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The new embassy is a marriage of contrasts, exhibiting OMA's view of the world as dissymmetrical though not dystopian. The key organising device is the 'trajectory', here a continuous route of ramps and stairs weaving from bottom to top of the building. The Dutch are keen to promote its architect as a national symbol; George Lawson, counsellor for cultural affairs, describes Koolhaas as 'the most important source of inspiration for Dutch architects' and 'the most important reason for the interest and appreciation for Dutch architecture'. An enigmatic quote from S, M, L, XL masks Rem's blushes - 'In Holland there are no mountains, just wind'.

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