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NOV 13TH,2014 - BIG & SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION UNVEIL PLANS FOR SOUTH MALL IN D.C

The long term master plan for the South Mall campus is conceived as an example of radical reinterpretation. To resolve the contradictions between old and new, and to find freedom within the boundaries of strict regulation and historical preservation, the team has carefully reinterpreted the elements that are already present in the campus and forged new links between technical, programmatic, logistical and curatorial demands to create a new landscape of connectivity and possibility.

NOV 10TH,2014 - BEYOND THE BRICK: A LEGO BRICKUMENTARY

Oscar-winning movie director Daniel Junge, explores the impact of the LEGO brick, its massive fan base and innovative uses in art & architecture, showcasing among others BIG´s LEGO Towers in the first ever LEGO documentary. The film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year and is currently screening at CPH:DOX. 

 

NOV 4TH,2014 - WIRED BY DESIGN KICKS OFF IN CALIFORNIA

The first ever Wired by Design "live magazine" kicked off at the Skywalker Ranch in California bringing together some of the world´s most creative minds to celebrate how good design shapes our futures. See Bjarke´s talk by clicking on his Wired avatar above! 

OCT 28TH,2014 - DANISH MARITIME MUSEUM WINS DETAIL 2014 PRIZE

The world's most detailed architecture magazine DETAIL, announces Danish Maritime Museum as the winner of the annual Detail Prize selected among 343 entries from all over the world by an international jury panel. 

 

 

OCT 26TH,2014 - BIG U IN NEW YORK TIMES

On the 2nd anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, NYT journalist Alan Feuer examines the status of the relief and protective measures being undertaken by New York City which he sees as "the flood-proofing solutions being tried out in New York after Hurricane Sandy in 2012 are not big fixes, like giant storm gates, but are more widespread and humbler."

OCT 24TH,2014 - GL. HELLERUP GYMNASIUM'S NEW ARTS BUILDING IS OPEN

Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium's new 1400m2 two-story building for art and cultural activities, including new class rooms for art, music, drama and exercise opens its doors to the school's art-hungry students and staff.

OCT 23RD,2014 - URBAN LAND INSTITUTE HONORS BJARKE INGELS

Urban Land magazine has announced Bjarke Ingels as one of the winners of their 40 Under 40 competition, which recognizes the best and brightest young land use professionals from around the globe.

OCT 6TH,2014 - BIG JOINS WEIBO

BIG has joined Weibo - the leading social media platform in China to create, distribute and discover Chinese-language content. Follow us by clicking the image above! 

OCT 4TH,2014 - DANISH MARITIME MUSEUM HONORED AT WORLD ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL

The esteemed jury at World Architecture Festival 2014 in Singapore celebrating design excellence from across the globe, selects Danish Maritime Museum as the winner of the Culture category. 

OCT 1ST,2014 - BASEL TRANSITLAGER IN SWITZERLAND STARTS CONSTRUCTION

The bonded warehouse "Transitlager" in Basel´s Dreispitz industrial district will be one of the first truly transformed buildings in the area by its completion in 2016 crossbreeding art, commerce, working and living.

SEP 26TH,2014 - THE DANISH MINISTER OF TRADE VISITS W57

The Danish Minister of Trade & Development, Mogens Jensen, took a break from his UN General Assembly duties in NYC to walk the W57 construction site with Bjarke Ingels.

SEP 25TH,2014 - WALLPAPER* MAGAZINE AT BIG NYC

Wallpaper Magazine guests BIG NYC to discuss tricky urban sites and BIGs latest developments, including the Vancouver House on Canada´s West coast slated to become the fourth tallest building in the city. 

 

SEP 23RD,2014 - THE BIG U ON DISPLAY AT THE HOUSE OF GREEN IN NYC

The grand opening of the House of Green in Brooklyn, NY, showcasing Danish cleantec solutions including the Big U was marked by HRH the Crown Prince of Denmark, Minister for Climate, Lord Mayor of Copenhagen & NYCEDC President Kyle Kimball.

