Dutch Firm Awarded Nation’s Highest Architecture Award

19 November 2007 (Last Updated November 19th, 2007 06:56)

The Royal Institute of Dutch Architects has awarded the Dutch-based Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) the annual Kubus Award – the highest accolade handed out by the Insitute. OMA received the award for its total body of work which the institute says "stands for optimism and au

The Royal Institute of Dutch Architects has awarded the Dutch-based Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) the annual Kubus Award – the highest accolade handed out by the Insitute.

OMA received the award for its total body of work which the institute says "stands for optimism and audacity" in both the Netherlands and beyond.

The firm has been behind designs for Kunsthal Rotterdam, the Netherlands Dance Theatre in The Hague, Utrecht University campus building Educatoriam, the Souterrain subterranean tram stations in The Hague and the Netherlands Embassy in Berlin, Germany.

"The jury believes that OMA is not only able to create spaces of unique beauty that show a profound attention to detail but also that the methods employed by the office have an extremely strong influence on the smooth running of projects," a statement released by OMA says.

"The office maintains a non-conventional way of design and approaches every commission with unconditional energy."

By staff writer