Internationally Acclaimed Architect Ole Scheeren Announces New Practice
Sep 16, 2010
Ole Scheeren, former Partner along with Rem Koolhaas at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and Director of OMA Asia, announces the opening of his architecture studio, Büro Ole Scheeren.
Widely known for leading the groundbreaking design and construction of one of the world’s largest and most iconic buildings, the China Central Television Station (CCTV) and the Television Cultural Centre (TVCC) in Beijing, Scheeren has extensive experience on architectural projects of varying scale in multiple cultures and contexts. His work spans from the Prada epicentre stores in New York and Los Angeles, to the large-scale residential complex of The Interlace in Singapore and the Taipei Performing Arts Centre in Taiwan.
Ole Scheeren has established his studio in Beijing and Hong Kong together with long-time collaborator Eric Chang. In addition, he holds the position of Visiting Professor at Hong Kong University. In choosing China as the firm’s headquarters, Büro Ole Scheeren demonstrates its commitment to Asia and the region’s acute significance in the worlds of architecture and design. As part of its international operations, Büro Ole Scheeren is establishing a further base in London.
Scheeren’s new practice will continue to exemplify his ability to work at extreme scales. Current projects range from city-defining structures to small, intimate buildings and include a 250 meter tall tower in the centre of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; an 800,000 square meter mixed use project in Chongqing, China; and a studio/gallery building for a Beijing-based artist. Furthermore, the firm has been invited to compete for a 2000 seat theatre near Beijing.
Through its intensely involved, committed, and focused practice, Büro Ole Scheeren is pursuing a rigorous search for new potentials in architecture through which to discover and implement specific, thoughtful, and unexpected solutions. Fusing global experience and general knowledge with precise understanding and appreciation of local conditions, Büro Ole Scheeren applies critical thinking to a process that extends beyond the boundaries of architectural production. It seeks to engage people and cultures, technologies and materials, psychologies and experiences and recognizes architecture as a connective and fundamentally social construct.