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4 Nov 2019
Panda House, Copenhagen Zoo, Copenhagen, Denmark
Panda House Copenhagen Zoo
photo : Rasmus Hjortshøj
Panda House, Copenhagen Zoo
The new home for giant pandas Mao Sun and Xing Er in Copenhagen Zoo resembles the panda’s natural habitat and creates a peaceful living environment for one of the world’s rarest mammals.

20 Sep 2019
The Twist at Kistefos, Jevnaker Museum, near Oslo, southern Norway
The Twist at Kistefos, Jevnaker Museum, Oslo
photo : Laurian Ghinitoiu
The Twist at Kistefos, Jevnaker Museum

26 July 2019

Dortheavej Apartments – World Architecture Festival 2019 Shortlist News

Dortheavej Apartments shortlisted for World Architecture Festival 2019

18 June 019
FORMGIVING – An Architectural Future History from Big Bang to Singularity, DAC, Copenhagen, Denmark
FORMGIVING – An Architectural Future History from Big Bang to Singularity
photo by Rasmus Hjortshøj
Architectural Exhibition at Danish Architecture Center by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group
FORMGIVING – An Architectural Future History from Big Bang to Singularity explores how the world around us has taken shape – and has been given shape – from the past to the present, with 71 BIG projects as glimpses of and gifts to our future.  The show is on view until January 5, 2020.

4 Jun 2019
Galeries Lafayette concept store, Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris, France
Design: BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group
Galeries Lafayette concept store by BIG
photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti

Galeries Lafayette concept store by BIG

19 Apr 2019
Glasir – Tórshavn College, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
Glasir - Tórshavn College building by BIG architects
photograph : Rasmus Hjortshoj
Glasir – Tórshavn College Building
Students have settled in to this 19,200m2 (206,000ft2) vortex-shaped education center that combines three schools under one roof and celebrates the dramatic Faroese landscape.

Apr 16, 2019
Isenberg School of Management Building, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA
Design: BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group
Isenberg School of Management Business Innovation Hub in Massachusetts
photo © Laurian Ghinitoiu

Isenberg School of Management Building
Designed by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group and Architect of Record Goody Clancy, the copper-clad Business Innovation Hub at the heart of the University of Massachusetts Amherst adds 70,000SF of hyper-collaborative study and social space to one of the top-30 public business schools in the United States.

5 Apr 2019
Oceanix City
Oceanix City by BIG, UN Sustainable Floating Cities
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Oceanix City by BIG
As part of UN-Habitat’s New Urban Agenda, floating cities non-profit OCEANIX, the MIT Center for Ocean Engineering, BIG and partners propose a vision for the world’s first resilient and sustainable floating community for 10,000 residents: Oceanix City.

16 + 9 Nov 2018
79&Park Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
A cascading grid arrangement of 169 housing units.

Oct 31, 2018
WeGrow school, New York City, NY, USA
Architects: BIG
WeGrow School in New York City
photo © Dave Burk

WeGrow School Building by BIG
BIG and WeWork’s collaboration and belief in creativity manifests through the first WeGrow school in New York City. The interactive learning landscape supports a conscious approach to education, nurturing the growth, spirit and mind of the 21st century child.

9 Oct 2018
Dortheavej Apartments, Copenhagen, Denmark
Design: BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group
Dortheavej Apartments in Copenhagen
photo : Rasmus Hjortshoj

Dortheavej Apartments in Copenhagen
BIG fulfills “Homes for All” mission for non-profit affordable housing association Lejerbo with the recently completed 6,800m2 winding wall in Copenhagen’s multicultural northwest area. The building offers 66 new homes to low-income citizens featuring unprecedented 3.5m ceilings, generous floor to ceiling windows and outdoor terraces, realized on a strict budget.

May 8, 2018
Bjarke Ingels Named WeWork’s Chief Architect

Adam Neumann, Bjarke Ingels (right):
Adam Neumann, Bjarke Ingels
photo : Alexei Hay

8th May 2018 – WeWork announces Bjarke Ingels as Chief Architect to advise and develop the firm’s design vision and language for buildings, campuses and neighborhoods globally. Bjarke will maintain his role as Founding Partner and Creative Director at the New York, London and Copenhagen-based architecture firm, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group.

