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FEB 13TH,2018 - BJARKE PRESENTS MARS SCIENCE CITY AT THE WORLD GOVERNMENT SUMMIT

WORLD GOVERNMENT SUMMIT: Bjarke Ingels explains how evolution leads to Mars at the annual conference where industry pioneers present how they are harnessing innovation and technology to tackle the universal challenges facing humanity. In a talk with Popular Science Editor-in-Chief Joe Brown, Bjarke explores how BIG's Dubai-based prototype settlement, Mars Science City, can ensure the sustainability of the human race by planting the seeds of our Mars dream today, and enable us to take the first steps to becoming a multi-planetary species.

FEB 12TH,2018 - BIG & CRA FUSE TROPICAL NATURE WITH MODERN ARCHITECTURE IN SINGAPORE’S NEW TOWER FOR CAPITALAND

The 280m tall high-rise, jointly designed by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group and CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati is now officially under construction! The tower, one of tallest in Singapore, blends urban life with tropical nature, redefining and elevating workplace and living standards for its tenants while adding an elegant new landmark to the Singapore skyline.
 

"BIG's design seeks to continue Singapore’s pioneering vertical urbanism with the 280m tall diverse community of places to work, live and play inside as well as outside. At multiple elevations, the facade peels open to reveal urban oases for its users and the surrounding city - animating the elegant smoothness of modern architecture with the ubiquitous tropical nature." Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG.

FEB 8TH,2018 - BIG CEO & PARTNER SHEELA SØGAARD IN QUARTZ VISIONARIES MOVEMENT FOR GENDER EQUALITY

Quartz launches The Visionaries movement to engage industry-leading women on the quest for gender quality. Recognized among many of the world’s most qualified women is BIG CEO & Partner Sheela Søgaard, sharing her insights on the growth of BIG and how women today can take the lead in the workplace.

FEB 1ST,2018 - BIG & MOSSS TO BRING WORLD CLASS INTERIOR DESIGN INTO YOUR HOME

Housewarming, BIG-style? We are collaborating with interior design startup Mosss (Making of Smart, Simple Spaces) to bring BIG-designed décor into your homes. Mosss gives users exclusive, inspirational video workshops of Bjarke sharing his creative processes and advice on how ‘form-giving’ can be the framework for how we want to live, starting with the places we call home. We have also designed a limited-edition porcelain SKUM Vase inspired by our inflatable bubble SKUM Pavilion, which is available to Mosss subscribers only. Visit Mosss today and stay tuned for more interior news!

JAN 29TH,2018 - DANISH ARCHITECT ASSOCIATION HONORS BIG'S SOCIAL HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

BIG's latest residential building Frederiksborgvej 73 is awarded the prestigious Lille Arne Award from the Danish Association of Architects at their 11th New Year's reception which honors initiatives, completed projects, and innovative ideas that have inspired debate or made a difference to architecture. The award is given to developer Lejerbo and BIG for prioritizing the spatial qualities of the residences and the building strategy, which enabled the development to complete under a very strict budget for social housing. The building today is home to 66 low-income families in Copenhagen.

JAN 25TH,2018 - BIG ENGINEERING APPOINTED FOR Ø4 TOWER IN AARHUS

Last year, BIG and SLETH were selected by Aarhus City Council to design Aarhus Ø’s new urban development at the site of Bassin 7. Today, we announce BIG’s in-house engineering department - BIG ENGINEERING - has been appointed by MT Højgaard to design the 19-storey clocktower landmark. Together with BIG's architects, the engineering unit will be responsible for the structural and MEP design, as well as the development of energy and indoor climate strategies—making Ø4 Tower a milestone towards our multidisciplinary and holistic design approach.

JAN 23RD,2018 - LEGO HOUSE AND TIRPITZ NOMINATED FOR ARCHDAILY 2018 BUILDING OF THE YEAR

Both LEGO House and TIRPITZ have been nominated for ArchDaily's 2018 Building of the Year Award under the Cultural Architecture category. The peer-based award recognizes the best building featured on ArchDaily's website in the last year - we hope for your support to advancing the 'Capital for Children' and the 'invisible museum' to the finals. Cast your votes for LEGO House here and for TIRPITZ here by January 31st!

JAN 17TH,2018 - BIG TO UNVEIL A GREENER SMITHSONIAN CAMPUS MASTER PLAN IN DC

Following a series of public hearings and over seven years in close collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, Bjarke will be presenting the revised proposal for the Smithsonian South Mall Campus Master Plan at the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) Meeting this Thursday, January 18. The new Master Plan envisions the preservation of the intimate character and diverse plantings of the city’s beloved Haupt Garden, in addition to serving the wider needs of the greater DC area and the residents of Southwest Ecodistrict with well-connected and accessible vibrant, green oases. We hope for your support in joining the hearing on Thursday or via CFA’s website here.

JAN 12TH,2018 - CNN STYLE HIGHLIGHTS FLOATING ARCHITECTURE WITH SLUISHUIS AND URBAN RIGGER

CNN Style takes a look at Sluishuis and Urban Rigger as examples of floating architecture responding to cities' concerns on the impacts of climate change, including rising sea levels. The 46,000 m2 housing complex Sluishuis will float on IJ Lake and serve as a gateway to the artifical islands of IJburg in Amsterdam, while the 680 m2 student housing Urban Rigger tackles issues of climate change and housing shortages in harbor cities such as Copenhagen.

JAN 11TH,2018 - BIG + ONE + SHERWOOD TEAM TO DESIGN ISLAIS CREEK FOR RESILIENT BY DESIGN: BAY AREA CHALLENGE

After months of early research and exploration, learning from and connecting with communities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and collaborating with local and global design experts, we are excited to announce the BIG + ONE + SHERWOOD team is joining the neighborhoods of Islais Creek to develop innovative, community-centered solutions that strengthen local and regional resilience to sea level rise, severe storms, flooding and earthquakes. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside community leaders, activists and organizations in Islais Creek and help shape the Bay Area’s collective future by tackling local priorities and concerns together. Sign up here to follow along and join the journey!