SEP 19TH,2014 - THE BIG U HONORED AT HOLCIM AWARDS 2014

BIG Partner Kai-Uwe Bergmann receives the Holcim 2014 Silver Award in Toronto for the Big U - “an ingenious solution in an age marked by climate change and rising global sea levels”, Holcim 2014 Jury.

SEP 15TH,2014 - BIG UNVEILS PLANS FOR A NEW PUBLIC PROMENADE IN ÅRHUS, DENMARK

The Mayor of Århus Jacob Bundsgaard and Bjarke Ingels today unveiled the plans for a new promenade at the harbor of Denmark´s second largest city, offering a series of public spaces, recreational activities and different types of housing which adapt to the surrounding context. 

SEP 10TH,2014 - BJARKE SPEAKS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF STORYTELLING IN NYC

Bjarke turns Fiction into Fact through WORLDCRAFT at the invitation-only Future of StoryTelling conference in October which brings together top executives, creative talent, and technologists to change the way stories will be told tomorrow and beyond. Click the image to get a sneak-preview by Danish filmmaker Kaspar Astrup Schrøder. 

SEP 9TH,2014 - GL. HELLERUP GYMNASIUM RECEIVES THE NORDIC LIGHT AWARD

BIG Partner Finn Norkjær receives the Nordic Light Award for the "functional, poetic and seductive"  lighting conditions at Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium, a multi-purpose sports hall north of Copenhagen.

AUG 19TH,2014 - LEGO BRAND HOUSE BREAKS GROUND IN BILLUND

Three generations of the LEGO family, Lego Group CEO Jørgen Vig Knudstorp,  Billund City Mayor Ib Kristensen and Bjarke Ingels today kicked off the construction for the 12 000 m2 Lego House to be completed and ready to (re)invent the future of play by 2016. 

AUG 7TH,2014 - BIG IN TIE FOR THE LINCOLN ROAD DISTRICT MASTER PLAN IN MIAMI BEACH

BIG teamed with Olin, JSK, Arcadis, Atelier 10, Lam Partners and Noe & Associates to revisit architect Morris Lapidus’ design for Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road. The hope is to expand the success of one of America’s oldest pedestrian malls into the Lincoln Road District and provide an economic and resilient Master Plan to do so. A jury of six local retailers, business owners and city officials narrowed the field of possible architects down to BIG and Field Operations. The next step is for Miami Beach’s City Manager to engage with both and select one winning team.

JUL 29TH,2014 - BIG UNVEILS ZOOTOPIA

BIG and Givskud Zoo unveil redesign and expansion plans for the existing Zoo from 1969 in central Jutland, which includes a bike-safari through the entire 120 HA park- and where wildlife and humans co-exist.

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 partners – Bjarke Ingels, Andreas Klok Pedersen, Finn Nørkjær, David Zahle, Jakob Lange, Thomas Christoffersen and Managing Partners, Sheela Maini Søgaard and Kai-Uwe Bergmann.

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 - 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 a Project Leader for several prize and award-winning projects, Jakob has been instrumental in several of BIG’s largest commissions. He has led design and development of The Mountain and most recently served as the Project Leader for the new Tallinn Town Hall in Estonia, which will be completed in 2014. Most recently Jakob led the winning design team for the Koutalaki Ski Village in Finland and Stockholm City Gate in Sweden. In addition to his skills as a Design Architect, Jakob has led website designs for PLOT & BIG, which were nominated for a Cyber Lion at the 2004 Cannes Advertising Festival. Jakob also manages BIG’s relationship with sister company, product designers KiBiSi.

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 17 different countries as well as overseeing BIG’s Communications. Registered as an architect in the USA (six states), UK, and Canada (one province), Kai-Uwe most recently contributed to the resiliency plan BIG U to protect 10 miles of Manhattan’s coastline. He compliments his professional work through previous teaching assignments at IE University in Madrid, 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.

BIG IDEAS

KiBiSi partners open new doors to future projects

After 4 years of successful collaboration creating a number of ground breaking designs the founding partners of KiBiSi now refocus on their individual studios for new design challenges. Follow us here: KiBiSi = www.kibisi.com / Ki = www.kilodesign.dk / Bi = www.big.dk / Si = www.Skibstedid.com

KiBiSi

 

KiBiSi is among Scandinavias most influential design groups today. KiBiSi has worked across a wide range of disciplines, creating everything from furniture and household objects, to bicycles and aircraft, and signature designs for clients across the globe. Urban Mobility, Architectural Illumination and Personal Electronics are among the global niches KiBiSi have consistently explored in recent years.

