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AUG 10TH,2018 - FAROE ISLANDS EDUCATION CENTER OPENS

Just in time for the school year to begin, BIG completes the 19,200m2 education center in the capital city of the Faroe Islands. The opening for three different schools now gathered under one roof was celebrated with Landsverk CEO Ewald Kjølbro, Minister for Culture Rigmor Dam, Glasir CEO Bogi Bech Jensen, Creative Director Rosan Bosch and our BIG partners. Faroe Islands Education Center welcomes more than 1,200 students and 300 teachers in the vortex shaped campus that radiates out towards its surroundings while creating an inner landscape for communal learning.

AUG 7TH,2018 - BIG’S PLEATED SKYSCRAPER COMPLETES IN SHENZHEN

Almost a decade since BIG won the international design competition in China’s ‘Silicon Valley’ with ARUP and Transsolar, BIG's first skyscraper in Asia completes as the new home for Shenzhen Energy Company. Shenzhen Energy Mansion looks different because it performs differently: the pleated curtain wall folds in areas that reduce solar loads and glare, while closed and open parts in the facade oscillate between transparency and opacity—reducing the building’s overall energy consumption without any moving parts or complicated technology. Photo by Chao Zhang.

 

“Shenzhen Energy Mansion is our first realized example of ‘engineering without engines’ – the idea that we can engineer the dependence on machinery out of our buildings and let architecture fulfill the performance. Shenzhen Energy Mansion appears as a subtle mutation of the classic skyscraper and exploits the building’s interface with the external elements: sun, daylight, humidity and wind to create maximum comfort and quality inside. A natural evolution that looks different because it performs differently. Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG.

AUG 2ND,2018 - VISIT THE XI VISIONARIES GALLERY IN CHELSEA

On view and open to the public this summer is The Visionaries Gallery dedicated to The XI, BIG's pair of mixed-use towers that twists as it rises by the High Line. Designed by world-renown stage designer Es Devlin, the 12,000 sqft gallery hosts three exhibitions heralding the soon-to-top out towers. The Visionaries Gallery located on 25 Little West 12th Street is open to the public on Tuesdays 10-12pm and Thursdays 6-8pm until fall. Photo by Nikolas Koenig.

JUL 31ST,2018 - LEGO HOUSE AND NOMA WINBOTH ARCHITIZER A+ JURY AND POPULAR CHOICE AWARDS

BIG's LEGO House and noma are selected by the Jury as winners in the Architizer A+ Awards for the Architecture +Branding and Restaurant category, respectively. Both buildings also won Popular Choice following a 10-day campaign garnering over 400,000 votes from the architecture community. Images by Iwan Baan (top) and Jason Loucas (bottom).

JUL 30TH,2018 - BIG'S LANESCRAPER TO GRACE THE MELBOURNE SKYLINE?

BIG's LANESCRAPER is among six proposals shortlisted for developer Beulah International's competition to design a mixed-used landmark tower in Melbourne's Southbank Boulevard. BIG and Fender Katsalidis Architects present two 360m high interlocking blocks with a stacked shape and a series of 'laneways' that provide both stability and natural points of connectivity between the towers. The scheme features a range of residential, retail and cultural amenities including offices, serviced apartments, library, two-tiered auditoriums and a BMW experience center.

JUL 27TH,2018 - BRING THE ORB TO BURNING MAN 2018

BIG Founder Bjarke Ingels and Partner Jakob Lange are halfway through their Indiegogo fundraiser to bring The Orb installation to the annual Burning Man festival in Black Rock City, Nevada. The Orb is a 1/500,000th sphere replica and reflection of the Earth, spanning 25m in diameter and 'floating' via a 30-tonne steel truss. With one month left of the campaign, support the team in bringing the temporal planet to The Playa by donating here

JUL 26TH,2018 - BIG COPENHAGEN SEEKS NEW MEMBERS TO JOIN OUR INTERNSHIP FAMILY

BIG Copenhagen is looking for talented and self-motivated architecture students interested in working and learning alongside us, as well as participating in all things BIG: from workshops at BIG School to downtime at Friday Bars. The internship starts this September for a minimum of 6 months. Find more information and submit your application as soon as possible here.

JUL 24TH,2018 - VANCOUVER HOUSE TOPS OFF AS 2016 SERPENTINE PAVILION IS RECONSTRUCTED AS 'UNZIPPED TORONTO'

BIG, Westbank, DIALOG & collaborators celebrate two milestones: Vancouver House tops off in downtown Vancouver and BIG's 2016 Serpentine Pavilion from London is reborn as 'Unzipped Toronto' for an architectural exhibition opening this fall.