JAN 9TH,2018 - TIRPITZ WINS 2018 AIANY DESIGN HONOR AWARD

BIG's TIRPITZ is awarded Honors by the AIA New York’s annual Design Awards program. The 'invisible' museum in Blavand, Denmark is recognized by the design jury for its architecture of absence, strengths in technical advancement and focus on landscape—both looking in and peering out. Check out TIRPITZ in the Design Awards Exhibition at the Center for Architecture, on view from April 20 to June 27th.

JAN 8TH,2018 - ARC POWER PLANT IS ANNOUNCED ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BUILDINGS OF 2018 BY ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST

Architectural Digest names Amager Resource Center as one of the most anticipated buildings to open in 2018: "Fundamentally, the state-of-the-art facility is proof that eco-friendly architecture can be done with high design. Clad in aluminum, the structure is expected to burn 400,000 tons of waste annually into enough clean energy to power 60,000 homes in the area—all of which is a major step in Copenhagen's plan to become the world’s first zero-carbon city by 2025. But it's not just about converting waste to energy—it's about having fun too. Atop the structure's roof is a nearly 1,500-foot-long ski slope (one of the world's longest artificial ski slopes)."

JAN 4TH,2018 - BIG'S NEW GOOGLE SUNNYVALE CAMPUS 'CARIBBEAN' IS UNVEILED

Following last year’s groundbreaking of Google’s Charleston East campus, Google proposes a new 1m sqft hillside campus in neighboring Sunnyvale. Located in Moffett Park on Caribbean Drive, two sibling hillsides gently rise from the landscape to form zigzagging, terraced roofscapes – connecting 4,500 Googlers to their community and natural environment from any floor.

DEC 19TH,2017 - ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST NAMES LEGO HOUSE ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL BUILDINGS OF 2017

LEGO House is selected as one of the most influential buildings of 2017 by Architectural Digest: “BIG's LEGO House is the dream of every person who loved the plastic toys as a child: to build a life-size model using their Legos. Fortunately, this Lego-inspired structure was produced by one of the most exciting architects of our time, the incomparable Bjarke Ingels. If nothing else, LEGO House is proof that the building blocks of architecture can be found among anything in this world—including children's toys.” Happy Holidays from all of us at BIG, to all of you! 

DEC 16TH,2017 - BIG DESIGNS STUDENT HOUSING IN ESBJERG, DENMARK

The City of Esbjerg has inked an agreement which will bring three BIG designed towers and 450 much needed apartments to the students in and around Esbjerg. The construction is expected to commence in 2018 and the expected completion is 2020. 

DEC 14TH,2017 - BIG SHORTLISTED FOR ADELAIDE CONTEMPORARY INTERNATIONAL DESIGN COMPETITION

BIG is announced today as one of six teams shortlisted for the Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition hosted by the Government of South Australia through Arts South Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia and Malcolm Reading Consultants. The new Adelaide Contemporary Gallery will be a landmark arts gallery, public sculpture park and meeting place on the celebrated North Terrace boulevard in South Australia. Photo by Sam Noonan

DEC 13TH,2017 - THE SPIRAL SET TO CLIMB BY THE HIGH LINE

The Spiral in the Hudson Yards is ready to begin foundation work as demolition has been cleared on the site. The spiraling supertall will reach 1,005 ft to its rooftop, with 64-stories wrapped in cascading, terraced gardens. 

DEC 7TH,2017 - VOTE THE ELEVENTH FOR 6SQFT'S 2017 BUILDING OF THE YEAR

Cast your vote for The Eleventh in 6sqft's poll for 2017 Building of the Year, celebrating new developments in New York City's skyline. Our pair of towers between the High Line and Hudson River twist as they rise, creating optimal views from every unit into the city and water. Vote for The Eleventh by Dec. 11th here.

DEC 7TH,2017 - BIG INTERIORS AWARDED BUILDING OF THE YEAR BY INTERIOR DESIGN MAGAZINE

Interior Design's Editor-in-Chief Cindy Allen awards BIG INTERIORS with the Building of the Year trophy for Grove at Grand Bay in Miami, Florida. The team's design for the two Coconut Grove towers' interiors is chosen as winner of the Multi-Unit Housing category in the magazine's 12th annual Best of Year Awards.

DEC 6TH,2017 - LEGO HOUSE CELEBRATED IN 2018 AD100 FOR CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS

Architectural Digest introduced the AD100 list today featuring this year's architects and designers with "uncommon vision". BIG's LEGO House in Billund, Denmark is celebrated as a public project and cultural institution, inviting and empowering children and adults to create their own world, and to inhabit those worlds through play.

ABOUT

BIG-BJARKE INGELS GROUP

BIG is a Copenhagen, New York and London based group of architects, designers, urbanists, landscape professionals, interior and product designers, researchers and inventors. The office is currently involved in a large number of projects throughout Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East. BIG’s architecture emerges out of a careful analysis of how contemporary life constantly evolves and changes. Not least due to the influence from multicultural exchange, global economical flows and communication technologies that all together require new ways of architectural and urban organization. We believe that in order to deal with today’s challenges, architecture can profitably move into a field that has been largely unexplored. A pragmatic utopian architecture that steers clear of the petrifying pragmatism of boring boxes and the naïve utopian ideas of digital formalism. Like a form of programmatic alchemy we create architecture by mixing conventional ingredients such as living, leisure, working, parking and shopping. By hitting the fertile overlap between pragmatic and utopia, we architects once again find the freedom to change the surface of our planet, to better fit contemporary life forms.

BIG PARTNERS

BIG is led by 12 partners – Bjarke Ingels, Sheela Maini Søgaard, Finn Nørkjær, Thomas Christoffersen, Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Andreas Klok Pedersen, David Zahle, Jakob Lange, Beat Schenk, Daniel Sundlin, Brian Yang and Jakob Sand. In addition, BIG has named 7 Associates at BIG NYC, including Agustin Perez-Torres, Jakob Henke, Leon Rost, Doug Stechschulte, Martin Voelkle, Ziad Shehab, Sören Grünert  and 6 Associates at BIG CPH, including Cat Huang, Frederik Lyng, Gabrielle Nadeau, Hanna Johansson, João Albuquerque, Ole Elkjær-Larsen.