“WeWork was founded at the exact same time as when I had arrived to New York. In that short amount of time – the blink of an eye at the time scale of architecture – they have accomplished incredible things and they are committed to continuing their trajectory to places we can only imagine. WeWork’s commitment to community and culturally-driven development is perfectly aligned with our active, social and environmental agendas. As WeWork takes on larger and more holistic urban and architectural challenges, I am very excited to contribute with my insights and ideas to extend their community-oriented vision to ground-up buildings and urban neighborhoods. BIG and I are incredibly thrilled to take an advisory role in WeWork’s evolution as a company and as a design culture.” Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner and Creative Director, BIG.

“Bjarke caught my attention because he’s changing the way we think about architecture. His designs inspire as much as they surprise. When we started WeWork eight years ago, we knew the world didn’t need another office building, it needed spaces where people could collaborate on projects, connect and create together, and potentially change the world. As WeWork’s Chief Architect, Bjarke Ingels will help us reimagine and reshape the future of our spaces, our company and ultimately our cities.” Adam Neumann, Co-Founder and CEO, WeWork.

17 Apr 2018
Swiss Hotel with Roof to Ski Down

Hôtel des Horlogers, Vallée de Joux, Switzerland by architect Bjarke Ingels

Celebrated Danish architect Bjarke Ingels loves challenging with bold building designs:

for example the Amager Resource Center in Copenhagen could have just been another power plant, but the waste-burning production has a roof ready for skiing in 2018.

Hôtel des Horlogers, Vallée de Joux, Switzerland by architect Bjarke Ingels
image : BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

In this latest design to be revealed by the head of BIG architects, guests will be able to ski down the roof and onto an adjacent slope.

Audemars Piguet hotel Switzerland by Bjarke Ingels architect, BIG

The building was designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) in collaboration with the Swiss-based architecture firm CCHE. It is for Swiss company Audemars Piguet.

The property is due to contain fifty rooms, two restaurants, a bar, a spa, and a conference center.

Hôtel des Horlogers in Vallée de Joux by Bjarke Ingels Group

Five zigzagging building volumes are stacked next to each other to allow guests the luxury of skiing out of the hotel and down the slopes!

The hotel is already under construction and is due to open in 2020.

The site for the building is adjacent to Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet, designed by CCHE, which features magnificent and rare watches.

19 Mar 2018
The National Theatre of Albania, Tirana, Albania
The National Theatre of Albania in Tirana
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The National Theatre of Albania
This building is a 9,300 sqm contemporary venue designed to host local and touring theatre companies in the country’s capital. Located in the cultural and administrative heart of downtown Tirana, adjacent to the iconic Skanderbeg Square, the National Opera and the National Art Gallery, the cultural space will replace the existing theatre and add three new indoor performance spaces, a rooftop amphitheater as well as a covered public space underneath the building.

Dec 5, 2017
East Austin District, Austin, Texas, USA
East Austin District Texas building design by BIG
image by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group
East Austin District Arena
The new East Austin District created by Austin Sports & Entertainment and designed by award-winning architects BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group is an entirely new sports and entertainment neighborhood tailored to celebrate world-class sports and cultural experiences under one checkered roofscape.

3 Oct 2017
Danish LEGO Experience Opens
LEGO House Billund by BIG in Denmark
photo : Iwan Baan
LEGO House Billund Building
Designed by BIG and COWI, LEGO House is an experience hub for LEGO fans of all ages, as well as an architectural landmark and a significant step towards the city’s goal of making Billund the Capital for Children.

13 Jul 2017
TIRPITZ Museum, Blåvand, Denmark
Tripitz Museum
photo © Rasmus Bendix
TIRPITZ Museum Denmark
The new TIRPITZ transforms and expands a historic German WWII bunker into a groundbreaking cultural complex comprising four exhibitions within a single structure, seamlessly embedded into the protected shorelands of Blåvand in western Denmark. The construction of the 2,800 m2 ’invisible museum’ expected to attract around 100,000 visitors annually.

28 Mar 2017
Panda House in Copenhagen Zoo, Denmark
Panda House Building
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Panda House in Copenhagen Zoo by BIG
The design of the new Panda House begins with a circular shape, formed by the surrounding existing facilities at the intersection of multiple walkways. Panda House is designed to feel like humans are the visitors in the Pandas’ home, rather than Pandas being the exotic guests from faraway lands.