JUL 23RD,2018 - "WHEN IS A WASTE INCINERATOR ALSO A SKI SLOPE?"

Financial Times' Architecture Critic Edwin Heathcote takes an early look inside the soon-to-complete Amager Resource Center in Copenhagen and discovers how costly infrastructure can become desirable public amenity. Heathcote also looks across the lake to BIG's new noma restaurant, recently completed on the outskirts of freetown Christiania. Image by Aldo Amoretti.

JUL 18TH,2018 - BIG U SEEKS FIRST PARK STEWARD FOR ESCR

Rebuild by Design and Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES) is in search of a Partner to lead park stewardship research for the first phase of the BIG U: the East Side Coastal Resiliency project which looks to reconstruct the 64 acre, 1.5 mile long East River Park to become a 21st century resilient park along the East River waterfront. See the RFP here.

JUL 17TH,2018 - BIG BUILDS ON INSTAGRAM

Launched less than one year ago, BIG's official Instagram @big_builds continues to document BIG's buildings globally from groundbreaking to completion. With recent summer milestones including construction kick-off for The Spiral and NYPD 40th Precinct both in New York, the opening of Aarhus Harbor Bath in Denmark and teasers for the soon-to-complete Shenzhen Energy Mansion, BIG's curated construction series shows what happens behind the construction tape of 30 BIG buildings currently in progress.

JUL 16TH,2018 - BIG LANDSCAPE HOSTS OPEN STUDIO IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ASLA-NY

BIG Landscape invites fellow landscape practitioners, urban designers and strategic thinkers to visit BIG's New York office for an Open Studio in partnership with the New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Visitors will meet the BIG Landscape team, tour the office and deep dive into BIG's current landscape projects globally.

JUL 11TH,2018 - VOTE LEGO HOUSE, TIRPITZ AND NOMA FOR ARCHITIZER A+ AWARD'S POPULAR CHOICE

BIG's LEGO House, noma and TIRPITZ are announced finalists in the Architizer A+ Awards for the following categories, respectively: Architecture +Branding, Restaurant and Museum. The buildings are competing for both the Jury and Popular Choice awards, with public voting open until July 20th here. Winners will be announced on July 30th. 

JUL 10TH,2018 - BIG'S NYPD 40TH PRECINCT STATION WITH COMMUNITY CENTER STARTS CONSTRUCTION IN THE BRONX

New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced the start of construction for BIG's NYPD 40th Precinct in South Bronx. The new 43,500 sqft ground-up building will be the first police station to house green roofs and a community meeting space in a precinct. In addition to serving the various needs of the NYPD, the station will create a new multi-purpose space for educational programs, classes and events for civic engagement. The building is expected to complete in Spring 2021.

 

“This new precinct will strengthen the bond between community and police, which will ultimately help make the South Bronx and our City safer.” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

 

"Station houses can and should represent and beautify the communities they serve. I'm proud that the design for the 40th precinct station house incorporates sustainable infrastructure and community space, both of which will create a safe and inviting space for the community and officers alike.” Council Member Vanessa Gibson.

JUL 5TH,2018 - COPENHILL ATOP AMAGER RESOURCE CENTER GETS FIRST TREES AND SKI LIFTS

Amager Resource Center sees the first trees and ski lifts mounted to the surface of its rooftop, called Copenhill. Located in the flat terrains of Copenhagen, the city will soon have its first mountain for residents and visitors to ski, hike, climb, toboggan and enjoy panoramic views from the top of a waste-to-energy power plant.

JUL 2ND,2018 - ARCH RECORD FEATURES SHENZHEN ENERGY MANSION'S SUSTAINABLE FAÇADE

Architectural Record visited BIG's first skyscraper completed in Asia for an in-depth look at the building's facade. Shenzhen Energy Mansion is a pair of sustainable office towers that perform at the building's skin: rippled curtain walls fold and undulate to protect from solar loads and glare, while preserving views to the city's central business district. Image by Laurian Ghinitoiu.

JUN 30TH,2018 - AARHUS HARBOUR BATH OPENS WITH A SPLASH

Aarhus Harbour Bath officially opens this weekend in celebration with BIG Partner Finn Nørkjær, Mayor of Aarhus Municipality Jacob Bundsgaard, Vice Chairman of Salling Fondene Karin Salling and Councilor of Aarhus Municipality Rabih Azah-Ahmad. The harbour bath features a 50m long pool, children’s pool, diving pool and two saunas for up to 650 bathers until the end of the summer. Image by Rasmus Hjortshøj - COAST Studio.

