Bjarke Ingels Group

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Bjarke Ingels Group
Practice information
Key architects Bjarke Ingels
Location Copenhagen
Founded 2005
Buildings Mountain Dwellings
8 House

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. It has won a number of international competitions and prizes.


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 continued 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 apartment 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 a skyscraper.[2]

Selected projects[edit]


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

In progress[edit]


West 57 on display in Louisiana Museum of Modern Art




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