Quote of Note | Rem Koolhaas


“I was born in Rotterdam, but when I was four months old my parents took me to Amsterdam, and I never went back until I was thirty-eight and needed to decide where our architecture office would be located. I had just returned from America and had to choose between Amsterdam and someplace else in the Randstad. My instincts told me that Rotterdam would offer the best breeding ground for the kind of architecture we wanted to create, and I was vaguely aware that, since [Second World] War, and partly because Rotterdam was destroyed then, the city had systematically fostered the whole idea of modernity in the Netherlands.”
Rem Koolhaas

Pictured: A recent addition to the Rotterdam skyline is the OMA-designed De Rotterdam, a mixed-use slab-tower conceived as a “vertical city” on the river Maas.