The award-winning German architect is principal of Buro Ole Scheeren, which has offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Berlin, and Bangkok. He is the company’s chief designer and leads the its strategic development. Previously Scheeren worked with Rem Koolhaas at OMA as a Director and Partner with responsibility for Asia.
His current projects include the Guardian Art Center, near the Forbidden City in Beijing, 1500 West Georgia in downtown Vancouver, and MahaNakhon – Bangkok’s tallest tower. His achievements include the WAF 2015 World Building of the Year for The Interlace, Singapore, the CTBUH 2013 Best Tall Building award for CCTV and the 2014 inaugural Urban Habitat Award for The Interlace.
In his Opening Address entitled, ‘Connective Architecture(s) Reloaded,’ Scheeren shared his vision of contemporary architectural and urban development and explored how technology and architectural design combine to influence the creativity of one another.
Scheeren commented: “Through the lens of my practices’ architectural projects, buildings can be understood as tools for communication, tools for living and working together. Ultimately, architecture allows its users to connect through physical spaces. We have to ask ourselves: how do we script the interplay between digital space and physical space?”
The presentation covered connectivity and architecture as a tool for communication. It looked at the differences between connectivity through architecture and connectivity through technology and how to link the two. Scheeren also explored how architectural and technological systems influence our lives.
Scheeren’s Opening Address also acted as the finale of the Smart Building Conference.