manipulation as well as ‘open up’ experience through the intensified activity with voids. His techniques are categorized as Camouflage and Terminal Modernity.

Spatial Quality Of Jussieu Libraries….

These libraries are situated in Paris, France at Jussieu University campus. Initially it was supposed to be build two libraries separately, but OMA collaborated them into an open and continuous structure to make it an one unit library. According to REM, ‘ Architecture is hazardous mixture of omnipotence & impotence’, which is viewed in a state of distraction and depicts the public statement as well as personal statement. This building relates two factors; first, to treat the diagram as an icon; second, a tendency to apply the iconic diagram directly to the problem of a generating forum. It depicts the continuity of the structure from the ground floor to the roof. They uses the void as an inversion of ‘poche’. Moreover, Rem captures it’s energy by conceptualizing the void as a latent force contained between layers of solid force, instead of using solid void spaces. It is showcasing a relationship between subject and object, where floors and circulation are joined as a single element and the whole structure is a continuous structure; which is neither centralized nor centered stress. It is consist of diffused stress. And last but not the least, the surfaces of this vertical project is malleable and pillable, that is no longer specifically related to the ground and it partakes in a vertical continuum.



Now in the assessment we are supposed to follow the rules specially the spatial rules for the building to make our own model. So to change some area near UTS , I chose the tower building for my work.

UTS, tower building

As we can see that the design of the tower building is very static in nature and based upon some very heavy columns. So I found this building appropriate for my work as it matches one of the initial criteria , the columns. So initially I started with a piece of junk to get the relation between the floors and columns.

Very Initial Model

This is the very initial model, through which I tried to get the relationship between the floors and columns.

Study of Columns

After that I have studied about the columns. At present the columns are at the edge of the building. But if I want to follow the rules of OMA, then columns should be stick through all over the building.

Study of Slabs

After getting the idea of columns, it’s time for the slabs. In the tower building floors are stacked one by one, which means the void spaces are solid and the stress is a centralized stress. So I tried to make it a diffused stress by shifting the floors and in the next one I tried to join them in a single element to make a continuous structure.

Here are some iterations of my Final model….


After gathering all the ideas, I have started making my final one. I used balsa wood, as the material for the library model is also wood.

Final Model from different views

So, this is the final model with the idea of slabs and columns for UTS tower building. It can converts the building into a continuous structure as a single element and the void space can be used much efficiently with a diffused stress. And it can become more public building because of it’s presence; as Rem Koolhaas has used the image of architecture to produce a convincing architecture of image.


Here is the link for my stopframe animation of the model iteration……





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