KiBiSi merges the faculties of its founding partners into a symbiotic hybrid of design, architecture and ideation: Production know-how and design sensibility, big ideas and holistic perspective and the idea driven innovation.

KiBiSi is the reference idea-driven industrial design firm. For KiBiSi ideas and products are intrinsically tied: Product should be the carrier of its brand idea rather than some designer's form and formula. KiBiSi designs often explore the potential of crossbreeding elements or attributes from different disciplines in to new functional and aesthetic hybrids.  KiBiSi was founded in Copenhagen by Lars Larsen, Bjarke Ingels Group and Jens Martin Skibsted. Each partner contributes with intelligence and experience from within his specific field providing KiBiSi with cutting edge knowledge and knowhow within the fields of architecture, design, furniture, electronics, transportation, contemporary culture and lifestyle.

Ki + Bi + Si = KiBiSi

 

Lars Larsen, formerly of Kilo Design, is known as an industrial designer rooted with a straight forward approach to design merging elements of contemporary culture from high and low: the art scene as well as the street, the fashion house as well as the workshop. Lars Larsen’s natural eye for blatant and simple solutions to complex design problems, has earned him awards and instant acclaim as one of Scandinavian designs fastest rising stars. 

 

BIG architects founded by Bjarke Ingels has become one of the leading firms of a new generation of architects, repeatedly attracting public attention and triggering political debate with thought provoking designs. Often moving beyond the traditional boundaries of building BIG’s ideas absorb all the economical, ecological, social and political interests surrounding a project and turn them into back bending forms that are as surprising as they are obvious. Bjarke Ingels has been named one of the Top 100 creative people in business today by Fast Company and recently was awarded Innovator of the Year by Wall Street Journal for among other his reinvention of the New York Skyscraper. 

 

Design Philosopher, Jens Martin Skibsted, founder of Biomega and Skibsted Ideation, is a prolific generator of radically new concepts for green transportation and brand owners in general: Applying the thinking of branding, fashion and cuisine to the world of industrial design. Young Global Leader and member of "Davos'" design innovation think tank and frequent collaborator with the world’s biggest brands and best designers, Jens Martin Skibsted, is a hyper active citizen of the global design elite, and an expert contributor to Fast Company. 

 

KiBiSi’s work is present in many major museum collections, including the MoMA in New York, Paris’ Centre National d’Arts Plastique and SFMoMA.

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
 

 

HUD - THE BIG U

HOLCIM Silver Award in North America 2014
NY Metro Chapter of the APA, Will Whyte Award, 2014

 

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

Forum Award, Best Building in Scandinavia, 2006

Copenhagen Municipality Award, 2006

Mies Van Der Rohe Award, Honourable Mention, 2007

 

 

ARC - AMAGER RESOURCE CENTER

MIPIM AR Future Projects Awards, Special Award, 2012

 

W57 - WEST 57TH STREET

NYAIA Merit Award, Future 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

 

TIR - THE MOSQUE AND MUSEUM OF RELIGIOUS HARMONY

Faith & Form Awards, Unbuilt Work Award, 2012

 

LECTURES

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JAN 30TH,2015 - Fællesskaber: Nye, Flere og bedre / Communities: New, More, and Better

speaker:
David Zahle
location: Aalborg Kongres of Kulturcenter, Aalborg, Denmark
time: 11:05
 

DEC 9TH,2014 - Sharing Copenhagen: Green Capital Days

speaker:
David Zahle
location: Confederation of Danish Industry, Copenhagen, Denmark
time: 10:00 - 13:00
 

DEC 8TH,2014 - Bærdygtigt Byggeri / Sustainable Construction

speaker:
David Zahle
location: Musikkens Hus, Aalborg, Denmark
time: 9:15
 

NOV 18TH,2014 - CultureHorde Presents The BIG U

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Red Bull Studios, New York, USA
time: 18:00
 