10 Mar 2017
BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group Engineering

March 9th, 2017 – BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group has further strengthened its in-house capabilities by hiring Duncan Horswill—former CCO at Søren Jensen Engineers—to lead BIG Engineering, a new specialized unit dedicated to ensuring the structural, mechanical integrity and resilience of BIG buildings globally.

BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group

16 Feb 2017
S.Pellegrino Flagship Factory, San Pellegrino Terme, Bergamo, Italy
S Pellegrino Flagship Factory
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San Pellegrino Factory Building
Shaped by the serpentine run of the Brembo river and the sloping Alpine mountainsides, this winning design for the new 17.500 sqm flagship factory embraces the surrounding forces of nature and taps into S.Pellegrino’s industrial heritage, guiding visitors through the 30-year journey of the natural mineral water.

26 Dec 2016
BIG Annual Update

In BIG’s 11th year, the CPH and NYC offices were joined by a new office in London.

Projects new and old received many great honors, including the Aga Khan Award for Superkilen and the Danish Steel Prize for the Danish Maritime Museum, and Bjarke was recognized by Time Magazine in their annual TIME 100 Most Influential People.

2016 marked the completion of many pivotal projects for this architecture firm, with the opening of six projects in different parts of the globe.

BIG established a NYC design studio in 2010 to work on VIA W57: the project was completed in 2016 and residents moved into the courtscraper on Manhattan’s west side. In addition to garnering numerous awards, including the CTBUH’s Best Tall Building in the Americas Award and the International Highrise Award 2016, VIA 57 was praised by the New York Times, which stated that “no building redrew the city’s skyline more ingeniously.”

Other projects that opened this year include the twisting Coconut Grove towers in Miami, the Intrepid office building in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard, Transitlager, the mixed-use conversion in Basel, and the first prototype of the next generation of affordable student housing, Urban Rigger, now parked in Copenhagen’s harbor. Last but not least, in June, the Serpentine Gallery Summer Pavilion opened in London’s Kensingtons Gardens, an enormous honor for the firm. The project marked the opening of the practice’s newest office, in London, where BIG is working on projects such as the new Google Headquarters at Kings Cross with Thomas Heatherwick and the Malaysia Square development at the Battersea Power Station, among others.

The office’s most recent “opening” was the HOT TO COLD exhibit as it continued on its world tour, and which can now be seen at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt until Feb 17th.

BIG projects continue to be built all over the world, with an impressive 21 projects under construction. Among these building sites are cultural projects in their native Denmark—such as the Lego House and Blavand Museum—Audemars Piguet’s La Maison des Fondateurs in Switzerland, and the MECA project, which broke ground in Bordeaux. BIG are also building high-rises in Europe, North America, and Asia, including the Omniturn Tower in Frankfurt, the Eleventh in NYC, the Vancouver House, Telus Sky Tower in Calgary, and the Shenzen Energy Mansion. Closer to home, the skyline of Copenhagen has begun to evolve as the Amager Resource Center topped out; the power plant will start its waste-burning production at the start of next year and the roof will be ready for skiing in 2018.

Designs were revealed for many exciting projects that are keeping teams busy, including many competition wins: a few projects in Paris, such as the Galeries Lafayette store on the Champs-Élysées and the Pont de Bondy Metro Station, and most recently the Sluishuis floating residential block in Amsterdam.

Other notable commissions from 2016 include projects in the US, such as the Spiral in NYC, the NYPD 40th Precinct Station, the Los Angeles Arts District, and in the Middle East the Hyperloop project, which will transform the future of mobility as plans move ahead with a route between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Other projects charging ahead include our East Side Coastal Resiliency project, the first phase of the BIG U, and the Smithsonian Institution Master Plan in Washington, which won the AIA National Honor Award, and smaller cultural gems such as the Kistofos Museum in Norway.

29 Nov 2016
Sluishuis IJburg Building in Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Design: BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group and Barcode Architects
Sluishuis IJburg Building in Amsterdam
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Sluishuis IJburg Building by BIG
The 46.000 m2 mixed-use building named Sluishuis will create a landmark in the emerging neighborhood of IJburg, bridging the new urban district to the harbor areas near Amsterdam’s historic city center.

16 Nov 2016
New Google Headquarters at Kings Cross, London, England, UK
Design: BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group and Heatherwick Studios, architects
Google Headquarters at Kings Cross
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New Google Headquarters at Kings Cross
BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group and Heatherwick Studios are confirmed as the architects for Google’s new Headquarters at Kings Cross in London.

