I had never seen in person a building by OMA, but as a student I was a huge fan of the work, especially the Maison Bordeaux house, which I studied, analyzed and emulated in all its glory. And thanks to EuroWest, I was traveling in Milan, with a chance to visit the Prada Museum, designed by OMA and recently opened in time for Milan Expo. To finally see in person OMA’s work was a great surprise, providing encouragement for me to continue in a modernist vein of design: modernist organization, simplification, and clarification of design with richly detailed, original and varied materiality. The Prada Museum especially excels at the juxtaposition of materiality: travertine and plexi-glass, steel and glass, end-grained lumbered and metal grating, concrete and hollow-core plastic. This museum is a dream for someone who loves thoughtful use of materials. So I’m not going to bore you anymore with my inadequate words…here it is…enjoy!
David Bjørngaard, August 2015