JUN 18TH,2018 - LEGO HOUSE DOCUMENTARY OUT ON NETFLIX NOW

The 7-years of fun, playful and sometimes painful process of creating the best possible 'Home of The Brick' in Billund, Denmark is chronicled in a documentary on Netlix - see it this summer! 

JUN 15TH,2018 - BIG AND HFZ SUPPORT THE HIGH LINE HAT PARTY WITH THE XI TOP HAT

BIG and HFZ Capital Group join the High Line Hat Party, celebrating the creative spirit and raising important funds for the beloved NYC park. BIG's design for a top hat with a twist is a tribute to The XI rising beside the elevated park between 17th and 18th Street. The XI Top Hat won third place in the High Line hat competition. Image by Jared Siskin/Getty Images.

JUN 14TH,2018 - BIG CEO & PARTNER SHEELA SØGAARD GIVES 2018 AIA KEYNOTE AT RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL

BIG CEO & Partner Sheela Søgaard will give the keynote speech for the AIA Conference on Architecture, one of the most widely attended architecture and design conferences of the year. Following this year’s theme, Blueprint for Better Cities, Sheela will share her insights on the business structure that lets the designers, thinkers, urbanists and innovators do what they do best—design, create and imagine possibilities. The keynote will take place on Friday, June 22 at Radio City Music Hall. Read Sheela's Q&A here.

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 LEADERSHIP

BIG is led by 17 Partners: Bjarke Ingels, Sheela Maini Søgaard, Kai-Uwe Bergmann,Thomas Christoffersen, Finn Nørkjær, David Zahle, Jakob Lange, Andreas Klok Pedersen, Daniel Sundlin, Jakob Sand, Brian Yang, Beat Schenk, Agustin Perez-Torres, Martin Voelkle, Leon Rost, Catherine Huang and Ole Elkjær-Larsen.
 

27 Associates: Doug Stechschulte, Sören Grünert, Jakob Henke, Jeremy Alain Siegel, Andreas Buettner, Michelle Stromsta, Linus Saavedra, Aran Coakley, Jelena Vucic, Maria Sole Bravo, Kristian Hindsberg, Elizabeth McDonald, Blake Smith, Matthew Oravec (NYC); Frederik Lyng, Gabrielle Nadeau, Hanna Johansson, João Albuquerque, Nanna Gyldholm Møller, Eva Seo, Tobias Hjortdal, Per Bo Madsen, Snorre Nash, Enea Michelesio, Kekoa Charlot (CPH); Ziad Shehab and Lorenzo Boddi (LON).

15 Directors: Tine Kaspersen (COO), Anne Brown Frandsen (CFO), Daria Pahhota (CCO), Douglass Alligood, Andy Young (Technical), Duncan Horswill (Engineering), Ulla Hornsyld, Manon Otto (Landscape), Francesca Portesine (Interiors), Florencia Kratsman (Space Planning), Everett Hollander, Nicolas Kastbjerg, Henriette Helstrup (Operations), Michael Rene Hansen (Finance) and Kristian Palsmar (IT).

FOUNDING PARTNER - BJARKE INGELS

Bjarke Ingels founded BIG Bjarke Ingels Group in 2005 after co-founding PLOT Architects in 2001 and working at OMA in Rotterdam. Bjarke defines architecture as the art and science of making sure our cities and buildings fit with the way we want to live our lives. Through careful analysis of various parameters from local culture and climate, everchanging patters of contemporary life, to the ebbs and flows of the global economy, Bjarke believes in the idea of information-driven-design as the driving force for his design process. Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine in 2016, Bjarke has designed and completed award-winning buildings globally.

In 2011, Wall Street Journal named Bjarke The Innovator of the Year; he received 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. 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 continues to hold lectures in venues such as TED, WIRED, AMCHAM, 10 Downing Street, the World Economic Forum and many more. In 2018, Bjarke was named Chief Architectural Advisor by WeWork to advise and develop the firm’s design vision and language for buildings, campuses and neighborhoods globally.

