Bjarke Ingels today presented a revised proposal for the Smithsonian Campus Master Plan in Washington, DC. The vision was first unveiled in 2014 and has since been redeveloped following years of public comment and close collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution. The new proposal reflects the team’s commitment to preserving the intimate character of the treasured Haupt Garden, while addressing existing and future needs, at one of the most historically significant areas and cultural institutions in the nation’s capital.
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!
BIG's TIRPITZ is awarded Honors by the AIA New York’s annual Design Awards program. The 'invisible' museum in Blavand, Denmark is recognized by the design jury for its architecture of absence, strengths in technical advancement and focus on landscape—both looking in and peering out. Check out TIRPITZ in the Design Awards Exhibition at the Center for Architecture, on view from April 20 to June 27th.
Architectural Digest names Amager Resource Center as one of the most anticipated buildings to open in 2018: "Fundamentally, the state-of-the-art facility is proof that eco-friendly architecture can be done with high design. Clad in aluminum, the structure is expected to burn 400,000 tons of waste annually into enough clean energy to power 60,000 homes in the area—all of which is a major step in Copenhagen's plan to become the world’s first zero-carbon city by 2025. But it's not just about converting waste to energy—it's about having fun too. Atop the structure's roof is a nearly 1,500-foot-long ski slope (one of the world's longest artificial ski slopes)."
Following last year’s groundbreaking of Google’s Charleston East campus, Google proposes a new 1m sqft hillside campus in neighboring Sunnyvale. Located in Moffett Park on Caribbean Drive, two sibling hillsides gently rise from the landscape to form zigzagging, terraced roofscapes – connecting 4,500 Googlers to their community and natural environment from any floor.
LEGO House is selected as one of the most influential buildings of 2017 by Architectural Digest: “BIG's LEGO House is the dream of every person who loved the plastic toys as a child: to build a life-size model using their Legos. Fortunately, this Lego-inspired structure was produced by one of the most exciting architects of our time, the incomparable Bjarke Ingels. If nothing else, LEGO House is proof that the building blocks of architecture can be found among anything in this world—including children's toys.” Happy Holidays from all of us at BIG, to all of you!
The City of Esbjerg has inked an agreement which will bring three BIG designed towers and 450 much needed apartments to the students in and around Esbjerg. The construction is expected to commence in 2018 and the expected completion is 2020.
BIG is announced today as one of six teams shortlisted for the Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition hosted by the Government of South Australia through Arts South Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia and Malcolm Reading Consultants. The new Adelaide Contemporary Gallery will be a landmark arts gallery, public sculpture park and meeting place on the celebrated North Terrace boulevard in South Australia. Photo by Sam Noonan