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JUL 6TH,2015 - 7 ARCHITECTS REINTERPRET THE ICONIC 7 CHAIR

Jean Nouvel, BIG, Zaha Hadid, Snøhetta and Neri & Hu are among the seven architects to reinterpret the 7™ chair, paying homage to Arne Jacobsen who designed the iconic chair 60 years ago. The chairs are exhibited at Design Museum Gent in Belgium from July 14th. 

JUL 1ST,2015 - BIG CELEBRATES GROUNDBREAKING IN PHILADELPHIA

BIG's design for a 94 000 m2 office building on 1200 Intrepid Avenue in Philadelphia's historic Navy Yard breaks ground as the neighboring Central Green Park by Field Operations opens to the public: "Our design for 1200 Intrepid has been shaped by the encounter between Robert Stern’s urban master plan of rectangular city blocks and James Corner’s iconic circular park. The ‘shock wave’ of the public space spreads like rings in the water invading the footprint of our building to create a generous urban canopy at the entrance. The resultant double curved façade echoes the complex yet rational geometries of maritime architecture. Inside, the elevator lobby forms an actual periscope allowing people to admire the mothballed ships at the adjacent docks." Bjarke Ingels

JUN 25TH,2015 - BIG KICKS OFF CONSTRUCTION FOR HUALIEN RESIDENCES IN TAIWAN

BIG + Taiwan Land Development Corporation celebrate the construction kick-off of the 120 000 m2 Hualien Residences with events from morning to night and a giant work of calligraphy to decorate the project showroom.

 

JUN 23RD,2015 - LLAMA RESTAURANT: BEST PLACE TO EAT ON A BUDGET IN COPENHAGEN

The votes have been counted and the verdict is clear: the BIG + Kibisi designed restaurant LLAMA in Copenhagen is the Best Restaurant on a Budget in 2015 according to Alt om Copenhagen's annual award programme. 

 

 

JUN 18TH,2015 - BIG PRESENTS A HIGH-RISE IN FRANKFURT'S BANKING DISTRICT

BIG designs a new character on Frankfurt's skyline for Tishman Speyer - a 185 m tall  mixed-use tower, which will infiltrate the cluster of corporate headquarters in the city center. 

JUN 16TH,2015 - MAKE NO LITTLE PLANS: TOWARD A PLAUSIBLE UTOPIA

As the speed of technological innovation accelerates, life in the 21st century metropolis is coming closer to fulfilling the predictions of science-fiction writers of decades past, and not always for the best. Many of the most apocalyptic scenarios envisioned by novelists—extreme overcrowding, conflict driven by climate change, the crisis of capitalism, mass uprisings—have also become all too familiar. What can architects learn from the wild speculations of their literary heroes? Bjarke & science fiction novelist Kim Stanley Robinson discuss their visions for life in the near-future metropolis.

JUN 16TH,2015 - CHARLIE ROSE INTERVIEWS BJARKE INGELS

Bjarke sat down with PBS News' Charlie Rose covering a range of topics from the recently announced 2 World Trade Center to BIG's approach more generally. 

JUN 15TH,2015 - GOOGLE HQ CAMPUS GOES EAST

Google has submitted early plans for a 595,000 sq ft building designed by BIG & Heatherwick Studios in Charleston East - a 18.6 acre site next to Charleston Park that Google has leased since 2007.

JUN 9TH,2015 - BIG UNVEILS THE DESIGN FOR 2 WORLD TRADE CENTER

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.

JUN 3RD,2015 - BIG UNVEILS DESIGN FOR TRAVEL CENTER IN VÄSTERÅS, SWEDEN

BIG, in collaboration with Tyrens, and Kragh & Berglund unveil the proposal for Västerås Travel Center - a new transportation hub for train, bus, taxi, bike and pedestrians in the heart of Västerås - one of Sweden’s largest cities. Rather than an infrastructural node for public transportation, the new Västerås Travel Center is shaped by the flow of people and public life, turning infrastructural necessities into opportunities for social interaction.

