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Reinier de Graaf

Part­ner OMA & Direc­tor OMA

Archi­tec­ture and energy

Archi­tects design build­ings. At least that’s what they were known to do. But some archi­tects have pulled down the walls between their own domain and the world around them. And they have great ideas on mar­ket­ing, on art, and also on energy on a Pan Euro­pean level.

In 2009 Gor­ba­chov declared: ‘Tear down this wall and save the planet.’ He was encour­ag­ing peo­ple to go beyond national inter­est and vested eco­nomic inter­est, to come together and sim­ply address a prob­lem that tran­scends the size of the nation on a scale that tran­scends the size of the nation.

OMA part­ner Reinier de Graaf did just that and con­tributed to Roadmap 2050, an ini­tia­tive of the Euro­pean Cli­mate Foun­da­tion. Roadmap 2050 devel­oped a model for sus­tain­able energy sources that also includes North­ern Africa. De Graaf explains. ‘Europe is more than just a lot of coun­tries and land­scapes. Europe also has an enor­mously diverse cli­mate. This makes it the per­fect ter­ri­tory to cap­i­tal­ize on renew­able energy sources in a sit­u­a­tion of mutual ben­e­fit. For exam­ple: In sum­mer, the windy north can profit from the sunny south, and in the win­ter the sunny south can profit from the windy north. The com­ple­men­tar­i­ties are not just lim­ited to wind.

We have labeled this sys­tem Eneropa. Eneropa is a vision­ary con­cept of a very pos­si­ble Euro­pean future in which regions do not derive their iden­tity from their cul­ture, but from their main source of renew­able energy.’

As Part­ner of OMA Reinier de Graaf is respon­si­ble for a num­ber of projects in Europe and the Mid­dle East. His work includes the rede­vel­op­ment of the Com­mon­wealth Insti­tute site in Lon­don, ‘De Rot­ter­dam’, the largest build­ing in the Nether­lands, the mas­ter­plan for the White City area of Lon­don and the har­bour rede­vel­op­ment in Rigaand Water­front City in Dubai.

In 2002 Reinier de Graaf became a direc­tor for AMO, the think tank of OMA. AMO applies archi­tec­tural think­ing to issues and oppor­tu­ni­ties beyond the con­ven­tional bor­ders of archi­tec­ture and urban­ism. While OMA is ded­i­cated to the real­iza­tion of build­ings and mas­ter plans, AMO oper­ates in fields includ­ing soci­ol­ogy, tech­nol­ogy, media and pol­i­tics. Notable AMO projects are Zeekracht; a mas­ter­plan for a renew­able energy infra­struc­ture in the North Sea. The Bar­code; an alter­na­tive flag for the Euro­pean Union and a con­cep­tual study for the off-shore relo­ca­tion of Schiphol Air­port. Cur­rently AMO is work­ing for the Her­mitage Museum, Strelka; a new post­grad­u­ate school for media, archi­tec­ture and design in Moscow,and for fash­ion house Prada. In addi­tion it is engaged in stud­ies for the Euro­pean Union and var­i­ous OMA projects.