issue 30 (Dec 2015)
WHAT IS AN ICON? A place, a person, an object?
Thirty global creatives nominate their favourite icon and share their thoughts on what makes it so, and the significant role it plays in our everyday lives.
Icon: Rem Koolhass
I first met Rem Koolhaas back in 1995, during my study at AA school in London. I still keep a vivid memory, or perhaps the moment felt more like a shock to me. Koolhaas had made a big impact on my career ever since and changed the way I looked at cities and architecture forever. Koolhaas’ wit and attitude towards design taught me to think outside the box and push boundaries of architecture.
The importance of landscape in a design approach was one important influence I remembered when Koolhaas spoke. I was fascinated to get to know a new possibility in design and creating a much richer journey and experience through architecture as a landscape, rather than the ‘copy-paste’ mediocre buildings that all look the same in global cities, and what Koolhaas once called such a monotonous experience as “the death of architecture”.