FOUNDING PARTNER - BJARKE INGELS

Bjarke Ingels started BIG Bjarke Ingels Group in 2005 after co-founding PLOT Architects in 2001 and working at OMA in Rotterdam. Through a series of award-winning design projects and buildings, Bjarke has developed a reputation for designing buildings that are as programmatically and technically innovative as they are cost and resource conscious. Bjarke has received numerous awards and honors, including Wall Street Journal's Innovator of the Year Award, the Danish Crown Prince’s Culture Prize in 2011, the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2004, and the ULI Award for Excellence in 2009. In 2016, TIME Magazine named Bjarke one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Alongside his architectural practice, Bjarke taught at Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, and Rice University and is an honorary professor at the Royal Academy of Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen. He is a frequent public speaker and has spoken in venues such as TED, WIRED, AMCHAM, 10 Downing Street, and the World Economic Forum.

PARTNER & CEO - SHEELA MAINI SØGAARD

As Chief Executive Officer and Partner, Sheela Maini Søgaard manages the overall health and growth of BIG globally, allowing the studio’s 400+ designers, thinkers, urbanists and innovators to focus on what they do best. She oversees finances, operations and business development, and is responsible for optimizing BIG’s cash flow, developing the organization and executing strategic priorities. Prior to joining BIG in 2008 as Chief Financial Officer, Sheela led Business Development efforts for Danish culinary entrepreneur and NOMA co-founder Claus Meyer and developed strategic solutions at McKinsey & Company. Sheela is also an Advisory Board Member for the National Gallery of Denmark and on the Board of Directors at Maj Bank. Most recently, Sheela was named a Top 100 Female Executive in Denmark. Having roots in Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Denmark, Sheela holds a Master’s degree from Copenhagen Business School.

PARTNER - FINN NØRKJÆR

Finn Nørkjær is a Partner at BIG and has collaborated with Bjarke Ingels since he won the competition on his very first project for the Aquatic Centre in 2001. Finn was instrumental in translating Bjarke’s visionary architecture into projects which could be built by bringing his extensive experience to the table. In addition to the Aquatic Centre, Finn has worked extensively on most of BIG’s built projects, eg. the VM Houses and The Mountain which was completed in 2008. Only with his thorough attention to detail and ability to work within the given budget was this breakthrough project able to see the light of day. Finn’s latest projects include the 8 House and the Danish Pavilion for the 2010 Shanghai Expo, which have been completed in Copenhagen, Denmark and Shanghai, China respectively.  Currently Finn is working on a 20.000m2 Education Centre in MagnakIl on Faroe Islands. 

PARTNER - THOMAS CHRISTOFFERSEN

Thomas Christoffersen began his collaboration with Bjarke Ingels in 2001 when PLOT was first formed. Thomas has worked on every notable project from the VM Houses to one of our most global developments, Astana National Library. He is currently overseeing the detail design and construction of the 75.000m2 mixed-used West 57 building in Manhattan. Other accomplishments include the design for Iceland’s National Bank and Stavanger Concert house in Norway. In addition to his long standing participation in all things BIG, Thomas took a sabbatical year to work in New York City with WORK Architects and has also worked with Stan Allen, David Ling in NYC and Henning Larsen Architects.

PARTNER - KAI-UWE BERGMANN

Kai-Uwe Bergmann is a Partner at BIG who brings his expertise to proposals around the globe, including work in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Kai-Uwe heads up BIG’s business development which currently has the office working in over 20 different countries as well as overseeing BIG’s Communications. Registered as an architect in the USA (eight states) and Canada (one province), Kai-Uwe most recently contributed to the resiliency plan The Dryline to protect 10 miles of Manhattan’s coastline. He compliments his professional work through previous teaching assignments at the University of Florida, the New School of Architecture in San Diego and his alma mater the University of Virginia. Kai-Uwe also sits on the Board of the Van Alen Institute, participates on numerous international juries and lectures globally on the works of BIG.

PARTNER - ANDREAS KLOK PEDERSEN

Andreas Klok Pedersen is Partner and Design Director of BIG Copenhagen. He is Partner-in-Charge of a number of BIG’s competitions, master plans and large-scale projects in Europe and Asia. Most recently, Andreas has led the prize-winning competitions for the PARC research center in Paris, Basel Transitlager, Greenland National Gallery of Art and the Shenzhen Energy Mansion as well as the ongoing regional planning project the Loop City. His projects also count the Urban Future Award research project for Audi, the carbon neutral Zira Island in Azerbaijan, Tamayo Museum, Ren People’s Building, Lego Towers, Kløvermark, Scala Library, Arlanda Hotel and BIG’s contribution to the Venice Biennale in 2004 and 2010. In addition to managing competitions and concept development at BIG, Andreas runs an Architecture studio at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and lectures internationally on BIG’s current research and projects. Andreas was Guest-Professor at the AHO School of Architecture in Oslo Norway in the fall 2011.

PARTNER - DAVID ZAHLE

David Zahle is a Partner at BIG and has been Project and Design Architect for many of BIG’s award-winning and built projects. David’s most recently completed project is the Danish Maritime Museum, a museum designed around an abandoned dry dock next to a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Helsingør, Denmark. His collaboration with Bjarke Ingels began in 2002 with the VM Residences; in the same year, as a project leader he won the competition for the Helsingør Psychiatric Hospital which he followed through to its completion in 2006. David oversees the design of many prominent cultural and mixed-use projects including Kistefos Museum, a new art gallery and sculpture park in Norway, Västerås Travel Center in Sweden, and the Amager Resource Centre, a new Waste-toEnergy Plant with an innovative roof doubling as a ski slope, Panda House, Berlin Towers and Cloud City in Aalborg. David lectures in Denmark and abroad about BIG’s works and methods. He is also host of the program series ’Mesterlige ombygninger’, or ‘Masterful conversions’ on Denmark’s TV2. Since the start of 2015 David has been responsible for Business Development of BIG’s office in Copenhagen.

PARTNER - JAKOB LANGE

Jakob Lange is a Partner at BIG and has collaborated with Bjarke Ingels since 2003. As the lead for several prize winning projects, Jakob has been instrumental in winning some of BIG’s largest commissions. He led the design and development of the Mountain residences in Copenhagen (2008) and served as the Project Leader for the new Tallinn Town Hall in Estonia, which received a MIPIM Future Award in 2011. He is currently Partner in Charge of Stettin 7, a 20,000 m2 high-end green residential building in Stockholm, Sweden. Jakob also heads BIG IDEAS, BIG’s technology-driven special projects division. Through analysis and simulation, BIG IDEAS informs BIG’s design decisions with precise data rather than style or aesthetics – information driven design. Special projects, including a green window farm, customized lamps and building systems support the studio’s work from small details to the BIG picture.

