Ole Scheeren: Why great architecture should tell a story
Ole Scheeren - Architect
Ole Scheeren designs buildings that generate both functional and social spaces. Full bio
of a famous doctrine.
modernity's ambitious manifesto
from the decorative,
and restrained purpose.
of this phrase by Bernard Tschumi,
a completely different quality.
and buildings as a space of stories --
in these buildings.
the experiences our buildings create.
in it and with it.
ideas for how the space of living
could be different,
or a space of media could look like today.
they're being built.
in physical reality
as organizational structures.
structural thinking, like a system:
in both a functional
that generate a series
of our buildings
those stories at the same time?
the buildings we create.
as complex systems of relationships,
and emotive or social way.
for China's national broadcaster,
with Rem Koolhaas at OMA.
the city planners showed us this image:
only a handful of them existed.
that we knew almost nothing about,
it would all be about verticality.
it's a profoundly hierarchical structure,
the bottom the worst,
the better, so it seems.
a completely different quality?
and could it be about a system
rather than isolation?
and bent it back into itself,
program production, broadcasting,
of interconnected activities
of exchange and collaboration.
if you remember the human body
and circulatory systems, like at school.
no longer as built substance,
of primary technical clusters --
broadcasting center and news.
with social clusters:
to meet and exchange.
of this building was a hybrid
of the building as a circulatory system,
and to allow both visitors and staff
functions in a great unity.
ever built in the world.
that exceeds the comprehension
of typical architecture.
and glued them onto a model,
with what that quantity actually meant.
that inhabits the building,
this, but also script this architecture,
in a life in this building,
what they would experience.
the building, but of course,
with the Museum of Modern Art
stands in Beijing today.
was the London Olympics 2012,
from the outside for the Beijing Olympics.
of this 75-meter cantilever,
that goes through the building.
that you can stand on
below you in slow motion.
part of everyday life in Beijing.
is maybe sill this one.
is happening in town during the week,
portrayed no longer as physical matter,
that define the life of the city.
assumes the quality of a player,
and performs stories.
of its primary meanings
story to this building.
that made it --
that I was guiding
in scripting this building,
in Singapore, large scale.
and more and more of the world,
more isolation than connectedness,
could we think about living,
and individuality of ourselves
a communal environment
as having your own?
we had to design 1,040 apartments --
by the planning authorities,
but residual in between --
although the tower isolates you,
because you're so close to the next one,
what the qualities of this would be.
throw the vertical into the horizontal
of the helicopter,
is actually a hexagonal grid,
building blocks are stacked up
central spaces for the community,
of amenities and functions.
are not hermetically sealed spaces.
of everything we designed
and giving the space to the inhabitants.
primarily communal spaces,
individual and private spaces.
that we left on the ground,
the green of all the terraces,
having built a building.
shows you that we are multiplying
to those who live there.
of one of these terraces.
new grounds planes for social activity.
important thing to pay attention to,
protection from the sun.
would have sufficient daylight
the glazing of the facades
consumption of the building.
that through the geometry
sufficient shading to the courtyards
throughout the entire year.
along the prevailing wind corridors,
would create microclimates
the quality of those spaces
this variety of choices,
where you would want to be,
of the complex in which you live.
media company based in Berlin,
print media to the digital media.
very pertinent questions:
still want to go to the office,
of a company be embodied
but at the center of this object
the experience of a collective,
and of togetherness.
as the center of a space
of standard modular offices.
from your quiet work desk,
in the giant collective experience
a project commissioned
had created Albertopolis.
of creating Olympicopolis.
some of Britain's greatest institutions,
and to create a new system of synergies.
Albertopolis in the 19th century,
all achievements of mankind,
a linear sequence of those institutions.
has moved on from there.
is as clearly delineated
boundaries start to blur
becomes far more important
of a giant culture machine,
and animate the various domains,
corridor, has daylight, has ventilation.
exhibitional performance space.
function could, over time,
is, in a way, the most uncertain of all.
adjacent to the Aquatics Centre,
its cantilevering volumes
animate the public inside.
could maintain their own identity,
be subsumed in a singular volume.
to the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
and potential of the project,
of a heterogeneous structure,
an organizational structure
narratives to be scripted --
that create and think culture;
the visual arts, the dance;
admitted into all of this
of these narratives
that is very small,
in the ocean of Thailand.
a film festival,
and narratives of movies,
of the people that watch them.
modular floating platform,
of local fishermen,
and fish farms.
materials of their own,
from the British film archive,
experiences of the audience
the domain of physical matter,
we want to live our lives,
and those of others.
About the speaker:Ole Scheeren - Architect
Ole Scheeren designs buildings that generate both functional and social spaces.
Why you should listen
Ole Scheeren is a German architect and principal of Buro Ole Scheeren with offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Berlin and Bangkok. He is chief designer and leading the company’s creative vision and strategic development.
Ole Scheeren’s current work includes the Guardian Art Center, a new exhibition space and headquarters for China’s oldest art auction house currently under construction near the Forbidden City in Beijing; 1500 West Georgia, a residential high-rise in downtown Vancouver; DUO, a large-scale mixed-use urban development under construction in Singapore; MahaNakhon, at 314 meters Bangkok’s tallest tower housing the Ritz-Carlton Residences; Angkasa Raya, a 268 meter tall landmark building in the center of Kuala Lumpur; and a large-scale mixed-use urban development in Shenzhen, China.
Prior to launching Buro Ole Scheeren in 2010, Ole was Director and Partner along with Rem Koolhaas at OMA and responsible for the office’s work across Asia. As partner-in-charge of one of the largest buildings in the world, he successfully led the design and realization of the CCTV and TVCC Towers in Beijing. Other projects include The Interlace, a residential complex in Singapore and the Taipei Performing Arts Center in Taiwan. He also directed OMA’s work for Prada and completed the Prada Epicenters in New York and Los Angeles.
Through Studio Ole Scheeren, he is exploring his more personal interest in non-architectural projects and interventions, such as Archipelago Cinema, a floating auditorium in the Andaman Sea for the “Film on the Rocks” Festival in Yao Noi, Thailand, and subsequently installed at the 13th Architecture Biennale in Venice. He also developed Mirage City Cinema, a cinema-architecture space commissioned by the Sharjah Art Foundation as part of the Sharjah Biennial 11 Film Programme.
Ole Scheeren has contributed to various arts and culture projects and exhibitions throughout his career, including triennials in Beijing and Milan, China Design Now in London, the exhibition Cities on the Move at London’s Hayward Gallery and in the city of Bangkok, Media City Seoul and the Rotterdam Film Festival. For the Museum of Modern Art he designed two exhibitions in New York and Beijing featuring the CCTV project.
He regularly lectures at various international institutions and conferences, serves on juries for awards and competitions, and has been awarded numerous prizes, including the CTBUH 2013 Best Tall Building award for CCTV and the 2015 inaugural Urban Habitat Award for The Interlace.
Educated at the universities of Karlsruhe and Lausanne, Ole Scheeren graduated from the Architectural Association in London and was awarded the RIBA Silver Medal.
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