Nov 8, 2016
Hyperloop Pods and Portals in Dubai by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, Dubai, UAE
Hyperloop Pods and Portals in Dubai
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Hyperloop Pods and Portals in Dubai by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group
Hyperloop One has partnered with BIG on a detailed feasibility study financed by the RTA. Since May 2016, the team has been working on a concept for autonomous transportation in the UAE, including designs for the world’s first Hyperloop One Portals and Hyperloop One Pods that take passengers from downtown Dubai to downtown Abu Dhabi in 12 minutes, instead of a two-hour drive.

12 Aug 2016
Grove at Grand Bay, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
Grove at Grand Bay
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Coconut Grove Miami Buildings by Bjarke Ingels – BIG
This sold-out development mark Bjarke Ingels’ first completed condominium design in the USA. The pair of twisting 20-story glass towers has helped lead the rejuvenation of Coconut Grove’s business district, which is coming alive with upscale retailers and restaurants ahead of new residents moving in.

8 Jun 2016

Bjarke Ingels Group News

BIG Office in London

BIG has opened a London office.

The Danish architects have taken on former Rogers Stirk Harbour partner Andy Young as technical director.

Operations director is Lisa Melvin, rom Heatherwick Studio.

The office, in King’s Cross, has sixteen staff.

The news follows the winning of the Google HQ project at King’s Cross., a public realm project at Battersea Power Station and design for Sellar at Canada Water in South East London.

Architect Bjarke Ingels announced the news at the opening of his first built project in the UK, the 2016 Serpentine Pavilion.

BIG’s main office is in Copenhagen with a smaller studio in New York.

8 + 7 Jun 2016

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2016

Serpentine Pavilion 2016 by Bjarke Ingels

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2016

16 May 2016
New Washington Redskins Stadium, USA
Washington Redskins American Football Stadium Design
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Washington Redskins Stadium Building design by BIG
60,000-seater building wrapped in a golden metal mesh, a single ‘bowl’ where all spectators can see each other, surrounded by a moat’

27 + 26 Apr 2016

BIG’s designs are added to The Museum of Modern Art’s Collection

Architectural models of two of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group’s major buildings in Copenhagen – the Amager Bakke Waste-to-Energy plant currently under construction and the 8 House are now part of MoMA’s design collection. In addition, illustrations, renderings and films, including Ila Beka and Louise Lemoine’s film Infinite Happiness are incorporated in the Collection.

Amager Waste to Energy plant model by BIG at The National Building Museum:
Amager Waste to Energy plant model at The National Building Museum, photo : Joe David
photograph : Joe David

MoMA’s design collection contains 28,000 works ranging from large-scale design objects to works on paper and architectural models. The 22 x 90 x 47″ model of the Waste-to-Energy plant provides a 1:200 scale of the power plant in Copenhagen due to finish construction by 2018. The power plant will provide energy to the citizens of Copenhagen and surrounding municipalities, while allowing to ski and hike on its roof all year round.

The original 1:100 model of the 8 House from 2007 offers a unique look of the 600 000sq ft mixed-use building in Copenhagen which completed in 2010. Rather than a traditional housing block, the 8 House stacks all ingredients of a lively urban neighborhood into horizontal layers of typologies connected by a continuous promenade and cycling path up to the 10th floor creating a three-dimensional urban neighborhood where suburban life merges with the energy of a big city, where business and housing co-exist.

A model of the 8 House from 2007. Bjarke Ingels explains the design:

8H – The 8-House from BIG on Vimeo

The French-Italian film duo Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine documented the life in and around the 8 House over a month in 2014. Conceived as a personal video diary, the film explores how life emerges once the cranes have left and the buildings are complete. The film is included in MoMA’s Collection as one of the 16 films produced by Beka Films.

Amager Waste to Energy plant model at The National Building Museum:
Amager Waste to Energy plant model
photo : Joe David

The Museum of Modern Art’s Architecture and Design collection surveys major figures and movements from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. From its inception in 1932, the collection has been built on the recognition that architecture and design are allied and interdependent arts, so that synthesis has been a founding premise of the collection.