PARTNER - JAKOB SAND

Jakob Sand joined BIG in 2011 to lead the team for the prize-winning Paris PARC project for the Jussieu Campus of the Univerité Pierre et Marie Curie. During his career Jakob has worked in the field between conception and realization; as Project Leader on several prominent developments, he has won many competitions in Denmark and abroad. Working in both Paris and Copenhagen for many years has given him an excellent knowledge of European culture and building practice. For 5 years he worked closely with Dominique Perrault where he participated on prize-winning projects including the Palais des Sports de Rouen, which he led through all phases to construction, as well as the French Pavilion for the Venice Biennale 2010 for which Jakob was Project Leader. Together with Perrault, he also developed several large-scale competitions including the Headquarters for EDF- Paris, Tours de Pont des Sevres - Paris, University ARTEM -Nancy, Seoul Opera House - South Korea and the University in Belval- Luxembourg.

PARTNER - BEAT SCHENK

Beat Schenk joined BIG in 2010 as Senior Project Manager, and is now the Director of Detail Design. Prior to his current role, he worked on a variety of healthcare, educational, and cultural projects around the globe. Beat has more than 20 years of experience as Project Architect and Designer and has sharpened his skills while working on many notable buildings in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. While at Frank O. Gehry Partners, he worked on a number of museum projects – including the Guggenheim Museums in Bilbao, Spain and Lower Manhattan, NYC – besides working on the Vitra Chair Museum Expansion in Weil, Germany. Beat’s collaboration with BIG dates back to 2000, where he worked alongside Bjarke on the Seattle Public Library in Seattle, Washington while at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). 

PARTNER - DANIEL SUNDLIN

Daniel joined BIG in 2008 and has worked on many of BIG’s most prominent projects and winning competitions, including Tallinn Town Hall, Slussen Masterplan in Stockholm, Astana Library in Kazakhstan, Qingdao Bridge in China and the international competition for a new entrance pavilion at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec. Daniel was one of the lead designers of the prize-winning Maison Des Fondateurs Audemars Piguet (Audemars Piguet Museum) in Le Brassus, Switzerland and the PARC Jussieu Campus in Paris. Recently, he worked as Project Leader for VIA 57 West, a mixed-use residential building in New York City. Daniel currently oversees the expansion of the Google Campus (Google North Bayshore and Google Charleston East) in Mountain View, California; the Audemars Piguet Hotel also in Le Brassus, Switzerland; the Spiral high-rise and the Eastside Costal Resiliency project (BIG U) both in Manhattan, New York; and the Wilson Secondary School in Arlington, Virginia. With a background as a photographer and graphic designer, Daniel is a strong communicator, leading visualization and graphical representation at BIG. Daniel moved to New York City in 2010.

PARTNER - BRIAN YANG

Brian Yang joined BIG in 2007 and has worked closely with Bjarke Ingels on a wide range of projects from the 8 House, a residential building in Copenhagen, to the conceptual design of a mobile gallery for the Tate Modern in London. He has been the Project Leader on a number of competition winning proposals, including a new Waste-to-Energy plant in Copenhagen that doubles as a ski slope, a contemporary art museum in Norway that bridges across a river, and a sustainable multifamily residential development in Finland. Most recently he has been the design leader for The LEGO House, a new LEGO experience center in Denmark opening in the second half of 2017. With a background in energy efficiency research as well as undergraduate studies in economics, Brian brings additional focus on environmental and economic sustainability into all of his projects. Prior to joining BIG, Brian worked at a number of practices internationally, and while at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, led a project team for a pavilion exhibited at the 2009 Gwangju Design Biennale in South Korea.

AWARDS

BIG

Børsen Gazelle, 2015, 2013

Architizer Firm of the Year Award, 2014

French Academy of Architecture Prix Delarue Award, 2011

Crown Prince of Denmark Culture Prize, 2011

The Dreyer Foundation Grant Prize of Honor, 2011

Wall Street Journal Architectural Innovator of the Year Award, 2011

Nykredits Architecture Prize, 2002

Young Architect of the Year 2nd Place Award, 2002

Henning Larsen Foundation Grant, 2001
 

 

DONG - FREDERIKSBORGVEJ 73

Danish Architect Associations Lille Arne Award, 2018

 

MCB - TIRPITZ

AIANY Design Awards, Honors Award for Architecture, 2018

Nordic Architecture Fair Award, Finalist, 2017

 

ARC - AMAGER RESOURCE CENTER

European Steen Design Award, 2017

Tekla Global BIM Awards, 2015

P/A Progressive Architecture Awards, Citation, 2015

MIPIM AR Future Projects Awards, 2012

 

PITT - Pittsburgh Lower Hill Master Plan

ASLA Pennsylvania-Delaware Chapter Honor Award for Program Analysis & Planning, 2016

 

LECTURES

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FEB 17TH,2018 - 5TH INTERNATIONAL GREEN ROOF CONGRESS 2018

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Kuwait City, Kuwait
time: 1:00 PM
 

FEB 11TH,2018 - Anthology Architecture and Design Festival

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Manila, Philippines
time: 5:00 PM
 

JAN 29TH,2018 - CTBUH UK Chapter Presents: Geometry of Tall Buildings

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: London, UK
time: 6:00 PM
 

JAN 20TH,2018 - Lead a Creative China 2030

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Beijing, China
time: 10:00 AM
 

NOV 13TH,2017 - The 10th Conference of IACIE and CTBUH Israel

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Tel Aviv, Israel
time:
 

NOV 8TH,2017 - Fenestration BAU China

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Shanghai, China
time: 4:00 PM
 

OCT 23RD,2017 - How to Use—Not Crush—Creativity for the Business of Design

speaker:
Sheela Søgaard
location: New York, NY
time: 4:00
 

OCT 9TH,2017 - Lunch with an Architect

speaker:
Jakob Sand
location: Brussels, Belgium
time: 12.00 PM
 

SEP 29TH,2017 -  Columbia University Real Estate Development Conference

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Mandarin Oriental Hotel, New York, NY
time: 1:05 PM
 