MAY 28TH,2015 - CREATING COLLABORATIVE CITYSCAPES AT THE HIGH LINE

Just when you think that the High Line couldn’t get any more enjoyable, Olafur Eliasson invites everyone to play with thousands of LEGO bricks at the elevated park in NYC. Starting today until September 30th, The Collectivity Project art installation will challenge parkgoers to design and build a collaborative cityscape. BIG got a head start building Rock tower out of the white toy bricks.  

MAY 21ST,2015 - HONEYCOMB BALCONIES UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Construction Update: The construction of the Honeycomb residences in Albany, Bahamas is well underway. The balcony pool was test poured on site this week. 

MAY 15TH,2015 - SUPERKILEN IN APPLE'S WORDLWIDE IPHONE 6 CAMPAIGN

The Black Square at Superkilen is one of the 77 images in Apple's global "Shot on iPhone 6" Ad campaign spanning magazines and billboards in 70 cities and 24 countries. Read photographer Brendan O's story here.

MAY 14TH,2015 - HUALIEN RESIDENCES SHOWROOM IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION

A 1000 m2 showroom showcasing the living spaces of the Hualien Residences in Taiwan is under construction, set to be ready and open later this year. Follow the build-up on our Facebook page. Image courtesy: TLDC. 

MAY 12TH,2015 - BIG ADDS ATHLETIC AND EDUCATIONAL CENTER TO GL. HELLERUP GYMNASIUM

Following the completion of the Gammel Hellerup High School multi-purpose hall designed by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group in 2013, a new 1400 m2 building for cultural activities has been inaugurated by the school’s art and sports enthusiasts.

MAY 8TH,2015 - BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK REPORTS ON THE NEW GOOGLE HQ

Bloomberg Businessweek sits down with Thomas Heatherwick and Bjarke Ingels for a story on the new Google Campus in Mountain View and their transatlantic design collaboration.   

MAY 4TH,2015 - INTRODUCING "VIA"

BIG's West 57th Street building will officially go by the name "VIA" . Located at the southbound West Side Highway, where the drivers enter the city, the building "acts like a gateway to Manhattan” and is separated from the adjacent Frank and Helena buildings by Via Way.

APR 21ST,2015 - THE DRYLINE WINS GLOBAL HOLCIM AWARDS BRONZE

Dryline receives Bronze at the 2015 Global Holcim Awards, one of the most significant international competitions honoring sustainable design solutions, for making "a political statement by means of an architectural and urban proposition – where tangible solutions to the effects of climate change can be created, where New York City is a prototype from which similar strategies in susceptible regions around the globe could be pursued”.

APR 13TH,2015 - BIG'S PROPOSAL FOR A GOVERNMENT HQ IN OSLO UNVEILED

Six international proposals for a new government district in Oslo, Norway were unveiled today. BIG proposes a topographic urban park to create a new setting for the historic buildings, reinterpreting the beloved Y-block in downtown Oslo. Please vote for BIG's design here.

APR 11TH,2015 - LLAMA RESTAURANT HONORED BY INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS

Llama restaurant designed by BIG & Kilo takes home Gold at the annual International Design Award for best conceptual design. 

ABOUT

BIG-BJARKE INGELS GROUP

BIG is a Copenhagen and New York based group of architects, designers, builders and thinkers operating within the fields of architecture, urbanism, research and development. 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, Andreas Klok Pedersen, Finn Nørkjær, David Zahle, Jakob Lange, Thomas Christoffersen, Sheela Maini Søgaard, Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Beat Schenk, Jakob Sand, Brian Yang and Daniel Sundlin. In addition, BIG has named 10 Associates at BIG NYC, including Agustin Perez-Torres, Iben Falconer, Christopher White, Daniel Kidd, David Brown, Leon Rost, Doug Stechschulte, Martin Voelkle, Ziad Shehab, Sören Grünert  and 7 Associates at BIG CPH, including Cat Huang, Frederik Lyng, Gabrielle Nadeau, Hanna Johansson, Jakob Henke, 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 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 2011, the Wall Street Journal awarded Bjarke the Architectural Innovator of the Year Award. In 2012, the American Institute of Architects granted the 8 House its Honor Award, calling it “a complex and exemplary project of a new typology.”
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 - 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 - 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 - 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.