PARTNER & CEO - SHEELA SØGAARD

As Chief Executive Officer and Partner, Sheela Maini Søgaard manages the overall health and growth of the studio’s 500+ designers and support functions globally. Sheela oversees BIG’s finances, operations and business development, and is responsible for optimizing cash flow, developing the organization and executing strategic priorities. Prior to joining BIG as Chief Financial Officer in 2008, Sheela led Business Development efforts for Danish culinary entrepreneur and NOMA co-founder Claus Meyer and before that, she developed strategic solutions at McKinsey & Company. Sheela is an Advisory Board Member for the National Gallery of Denmark and is on the Board of Directors at Maj Bank. In 2017, Berlingske Business named Sheela one of the Top 100 Female Executives 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 has collaborated with Bjarke Ingels since he won the competition for the Aquatic Centre in Aalborg in 2001. Finn is instrumental in materializing BIG’s visionary architecture by bringing his extensive experience to the table. In addition to the Aquatic Centre, Finn has been deeply involved in most of BIG’s built projects, incl. the VM Houses, The Mountain, The Danish Pavilion for the 2010 Shanghai Expo, Gammel Hellerup High School, TIRPITZ Museum and most recently, LEGO House in Billund, Denmark. Finn is currently working on the 20,000 m2 Faroe Islands Education Centre set to open in Torshavn in August 2018, the recently completed word's best restaurant noma in Christiania outside of Copenhagen, and within the city, the first residents moved into Dortheavej affordable housing development with much acclaim from the local community.

PARTNER - THOMAS CHRISTOFFERSEN

Thomas Christoffersen began his collaboration with Bjarke Ingels in 2001 during PLOT. Thomas has worked on every notable project from VM Houses in Copenhagen to the mixed-use VIA court-scraper in Manhattan and the landmark towers Grove at Grand Bay in Miami. He is currently overseeing the design of Google’s California headquarters and the sports neighborhood East Austin District, as well as the construction of The Honeycomb residences in the Bahamas, Vancouver House in Canada and higher education facilities in Massachusetts and Virginia. 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 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 joined BIG in 2004 and is the Design Director of BIG London. Since joining BIG, Andreas has led a number of BIG’s competitions, master plans and large-scale projects in Europe and Asia. Most recently, Andreas has led the design for the PARC research center in Paris, Transitlager in Basel, Greenland National Gallery of Art and the Shenzhen Energy HQ as well as the 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, 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 ran an architecture studio at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and was Guest-Professor at the AHO School of Architecture in Oslo Norway in the fall of 2011.

PARTNER - DAVID ZAHLE

David Zahle's collaboration with Bjarke Ingels began in 2002 with the VM residences in Copenhagen, followed by leading the winning design proposal for the Helsingør Psychiatric Hospital which completed in 2006. David oversees the design of many prominent cultural and mixed-use projects in Scandinavia, incl. Kistefos Museum, 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 a green rooftop park and a ski slope, Panda House at Copenhagen Zoo, Berlin Towers and Cloud City residences in Aalborg. 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. Alongside his architectural work, David is also a host of the tv-show ‘Masterful conversions’ on Denmark’s national TV2. Since the beginning of 2015 David has been responsible for Business Development at BIG’s office in Copenhagen.

PARTNER - JAKOB LANGE

Jakob Lange has collaborated with Bjarke Ingels since 2003 and heads up BIG’s technology-driven special projects division BIG Ideas. Through analysis and simulation, BIG Ideas informs BIG’s design decisions with precise data – what Bjarke has coined as information driven design. Special projects, including the pod and station design for the Californian transportation company Virgin Hyperloop One proposed by Elon Musk, Mars Science City in the Middle-East, a green window farm technology, customized lamps and building systems support the studio’s work from small details to the BIG picture. Jakob has been instrumental in winning some of BIG’s largest commissions, incl. the design and development of the Mountain residences in Copenhagen (2008), the new Tallinn Town Hall in Estonia, which received a MIPIM Future Award in 2011 and the high-end residential building Stettin 7 in Stockholm, Sweden. Jakob is also a Board member at Virgin Hyperloop One.

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 Université Pierre et Marie Curie. Since then, he has been in charge of several prominent developments, incl. MECA Cultural Center in Bordeaux, the Pont de Bondy metro station and Europa City Masterplan in Paris. 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. Beat’s collaboration with Bjarke Ingels dates back to 2000, where he worked alongside Bjarke on the Seattle Public Library in Seattle, Washington for the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). 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.