SEP 23RD,2017 - HOT TO COLD

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Anchorage, Alaska
time: 6.00 PM
 

SEP 18TH,2017 - DFC Leadership Summit on Sustainable Design

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
time: 6.30 PM
 

SEP 14TH,2017 - Quinzaine de l'Urbanisme 2017

speaker:
Jakob Sand
location: Geneva, Switzerland
time: 6:00 PM
 

SEP 12TH,2017 - BIG + SMALL

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Zürich, Switzerland
time: 5:00 PM
 

JUN 27TH,2017 - Executive Talk: Business of Design

speaker:
Sheela Søgaard
location: London, UK
time: 6:00 PM
 

JUN 22ND,2017 - 47th Annual Architecture Awards

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Los Angeles, CA
time: 12:30 PM
 

JUN 15TH,2017 - The People's Political Festival

speaker:
Bjarke Ingels
location: Bornholm, DK
time: 2:00 PM
 

JUN 1ST,2017 - AIA Omaha

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Omaha, Nebraska
time: 6:00 PM
 

MAY 19TH,2017 - Material Immaterial 2017

speaker:
Daniel Sundlin and Francesca Portesine
location: New York, NY
time: 6:00 PM
 

MAY 10TH,2017 - BIG + SMALL

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Brussels, Belgium
time: 7:00 PM
 

APR 26TH,2017 - Dallas Architecture Forum

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Dallas, Texas
time: 7:00 PM
 

MEDIA

 

BIG PRESENTS BAY AREA SOCIAL ECOSYSTEM FOR RESILIENT BY DESIGN

For the Resilient by Design | Bay Area Challenge, BIG proposes a Social Ecosystem to create a more resilient, sustainable and equitable Islai Creek and South Bay. Together with One Architecture and Sherwood Engineers, we are thinking of ecology, people, infrastructure and transit working together as self-enforcing systems. We're excited to continue the conversation in not only saving the bay, but growing the bay for nature, people and changing climates.

 

DRONE PREVIEW OF LEGO HOUSE: OPENING SEPTEMBER 2017

A drone footage of the soon-to-be-completed LEGO House shows 21 stacked white bricks crowned with the 2x4 Lego block keystone. The grand opening for the 'Home of the Brick' in Billund, Denmark is scheduled for September 28.

 

BIG TIME INTERNATIONAL TRAILER

Danish filmmaker Kaspar Astrup Schröder paints an intimate portrait of Bjarke and BIG's development over the past seven years - the unveiling documentary has premiered in Denmark, and will screen in theatres across the country until June. Stay tuned for international premiere dates.

 

BIG'S ALPHABET OF LIGHT AT 2017 MILAN DESIGN WEEK

BIG's Alphabet of Light for Artemide is installed at Interni's Material Immaterial event as part of the Salone del Mobile.Milano design fair for Milan Design Week. The installation is open to the public from April 3 - 15 in Università degli Studi di Milano.

 

ABSTRACT: THE ART OF DESIGN - BY NETFLIX

The Netflix original docu-series, Abstract: The Art of Design, takes viewers inside the minds and behind-the-scenes of our creative process. The series is created by Academy Award–winning filmmaker Morgan Neville and WIRED's Scott Dadich.

 

DRONE FILMING OF THE SERPENTINE PAVILION

The Serpentine Pavilion 2016 is captured via drone in London's Kensington Gardens. The structure designed by BIG and engineered by AKT II is on display as part of the Serpentine Galleries Summer Architecture Programme now through October 9, 2016. Aerial filming by Halo Aerial Image. 

 

DRONE FOOTAGE OF THE VIA COURTSCRAPER

The drone captures the latest construction progress at West 57th Street, providing images of the building’s soaring vertical elevations and glimpses of the faceted walls of glass that permit further views toward the water. Rising up at the northeast corner, the building’s highest point is 450 feet high, making it BIG’s tallest topped-out building to date. Aerial photography by darkhorse.work

 

DRONE FLIGHT THROUGH HOT TO COLD

Cinematography by Yeah Drones. Soundtrack by Mikkel Metal

 
 

2 WORLD TRADE CENTER IN NEW YORK CITY

200 Greenwich Street / 2 WTC is the capstone in the redevelopment of the World Trade Center and the final component of the revitalization of Lower Manhattan. The 80-plus story building is developed by Silverstein Properties and will serve as the new headquarters for 21st Century Fox and News Corp. The tower will rise to 1,340 feet, respectfully framing the 9/11 Memorial Park alongside One WTC, 3 WTC and 4 WTC.

 

THE INFINITE HAPPINESS - BY BEKA FILMS

Filmmakers Ila Beka & Louise Lemoine look under the skin of BIG's 8 House in Copenhagen. The ∞ Happiness explores the inner workings of the building documented by the Bekas through their month-long stay as the buildings residents. The film can be seen at HOT TO COLD, National Building Museum in Washington D.C until August 30th, 2015.

 
 
 
 
 
 

BIG INSIGHT: BJARKE ON MECA & PUBLIC SPACE

Bjarke explains the public space of Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture en Aquitaine in Montpellier.

 

BIG UNVEILS THE LEGO HOUSE

BIG 's design for “The LEGO House”, the experience and education centre in Billund, Denmark.

 

 

MIAMI BEACH SQUARE

BIG together with West 8, Fentress, JPA and developers Portman CMC proposes Miami Beach Square as the centerpiece of their 52 acre Convention Center.

 

Miami Beach is a unique city in so many ways. It is one of the youngest cities in America – and perhaps right now one of the most vibrant and dynamic. Its streetscape is characterized by a lively walkable urban fabric with a friendly human scaled environment under the cool shade of tropical trees and art deco canopies - except at the convention center. It is a dead black hole of asphalt in the heart of one the most beautiful and lively cities in America. Our mission is to bring Miami Beach back to the Convention Center – and to imagine an architecture and an urban space unique to the climate and culture of Miami Beach.

 

We propose to roll out an urban fabric of paths and plazas, parks and gardens that forms an archipelago of urban oases throughout the site. At the heart of it – we introduce a central square to become the pivoting point of the entire neighborhood. Becoming the front door to the convention center, and the convention hotel, a front lawn to the revitalized Jackie Gleason Theatre, a town square for the city hall, an outdoor arena for the Latin American Cultural Museum, and the red carpet for the big botanical ball room.

