Architect Rem Koolhaas sets his sights on the East

CNN‘s show “Icon” features OMA’s exhibition on preservation at the Venice Biennale, and follows Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten to Hong Kong, where they discuss the conceptual masterplan for the West Kowloon Cultural District.
With Dubai no longer the booming architect’s playground it once was, China is an increasingly attractive territory for leading architects.

Rem Koolhaas, the Dutch architect and thinker known for bold, adventurous designs like the Seattle Public Library and the new Central Chinese Television headquarters in Beijing, recently unveiled his plans for a cultural district in Hong Kong.

“I think that any architect today has to be interested in China,” the Pritzker-prize-winner told CNN at the Venice Architecture Biennale, where he was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement award.

Plans are still in their initial stages, as the architect’s Rotterdam firm — the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) — is in competition with firms Foster + Partners and Rocco Design Architects Ltd for the commission…. Read the rest of the article here