NOV 12TH,2014 - Vand i Byers Konference

speaker:
David Zahle
location: Copenhagen, Denmark
time: 13:30
 

OCT 30TH,2014 - Building Green Conference

speaker:
Jakob Lange
location: FORUM Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
time: 13:00
 

OCT 25TH,2014 - FOF Konference

speaker:
David Zahle
location: Copenhagen, Denmark
time: 10:30
 

OCT 20TH,2014 - IDA Trafik & Byplan

speaker:
Andreas Klok Pedersen
location: Copenhagen, Denmark
time: 16:30
 

OCT 20TH,2014 - Dansk idrætsarkitektur i 20 år: Fra ordinær til sublim

speaker:
David Zahle
location: Copenhagen, Denmark
time: 15:50
 

OCT 16TH,2014 - 2014 AIA Arkansas State Convention

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Hot Springs Convention Center, Hot Springs, AR, USA
time: 16:15 - 17:15
 

OCT 14TH,2014 - Reinvention Conference 2014

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: The Mayflower Renaissance, 1127 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC, USA
time: 16:30
 

OCT 10TH,2014 - WIRED Conference 2014: FUTURE CITY

speaker:
Bjarke Ingels
location: Toranomon Hills Mori Tower, Tokyo Japan
time: 13:00
 

OCT 9TH,2014 - AIA Colorado Practice+Design Conference

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Keystone Resort and Conference Center, Keystone, CO, USA
time: 16:00
 

OCT 2ND,2014 - World Architecture Festival and Awards

speaker:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
location: Festival Hall Stage, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
time: 14:20
 

OCT 1ST,2014 - Future of Storytelling Summit

speaker:
Bjarke Ingels
location: Snug Harbor Cultural Center, New York, NY, USA
time: 8:00
 

SEP 30TH,2014 - WIRED by Design

speaker:
Bjarke Ingels
location: Sausalito, CA, USA
time: 10:00
 

SEP 23RD,2014 - Danish Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Interior

speaker:
Andreas Klok Pedersen
location: Copenhagen, Denmark
time: 16:30
 

SEP 22ND,2014 - Region Skåne

speaker:
David Zahle
location: Media Evolution City, Malmö, Sweden
time: 13:00
 

SEP 22ND,2014 - Danish Chamber of Commerce

speaker:
Andreas Klok Pedersen
location: Copenhagen, Denmark
time: 13:30
 

SEP 18TH,2014 - The Oslo School of Architecture and Design

speaker:
Andreas Klok Pedersen
location: Oslo, Norway
time:
 

MEDIA

 
 
 
 

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.

 

 

MBS - 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.

 

8H - The 8-House

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

 

W57 - West 57th Residential Building

Durst Fetner Residential selects BIG to design a 600-unit residential building. The project entitled West 57th 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. West 57th has a unique shape which combines 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.

 
 
 

LOOP - 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.

 

AUDI - (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

MUSEUM IN THE DOCK

BIG hasdesigned 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 premieres March 10th at 6pm at Copenhagen's Empire Cinema. 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

BIG

 

BIG is a young architectural company characterized by an entrepreneurial spirit, interdisciplinary teamwork, and new ways of approaching conventional tasks. We have an informal work environment where camaraderie and collegial support are highly valued and where ambition, high work morale, and dedication to being the innovators in our field unify the staff. 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. Our headquarters are located in Copenhagen, with offices in New York and Beijing.

BIG NYC seeks Interior Architects/Designers

 

We have an immediate need in our BIG NYC office for an Interior Architect/Designer who is a strong and independent designer and who can take full responsibility for the design of architectural interiors.
 

