WORLD GOVERNMENT SUMMIT: Bjarke Ingels explains how evolution leads to Mars at the annual conference where industry pioneers present how they are harnessing innovation and technology to tackle the universal challenges facing humanity. In a talk with Popular Science Editor-in-Chief Joe Brown, Bjarke explores how BIG's Dubai-based prototype settlement, Mars Science City, can ensure the sustainability of the human race by planting the seeds of our Mars dream today, and enable us to take the first steps to becoming a multi-planetary species.
The 280m tall high-rise, jointly designed by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group and CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati is now officially under construction! The tower, one of tallest in Singapore, blends urban life with tropical nature, redefining and elevating workplace and living standards for its tenants while adding an elegant new landmark to the Singapore skyline.
"BIG's design seeks to continue Singapore’s pioneering vertical urbanism with the 280m tall diverse community of places to work, live and play inside as well as outside. At multiple elevations, the facade peels open to reveal urban oases for its users and the surrounding city - animating the elegant smoothness of modern architecture with the ubiquitous tropical nature." Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG.
Quartz launches The Visionaries movement to engage industry-leading women on the quest for gender quality. Recognized among many of the world’s most qualified women is BIG CEO & Partner Sheela Søgaard, sharing her insights on the growth of BIG and how women today can take the lead in the workplace.
Housewarming, BIG-style? We are collaborating with interior design startup Mosss (Making of Smart, Simple Spaces) to bring BIG-designed décor into your homes. Mosss gives users exclusive, inspirational video workshops of Bjarke sharing his creative processes and advice on how ‘form-giving’ can be the framework for how we want to live, starting with the places we call home. We have also designed a limited-edition porcelain SKUM Vase inspired by our inflatable bubble SKUM Pavilion, which is available to Mosss subscribers only. Visit Mosss today and stay tuned for more interior news!
BIG's latest residential building Frederiksborgvej 73 is awarded the prestigious Lille Arne Award from the Danish Association of Architects at their 11th New Year's reception which honors initiatives, completed projects, and innovative ideas that have inspired debate or made a difference to architecture. The award is given to developer Lejerbo and BIG for prioritizing the spatial qualities of the residences and the building strategy, which enabled the development to complete under a very strict budget for social housing. The building today is home to 66 low-income families in Copenhagen.
Last year, BIG and SLETH were selected by Aarhus City Council to design Aarhus Ø’s new urban development at the site of Bassin 7. Today, we announce BIG’s in-house engineering department - BIG ENGINEERING - has been appointed by MT Højgaard to design the 19-storey clocktower landmark. Together with BIG's architects, the engineering unit will be responsible for the structural and MEP design, as well as the development of energy and indoor climate strategies—making Ø4 Tower a milestone towards our multidisciplinary and holistic design approach.
Both LEGO House and TIRPITZ have been nominated for ArchDaily's 2018 Building of the Year Award under the Cultural Architecture category. The peer-based award recognizes the best building featured on ArchDaily's website in the last year - we hope for your support to advancing the 'Capital for Children' and the 'invisible museum' to the finals. Cast your votes for LEGO House here and for TIRPITZ here by January 31st!
Following a series of public hearings and over seven years in close collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, Bjarke will be presenting the revised proposal for the Smithsonian South Mall Campus Master Plan at the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) Meeting this Thursday, January 18. The new Master Plan envisions the preservation of the intimate character and diverse plantings of the city’s beloved Haupt Garden, in addition to serving the wider needs of the greater DC area and the residents of Southwest Ecodistrict with well-connected and accessible vibrant, green oases. We hope for your support in joining the hearing on Thursday or via CFA’s website here.
CNN Style takes a look at Sluishuis and Urban Rigger as examples of floating architecture responding to cities' concerns on the impacts of climate change, including rising sea levels. The 46,000 m2 housing complex Sluishuis will float on IJ Lake and serve as a gateway to the artifical islands of IJburg in Amsterdam, while the 680 m2 student housing Urban Rigger tackles issues of climate change and housing shortages in harbor cities such as Copenhagen.
After months of early research and exploration, learning from and connecting with communities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and collaborating with local and global design experts, we are excited to announce the BIG + ONE + SHERWOOD team is joining the neighborhoods of Islais Creek to develop innovative, community-centered solutions that strengthen local and regional resilience to sea level rise, severe storms, flooding and earthquakes. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside community leaders, activists and organizations in Islais Creek and help shape the Bay Area’s collective future by tackling local priorities and concerns together. Sign up here to follow along and join the journey!