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 West 57th, a mixed-use residential building in New York City. 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 - DAVID ZAHLE

David Zahle is a Partner at BIG and the Project and Design Architect responsible for many of BIG´s award winning projects. His collaboration with Bjarke Ingels began in 2002 with the VM Residences in Copenhagen. During the same year David won the Helsingør Psychiatric Hospital and subsequently followed it through to completion in 2006. He also led the design of the Stavanger Concert House, which was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale 2004 for the world’s best concert house, the Magnakil Education Centre in the Faroe Islands and the Danish Maritime Museum from its concept stage in 2007 to completion in 2012. Recently David has overseen the design of many prominent projects including a new art gallery and sculpture park in Norway, the Quingdao Science Museum, the Experimentarium competition in Copenhagen and the prize winning Amagerforbrænding; Copenhagen’s new Waste-to-Energy Plant with an innovative roof doubling as a ski slope. In addition to his design success, David has lectured on BIG’s works throughout Europe and taught throughout Scandinavia.

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 - 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 - 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 & CEO - SHEELA MAINI SØGAARD

Sheela Maini Søgaard’s primary responsibility is the general management of BIG, with special focus on finances. Since she joined BIG in August 2008 her focus has been on optimizing cashflow, formalizing contract policy and worked with the organizational structure, the latter of which has most notably resulted in a re-alignment in the Business Development area at BIG. Sheela’s professional experience covers, among other things, process optimization, cost control and business development, skills which she has accumulated from her time as Business Development Manager at Meyers ApS, a long commitment with GN ReSound, where she had several managing roles, latest as International Product Manager, as well as her time as Strategy consultant at McKinsey.

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.

AWARDS

BIG

Architizer Firm of the Year Award, 2014

Prix Delarue Award I French Academy of Architecture, 2011

Crown Prince Culture Prize, Danish Culture Fund, 2011

The Dreyer Foundation Grant Prize of Honor, 2011

Architectural Innovator of the Year Award, Wall Street Journal, 2011

European Prize for Architecture, 2010

Nykredits Architecture Prize, 2002

Young Architect of the Year Award, 2nd Prize, 2002

Henning Larsen’s Prize, 2001
 

 

MTN - THE MOUNTAIN

Jørn Utzon Statuette I Concrete Element Award, 2011

Chicago Athenaeum I International Architecture Award, 2009

Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence, 2009

MIPIM Award, Best Housing, 2009

Forum Aid Award, Best Nordic Architecture, 2008

World Architecture Festival, Best Housing, 2008

Wood Award, 2008

Mies Van Der Rohe Award, Honourable Mention, 2009

 

VM - VM HOUSES

Mies Van Der Rohe Award, Honourable Mention, 2007

Forum Award, Best Building in Scandinavia, 2006

Copenhagen Municipality Award, 2006

 

ARC - AMAGER RESOURCE CENTER

P/A Progressive Architecture Awards, Citation, 2015

MIPIM AR Future Projects Awards, Special Award, 2012

 

MAR - MARITIME YOUTH HOUSE

AR+D Award, Architectural Review, RIBA, 2004
Copenhagen Award For Architecture, 2004
European Architecture Award Luigi Cosenza, 2004
Wood Award, 2008

Mies Van Der Rohe Award, Honorable Mention, 2005

 

BAD - COPENHAGEN HARBOUR BATH

European Prize For Urban Public Space, 2004

International Olympic Committee Award, Best Public Recreational Facility, Honorable Mention, 2007

 

MIA - AUDI DESIGN MIAMI

IF Communication Design Award, 2012

 

STL - ST LOUIS CITYARCHRIVER

Chicago Athenaeum I International Architecture Award, 2011

 

LECTURES

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NOV 18TH,2015 - Big to Boutique: How Diverse Practices Approach Resiliency

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Washington Convention Center, Washington DC, USA
time: TBA
 

NOV 10TH,2015 - Architekturgespräch

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Neumühlequai 38, Zurich, Switzerland
time: 19:00
 

NOV 5TH,2015 - Hedonistic Sustainability

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: MAX Atria Singapore EXPO, Singapore
time: 9:35 - 10:10
 