PARTNER - DANIEL SUNDLIN

Daniel joined BIG in 2008 and became Partner in 2015. He has worked on many of BIG’s most prominent projects and competitions, including Tallinn Town Hall in Estonia, Slussen Masterplan in Stockholm, PARC Jussieu Campus in Paris and the mixed-use residential building VIA 57 West in New York. Daniel currently oversees the expansion of the Google Campus in Mountain View, California; the Wilson Secondary School in Arlington, Virginia; the 1,005ft tall office skyscraper The Spiral and the East Side Coastal Resiliency project both in Manhattan, New York. He is also one of the lead designers of the prize-winning Musee Atelier Audemars Piguet in Switzerland which is set to open in 2019, as well as the recently announced neighboring Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers with a zig-zagging ski slope on its roof.

PARTNER - BRIAN YANG

Brian Yang joined BIG in 2007 and was named Partner in 2015. He 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 the Amager Bakke Waste-to-Energy plant in Copenhagen that doubles as a ski slope, Kistefos Art Museum and a sustainable multifamily residential development in Finland. Most recently he has been the design leader for The LEGO House which opened its doors to critical acclaim in 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 - CATHERINE HUANG

Catherine Huang joined BIG in 2007 and became Partner in 2018. She has worked closely with Bjarke Ingels across a wide range of projects and typologies such as the completed Danish Pavilion for the 2010 Shanghai Expo, the energy efficient skyscraper  Shenzhen Energy HQ which just opened its doors, a low energy masterplan in Toronto, as well as residential projects in Copenhagen and Stockholm that enhance the urban fabric by creating shared social spaces. Most recently she was the Design Leader for a residential complex in Hualien, Taiwan that seeks to blur the line between natural landscape and the built environment. Prior to joining BIG, she drew on undergraduate degree in molecular biology during her time at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design to conduct research into new models of sustainability for the urban realm.

PARTNER - OLE ELKJAER-LARSEN

Ole Elkjær-Larsen joined BIG in 2003 and became partner in 2018. Ole has vast experience in project management and controlling of both large and small-scale projects. Ole has been key for the completion of BIG’s initial projects such as the Gammel Hellerup School multi-use hall and high school completed in 2014, as well as for the award winning 8 House in Ørestad, which he followed through to its completion in 2010. Ole has most recently supervised the completion of the re-programming and extension of the 30 000 m2 former warehouse Transitlager in Basel, completed in 2016, as well as the Tirpitz Museum that transforms and expands a German WWII bunker fortification into a ground breaking cultural complex. At the moment, Ole is project leader of the Faroe Islands Educational Centre in Torshavn currently in construction and due for completion in 2018.

PARTNER - AGUSTIN PEREZ-TORRES

Agustin Perez-Torres first worked at BIG in Copenhagen from 2006 to 2008, during which he collabroated with Bjarke on a number of international projects, including the 8 House. He returned to BIG in 2011 as a Project Leader in the New York office where he led the team on the development of the Vancouver House as well as the Cité de la Musique à Genève Competition. Agustin became a Partner in 2018 and is currently leading various design competitions, serving as the Partner-in-Charge for the Redskins Stadium in D.C and the F.C Barcelona Camp Nou stadium competition. In addition to his design work, Agustin has also worked as an architectural journalist and has assisted with major architectural exhibitions. Before joining BIG, Agustin worked for OMA in Rotterdam and Carme Pinos Studio in Barcelona.

PARTNER - MARTIN VOELKLE

Martin Voelkle joined BIG’s Copenhagen office in 2010 as a Project Designer for the recently completed Shenzhen Energy HQ. Martin moved to New York City in 2012 and became a key member of the project team for the 60 000 m2 mixed-use development Vancouver House in Vancouver, Canada. He was named Partner in 2018 and is currently leading various high profile projects including 2 World Trade Center in New York City, the Smithsonian Institution master plan in Washington D.C., and King’s Cross Google Headquarters in London. Prior to joining BIG, Martin worked as a Senior Architect at the 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.

PARTNER - LEON ROST

Leon Rost began his collaboration with Bjarke Ingels in 2005 at PLOT in Copenhagen. After completing architectural studies at California Polytechnic University, Leon has worked with renowned offices in Japan, Scandinavia, and Portugal, designing a variety of cultural, residential and master planning projects around the globe, including the New Oslo Central Station and the Ginza Swatch Building in Tokyo. Leon joined BIG with the launch of the New York office in 2011, and in 2018 he became a Partner. He has worked closely with all partners on some of BIG´s greatest projects, including the successfully completed Mountain and Helsingør Psychiatric Hospital in Denmark. He led the design for Grove at Grand Bay in Miami which was completed in 2016, and the winning competition designs for both the Kimball Art Center in Park City and the Tirana Cultural Center & Museum for Religious Harmony. Currently, Leon is leading the design of Google’s visionary master plan and headquarter buildings, with over 3 million SF currently under construction.

