Bjarke Ingels Group

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BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group
Practice information
Key architects Bjarke Ingels, Andreas Klok Pedersen, Beat Schenk, Brian Yang, Daniel Sundlin, David Zahle, Finn Norkjaer, Jakob Lange, Jakob Sand, Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Sheela Maini Sogaard, Thomas Christoffersen[1]
Location Copenhagen, New York City
Founded 2005
Buildings Mountain Dwellings, 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 ski-slope 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 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 seven new partners: Thomas Christoffersen, Jakob Lange, Finn Nørkjaer, Andreas Klok Pedersen, David Zahle, CEO Sheela Maini Søgaard, and Kai-Uwe Bergmann who heads the company's Business Development efforts. [2]

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.[3]

In 2015, BIG added four new partners to the existing partnership between the offices in Copenhagen and New York: Beat Schenk and Daniel Sundlin in New York and Brian Yang and Jacob Sand in Copenhagen. In addition 16 employees were appointed in key positions as Associates.

BIG Ideas[edit]

In 2014, BIG Ideas was established as an internal technology-driven special projects unit which expands the traditional scope of the architect into the realm of information and material. BIG IDEAS explores new intellectual territory in both the digital and material realm through three specific areas: technical simulation, product design and special projects. [4]

Bjarke Ingels says, “BIG’s design process always starts by identifying the key criteria of a project: What is the biggest problem – what is the greatest potential? Rather than arbitrary aesthetic or stylistic prejudice, all decisions are based on project specific information - Information Driven Design. Our effort as architects is sandwiched in the window of opportunity between analysis and implementation. And our influence happens in the translation from information to material. In an attempt to increase our sphere of influence on our built environment, we have established BIG IDEAS.[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. [6]

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:

Completed projects[edit]

Mountain Dwellings in Ørestad, Copenhagen, Denmark
8 House in Ørestad, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Copenhagen Harbour Baths, Designed by BIG & JDS, Copenhagen (completed 2002)
  • Maritime Youth House, Designed by BIG & JDS, Copenhagen (completed 2004)
  • Psychiatric Hospital, Designed by BIG & JDS, Helsingor, Denmark (completed 2005)
  • VM Houses, Designed by BIG & JDS, Ørestad, Copenhagen (completed 2006)
  • Sjakket Youth House, Designed by BIG & JDS, Copenhagen (completed 2007)
  • Mountain Dwellings, Ørestad, Copenhagen (completed 2008)
  • 8 House, Ørestad, Copenhagen (2010)[7]
  • Danish Expo Pavilion 2010, EXPO 2010, Shanghai, China
  • Times Square Valentine, New York City, USA (completed 2012)
  • Superkilen, innovative park for the ethnic inhabitants of the Nørrebro district of Copenhagen (competition win 2008, completed 2012)
  • Danish Maritime Museum, Helsingør, Denmark (completed 2013)
  • Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium - Sports Hall & Cultural building, Hellerup, Denmark (completed 2013 & 2015)
  • The BIG Maze, National Building Museum, Washington D.C (completed 2014)

Under construction[edit]


West 57 on display in Louisiana Museum of Modern Art



  • Hot to Cold: An Odyssey of Architectural Adaptation, Taschen - 2015[52]
  • Yes Is More: Yes Is More: An Archicomic on Architectural Evolution, Taschen - 2009
  • Museum in the Dock, Arvinius + Orfeus Publishing - 2014
  • Superkilen Book, Arvinius + Orfeus Publishing - 2013
  • AV Monograph BIG, Arquitectura Viva - 2013
  • Being BIG by Abitare, Abitare - 2012
  • BIG Red Book, Ada Edita Global Architecture - 2012
  • BIG Pink Book, Archilife - 2010
  • BIG Bjarke Ingels Group Projects 2001-2010, Design Media Publishing Ltd - 2011
  • A Project as an Icon, an Icon as a Project, in STUDIO Architecture and Urbanism magazine[53] Issue#03 Icon, Milano, edited by Romolo Calabrese, 2012 Article


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