25 + 21 Apr 2016

Bjarke Ingels Named to TIME 100 Most Influential List

Rem Koolhaas ‘Highflyer of skylines’ article

architect Bjarke Ingels

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list. His former boss, architect Rem Koolhaas, penned the introductory essay, which noted his “lack of angst” and visionary projects, more aligned with Silicon Valley and today’s zeitgeist than the cliche of architect as tortured genius.

The recognition adds to an already impressive year for Bjarke Ingels and his transatlantic architecture studio, which has seen the release of a new stadium design for the Washington Redskins, an invitation to design the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, and the completion of his Tetrahedron residential project in New York.

Past architects honored by TIME include Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright and Richard Neutra.

Website: Bjarke Ingels on TIME 100 Most Influential List

Amager Bakke – Waste-to-Energy Plant Building, Copenhagen, Denmark
Amager Bakke Copenhagen
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9 Mar 2016 – Exactly three years ago today, Amager Bakke kicked off construction in Copenhagen, report BIG. The pow(d)er plant is expected to open to the ski-loving adventurers from the city and abroad by 2018.
Amager Bakke Copenhagen Building by BIG

NYPD 40th precinct police station, NYC, USA
NYPD 40th precinct police station by BIG
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NYPD 40th precinct police station building by BIG
Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled its design for the NYPD 40th precinct police station in New York that will consist of intersecting blocks clad in concrete, metal and glass. The 45,000 sqft (4,180 sqm) station is designed by BIG for the New York City Police Department’s 40th precinct. It will be located in the Melrose neighbourhood of the Bronx.

Albright-Knox Art Gallery Expansion – Delaware Park, 1285 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, New York State, USA
3 Mar 2016 – The Albright-Knox Art Gallery aims to create a public space that could rival Canalside while expanding and remaking one of the city’s most recognizable institutions. BIG is one of the five international architects considered for the $80 million expansion.

2 World Trade Center – Honor Award, NYC, USA
1 Mar 2016 – “The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter announced today the winners of its 2016 Design Awards. 2 World Trade Center wins the Honor Award, the highest level for achievement recognizing conceptual work specific to the New York area. You will be able to check out the project during the 2016 Design Awards Exhibition, kicking off at the Center for Architecture next month”

Serpentine Pavilion 2016, Kensington Gardens, London, UK
Serpentine Pavilion 2016 by Bjarke Ingels
image by architects studio, courtesy of Serpentine Gallery
26 Feb 2016 – “The Serpentine Wall embodies multiple aspects that are often perceived as opposites: a structure that is free-form ret rigorous, modular yet sculptural, both transparent and opaque, both box and blob.”
Serpentine Pavilion 2016 Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

Lower Manhattan Shoreline Proposal, NYC, USA
Lower Manhattan shoreline by AECOM, including BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, ONE Architecture, Dewberry Engineers
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19 Feb 2016 – New York City’s Economic Development Corporation has announced the winning team AECOM, including BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, ONE Architecture, Dewberry Engineers and others to transform and protect the Lower Manhattan shoreline from future flooding and rising sea levels.

King West Towers, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
King West Towers by BIG Toronto
King West Towers in Toronto – 23 Feb 2016
This Toronto complex by BIG blends an unusual stack-of-blocks form. The stpped mass is reminiscent of their world-famous 8 House in Copenhagen. Closer to Toronto another similar architectural design is ‘West 57th Street’, a 600-unit 80/20 residential building, Bjarke Ingels Group’s inaugural North American project.

66 Hudson Boulevard New York City Tower
Hudson Boulevard tower NYC by BIG
rendering : Tishman Speyer
66 Hudson Boulevard Tower in New York by BIG – 8 Feb 2016
One of the largest remaining development sites in the Hudson Yards rezoning: the building for Tishman Speyer will stand 1,005 feet to its pinnacle, rising 65 floors and containing 2.85 million square feet overall.

76 Eleventh Avenue Towers, NYC, USA
76 Eleventh Avenue New York Towers
renderings : BIG
76 Eleventh Avenue Towers – 17 Jan 2016
This pair of tower buildings will be 28 and 38 floors, the tallest being 402 feet high.

2 WTC New York Towers, NY, USA
2 WTC New York by Bjarke Ingels
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2 WTC New York by Bjarke Ingels – 19 Jan 2016
Rupert Murdoch has dropped his plans to relocate 21st Century Fox and News Corp. to 2 World Trade Center. World Trade Center developer Larry Silverstein declared himself “disappointed” by the news.

