Quondam, Palais des Exposé (2000).

OMA, Agadir Convention Centre (Agadir, Morocco: 1990).

OMA, Educatorium (Utrecht: 1997).

From a 1998 interview of Winny Maas and Jacob van Rijs conducted by Bettina Grunschel, formerly available at IAZ:

BG: You Winy and Jacob worked both with Rem Koolhaas. His Edukatorium in Utrecht and your VPRO share certain apparent parallels.

Winy Maas: They were both designed more or less in the same period, one year after Jussieu, three years after Agadir. It was as if these designs had to be confirmed, not only in OMA or in our office, but as well in other offices like Alejandro Zaera and Farshid Moussavi's.

Note: Le Corbusier's Palais des Congrès is the design that was actually confirmed.

BG: Today we talk a lot about modelling the ground and folding the plan.

Winy Maas: Exactly. Everyone is talking about it. It had already begun in 1990 with the Agadir project. From that moment it appears in a series of buildings. It may also be interesting to look immediately at the differences in order to explore what these buildings are actually researching. I haven't looked at that very carefully yet although somebody may do so. (J. van Rijs: There are similarities but the buildings are quite different in the way they work, it is not just the programme. One thing is the Edukatorium, which is a kind of an extruded one-section. The VPRO does it in two or three directions.)

Question: Could it be that the notion of architectural 'ground modeling' and 'plan folding' was already present within Le Corbusier's 1964 design of the Palais des Congrès?

Quondam, Palais des Exposé (2000).

OMA, Jessieu Library (Paris: 1993-97), conceptual model.

As a "three dimensional network", Jussieu does indeed greatly elaborate the 'tectonic plates' of the Palais des Congrès, however, the Corbusian promenade architecturale paradigm of sequential ascent through 'forest', profane base, inside/outside box, and ultimately to luminous heights, which the Palais manifests, does not readily translate at Jussieu.

The unexecuted late work of Le Corbusier is perhaps the predominate influence of late twentieth century (European) architectural design.

Great moments in architectural history are often reenacted.

Quondam, Palais des Exposé (2000).




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