Bjarke Ingels Group
|BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group|
|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|
|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.
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.
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. 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.”
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
- The BIG Maze, National Building Museum, Washington D.C (completed 2014)
- Danish Maritime Museum, Helsingør, Denmark (completed 2013)
- Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium - Sports Hall & Cultural building, Hellerup, Denmark (completed 2013 & 2014)
- Superkilen, innovative park for the ethnic inhabitants of the Nørrebro district of Copenhagen (competition win 2008, completed 2012)
- Times Square Valentine, New York City, USA (completed 2012)
- Danish Expo Pavilion 2010, EXPO 2010, Shanghai, China
- 8 House, Ørestad, Copenhagen (2010)
- The Mountain, Ørestad, Copenhagen (completed 2008)
- Sjakket Youth House, Designed by BIG & JDS, Copenhagen (completed 2007)
- VM Houses, Designed by BIG & JDS, Ørestad, Copenhagen (completed 2006)
- Psychiatric Hospital, Designed by BIG & JDS, Helsingor, Denmark (completed 2005)
- Maritime Youth House, Designed by BIG & JDS, Copenhagen (completed 2004)
- Copenhagen Harbour Bath, Designed by BIG & JDS, Copenhagen (completed 2002)
Under Construction & In Progress
- West 57, New York City, United States 
- The Big U, New York City, United States 
- Coconut Grove, Miami, United States 
- LEGO House, Billund, Denmark 
- Basel Transitlager, Basel, Switzerland (competition win, November 2011)
- Amager Bakke Waste-to-Energy Plant, Copenhagen, Denmark (competition win 2011)
- Faroe Islands Education Centre, Thorshavn, Faroe Islands (competition win, December 2009)
- Shenzhen International Energy Mansion, Shenzhen, China (competition win, September 2009)
- Honeycomb Residences, Nassau, Bahamas,
- Vancouver House, Vancouver, BC, Canada
- Audemars Piguet Headquarters, La Vallée de Joux, La Brassus, Switzerland (competition win, June 2014)
- Telus Sky Tower, Calgary, Canada
- Zootopia, Denmark 
- Blavand Bunker Museum, Varde, Denmark,
- New Tamayo Museum, Mexico City (competition win, April 2009)
- New Tallinn City Hall, Tallinn, Estonia (competition win, June 2009)
- World Village of Women Sports, Malmö, Sweden (competition win, November 2009)
- National Gallery, Nuuk, Greenland (competition win, February 2011)
- Paris PARC, Paris, France (competition win, November 2011) 
- Koutalaki Ski Village, Levi, Finland (competition win, 2011)
- Kimball Art Centre, Park City, Utah, US (competition win, February 2012)
- Cross # Towers, Seoul, South Korea
- Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture en Aquitaine, Bordeaux, France (competition win, April 2012)
- The Red Line, Tampere, Finland (competition win, May 2012)
- Rose Rock International Finance Center, Tianjin, China
- Phoenix Observation Tower, Phoenix, US
- 2008 Forum AID Award for Best Building in Scandinavia in 2008 (for Mountain Dwellings)
- 2008 World Architecture Festival Award for Best Residential Building (for Mountain Dwellings)
- 2009 MIPIM Award for best residential development (for Mountain Dwellings)
- 2009 ULI Award for Excellence (for Mountain Dwellings)
- 2011 Prix Delarue, French Academy of Architecture, Paris 
- 2013 James Howard Kunstler Recognition
- 2013 AIA Honor Award (Regional & Urban Design category) for Superkilen, American Institute of Architects
- 2013 Progressive Architecture Award for Kimball Art Center
- 2007 BIG City, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York
- 2009 Yes is More, Danish Architecture Centre, Copenhagen
- 2010 Yes is More, CAPC Bordeaux
- 2014 The BIG Maze, National Building Museum 
- A Project as an Icon, an Icon as a Project, in STUDIO Architecture and Urbanism magazine Issue#03 Icon, Milano, edited by Romolo Calabrese, 2012 Article
- "Young Danes Think Big". Architectural Record. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
- "NYC design with a twist". World Architecture News. Retrieved 2011-05-24.
