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19 Jan 2017

Ole Scheeren News

Ole Scheeren is set to build his first scheme in the UK – the British Film Institute’s (BFI) new £130m headquarters on London’s South Bank.

14 Nov 2012
Buro Ole Scheeren unveils design for twin towers DUO in Singapore

The design for this Malaysian-Singaporean joint venture actively engages the space of the surrounding city to form a new civic nucleus in Singapore’s modern metropolis. The two towers are not conceived as autonomous objects, but defined by the spaces they create around them.

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DUO Towers Singapore

Singapore consistently ranks as one of Asia’s most livable cities. However, it is increasingly dominated by isolated individual towers that favor exclusion over social connectivity. The prescribed zoning confronts the project with a dual dilemma: it splits the site into two separate pieces, and leaves large, bulky footprints for the resulting tower envelopes which risk overpowering the surroundings and the intimate scale of the adjacent historic Kampong Glam district.

9 Aug 2012

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Archipelago Cinema by Ole Scheeren, Venice, Italy

Archipelago Cinema by Ole Scheeren
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Archipelago Cinema by Ole Scheeren : Collateral Event of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia

29 Aug – 25 Nov 2012

Supported by the KT Wong Foundation

Archipelago Cinema, a floating auditorium designed by architect Ole Scheeren, will form part of the official selection of collateral events in the 13th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. An evocative outdoor theatre located within the old harbour basin Darsena Grande of the Arsenale, Venice’s historic shipyard, the modular raft will act as a mobile stage for public events, including the world premiere of the film Against All Rules. Against All Rules, a documentary essay produced by acclaimed filmmaker and architecture specialist Horst Brandenburg, presents profound insight into the work and philosophy of German-born and Beijing-based architect Ole Scheeren. Spanning a period of more than six years, the film follows the breath-taking construction of one of the most iconic buildings of recent times, the CCTV Headquarters in Beijing and the role of its lead architect Ole Scheeren – an unparalleled adventure in the world of architecture and construction.

The film ventures further to reveal the architect’s life and work beyond creating one of the largest buildings ever built. A wide range of other ground-breaking projects in Beijing, Bangkok, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur represent new prototypes in response to the complexity and growing challenges of a global and dramatically shifting world. As Horst Brandenburg states: “Ole Scheeren has come to stand for what architects have to fulfill beyond primary function: a promise, an aim, a dream, or a vision of the future at the beginning of the 21st century”.

Following the Venice premiere, Archipelago Cinema is set to embark on a journey around the globe, providing an itinerant platform for architectural discourse and film screenings, while Against All Rules will further feature at a series of international film festivals.

For more information on the film screening, and to request a ticket, please visit: www.archipelago-cinema.com

About KT Wong Foundation

The KT Wong Foundation aims to foster and build mutual understanding between China and the rest of the world through collaborative cultural projects that showcase the best of East and West. To this end the foundation acts as a catalyst and producer for innovative creative ventures that bring together artists in disciplines in the performing arts, documentary film, architecture and design. The foundation’s leitmotif is the exploration of the traditional as a complement to contemporary culture. Celebrating art forms of various periods within a modern context provides a new perspective that deepens appreciation. Says Lady Linda Davies, founder of the KT Wong Foundation: ‘The arts are the best way to build understanding and respect between cultures, because they express that which is noble and enduring in the human spirit and the values that are universal.’ The foundation’s projects have included a major production of Handel’s opera SEMELE with Theatre de la Monnaie, designed and directed by artist Zhang Huan.

About Horst Brandenburg
Specialized in architecture, design and art within their cultural framework and social contexts, 1952 German born author Horst Brandenburg is an internationally renowned filmmaker and video designer. Since 1984 documentaries for international TV, film-works, video-designs or multimedia presentations for museums, institutions, foundations and companies demonstrate, explore and question the multitude and dynamics of human creativity and expression. Horst Brandenburg has produced over sixty documentaries and two hundred short films featuring architects such as: Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid or Herzog & de Meuron and artists including Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke and Chuck Close.

About Ole Scheeren
German-born and Beijing-based Ole Scheeren is principal of Buro Ole Scheeren and an internationally celebrated architect and visiting professor at Hong Kong University. He is working on a series of projects, including Angkasa Raya in central Kuala Lumpur, a large-scale urban development in Singapore, a studio/gallery for a Beijing-based artist and the new headquarters for Guardian Auction in Beijing. Prior to founding Buro Ole Scheeren, he was partner and director of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, and responsible for the office’s work across Asia. He successfully led the design and realization of the China Central Television Station CCTV and the Television Cultural Centre TVCC in Beijing. Other projects include MahaNakhon, The Interlace, The Scotts Tower, as well as the Taipei Performing Arts Center. Scheeren directed OMA’s work for Prada and completed the Prada Epicenters in New York (2001) and Los Angeles (2004). Through Studio Ole Scheeren, he is exploring nonarchitectural projects and interventions, such as Archipelago Cinema, a floating auditorium first conceived in the Andaman Sea of Thailand which has now been recreated for the 13th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia.