Washington Redskins New American Football Stadium by BIG
Washington Redskins Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
photograph courtesy Wikipedia Commons ; Author: MSGT KEN HAMMOND ; Date: 1988
New Washington Redskins Stadium – 8 Jan 2016
There seems to be no stopping Bjarke Ingels! The up-and-coming Danish architect’s next major US project looks like it will be a new stadium for the Washington Redskins in Washington DC.

Blåvand Bunker Museum, Jutland, Denmark – 18 Nov 2013
Design: BIG, architects
Blåvand Bunker Museum
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Claus Kjeld Jensen, director of the Museum of Varde City and District: “We wanted a museum that was fully integrated into the landscape while at the same time being architecturally outstanding – functional, spectacular and invisible. BIG has created a harmonious and beautiful building that stands out in enormous contrast to the brutal Tirpitz bunker (adjacent to the new Museum), yet the design pays respect to the unique dune landscape. It is a fantastic place where we will be able to convey the big stories of Jutland. Thanks to the generous donation from the A.P. Møller Foundation this now becomes a reality.”

BIG Architects Monograph – 21 Oct 2013
BIG Architects Monograph
photo from Arquitectura Viva
A monograph devoted to the Danish studio BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group just released by the publisher Arquitectura Viva.

New Danish Maritime Museum, Sjælland, eastern Denmark – 18 Oct 2013
New Danish Maritime Museum
photo : Rasmus Hjortshøj
Danish Maritime Museum Building
Part of the Kulturhavn Kronborg: In the presence of Her Royal Highness Queen Margrethe II, BIG celebrated the completion of the New Danish Maritime Museum on October 5.
The new 5.000 m2 Danish Maritime Museum is located at the UNESCO World Heritage site in Helsingør, just north of Copenhagen in a unique historical context adjacent to one of Denmark’s most important buildings, the Kronborg Castle – also known from Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Superkilen Book – urban landscape in Copenhagen, Denmark – 25 Sep 2013
Design: BIG / Topotek1 / SUPERFLEX
Superkilen Copenhagen
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Arvinius + Orfeus Publishing is expanding its acclaimed list of architectural reference books with Superkilen – the first time that a public project is documented in such detail. The book celebrates the dawn of a new type of urban public space. Superkilen is a kilometer long urban space wedging through one of the most ethnically diverse and socially challenged neighborhoods in Denmark.

Nyt Hospital Nordsjælland, Sjælland, eastern Denmark
Nyt Hospital Nordsjælland
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Nyt Hospital Nordsjælland – 2 Sep 2013
Design of a new super hospital building in north east Denmark

TELUS Sky Tower, Calgary, Canada – 10 Jul 2013
Design: BIG
TELUS Sky Tower Calgary
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Just in time for the Calgary Stampede, BIG presented its design for a new architectural landmark for one of Canada’s leading telecommunication companies TELUS in Calgary’s downtown core. The 750,000 square foot tower creates a dynamic community by blending urban living and working seamlessly.

Miami Beach Convention Center, Florida, USA
Design: BIG + West 8 + Fentress + JPA
Miami Beach Square
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Miami Beach Convention Center – 14 May 2013
The architects 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.

Faroe Islands Education Centre
BIG with Fuglark, Lemming & Eriksson, Sámal Johannesen, Martin E. Leo, KJ Elrad
Torshavn Building
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Faroe Islands Education Centre
Integrating the dramatically sloped landscape, the project is designed as a vortex, radiating out toward the surrounding environment while at the same time focusing inward on the school’s inner landscape for learning. The three schools under one roof create the synergetic effect of a vertical campus where at the school’s heart an open rotunda space creates a natural gathering point across floor levels and academic interests.

EuropaCity, Paris / Roissy, France
Design: BIG
EuropaCity Paris
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EuropaCity – 17 Apr 2013
The new urban center EuropaCity is located between Paris and Roissy in France’s most populated region Île-de-France. EuropaCity will offer a mixture of retail, culture and leisure on an unprecedented scale around the defining theme of the European urban experience, diversity and culture. The winning team was selected among proposals from Manuelle Gautrand, Snøhetta and Valode & Pistre.