- "8 House". arcspace. Retrieved 2011-01-27.
- "Transitlager by BIG". Dezeen. Retrieved 2011-11-21.
- http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2013/08/130801-amager-bakke-europe-waste-to-energy/. Missing or empty
- "Faroe Islands Education Centre by BIG and Fuglark". Dezeen. Retrieved 2009-12-15.
- "Shenzhen International Energy Mansion by BIG". Dezeen. Retrieved 2009-11-26.
- http://www.dezeen.com/2014/01/27/big-bjark-ingels-honeycomb-housing-bahamas/. Missing or empty
- "Shape shifting in Vancouver". World Architecture News. Retrieved 2012-04-18.
- "BIG chosen to expand headquarters of Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet in La Vallée de Joux". Bustler. Retrieved 2014-06-30.
- http://www.wired.com/2014/08/a-zoo-designed-to-trick-animals-into-thinking-you-arent-watching/. Missing or empty
- http://inhabitat.com/bigs-blavand-bunker-museum-preserves-denmarks-wwii-history/. Missing or empty
- "Tallinn City Hall by Bjarke Ingels Group". Dezeen. Retrieved 2009-11-26.
- "Taking on the women of the world". Dezeen. Retrieved 2009-11-26.
- "New National Gallery". arcspace. Retrieved 2011-05-24.
- "A walk in the PARC". World Architecture News. Retrieved 2011-11-21.
- "BIG architects: koutalaki ski village". designboom. Retrieved 2010-01-04.
- A new twist, BIG and Architectural Nexus design the winning proposal for the renovation and expansion of the Kimball Art Center, World Architecture News, 14 Feb 2012
- Kimball Art Center / BIG, by Alison Furuto, ArchDaily, 03 Jan 2012
- BIG wins competition for the new Kimball Art Center in Park City, by David Basulto, ArchDaily, 10 Feb 2012
- BIG Unveils New Scheme for Park City’s Kimball Art Center, by Karissa Rosenfield, ArchDaily, 04 Mar 2014
- BIG Designs Rejected Again for Kimball Art Center, by Finn MacLeod, ArchDaily, 27 Aug 2014
- "BIG contributes to towering design in Seoul". World Architecture News. Retrieved 2012-05-10.
- "Team BIG+FREAKS Wins Competition for New Cultural Center in Bordeaux". Bustler. Retrieved 2012-07-03.
- "The Red Line". archello. Retrieved 2012-05-08.
- "Rose Rock International Finance Center to be New Icon in Northern China/BIG". Evolo. Retrieved 2013-01-07.
- "BIG Designs Sexy Observation Tower for Phoenix". Bustler. Retrieved 2013-01-07.
- "MIPIM Awards Winners 2009 Announced". Bustler. Retrieved 2009-08-26.
- "Urban Land Institute presents Award of Excellence to the Mountain". +MOOD. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
- "Palmarès 2011 – Prix de l'Architecture de l'Académie d'architecture" (in French). batiactu. Retrieved 2011-06-17.
- "The Eyesore of the Month". Retrieved 2013-02-06.
- "2013 AIA Institute Honor Awards - Regional & Urban Design". Bustler. Retrieved 2013-01-28.
- "60th Annual Progressive Architecture Awards". Architect. Retrieved 2013-02-26.
- "LEGO Towers by Bjarke Ingels Group". Dezeen. Retrieved 2009-09-23.
- "Yes is More". Danish Achitecture Centre. Retrieved 2009-09-23.
- "Yes is More: An Archicomic on Architectural Evolution’ by Bjarke Ingels". dsgn world. Retrieved 2009-09-23.
- STUDIO Architecture and Urbanism magazine
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