Koolhaas' Casa da Musica in Porto.
A year ago this January there was a discussion of modern architecture over at Roger's place kicked off by Roger's visit to the Seattle Library. Some of us, *cough*, felt that Rem Koolhaas had created an unlivable monstrosity and scammed Seattle for millions of dollars for the privilege of doing so. Well, guess where Koolhaas lives?
SPIEGEL: Some people say that if architects had to live in their own buildings, cities would be more attractive today.
Koolhaas: Oh, come on now, that's really trivial.
SPIEGEL: Where do you live?
Koolhaas: That's unimportant. It's less a question of architecture than of finances.
SPIEGEL: You're avoiding the question. Where do you live?
Koolhaas: OK, I live in a Victorian apartment building in London.
So there you have it. At least the man knows what works, he just chooses to torture the rest of us for his own perverse pleasure. More here. I admit that I chose the ugliest photo for illustration. For I am a professional. Here is a view of lesser ugliness.