Smithsonian Institution Master Plan, Washington DC, USA
Design: BIG
Smithsonian Institution Building
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Smithsonian Institution Master Plan – 13 Mar 2013
BIG leading a Core Design Team including Surface Design, Traceries and Robert Silman Associates, further supported by Atelier Ten, GHT Limited, Wiles Mensch, Weidlinger Associates, VJ Associates, Protection Engineering Group and FDS Design Studio is today officially announced as the winning team to rethink the historic Smithsonian campus, world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities.

LEGO museum, Jutland, Denmark
BIG, Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA) and COWI is the winning team to design the new experience center for LEGO to be located in Billund, the home of the LEGOLAND theme park. The LEGO House will welcome approximately 250,000 visitors annually, serving as a new focal point of Billund city life. Construction of The LEGO House is expected to start in 2014 say the architects.

Amager Bakke – Waste-to-Energy Plant Copenhagen, Denmark – news
Design: BIG
Waste-to-Energy Plant Copenhagen Ski Slope
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Amager Bakke – 5 Mar 2013
Located in an industrial area near the city centre the new Waste-to-Energy plant will be an exemplary model in the field of waste management and energy production, as well as an architectural landmark in the cityscape of Copenhagen. The project is the single largest environmental initiative in Denmark and replaces the adjacent outdated Amagerforbraending plant, integrating the latest technologies in waste treatment and environmental performance.

Superkilen, Copenhagen, Denmark – award
Design: BIG + Topotek1 + Superflex
Superkilen Copenhagen
image : Iwan Baan

Superkilen masterplan designed by BIG + Topotek1 + Superflex has a great start to 2013 receiving a 2013 AIA NATIONAL HONOR AWARD and a citation as the best Urban Design in the Annual Design Review of ARCHITECT magazine.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected Superkilen as one of the winners of the 2013 Institute Honor Awards, the profession’s highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design.

Phoenix Observation Tower, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Phoenix Observation Tower Arizona
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Phoenix Observation Tower – 20 Dec 2012
Designed as a major attraction in the Valley of the Sun: conceived as a concrete tower with an open-air spiral sphere at the top. Three glass elevators connect the ground with the spiraling sphere above.

The Grove at Grand Bay residences, Miami, Florida, USA
Design: BIG + others
The Grove at Grand Bay residences Miami
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The Grove at Grand Bay residences – 7 Dec 2012
BIG + Raymond Jungles + Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates + Esrawe + Desimone + HNGS, transform the Coconut Grove Waterfront with twisting towers in South Florida, USA.
The Grove at Grand Bay residences, located on the former site of the Grand Bay Hotel and just minutes from key areas including the airport, downtown Miami and Coral Gables shall leave an imprint on the South Bayshore Drive community, redefining luxury and breathing new life into Coconut Grove for decades to come.

BIG at the 13th la Biennale di Venezia, Italy
Design: BIG + TENU, Julie Hardenberg and Inuk Silas Høgh
Connecting Greenland
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Venice Biennale Denmark Pavilion – 22 Aug 2012
BIG in collaboration with TENU, Julie Hardenberg and Inuk Silas Høgh present Connecting Greenland: AIR+PORT as a part of the exhibition “POSSIBLE GREENLAND” at the Danish Pavilion, exploring the potentials and challenges that Greenland is facing as the country gains global attention.
Venice Biennale

Recent BIG architects Designs

Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture en Aquitaine, MÉCA, Bordeaux, France
Design: BIG + FREAKS freearchitects
MÉCA Building Bordeaux
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BIG Architects – latest design : MÉCA Bordeaux – 20 Jun 2012
Team BIG+FREAKS freearchitects, dUCKS scéno, Khephren Ingénierie, VPEAS, ALTO Ingénierie, Vincent Hedont, PBNL, Mryk & Moriceau, Ph.A wins the competition to design a new 12 000 m2 cultural center on the riverfront of Bordeaux, merging three cultural institutions into one single building.

Tampere Waterfront Development, central Finland
Finnish Waterfront Development
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Tampere Waterfront – 8 May 2012
BIG wins the competition to revitalize the city center of the third largest city in Finland.
The invited design contest calls for a strong architectural master plan, comprising residential, commercial and cultural programme, forming a new urban area around the existing Ratina sports stadium in one of the most rapidly developing regions in Finland. BIG is selected as a winner of the competition by Finnish developers Rakennustomisto Pohjola & YH-Länsi, among proposals from Swedish Wingårdhs, German Behnisch Partner and Finnish JKMM.

