Police Station

This was the first true building finished by OMA on their own, although a very late contester for the race. OMA had been studying designs for the police authorities of Almere, the last new town in Holland not far from Amsterdam, when the temporary police station of Almere-Haven, one of the multi-centers of Almere, burnt down accidentally. This created an urgent need and so programs were pushed forward and the new police station was built in the last six months of 1985. Although representative of OMA’s work and functions well, it is generally felt within the office that until the Netherlands Dance Theatre at The Hague is finished, it would be better to subdue the double page color spreads and keep the champagne bottles in reserve a little longer.