DUTIES WILL INCLUDE

Reporting to the Project Leader

Assist BIG Project Team on typical Interior Design tasks from SD-CA

to develop design options for further discussion by the design team
to prepare, develop & edit drawings & models relating to the design
FF&E/orders experience and knowledge of brands, fabrics and materials

 

ESSENTIAL SKILLS

fluent in English, spoken and written (2nd language is an asset)
strong conceptual and design skills
proven experience of delivering high-end fit out/interiors
interest in furniture & lighting design
requirement: AutoCAD, Sketch Up 3D, Rhino, Adobe Suite (Revit is an asset)

ability to work under pressure,  meet deadlines and budget your time
ability to take initiative in response to direction or instruction
a flexible and open attitude towards new ways of working
great interpersonal communication skills
has all legal permits and visas required to work in USA

 

EXPERIENCE

professional degree in architecture, interiors or design

minimum 4-7 years of experience as an Interior Designer
experience on built and published references
experience from a leading American or International architecture or design office
LEED certification is an asset

 

This job description reflects the core activities of the role although there will be changes in the emphasis of duties as required from time to time. There is a requirement for the post holder to recognize this and adopt a flexible approach to work.

Please send your CV and portfolio as PDF (no larger then 5MB) and a minimum of one letter of recommendation to job@big.dk and put 'NYC Interior Designer' in the subject line.

BIG NYC seeks Senior Architects/Designers

 

We have a need in our BIG NYC office for Senior Architects/Designers who can lead high-rise, residential, institutional and mixed use planning and development projects.

 

DUTIES WILL INCLUDE
Reporting to the Partner-in-Charge
Communication with client & consultant team

Technical production of drawing sets

 

ESSENTIAL SKILLS
Fluent in English, spoken and written (2nd language is an asset)
Strong conceptual and design skills

Client management & project coordination skills
Technical detailing & construction administration
Requirement: Revit, AutoCAD, V-Ray, Rhino, Adobe Suite
Ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines and budget your time
Ability to take initiative in response to direction or instruction
A flexible and open attitude towards new ways of working
Great interpersonal communication skills
Has all legal permits and visas required to work in USA
Knowledge of construction methods

 

EXPERIENCE
Masters education minimum10 years of experience as an Architect/Designer on built and published references
Filing, construction documents and construction adminstration in N. America
Experience from a leading American or International architecture office
Licensed and/or LEED certification are assets

 

This job description reflects the core activities of the role although there will be changes in the emphasis of duties as required from time to time. There is a requirement for the post holder to recognize this and adopt a flexible approach to work.

 

Please send your CV and portfolio as PDF (no larger then 5MB) and a minimum of one letter of recommendation to job@big.dk.

Internship

 

BIG is always looking for talented architecture students who are eager to learn and develop their skills as interns in our offices.

 

Experience required:
- minimum 2 years of experience as an architecture student
- AutoCAD, Rhino, Illustrator, Indesign and Photoshop


For visa issues, your nationality should be clearly stated in your email and CV. 

 

If you are seeking an internship as constructing architect, please write "Constructing Architect Internship" in the subject of your email. You need to have studied or be studying construction architecture to be considered for this internship.

 

For internships in CPH, you may not have completed your education to a masters degree level, if you wish to be considered for an internship. If you have completed your degree in architecture or constructing architecture, please send your CV and portfolio to job@big.dk.

CPH Applications:
Please send your CV and digital portfolio (max 10MB) to internshipCPH@big.dk

NYC Applications:
Please send your CV and digital portfolio (max 10MB) to internshipNYC@big.dk

CONTACT

BIG CPH

Kløverbladsgade 56

2500 Valby, Copenhagen
Denmark 
big@big.dk 
Phone: +45.7221.7227 
Fax: +45.3512.7227
Press Inquiries: press@big.dk / +1 646 541 1411
 

BIG NYC

601 W. 26th St. Suite 1255

New York, NY 10001

USA  
nyc@big.dk  
Phone: +1 347.549.4141 
Fax: +1 866.738.4336
 

BIG BEIJING

Building 8-126, COCOMOMA
No.1 Xiangheyuan Road
Dongcheng District, Beijing 100028
China
Phone: +86.10.8440.8890
 

中国北京市东城区香河园路一号院
COCOMOMA 8号楼126室
邮编: 100028

 

PRESS

For press material, please send an e-mail to press@big.dk
or call Daria Pahhota on +1 646 541 1411.

Download the BIG Profile as pdf.

 

LECTURES

To request a lecture, please send an email to lectures@big.dk.

 

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