 

SMOKE RINGS IN 2016

BIG and Berlin-based artist group realities:united envision the city of Copenhagen by 2016 in a new animation which shows a completed Amager Bakke waste-to-energy plant, consolidating Denmark as a world leader in waste-to-energy conversion, allowing Copenhageners to ski near downtown Copenhagen while blowing giant smoke rings for each quarter ton C02 the facility produces to serve as a gentle reminder of the impact of consumption - turning the smokestack traditionally the symbol of the industrial era into a symbol for the future.

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HOT TO COLD

Through the scorching heat of the Arabian Desert to the unforgiving chill of the Finnish tundra, HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation takes visitors on a journey across the globe to explore the forces that shape our cities and buildings.

 

MUSEUM IN THE DOCK

BIG has designed an extraordinary museum to revive Denmark’s proud maritime history. The Danish Maritime Museum is placed underground, just outside the wall of a dry dock in a formerly abandoned shipyard. Author Bruce Peter takes us on a tour of the new museum in Helsingør, Denmark. In text, photographs and architectural drawings, Peter documents this remarkable adventure in architecture, civil and structural engineering.

 

 

 

SUPERKILEN BOOK

The book Superkilen celebrates the dawn of a new type of urban public space. Designed by BIG, TOPOTEK1 and SUPERFLEX, Superkilen is a kilometre-long urban park wedged within one of the most ethnically diverse and socially challenging neighbourhoods in Denmark. Click on the image and read more about the book and how to buy it.

 

AV MONOGRAPH BIG

BIG is proud to announce the publication of the BIG monograph by Arquitectura Viva. In Spanish and English, this monograph includes 25 projects by BIG from 2001 until 2013, alongside Bjarke's essay on Pragmatic Pleasures - BIG’s perception on an unprejudiced way of designing that combines hedonism and pragmatism.

 

BEING BIG BY ABITARE

After an intense year of following BIG and Bjarke in design, travels, construction sites and celebrations, Italian-based magazine ABITARE presents the most extensive and dynamic profile of the studio so far, providing insight and in depth interviews with Bjarke Ingels on Clients, Academy, Juries, Politicians, Media and the life of BIGsters.

 

BIG RED BOOK

Published by the Japanese publisher GA, BIG – RECENT PROJECT is a monograph that documents 28 recent projects developed by the BIG CPH and BIG NYC offices . In addition the book also includes an interview with Bjarke Ingels by Yoshio Futgawa and an essay on Social Infrastructure.

 

BIG PINK BOOK

Published by the Korean publisher Archilife, BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group is a monograph that provides an overview of the past 10 years worth of work. In addition the book also includes an essay by Geoff Manaugh and an interview with Bjarke Ingels by Jeffrey Inaba. Introduction by Boris Broman Jensen.

 

BIG: BJARKE INGELS GROUP PROJECTS 2001-2010

Published by the Chinese publisher Liaoning, this book is a collection of more than forty projects completed by BIG between 2001 and 2010. 

 

YES IS MORE - AN ARCHICOMIC ON ARCHITECTURAL EVOLUTION FOR IPAD

BIG's first monograph, YES IS MORE, now available on iTunes App Store

 

YES IS MORE IN DANISH

YES IS MORE is now available by the Danish publisher Gyldendal.

 

YES IS MORE - AN ARCHICOMIC ON ARCHITECTURAL EVOLUTION IN ENGLISH, GERMAN, SPANISH, FRENCH, ITALIAN AND PORTUGUESE

BIG's first monograph, YES IS MORE, now available from Taschen in English, German, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese.

 

YES IS MORE IN KOREAN

YES IS MORE is now available by The Korean publisher Archilife.

 

YES IS MORE IN CHINESE

YES IS MORE is now available by the Chinese publisher Liaoning.

 

MY PLAYGROUND DVD

The free-running documentary MY PLAYGROUND by Kaspar Astrup Schröder from BIG's Mountain in Copenhagen. Buy the DVD including 45 minutes of bonus material.

 

THE BIG LAB - ARKITEKTUR DK’S ISSUE ON BIG

A special bilingual issue on the latest projects by BIG brought to you by one of Denmark’s leading architectural publications ARKITEKTUR DK. Essays by Boris Brormann Jensen and Jens-Thomas Arnfred critically investigate the work of BIG in the larger Danish context.

 

AV PROYECTOS 074: DOSSIER BIG

BIG is thrilled to share the publication of a special BIG dossier by Arquitectura Viva's AV Proyectos. In English and Spanish, the issue presents 16 of our newest projects all over the world, organized in a thermodynamic itinerary from hot to cold.

 

A+U

BIG is incredibly proud to present our latest publication BIG + SMALL in collaboration with Japanese A+U. The special issue highlights BIG's latest projects ranging from the large-scale urban projects to smaller residences worldwide, including recent pictures from construction sites in Miami, Copenhagen, NYC, Shenzhen, Bahamas, Mexico and many more. Antón García-Abril's essay Everything is Possible and Jeffrey Inaba's thought provoking interview with Bjarke Ingels provide fresh insights into his philosophy and design thinking.

 