AWARDS

BIG

Nykredits Architecture Prize, 2018

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

 

MCB - TIRPITZ

The Mermaid Prize, 2018 
AIANY Design Awards, Honors Award for Architecture, 2018

Nordic Architecture Fair Award, Finalist, 2017

 

 

DONG - FREDERIKSBORGVEJ 73

Danish Architect Associations Lille Arne Award, 2018

 

SEM - SHENZHEN ENERGY HQ

HKIE Structural Excellence Award, 2018

 

LECTURES

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OCT 2ND,2018 - Zak World of Façades

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: London
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SEP 24TH,2018 - Design Experience Series

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Auckland
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SEP 13TH,2018 - Keynote Speech at the Asian Congress Of Architects

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Tokyo
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JUL 19TH,2018 - Fritz Hansen Roadshow

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Tokyo
time: 6:00 PM
 

JUN 22ND,2018 - Aspen Ideas Festival

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Aspen
time:
 

JUN 22ND,2018 - AIA Conference on Architecture 2018 Keynote Address

speaker:
Sheela Søgaard
location: New York, NY
time: 5:30 PM
 

JUN 15TH,2018 -  IAAC Closing Lecture for 2018 Lecture Series

speaker:
Bjarke Ingels
location: Barcelona
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JUN 14TH,2018 - Ramboll Scandinavian High Rise Event

speaker:
Brian Yang
location: Copenhagen
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JUN 13TH,2018 - FIA Festival

speaker:
Leon Rost
location: Tel Aviv
time:
 

JUN 7TH,2018 - ESTATE KONFERENCE

speaker:
David Zahle
location: Copenhagen
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JUN 6TH,2018 - Nordic Smart Building Convention- Industry Keynote

speaker:
Daniel Sundlin
location: Helsinki, Finland
time:
 

MAY 24TH,2018 - Milan Design Week/Talk with e-Flux

speaker:
Bjarke Ingels
location: Milan
time:
 

MAY 22ND,2018 - TechPerspectives at TECH+

speaker:
Jan Leenknegt
location: New York, NY
time:
 

MAY 16TH,2018 - Financial Times Future of Construction Summit

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: London, UK
time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
 

MAY 9TH,2018 - AIA Wisconsin 2018 Conference on Architecture, Keynote Address

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Madison, WI
time: 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
 

MAY 2ND,2018 - New Now Next / Irish Architecture Foundation

speaker:
Bjarke Ingels
location: Dublin
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MEDIA

 

BIG + ONE + SHERWOOD VISION FOR ISLAIS HYPER-CREEK

The BIG + ONE + Sherwood team announce our vision for southeast San Francisco: Islais Hyper-Creek is a restoration of the area’s underlying natural watershed as a major new park. Addressing risk from coastal and stormwater flooding, Islais Hyper-Creek serves as an opportunity to bring the existing industrial ecosystem into the next economy. Six proposed pilot projects, developed together with stakeholders and local communities, will kickstart a long-term process towards realizing the overall vision.

 

VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE 2018: HUMANHATTAN 2050

Humanhattan 2050 is on display at the Italian Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale and presents a mix of BIG’s Rebuild by Design concepts, including the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project, running from East 25th Street south to Montgomery Street, independent visions, and interpretations of the potential for Manhattan to accommodate both climate change and growth in the future, while returning the waterfront to its people, rather than to industry and cars. From Manhattan, to Humanhattan!

 

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 Islais 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.

 

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.

 

