Bjarke Ingels Group

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BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group
Practice information
Key architects Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen, Andreas Klok Pedersen, Sheela Maini Sogaard, Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Finn Norkjaer, David Zahle, Jakob Lange
Location Copenhagen, New York City, Beijing
Founded 2005
Buildings The Mountain, 8 House, Danish Maritime Museum

Bjarke Ingels Group , often referred to as BIG, is an international architectural firm founded in 2005 by Bjarke Ingels in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 2010 it opened a branch office in New York City. Today, the architecture firm employs around 200 architects working on projects in more than 18 countries.


Bjarke Ingels established BIG in late 2005 after he and his former partner, Julien De Smedt, decided to discontinue their common practice PLOT, which had gained considerable success since its establishment in 2001. His new firm, continues to draw extensive national and international attention and won several international awards for its first completed commission, the Mountain, a residential project in Copenhagen which had been commenced by PLOT. Over the next couple of years, BIG won a number of international competitions and received several large commissions around the world. These include a waste-to-energy plant which doubles as a skislope in Copenhagen, Denmark, the West 57th Street mixed-use tower in New York for Durst Fetner Residential, the National Art Gallery of Greenland in Nuuk, headquarters for the Shenzhen Energy Company in Shenzhen, China and the Kimball Art Center in Utah, USA.

As of 1 December 2009, in response to the rapid growth of the company, the partnership was expanded with five new partners: Thomas Christoffersen, Jakob Lange, Finn Nørkjaer, Andreas Klok Pedersen, and David Zahle. At the same time, Sheela Maini Søgaard, managing director of the firm, and Kai-Uwe Bergmann, the director of business development and communications, were named associate partners.[1]

In 2010, BIG opened a branch office in New York City, where they have been commissioned to design the W57 Street courtscraper by Durst Fetner Residential.[2]

In 2014, BIG Ideas, an internal technology-driven special projects division emerged, dedicated to the research, simulations and design development of smart small-scale architectural objects to provide non-standardized solutions often called for by BIGs unconventional design concepts.[3]

BIG Ideas[edit]

In 2014, BIG Ideas, an internal technology-driven special projects division emerged, dedicated to the research, simulation and design development of smart architectural objects to provide non-standardized solutions often called for by BIGs unconventional design concepts.[4] The lab supports the studio´s work from small details to the BIG picture.

Bjarke Ingels says, “The lab provides a powerful tool for informing and influencing architectural design decisions and output by uncovering the inherent potentials and possibilities of the studio´s projects - while extending the traditional architectural domain and design thinking into the smallest architectural ingredient.[5]

The lab started up in 2013 with the development of a steam ring generator for a Waste-to-Energy Plant project in Copenhagen, designed by BIG in 2010. The plant doubles as a ski slope and will blow one steam ring for each ton of CO2 emitted by the plant, once completed in 2017.

BIG Ideas is working in a number of areas directly related to BIG’s ongoing building projects, many of which remain confidential and involve data from independent think-tanks as well as the aerospace and material sciences industries. To-date, the following projects are public:

  • BIG Steam Rings
  • Green Walls
  • Fingerprint Façade
  • Meinertz Heater

Completed Projects[edit]

Mountain Dwellings in Ørestad, Copenhagen, Denmark
8 House in Ørestad, Copenhagen, Denmark

Under Construction & In Progress[edit]


West 57 on display in Louisiana Museum of Modern Art




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