Profile

Büro Ole Scheeren is an international architecture firm that practices architecture, urbanism, interior design, and research.

“architecture is imagined as a matrix of hybrid narratives from which to construct future realities”

Büro Ole Scheeren has a team of seventy plus international architects and designers working together worldwide.

Through its intensely involved and focused practice, Büro Ole Scheeren applies critical thinking to a process that extends beyond the boundaries of architectural production to realize specific and unexpected solutions. It seeks to engage people and cultures, technologies and materials, psychologies and experiences, and recognizes architecture as a connective and fundamentally social construct. Architecture is imagined as a matrix of hybrid narratives from which to construct future realities – conceptual, spatial, and experiential – and a rigorous search for new potentials to realize specific unexpected solutions inhabited by the lives of people and cities.

“…work ranges from city-defining structures to cultural buildings…”

Büro Ole Scheeren’s work ranges from city-defining structures to cultural buildings, including the Guardian Art Center in Beijing, the mixed-use DUO in Singapore, and the MahaNakhon tower in Bangkok, which are currently all under construction. Further projects under development include, amongst others, Angkasa Raya in Kuala Lumpur awaiting to commence construction, as well as a residential development on the coastline of South China, a large-scale urban redevelopment in the city center of Shenzhen, and a new high-rise residential tower in downtown Vancouver.

Through Studio Ole Scheeren, the office engages in non-architectural projects and interventions – from cultural art exhibition and installation design; graphic design and identity/positioning; interactive design and user experience; to topical research and cultural analysis – for Büro Ole Scheeren’s architectural works as well as separately commissioned studies on urbanism, design, and innovation.

Positions and Intentions

we like to build and we believe in reality. but we also believe in possibilities. we imagine alternatives and we rethink the givens. we search for meaning. we think of architecture as a place of habitation as a social construct as a space for the life of human beings. we see beauty in rawness and refinement, in dematerialization or even monumentality. we are interested in how architecture creates memories and how it creates stories. we are interested in narratives, in the stories that could be imagined and that could unfold within the spaces we create. design is simply a tool it is the tool we use in our work, but it is not our work’s meaning or content. architecture should connect the people that inhabit it, the people that imagine it, cultures and natures, technologies and materials, psychologies and experiences. we are inspired by complexity. by its beauty and freedom, by its subversive nature, by its inability to be completely defined. but we are also committed to clarity, to a strong rationale and logic, and to a thorough understanding of whatever is at stake. we are professionals, but we question our own assumptions. we don’t simply tell you what you want to hear, but we try to identify what you should know. we do not only observe or analyze, but we engage and become involved. and we change our own position while we change our environment. architecture is about responsibility and it requires the fullest commitment to its realities and its fantasies, to its demanding and intricate process. we are partly european and partly asian. our minds and experiences are a hybrid of different cultures and contexts. we are interested in what we can learn and how our own position creates links between the multiple realities the world is embedded in. we engage in an exploration of strategies rather than the implementation of predefined methods and matrixes. knowledge is as important as the ability to think things anew and differently. we believe in our intuition and we believe in its utmost importance for everything we do.