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Bjarke Ingels
Bjarke Ingels started BIG Bjarke Ingels Group in 2005 after co-founding PLOT Architects in 2001 and working at the Office of Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Through a series of award-winning design projects and buildings, Bjarke has developed a reputation for designing buildings that are as programmatically and technically innovative as they are cost and resource conscious. Bjarke has received numerous awards and honors, including the Danish Crown Prince’s Culture Prize in 2011, the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2004, and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Award for Excellence in 2009. In 2011, the Wall Street Journal awarded Bjarke the Architectural Innovator of the Year Award. In 2016, Time Magazine named Bjarke one of the 100 most influential people in the world today.    Alongside his architectural practice, Bjarke has taught at Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, and Rice University and is an honorary professor at the Royal Academy of Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen. He is a frequent public speaker and has spoken in venues such as TED, WIRED, AMCHAM, 10 Downing Street, and the World Economic Forum.
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Andreas Klok Pedersen
Andreas Klok Pedersen is Partner and Design Director of BIG Copenhagen. He is Partner-in-Charge of many competitions, master plans and large-scale projects across Europe and Asia. Most recently, Andreas led the prize-winning competitions for the 186-metre-high Metzler Tower in Frankfurt currently under construction, Battersea Power Station Malaysia Square in London, MECA cultural House in Bordeaux, and the PARC research centre in Paris. He has led the Transitlager mixed-use warehouse project in Basel, as well as Shenzhen Energy mansion office tower in China; both projects are currently under construction. Alongside his architectural practice, Andreas lectures internationally on BIG's most recent projects and ideas, and has taught at the Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, at the AHO School of Architecture in Oslo, and was Studio Director at the Strelka Institute for Architecture and Urbanism in Moscow. 
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Beat Schenk
Beat Schenk is a licensed architect who joined BIG in 2010 as Senior Project Manager, and is now the Director of Detail Design. In 2015, he was made Partner. Prior to his current role, he worked on a variety of healthcare, educational, and cultural projects around the globe. Beat has more than 20 years of experience as Project Architect and Designer and has sharpened his skills while working on many notable buildings in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. While at Frank O. Gehry Partners, he worked on a number of museum projects – including the Guggenheim Museums in Bilbao, Spain and Lower Manhattan, NYC – in addition to working on the Vitra Chair Museum Expansion in Weil, Germany. Beat’s collaboration with BIG dates back to 2000, where he worked alongside Bjarke on the Seattle Public Library in Seattle, Washington while at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA).
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Brian Yang
Brian Yang joined BIG in 2007 and has worked closely with Bjarke Ingels across a wide range of projects and typologies such as an energy efficient skyscraper currently under construction in Shenzhen, the 8 House, a residential building in Copenhagen, and the conceptual design of a mobile gallery for the Tate Modern in London. He has been the Project Leader on a number of competition winning proposals, including a Waste-to-Energy plant in Copenhagen that doubles as a ski slope, a contemporary art museum in Norway that bridges across a river, and a sustainable wood construction multifamily residential development in Finland. Most recently he has been the design leader for The LEGO House, a new LEGO experience center in Denmark opening in the second half of 2017. With a background in energy efficiency research as well as undergraduate studies in economics, Brian brings additional focus on environmental and economic sustainability into all of his projects. Prior to joining BIG, Brian worked at a number of practices internationally, and while at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, led a project team for a pavilion exhibited at the 2009 Gwangju Design Biennale in South Korea.
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Daniel Sundlin
Daniel joined BIG in 2008 and has has worked closely with all partners on some of BIG’s most prominent projects and prize-winning competitions, including Tallinn Town Hall, Slussen Masterplan in Stockholm, Astana Library in Kazakhstan, Qingdao Bridge in China and the international competition for a new entrance pavilion at Musee National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec. Recently Daniel was one of the lead designers of the prize-winning Jussieu Campus in Paris. With a background as a photographer and graphic designer Daniel has a strong talent in communicating architecture and has been the go-to person for visualizations and graphical representation at BIG.
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David Zahle
David Zahle is a Partner at BIG and has been Project and Design Architect for many of BIG' s award-winning and built projects. David's most recently completed project is the Danish Maritime Museum, a museum designed around an abandoned dry dock next to a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Helsingør, Denmark. His collaboration with Bjarke Ingels began in 2002 with the VM Residences; in the same year, he won the competition for the Helsingør Psychiatric Hospital which he followed through to its completion in 2006. David oversees the design of many prominent cultural and mixed-use projects including a new art gallery and sculpture park in Norway, Västerås Travel Center in Sweden, and the Amager Resource Centre, a new Waste-to-Energy Plant with in an innovative roof doubling as a ski slope. The project is currently under construction. In addition to his architectural practice, David has been juror for numerous architectural and cultural awards committees and frequently travels across Europe and Scandinavia to speak on BIG's projects and ideas. 
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Finn Nørkjær
Finn Nørkjær is a Partner at BIG and has collaborated with Bjarke Ingels since he won the competition on his very first project for the Aquatic Centre in 2001. Finn was instrumental in translating Bjarke’s visionary architecture into buildable projects; his thorough attention to detail and ability to work within a given budget has ensured the success of BIG's built work: the award-winning VM Houses, the Mountain residences, the 8 House, and the Danish Pavilion for the 2010 Shanghai Expo, which won the prestigious DETAIL Steel Award. Some of his latest projects include Bassin 7 at the Aarhus harbor, and Gamml Hellerup School multi-purpose hall, teaching building and sports fields. He is currently Partner-in-Charge of the 18,600 m2 Faroe Islands Education Center, Lego House, and the Museum Center Blåvand, all currently under construction. 
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Jakob Lange
Jakob Lange is a Partner at BIG and has collaborated with Bjarke Ingels since 2003. As a Project Leader for several award-winning projects, Jakob has been instrumental in several of BIG’s largest commissions. He led the design and development of the innovative and multi-award-winning Mountain mixed-use residences, completed in 2008,  and served as the Project Leader for the new Tallinn Town Hall in Estonia, which received a MIPIM Future Award 2011. He is currently the design partner in charge of Stettin 7, a 20,000 M2 sustainable luxury residential building in Stockholm, Sweden. Jakob also heads BIG IDEAS, BIG's technology-driven special projects division. Through analysis and simulation, BIG IDEAS informs BIG's design decisions with research-based information — Information Driven Design. Special projects, including a green window farm, customized furniture, and innovative building systems support the studio's work from small details to the BIG picture.   
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Jakob Sand
Jakob Sand joined BIG in 2011. During his career, Jakob has worked in the field between conception and realization; as Partner-in-Charge at BIG he has won many competitions in primarily France, as well as Denmark, Sweden and United Kingdom. Working in both Paris and Copenhagen for many years has given him an excellent knowledge of European culture and building practice. As Partner-in-Charge, Jakob has led cultural projects such as the MÉCA Cultural Center, a cultural and arts education center in Bordeaux, France, currently in construction. Jakob has also developed large-scale competitions, including the Europa City Masterplan in Paris, France and Pont de Bondy, an iconic metro station in Paris, France. Prior to BIG, over the course of five years, he worked closely with Dominique Perrault on several prize-winning projects.
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Kai-Uwe Bergmann
Kai-Uwe Bergmann is a Partner at BIG who brings his expertise to proposals around the globe, including work in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Kai-Uwe heads up BIG’s business development which currently has the office working in over 20 different countries as well as overseeing BIG’s Communications. Registered as an architect in the USA (eight states) and Canada (one province), Kai-Uwe most recently contributed to the resiliency plan to protect 8 miles of Manhattan’s coastline. He compliments his professional work through previous teaching assignments at University of Florida, the New School of Architecture in San Diego and his alma mater the University of Virginia. Kai-Uwe also sits on the Board of the Van Alen Institute, participates on numerous international juries and lectures globally on the works of BIG.
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Sheela Maini Søgaard
Sheela Maini Søgaard is a Partner of BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group and as CEO, is responsible for the general management of BIG. Her responsibilities include operations, finances, business development and organization development as well as client relationships and studio vision. Since joining BIG in August 2008, her focus has been on optimizing the operations of BIG to create a sustainable company poised for growth with an agenda to contribute positively to architectural and urban development. Sheela’s focus at BIG has evolved over the past years from running a small office of 45 employees in Copenhagen to managing production and over 300 employees spread across locations in Denmark, New York, and London. With a background in the commercial side of the business, Sheela’s main focus is on the overall performance of BIG rather than on specific and individual projects in the studio. Sheela’s professional experience covers, amongst other things, process optimization, cost control and business development - skills gained from her experience as Business Development Manager at Meyers ApS, International Product Manager at GN ReSound, and Strategy Consultant at McKinsey & Co.
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Thomas Christoffersen
Thomas Christoffersen began his collaboration with Bjarke Ingels in 2001. He has selected experience on every notable BIG project including the multi-award winning VM Houses and the 8 House, which was awarded the 2012 AIA National Honor Award for Architecture. Thomas currently oversees the detail design and construction of the 750-unit residential West 57th building in Manhattan which will strive for LEED Gold Certification. His other notable projects include the Vancouver House tower in Vancouver, the Telus Sky in Calgary, the Kimball Art Center, and the Smithsonian Institution Campus Masterplan in DC.
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An Associate and Senior Designer, Agustin Perez-Torres first worked at BIG in Copenhagen from 2006 to 2008, during which he worked on a number of international projects, including the 8 House and the Landsbanki HQ in Reykjavik. He returned to BIG in 2011 as a project leader in the New York office where he lead the team on the development of the Vancouver House as well as the  FC Barcelona Stadium Competition. In addition to his design work, he has also worked as an architectural journalist and has assisted with architectural exhibitions. Agustin has also worked for OMA in Rotterdam and Carme Pinos Studio in Barcelona where he worked on projects in Europe, South America, the Middle East and Asia.
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Martin Voelkle
Martin Voelkle joined BIG’s Copenhagen office in 2010 as a Designer for the Shenzhen Energy Mansion. In 2015, he was named Associate. He led a large team through all design phases and oversaw construction of the sustainable high-rise complex that will be the headquarters for the Shenzhen Energy Group in Shenzhen, China. Martin has also lead numerous competitions in close collaboration with Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Christoffersen, and completed an installation for Audi automobiles at Design Miami 2011. Martin moved to New York City in 2012, when he became a key member of the project team for the Vancouver House mixed use development in Vancouver, Canada. He also led several international high profile competitions, a private residence project in Mexico, a viewing platform in Brooklyn as Project Manager and was in charge of the design of the 2 World Trade Center as Project Designer.   Prior to joining BIG, Martin worked as Senior Architect at Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) in Stuttgart, Germany. He led the design of a sports complex in the UAE and was Project Manager for two large-scale projects in Mexico. Martin also worked at Studio Scholz, a design firm in Stuttgart, Germany, and completed various interior design projects independently. Before studying architecture, he was originally trained as a carpenter.
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BIG IDEAS

