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Thursday24 July 2014

Rem Koolhaas wins overhaul of Hong Kong transit system

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OMA has been commissioned to produce the new design strategy and branding for Hong Kong’s public transport operator.

Rem Koolhaas’s practice will also design and build two new stations as prototypes for the whole MTR network as part of the project.

Its brief for Railway Vision 2020 includes rethinking all elements of a station, from its engagement at street level to its concourses, connections, furniture and visual identity.

OMA partner-in-charge David Gianotten, who will lead the project, said: “We are honoured to contribute to the identity of one of Hong Kong’s most important and efficient companies, as well as the overall identity of Hong Kong, through this project.

“OMA’s history of research and its dedication to the development of the city will be crucial for our approach to the work .”

The practice is already working in the territory on the new campus for Chu Hai College and as one of three shortlisted architects on the West Kowloon Cultural District project.

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  • Between Steve Holl and OMA the Far East will be an Uber Modernist paradise in ten years time.

    On other words, more soulless expanses of machine made materials perhaps weathering badly or perhaps going on fire, unlikely to relate to human scale or to "plug in" to human sensitivity.

    Iconic machine made pieces of industrial design that seem to wander far from the tents of the "delight" I like to experience when I look at architecture.

    Lets hope there are other designers emplyed by China and Japan that will eschew the BIG statements and square angles for something a little more easy on the eye closer to human scale.

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  • zecks_marquise

    The fact that the Hong Kong government recognises that continued investment is required should be applauded. Im sure that HK with invest in quality materials which will only highlight the cheapness of the (if it is ever finished) crossrail fit out. As far as aesthetics - Michael, have you ever been to Hong Kong? If a train is more than 5 minutes late it makes the evening news - the whole transport network is a super efficient machine so Rem seems entirely appropriate.

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  • Do they need an overhaul? We definitely do! Come over here REM

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  • zecks_marquise

    You mention "aesthetics ... super efficient machine" in one sentence.
    I would have expected no more from a guy with a Manga avatar LOL!
    But I think you missed the point, or chose to do so.

    As for Japanese being concerned about their trains - they should be - doesn't a significant proportion of the Japanese population travel on them every day?

    A lifestyle built around the cramped, showy, swish mass transit of millions is hardly one to extol aesthetic virtues.
    These people need to slow down a bit and appreciate life.
    :)

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  • michael o'neill

    "you said As for Japanese being concerned about their trains - they should be - doesn't a significant proportion of the Japanese population travel on them every day?"

    jeez bro, we are talking about hong kong not japan LOL. do they all look the same to you?

    hong kongers come from hong kong

    japanese people come from japan.

    slow down and appreciate life? i lived in HK and trust me you get plenty of time to appreciate life when things work ! unlike london.

    dont judge until you have either lived there, or had first hand experience..

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