Ole Scheeren

The picture shows Ole Scheeren. He is standing in a black suit at the ZKM, on one of the bridges above the foyer against the background of the museum balcony. He forms the center of the image and looks directly into the camera.
Year of birth, place
1971, Karlsruhe, Germany

Ole Scheeren has gained worldwide recognition for his designs for innovative high-rise buildings, residential projects and hybrid art spaces. His landmark projects shape the way we interact with our cities, creating new social narratives through a bold vision of architecture as a highly connective and inclusive environment.

For him, architecture is a kind of body or stage on which human life can unfold. Beyond their mere functionality, his buildings activate the imagination, fantasy and emotions of the people who live and work in them, true to Scheeren's motto "form follows fiction". With his stacked horizontal buildings and their many openings to nature, as in the residential complex »The Interlace« (2013), Scheeren explores new perspectives on vertical thinking and building in today's urban environment, designing new living spaces for people and their needs.

In 2010, Scheeren founded his architectural practice, Büro Ole Scheeren, with offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Berlin, and London, where he is chief designer and responsible for managing the firm's business, creative vision, and strategic development. His projects have won numerous awards, including the CTBUH Urban Habitat Award 2021 for DUO in Singapore, the World Building of the Year Award 2015 for »The Interlace« in Singapore, and the CTBUH Best Tall Building Worldwide Award 2013 for the CCTV Headquarters in Beijing.

Ole Scheeren emphasizes the need to find transformative solutions to the challenges of today's society. His architecture is distinguished by a 30-year commitment to translating his creative visions into highly successful projects, including the completion of three major projects in 2018: »MahaNakhon« in Bangkok, DUO towers in Singapore, and the Guardian Art Center in the historic center of Beijing.

Ole Scheeren's ongoing work includes the 398m Empire City Towers Complex in Ho Chi Minh City, »Fifteen Fifteen by Ole Scheeren«, a branded high-end residential tower in Vancouver, Abaca Mactan Resort in the Philippines and the new headquarters of ZTE, one of China's largest tech giants in Shenzhen, among many others.