Since 2010, Ole Scheeren leads his practice Büro Ole Scheeren with offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Berlin, and London. His designs represent complex and technologically advanced systems that, despite their often enormous dimensions, maintain their focus on specific and unexpected solutions for the lives of people.
His residential development The Interlace in Singapore was awarded the inaugural CTBUH Urban Habitat Award by the Chicago Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat in 2014, and named World Building of the Year 2015 at the World Architecture Festival. Instead of a group of vertical, singular towers, The Interlace accommodates more than one thousand residential units in horizontally stacked volumes, which are placed on a hexagonal grid in multiple, interconnected layers. The 314 meters tall skyscraper MahaNakhon in Bangkok, completed in 2018, belongs to the world’s most memorable structures. It’s pixelated ribbon of terraces and protrusions spirals around the tower’s entire height, revealing its inner life to the city. The headquarters of China’s national broadcaster CCTV in Beijing, with its giant loop one of the largest and most iconic buildings in the world, was led by Ole Scheeren as partner-in-charge at OMA.
With ole scheeren : spaces of life, the ZKM | Center for Art and Media is presenting the first comprehensive solo exhibition of the German-born architect. The show will focus on the experience of architecture in immersive installations in the ZKM’s large atriums. Peter Weibel, artistic and scientific director of the ZKM, says: “Ole Scheeren’s projects are the result of an intensive experimental urban field research. They are stunning aesthetic solutions to social and ecological considerations. Architecture becomes a living organism in which all components, from humans to plants, are participants in an active idea of co-habitation.”
The ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe is a worldwide unique cultural institution, which was founded in 1989 with the mission of taking the classical arts into the digital era and expanding the traditional remit of a museum. The ZKM is a home for all media and genres that combines space-based and time-based forms of art. At the intersection of art, science, technology, and society, the ZKM combines research and production, exhibitions and events, collections and archives, education and documentation; for this reason it is also referred to as “the digital Bauhaus.”
Exhibition ole scheeren : spaces of life December 10, 2022 – June 04, 2023