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        • Modernism on Steroids
          Casa Palestra, The Domestic Project

        Luis Castillo Villegas writes about OMA’s
        version of a gym or a Casa palestra,
        designed in 1986 for the 17th Triennial of
        Milan. The architecture seems simple: it is
        a ‘bent’ reproduction of the Barcelona
        Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe. Nevertheless,
        there are notable differences, such as the
        use of materials and the programmatic
        intensity. The most symbolic decision in
        the design is the purloin of the original
        sculpture in Mies’s pavilion by Georg Kolbe,
        replaced by Koolhaas with the statue of a
        naked female bodybuilder.

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        Castillo Villegas, L. (2015). Modernism on Steroids. Casa Palestra, The Domestic Project. OMA. The First Decade, OASE, (94), 79–81. Retrieved from https://oasejournal.nl/en/Issues/94/ModernismOnSteroids

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