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 founded BIG Bjarke Ingels Group in 2005 after co-founding PLOT Architects in 2001 and working at OMA in Rotterdam. Bjarke defines architecture as the art and science of making sure our cities and buildings fit with the way we want to live our lives. Through careful analysis of various parameters from local culture and climate, everchanging patters of contemporary life, to the ebbs and flows of the global economy, Bjarke believes in the idea of information-driven-design as the driving force for his design process. Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine in 2016, Bjarke has designed and completed award-winning buildings globally.   In 2011, Wall Street Journal named Bjarke The Innovator of the Year; he received 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. 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 continues to hold lectures in venues such as TED, WIRED, AMCHAM, 10 Downing Street, the World Economic Forum and many more. In 2018, Bjarke was named Chief Architectural Advisor by WeWork to advise and develop the firm’s design vision and language for buildings, campuses and neighborhoods globally.
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Agustin Perez-Torres
Agustin Perez-Torres first worked at BIG in Copenhagen from 2006 to 2008, during which he collabroated with Bjarke on a number of international projects, including the 8 House. He returned to BIG in 2011 as a Project Leader in the New York office where he led the team on the development of the Vancouver House as well as the Cité de la Musique à Genève Competition. Agustin became a Partner in 2018 and is currently leading various design competitions, serving as the Partner-in-Charge for the Redskins Stadium in D.C and the F.C Barcelona Camp Nou stadium competition. In addition to his design work, Agustin has also worked as an architectural journalist and has assisted with major architectural exhibitions. Before joining BIG, Agustin worked for OMA in Rotterdam and Carme Pinos Studio in Barcelona.
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Andreas Klok Pedersen
Andreas Klok Pedersen joined BIG in 2004 and is the Design Director of BIG London. Since joining BIG, Andreas has led a number of BIG’s competitions, master plans and large-scale projects in Europe and Asia. Most recently, Andreas has led the design for the PARC research center in Paris, Transitlager in Basel, Greenland National Gallery of Art and the Shenzhen Energy HQ as well as the 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, 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 ran an architecture studio at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and was Guest-Professor at the AHO School of Architecture in Oslo Norway in the fall of 2011.
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Beat Schenk
Beat Schenk joined BIG in 2010 as Senior Project Manager and is now the Director of Detail Design. Beat’s collaboration with Bjarke Ingels dates back to 2000, where he worked alongside Bjarke on the Seattle Public Library in Seattle, Washington for the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). 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.
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Brian Yang
Brian Yang joined BIG in 2007 and was named Partner in 2015. He 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 the Amager Bakke Waste-to-Energy plant in Copenhagen that doubles as a ski slope, Kistefos Art Museum and a sustainable multifamily residential development in Finland. Most recently he has been the design leader for The LEGO House which opened its doors to critical acclaim in 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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Catherine Huang
Catherine Huang joined BIG in 2007 and became Partner in 2018. She has worked closely with Bjarke Ingels across a wide range of projects and typologies such as the completed Danish Pavilion for the 2010 Shanghai Expo, the energy efficient skyscraper  Shenzhen Energy HQ which just opened its doors, a low energy masterplan in Toronto, as well as residential projects in Copenhagen and Stockholm that enhance the urban fabric by creating shared social spaces. Most recently she was the Design Leader for a residential complex in Hualien, Taiwan that seeks to blur the line between natural landscape and the built environment. Prior to joining BIG, she drew on undergraduate degree in molecular biology during her time at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design to conduct research into new models of sustainability for the urban realm.
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Daniel Sundlin
Daniel joined BIG in 2008 and became Partner in 2015. Daniel is one of the lead designers of the prize-winning Musee Atelier Audemars Piguet in Le Brassus, Switzerland which is set to open in 2019, as well as the recently announced neighboring Audemars Piguet Hotel which allows guests to ski directly out of their hotel room. Prior to this, Daniel worked on many of BIG’s most prominent projects and winning competitions, including the mixed-use residential building in New York City VIA 57 West, Tallinn Town Hall in Estonia, Slussen Masterplan in Stockholm and PARC Jussieu Campus in Paris. At the moment, Daniel oversees the expansion of the Google Campus (Google North Bayshore and Google Charleston East) in Mountain View, California; the Wilson Secondary School in Arlington, Virginia; the 1005 ft tall high-rise The Spiral and the East Side Costal Resiliency project (Big U) both in Manhattan, New York.
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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 has collaborated with Bjarke Ingels since he won the competition for the Aquatic Centre in Aalborg in 2001. Finn is instrumental in materializing BIG’s visionary architecture by bringing his extensive experience to the table. In addition to the Aquatic Centre, Finn has been deeply involved in most of BIG’s built projects, incl. the VM Houses, The Mountain, The Danish Pavilion for the 2010 Shanghai Expo, Gammel Hellerup High School, Tirpitz Museum and most recently the Lego House in Billund. Finn is currently working on the 20.000m2 Faroe Islands Education Centre in Torshavn which is set to open in August 2018 and the Dortheavej affordable housing development in Copenhagen which recently welcomed its first residents and received much acclaim from the local community.