OCT 21ST,2015 - HOT TO COLD

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Kansas City Public Library Truman Forum Auditorium, Kansas City, MO, USA
time: 18:00
 

OCT 21ST,2015 - HOT TO COLD

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA
time: 11:30 - 12:30
 

OCT 12TH,2015 - HOT TO COLD

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, USA
time: 19:00 - 20:00
 

SEP 29TH,2015 - Demand Solutions Conference: Ideas for Improving Lives

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Inter-American Development Bank,1330 New York Avenue NW, Washington DC, USA
time: 15:00
 

SEP 24TH,2015 - Think BIG

speaker:
David Zahle
location: Folketeateret, Oslo, Norway
time: 13:00 - 14:00
 

SEP 9TH,2015 - HOT TO COLD

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Universidad de Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
time: 18:30
 

SEP 8TH,2015 - XV Buenos Aires Biennial

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
time: TBA
 

SEP 2ND,2015 - HOT TO COLD

speaker:
David Zahle
location: Helsingør, Denmark
time: 20:00
 

JUL 20TH,2015 - Cities for Tomorrow Conference

speaker:
Bjarke Ingels
location: New York, NY, USA
time: 18:50
 

JUL 20TH,2015 - International Forum of Architecture and Urbanism

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janiero, Brazil
time: 16:00
 

JUL 13TH,2015 - Royal Academy of Arts Annual Architecture Lecture

speaker:
Bjarke Ingels
location: Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
time: 18:45 - 20:00
 

JUL 10TH,2015 - BDA Hamburg Studienpreis 2014/15

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Shanghaiallee 6, 20457 Hamburg, Germany
time: 20:00
 

JUL 2ND,2015 - JUNG Architekturgespräche

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Cafe Moskau, Karl-Marx-Allee 34, Berlin, Germany
time: 18:00
 

JUN 24TH,2015 - Glass Performance Days

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Tampere, Finland
time: 14:00
 

JUN 23RD,2015 - Der Zukunftskongress / Future Day

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Messe Frankfurt GmbH, Osloer Straße 5, Frankfurt, Germany
time: 11:45
 

JUN 18TH,2015 - Founders Forum

speaker:
Bjarke Ingels
location: London, UK
time: 14:30
 

JUN 18TH,2015 - Rebuild By Design Munich Symposium

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Architekturgalerie München, Türkenstraße 30 / Gartenhaus, 80333 Munich, Germany
time: 15:00 - 21:00
 

MEDIA

 
 

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.

 

A WALK THROUGH SUPERKILEN

2/3 of the Superkilen team, including BIG's Bjarke Ingels and Bjornstjerne Christiansen from Superflex take a walk around the park for a talk on the process and final design.

 

A TRAVEL TO PALESTINE

Superflex follows Palestinian Hiba and Alaa to their home country to bring back a piece of Palestine to Superkilen in Denmark.

 

8 HOUSE IN COPENHAGEN

8-House is located in Ørestad on the edge of Copenhagen. 8-House offers homes for people in all of life’s stages: the young and the old, singles, families that grow and families that become smaller. Instead of dividing the different functions of the building - for both habitation and retail - into separate blocks, the various functions have been spread out horizontally. The apartments are placed at the top while the commercial program unfolds at the base of the building. As a result, the different horizontal layers have achieved a quality of their own: the apartments benefit from the view, sunlight and fresh air, while the commercial merges with life on the street.

 

BIG ❤ NYC

A BIG red heart pulses with glowing light in a grove of glass rods. A single person can activate the beating heart but joining hands with others will make the heart beat even faster to create a brighter burning heart.

The 10-foot tall glowing sculpture consists of 400 transparent, LED lit, acrylic tubes that form a cube around a suspended heart. The hovering heart pulsates faster reflecting the vibrant human energy in the heart of Times Square.