Cross Towers, Seoul, South Korea
Cross Towers Seoul
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Cross Towers Seoul – 3 May 2012
BIG’s residential towers in the Yongsan International Business District revitalize the Han riverfront into a new commercial and residential center for the citizens of Seoul. Situated at the south-east edge of the Yongsan master plan designed by Studio Liebeskind for the Korean development group Dreamhub, BIG’s Cross # Towers will contribute to the developing skyline of Seoul and become a recognizable marker of the new cultural and commercial center of the city.

Beach and Howe Tower, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Beach and Howe Tower
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Beach and Howe Tower – 12 Apr 2012
The 490-foot-tall Beach and Howe mixed-use tower by BIG + Westbank + Dialog + Cobalt + PFS + Buro Happold + Glotman Simpson and local architect James Cheng marks the entry point to downtown Vancouver, forming a welcoming gateway to the city, while adding another unique structure to the Vancouver skyline.

Kimball Art Center, Park City, Utah, USA
BIG + Architectural Nexus
Kimball Art Center Building
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Kimball Art Center Building – 13 Feb 2012
BIG + Architectural Nexus + Dunn Associates + VBFA + Envision Engineering + Big D design the winning proposal for the renovation and expansion of Kimball Art Center in Park City, projected for completion by Mid-2015 The Kimball Art Center, home to Sundance House during the Annual Sundance Film Festival, invited an international group of architects to submit designs for an interior renovation of the existing Kimball Art Center and the construction of a new building directly adjacent to the original, located centrally in Park City, Utah.

BIG ♥ NYC : Times Square – interactive heart installation, USA
Times Square heart installation
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Times Square interactive heart – 9 Feb 2012
BIG + Times Square Alliance + Flatcut + Local Projects and Zumtobel celebrate the Valentine’s Day with an interactive heart installation at Times Square, New York utilizing the flow of people, air and touch to bring the heart to life.

9 Feb 2012
BIG longlists for the Waller Creek competition
BIG + Civitas + local architectural consultant Specht Harpman are one of the nine lead design teams chosen for Stage II of the Design Waller Creek competition, Austin, Texas, USA, to re-envision the Waller Creek stretch into a vibrant, livable and workable district.

Transitlager, Dreispitz, Basel, Switzerland
Transitlager Basel
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Transitlager Basel – 25 Oct 2011
BIG wins an invited competition to renovate and extend an existing 1960’s concrete warehouse situated in a Basel industrial district which is being transformed into an alternative Arts District

Cultural Centre, Albania
BIG, Martha Schwartz Landscape, Buro Happold, Speirs & Major, Lutzenberger & Lutzenberger, and Global Cultural Asset Management
Cultural Complex Albania
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Cultural Centre Albania – 4 May 2011

E2 Competition, Finland
BIG + others
E2 Competition
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E2 Competition Finland – 15 Mar 2011

West 57th, New York City
Design: BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group
West 57 New York City
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West 57th Street – 7 Feb 2011
Durst Fetner Residential announced the design of West 57, a 600-unit 80/20 residential building on West 57th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues. The building is designed by renowned Danish Architect firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group and is their inaugural North American project.

8 House, Ørestad, Copenhagen, Denmark
Big House
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8 House, Ørestad

BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group : Practice Profile

BIG Architects – Major Projects

Developments by BIG, alphabetical:

Greenland National Gallery of Art, Denmark
BIG + TNT Nuuk +
Ramboll Nuuk + Arkitekti
Greenland National Gallery of Art
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Greenland National Gallery of Art

Kaufhauskanal Metrozone, Germany
Architects: BIG Architects; Landscape Architects: Topotek1
Kaufhauskanal housing
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Kaufhauskanal housing, Hamburg

Mountain Dwellings – VM Houses Phase 2, Copenhagen, Sjælland, Denmark
VM Mountain Dwellings
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VM Mountain Dwellings

Museo Tamayo, nr Mexico City
BIG with Michel Rojkind Arquitectos
Museo Tamayo
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New Tamayo Museum

National Library in Astana, Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan National Library
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Kazakhstan National Library

Shanghai Expo Danish Pavilion, China
Shanghai Expo Denmark Pavilion
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Shanghai Expo Danish Pavilion

The World Village of Women Sports, Malmo, Sweden
World Village of Women Sports
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World Village of Women Sports

Zira Zero Island
Zira Zero Island
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Zira Zero Island

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