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Jakob Lange
Jakob Lange has collaborated with Bjarke Ingels since 2003 and heads up BIG’s technology-driven special projects division BIG Ideas. Through analysis and simulation, BIG Ideas informs BIG’s design decisions with precise data – what Bjarke has coined as information driven design. Special projects, including the pod and station design for the Californian transportation company Virgin Hyperloop One proposed by Elon Musk, Mars Science City in the Middle-East, a green window farm technology, customized lamps and building systems support the studio’s work from small details to the BIG picture. Jakob has been instrumental in winning some of BIG’s largest commissions, incl. the design and development of the Mountain residences in Copenhagen (2008), the new Tallinn Town Hall in Estonia, which received a MIPIM Future Award in 2011 and the high-end residential building Stettin 7 in Stockholm, Sweden. Jakob is also a Board member at Virgin Hyperloop One.
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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 Université Pierre et Marie Curie. Since then, he has been in charge of several prominent developments, incl. MECA Cultural Center in Bordeaux, the Pont de Bondy metro station and Europa City Masterplan in Paris. 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.
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Kai-Uwe Bergmann
Kai-Uwe Bergmann 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.
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Leon Rost
Leon Rost began his collaboration with Bjarke Ingels in 2005 at PLOT in Copenhagen. After completing architectural studies at California Polytechnic University, Leon has worked with renowned offices in Japan, Scandinavia, and Portugal, designing a variety of cultural, residential and master planning projects around the globe, including the New Oslo Central Station and the Ginza Swatch Building in Tokyo. Leon joined BIG with the launch of the New York office in 2011, and in 2018 he became a Partner. He has worked closely with all partners on some of BIG´s greatest projects, including the successfully completed Mountain and Helsingør Psychiatric Hospital in Denmark. He led the design for Grove at Grand Bay in Miami which was completed in 2016, and the winning competition designs for both the Kimball Art Center in Park City and the Tirana Cultural Center & Museum for Religious Harmony. Currently, Leon is leading the design of Google’s visionary master plan and headquarter buildings, with over 3 million SF currently under construction.
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Martin Voelkle
Martin Voelkle joined BIG’s Copenhagen office in 2010 as a Project Designer for the recently completed Shenzhen Energy HQ. Martin moved to New York City in 2012 and became a key member of the project team for the 60 000 m2 mixed-use development Vancouver House in Vancouver, Canada. He was named Partner in 2018 and is currently leading various high profile projects including 2 World Trade Center in New York City, the Smithsonian Institution master plan in Washington D.C., and King’s Cross Google Headquarters in London. Prior to joining BIG, Martin worked as a Senior Architect at the 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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Ole Elkjær-Larsen
Ole Elkjær-Larsen joined BIG in 2003 and became partner in 2018. Ole has vast experience in project management and controlling of both large and small-scale projects. Ole has been key for the completion of BIG’s initial projects such as the Gammel Hellerup School multi-use hall and high school completed in 2014, as well as for the award winning 8 House in Ørestad, which he followed through to its completion in 2010. Ole has most recently supervised the completion of the re-programming and extension of the 30 000 m2 former warehouse Transitlager in Basel, completed in 2016, as well as the Tirpitz Museum that transforms and expands a German WWII bunker fortification into a ground breaking cultural complex. At the moment, Ole is project leader of the Faroe Islands Educational Centre in Torshavn currently in construction and due for completion in 2018.
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Sheela Maini Søgaard
As Chief Executive Officer and Partner, Sheela Maini Søgaard manages the overall health and growth of the studio’s 500+ designers and support functions globally. Sheela oversees BIG’s finances, operations and business development, and is responsible for optimizing cash flow, developing the organization and executing strategic priorities. Prior to joining BIG as Chief Financial Officer in 2008, Sheela led Business Development efforts for Danish culinary entrepreneur and NOMA co-founder Claus Meyer and before that, she developed strategic solutions at McKinsey & Company. Sheela is an Advisory Board Member for the National Gallery of Denmark and is on the Board of Directors at Maj Bank. In 2017, Berlingske Business named Sheela one of the Top 100 Female Executives in Denmark. Having roots in Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Denmark, Sheela holds a Master’s degree from Copenhagen Business School.
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Thomas Christoffersen
Thomas Christoffersen began his collaboration with Bjarke Ingels in 2001 during PLOT. Thomas has worked on every notable project from VM Houses in Copenhagen to the mixed-use VIA court-scraper in Manhattan and the landmark towers Grove at Grand Bay in Miami. He is currently overseeing the design of Google’s California headquarters and the sports neighborhood East Austin District, as well as the construction of The Honeycomb residences in the Bahamas, Vancouver House in Canada and higher education facilities in Massachusetts and Virginia. 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.
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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.