The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) announced 8 House as one of four buildings shortlisted for the Moriyama RAIC International Prize in Architecture. Raymond Moriyama's biennial award celebrates transformative, service-oriented architecture within its societal context, offering a $100k CAD prize. The winning project will be announced on September 19, 2017.
“This is a bold and beautifully integrated mix of multi-generational housing and universally accessible design. / 8 House is a worthwhile experiment in the development of a new typology to create a vertical mixed-use community. / The proposed socio-spatial concept offers a more durable way of densifying housing while maintaining a human scale.” Jury Comments
New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City's Design Commission presented NYPD 40th Precinct with the commision's annual Award for Excellence in Design. Located in the Melrose neighborhood of the Bronx, the new police station includes the city's first-ever community meeting room, green roof and multipurpose civic space within a precinct.
"Aligned with OneNYC objectives and the City’s commitment to equity, the 40th Precinct includes the very first community meeting room within a police facility. With a porous façade and an artwork component, this flexible multipurpose room will provide space for classes and events." Public Design Commission
BIG's 'The Eleventh' takes a leap forward with HFZ Capital Group securing a $1.25 billion construction loan from London-based Children’s Investment Fund. The 950,000 sqft mixed-use development is the latest addition to West Chelsea—adding a new twist to the High Line's skyline. The Eleventh is expected to launch condo sales later this year, with estimated completion in 2019.
BIG and SLETH have been selected by Aarhus City Council to design Aarhus Ø's new urban development, together with owners Anders Holch Povlsen and Rune Kilden, and Scandinavia's largest hotel operator, Scandic. The proposal at the site of Bassin 7 incudes a mixed-use urban ‘stairscraper’ that will integrate public life from the harborfront to the hotel and conference center’s roof garden via a terraced park. BIG’s 29,000 m2 Hotel Ø4 will be sited next to another BIG-designed residence, AArhus, currently underway.
Danish filmmaker Kaspar Astrup Schröder paints an intimate portrait of Bjarke and BIG's development over the past seven years - the unveiling documentary has premiered in Denmark, and will screen in theatres across the country until June. Stay tuned for international premiere dates.
BIG, in collaboration with Friday Labs, has designed a reason to lose your keys: Friday Lock is the world’s smallest smart lock, built with the latest technologies and the first and only to offer Bluetooth, Wifi & HomeKit in one product. Meet and pre-order Friday here: fridaylabs.net.
BIG, in collaboration with KiBiSi, is awarded Architectural Digest's inaugural Great Design Award for the Taper Faucet in Gunmental. Designed for Kallista, Taper is recognized in AD's 2017 curated selection of products, distinctively chosen to appeal to tastemakers, influencers and design enthusiasts.
BIG is selected by Abu Dhabi-based developer Imkan to design 'The-Artery’, a 26,000 m2 mixed-use, flexible art space located at the heart of Makers District – a new 18-hectare masterplan aimed to attract creative communities to live and work on Abu Dhabi’s Reem Island. The regional creative powerhouse will begin construction this year, with Makers District scheduled to be operational by 2020.
The American Institute of Architects announced VIA 57 West as the recipient of the 2017 Housing Award in the Multifamily Housing category. VIA was assessed for its architectural design features, and integration into it's context, including open and recreational space, transportation options and features that contribute to livable communities.
"Very distinctive building that has become a new part of the city's recognized buildings. Certainly a confident and forward-looking building." Jury comment
Alphabet of Light is selected Best of the Best for the 2017 Red Dot Award - one of the most important international awards to appraise the best design products of the year. BIG Ideas & Artemide's modular system of luminous elements creates a new font made of continuous, diffused light, without visible shadows or glares.