9 Nov 2011

Ole Scheeren – Latest Design

Angkasa Raya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Angkasa Raya Tower
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Ole Scheeren – latest design
Internationally acclaimed architect Ole Scheeren unveils designs for landmark tower in Kuala Lumpur. Ole Scheeren, the architect behind one of the most iconic buildings of the 21st century, the CCTV headquarters in Beijing, today revealed his design for a new landmark tower in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. The 268 meter tall tower, Angkasa Raya, was unveiled today at an official ceremony in the capital, and will stand as a symbol of Malaysia’s diverse and multi-cultural society.

16 Sep 2010

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Internationally acclaimed architect Ole Scheeren announces new practice

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.

CCTV Beijing
image © OMA, from 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.

Prada New York
photo © OMA, from Büro Ole Scheeren

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.

Taipei Performing Arts Centre
image © OMA, from Büro Ole Scheeren

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.

Prada Los Angeles
photo : Lydia Gould © OMA, from Büro Ole Scheeren

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 recognises architecture as a connective and fundamentally social construct.

Büro Ole Scheeren Website : www.buro-os.com


OMA and Ole Scheeren to work independently

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OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) and Ole Scheeren announced that Ole Scheeren will be leaving the firm in order to establish his own studio.

During his time at OMA, Scheeren has led several of the firm’s projects, including the design and construction of CCTV and TVCC in Beijing, the Prada Epicenters in New York and Los Angeles, the MahaNakhon tower in Bangkok and the Interlace in Singapore.Rem Koolhaas commented: “Ole has played a significant role in the development of the office and has successfully led the realization of the CCTV project. After 15 years of collaboration, we have now decided to work independently. I am personally looking forward to furthering OMA’s activities in Asia.”

Ole Scheeren, who has accepted a post as Visiting Professor at Hong Kong University, added: “My collaboration with Rem Koolhaas and OMA has been an extraordinary experience – we have generated some remarkable projects both in East Asia and North America. The time has now come for me to pursue new opportunities, and I am very excited about this next phase of my work.”

By streamlining OMA’s Beijing operations, expanding its Hong Kong office, and placing both offices under the leadership of David Gianotten, general manager of OMA Asia, OMA believes it will be well positioned to offer its clients across Asia a strong and diversified portfolio of services. OMA will continue to execute its numerous projects in Asia, including the masterplan study for the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong, the Taipei Performing Arts Centre in Taiwan, the Shenzhen Stock Exchange and the Chu Hai College campus in Hong Kong.

About Ole Scheeren

Born in 1971 in Karlsruhe, Germany, Ole Scheeren is an internationally acclaimed architect and partner along with Rem Koolhaas in the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA).

Ole Scheeren was director of OMA Rotterdam and OMA Beijing and in charge of the firm’s work across Asia. As partner-in-charge of OMA’s largest project to date, he led the design and construction of the China Central Television Station (CCTV) and the Television Cultural Center (TVCC) in Beijing. His current projects include MahaNakhon, a 300-meter tower in Bangkok; The Interlace and The Scotts Tower, two residential developments in Singapore; a media center in Shanghai; the Taipei Performing Arts Centre in Taiwan; the conceptual plan study for the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong; and a recently-won competition to build a new city center for Shenzhen in southern China. Since 1999 he has directed OMA’s work for Prada and completed the Prada Epicenters in New York City (2001) and Los Angeles (2004). In 2006, Ole Scheeren designed two exhibitions – one for The Museum of Modern Art in New York and another for Beijing – featuring the CCTV project.

Ole Scheeren designs whilst at OMA

MahaNakhon Tower, Bangkok, Thailand
Ole Scheeren, Partner, Office for Metropolitan Architecture
MahaNakhon Building
image © OMA/Ole Scheeren 2009
Ole Scheeren design : MahaNakhon

Central Chinese Television Tower, Beijing, China
Ole Scheeren, Partner, Office for Metropolitan Architecture
China Central Television Headquarters
photo by Ole Scheeren
Ole Scheeren design : CCTV Beijing

More design projects by Ole Scheeren online soon

Singapore Scotts Tower
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Location:39 Dongsanhuan ZhongLu, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100022, China ‘