His distinctive architectural masterpieces dot the skylines of major Asian cities including Beijing, Singapore and Bangkok. But acclaimed German architect Ole Scheeren has faced his fair share of criticism, no less from the Chinese president himself.
When he was director and partner at the Rotterdam-based Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), Scheeren led the design and construction of Beijing's iconic CCTV Tower, working alongside the firm's founding partner, Rem Koolhaas.
While the skyscraper was named the Best Tall Building Worldwide in 2013, it was ridiculed as "big pants" by locals for its quirky three-dimensional structure, and prompted President Xi Jinping to call for an end to "weird architecture".
But Scheeren reckons that such controversies spur important conversations about the meaning and intentions that go into architecture, with the CCTV Tower being an extreme, yet "very good" example.