Popular architectural figure, Rem Koolhaas, has a large following due to his unconventional and sometimes weird buildings. In 1975 Koolhaas, his wife, and Elia and Zoe Zenghelis opened OMA, a collective “hothouse research lab” as described by Icon. In addition to architecture, Koolhaas is also an author (S, M, L, XL and Content), a theorist, an urban planner, a cultural researcher and a professor at Harvard. Among his numerous projects, he has designed the Seattle Central Library, and the CCTV Headquarters in Beijing (his largest work to date).
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