 

BIG + AUDI REALIZE “URBAN FUTURE” AT DESIGN MIAMI 2011

BIG + Kollision + Schmidhuber & Partner team up to bring BIG’s vision of future urban mobility to life for AUDI at Design Miami/ 2011, running from November 30th through December 4th adjacent to Art Basel Miami Beach. BIG originally presented the concept as an entry for the 2010 AUDI Urban Future Award introducing a future city paved with a digital surface that liberates the streets from existing boundaries and allows for a new flexibility of public use. The 190 m2 three-dimensional LED installation provides a glimpse of the future city where the public space is shared between pedestrians and driverless cars. The entire surface would be infused with a continuous flow of information allowing for real-time interaction between vehicles and their environment. Mounted above the Design Miami installation, 3D cameras track the movement of passers-by processing the data into a generative artwork that feeds back into the LED panels. The installation sets the stage for Audi’s showcar, Audi A2 concept, which has its U.S debut at the design fair and is dedicated to future urban mobility, capable of communicating with its environment. The exhibition car continuously emits arrows showing its driving path, navigating real-time between visitors at the stand. "Our pavilion for AUDI renders visible the invisible forces that flow through our city – the driverless car is relying on sophisticated sensory and computational technology that constantly observes and calculates the dynamic space that the living city constitutes. The result is an architecture of movement whose forms have not been predetermined by the architect but are constantly being recomposed by the people populating the pavilion.” BIG

 

VIA RESIDENCES ON W57TH STREET IN NEW YORK CITY

VIA introduces an entirely new residential typology to New York City that will add an inviting twist to the Manhattan Skyline. The building is a hybrid between the European perimeter block and a traditional Manhattan high-rise, combining the advantages of both: the compactness and efficiency of a courtyard building providing density, a sense of inti¬macy and security, with the airiness and the expansive views of a skyscraper.

 

BIG's LOOP CITY

The industrial areas in the Copenhagen suburbs are next in line for urban development. A new light rail is planned to interconnect 20 development zones with a total area of 11 Km2, the size of the entire inner city. We are proposing to turn the light rail line into a spine of dense urbanity with a series of peaks at the stations. By combing the rail with strategies for energy exchange, waste management, water treatment and electric car stations, the infrastructure could become the base for a new sustainable ring of development around Copenhagen, and an artery of true urbanity pumping life into the heart of the suburbs. At certain points the rail becomes a building itself almost like a Roman aqueduct passing through the suburbs, at other points it forms small pockets of urbanity around the stations.


We propose to upgrade the planned light rail by extending it to form a regional ring around Oresund connecting similar development areas, and creating a new 50 year development perspective for a cross border region between Sweden and Denmark. Where the Finger Plan from 1947 was about connectivity from suburb to center the Loop City is linking a string of highly differentiated urban nodes, universities and working spaces in a center-less metropolitan region around a blue void. This ring, comparable in size to the San Francisco Bay area, has enough development areas to contain the growth of the region the next 50 years, and could become a model for a both sustainable, dense and super recreational development of the region.

 

(DRIVER)LESS IS MORE

We imagine that inner cities that are currently banning cars through taxation or tolls to relieve congestion will simply become driverless rather than car-less. Driverless cars will combine individual mobility outside city limits with collective mobility within, as self driven cars move in coordinated concert with their fellow commuters they occupy a quarter of the space human-driven cars require. As the new generation of cars will additionally be noiseless and pollutionless it will mean the end of the apartheid that currently separates cars from pedestrians and bicyclists for comfort, health or safety reasons. The result is an elastic urban space that can expand and contract to accommodate peak traffic hours or allow a park or plaza to invade the car lanes to fit the demands and desires of its citizens.

SHOP

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.

 

JOBS

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BIG is an architecture company, characterized by an entrepreneurial spirit, true team-work across expertise areas and new ways of approaching conventional tasks. We have an informal work environment where collegial support are highly valued and where ambition, high work morale and dedication to being the innovators of our field unify the staff. Our firm is characterized by creativity, high energy and a team spirit. We now number 240 employees between Copenhagen and New York. 

 

We are dedicated to creating and maintaining a cool workplace where we want to be and we continuously work at becoming better and better at what we do. 

 

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NYC Senior Architect/Designer

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NYC BIM Specialist

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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. 

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.

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. 

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 and Raket Madsen BIG IDEAS resurrected the idea of the giant smoke rings for the Copenhagen Power plant.