Office for Metropolitan Information (OMI) opened with the first city of architecture for ants on Saturday the 20th of June 2015. STUDIO 1:1 designed a mini Rotterdam for the ant colony to live and work in. Spanish ants are taking control over Rotterdam’s architectural icons such as Markthal, Central Station and Van Nelle Factory.

Urban Ant City
The spatial installation ‘Urban Ant City’ by STUDIO 1:1, is a living city map of Rotterdam. Hundreds of Spanish ants find their way through the functionally planned city, designed by architects and urban planners. In the existing street plan, the ants create organic alternative routes, gradually developing a new Rotterdam. STUDIO 1:1 is a young Rotterdam based design company that focuses on research and design in the public space.

Office for Metropolitan Information (OMI)
OMI is a new center for the city; it is an information desk, exhibition space and has an extensive excursion program. This summer, tourists, visitors and Rotterdam’s residents can enjoy the very first program of OMI. Rotterdam’s icons are placed in a new perspective with special itineraries, maps, photos and a city presentation. OMI opens on the Day of Architecture as a central information point.

Partners OMI
OMI is an initiative of UrbanGuides, Perplekcity and Ossip Architecture Photography. These organizations offer city explorations, urban planning and photography combined in one place. In addition, an array of books and city guides have been collected and are presented at OMI, in collaboration with NAi Booksellers. Urban Ant City installation of STUDIO 1:1 is realized together with AIR, the architectural centre of Rotterdam.

Open: Daily from Saturday 20th June, Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 19:00, Sunday 12.00 – 17.00 Location: Schiekade 205 (Schieblock), Rotterdam.


Urban Ant City 01 © Ossip

Urban Ant City 02 © Ossip

Urban Ant City 03 © Ossip

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Urban Ant City 07 © Ossip