BIG IDEAS - Information Driven Design

BIG’s design process always starts by identifying the key criteria of a project: What is the biggest problem – what is the greatest potential? Rather than arbitrary aesthetic or stylistic prejudice, all decisions are based on project specific information - Information Driven Design. 
 

Our effort as architects is sandwiched in the window of opportunity between analysis and implementation. And our influence happens in the translation from information to material. In an attempt to increase our sphere of influence on our built environment, we have established BIG IDEAS.  
 

BIG IDEAS is an internal technology driven special projects unit, expanding the traditional scope of the architect into the realm of information and material. BIG IDEAS explores new intellectual territory in both the digital and material realm through three specific areas. 

PRODUCT DESIGN

On the other end of the spectrum where the design intelligence gets manifested into the material world, we have increasingly encountered that our imagination was limited to what was already on the shelves. Through our collaboration as part of KiBiSi – our design partnership with Kilo Design and Skibsted Ideation – we have explored personal technology, urban mobility and furniture. With BIG IDEAS we feel we can close the gap and really make our interest in product design a literal extension of our efforts in architecture. The Friday Smart Lock is the latest product developed in partnership with Friday Labs.  

TECHNICAL SIMULATION

As daylight analysis directly influences the building geometry and as studies of thermal exposure, conditions the building envelope, we are increasingly relying on technical simulations that would traditionally be part of the engineering scope. To speed up the feedback loop between design and analysis, between trial and error, we have internalized the environmental analysis into our own office. Daylight, sunshine, thermal exposure, airflow, turbulence, wind, space syntax and traffic flow are technical simulations we now control to enable ourselves to make designs that are literally shaped by the forces that surround them. We still collaborate with the best technical experts to tap into the cutting edge at the horizon of the profession, but we have found it necessary to educate ourselves to wield the digital tools of design. Not just building information management or digitally aided design but also environmental simulation must become part of our architectural tool kit.   

Our line of investigations from the Shenzhen Energy Headquarters to the Hanwha PV Plant to the Cité du Corps Humain, has provided us with a parametric design engine that allows us to tailor building envelopes and façade geometries to respond to different climate conditions across the globe. Our expanded parametric design tools are helping us start to formulate a vernacular architecture 2.0 through engineering without engines.

SPECIAL PROJECTS

Rather than accepting the inhibitions from the architectural scope starting too late and leaving too early – missing out on both research and production – with BIG IDEAS were are starting a new journey to explore new intellectual territory in both the digital and material realm. 

In collaboration with Danish Technical University BIG IDEAS resurrected the idea of the giant smoke rings for the Copenhagen Power plant.