Representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Copenhagen Zoo, the design team and donors from 16 Danish companies and foundations gathered today to celebrate the start of construction for a new panda habitat in Denmark. Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Løkke Rasmussen and China's Ambassador to Denmark Ms. Deng Ying marked the special occasion with a symbolic handoff of toy pandas to schoolchildren who joined the ceremony. We look forward to celebrating the housewarming for pandas Mao Sun and He Xing in the next years.
For the Resilient by Design | Bay Area Challenge, BIG proposes a Social Ecosystem to create a more resilient, sustainable and equitable Islai Creek and South Bay. Together with One Architecture and Sherwood Engineers, we are thinking of ecology, people, infrastructure and transit working together as self-enforcing systems. We're excited to continue the conversation in not only saving the bay, but growing the bay for nature, people and changing climates.
Danish filmmaker Kaspar Astrup Schröder's film shadowing BIG and Bjarke over seven years arrives to New York with a premiere at America's largest documentary festival, DOC NYC. BIG Time unveils the intimate and authentic moments in building buildings and a global architecture firm. Get your tickets for the screening at Cinepolis Chelsea tonight or the IFC Center tomorrow.
In a collection of Fast Company Innovation Festival stories, Fast Company headlines BIG CEO and Partner Sheela Søgaard’s business perspectives on cultivating BIG’s creative culture during a period of growth. Co.Design’s deputy editor Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan shares Sheela’s insider tips relevant to business professionals managing or working with creatives, from ingraining positivity in principle, approach and culture to broadening the definition of a business. Read the full insights here.
Following the recent opening of LEGO House for reinventing the future of play, BIG joins WeWork to design a new micro school for the future of learning. BIG’s design for WeGrow seeks to undo the compartmentalization often found in traditional school environments and reinforces the significance of engaging kids in an interactive environment. As such, the design starts from the premise of a school universe at the level of the child: a field of super-elliptic objects forms a learning landscape that’s dense and rational – yet free and fluid. Modular classrooms, tree houses, digital portals and a vertical farm promote an inclusive and collaborative teaching environment. Concurrently, acoustic clouds, natural materials and neutral colors create a calm setting for the child’s focused study. Playful and transparent, yet homelike and structured, WeGrow nurtures the child’s education through introspection, exploration and discovery.
As part of the Fast Company Innovation Festival, BIG CEO and Partner Sheela Søgaard takes business professionals behind-the-scenes for an intimate visit at BIG. In a fireside chat with Co.Design's Deputy Editor Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan, Sheela will explore the topic of managing a creative studio and cultivating culture in the design industry.
BIG celebrates the start of construction for the Wilson Secondary School in Arlington, Virginia with a Time Capsule ceremony where students from two county-wide secondary programs buried artefacts representatuve of this year. The new and expanded 15,800 m2 building expected to house 775 students, maintains the impression and efficiency of a 1-story building by rotating each floor along a single hinge. Resulting in cascading green terraces, students can travel outdoors from the classrooms into the recreation field, while strengthening the connection between the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor neighborhood and the school.
The north façade of the mixed-use East 126th residence celebrated a topping out milestone this week. By gently sloping the top portion of the façade inward, the building is contained within the allowed zoning envelope while allowing more sunlight to reach the residential streets of East Harlem. The curved façade will soon be cladded in blackened stainless steel. Photo by Field Condition.
Sheela Søgaard is recognized by one of the largest Danish newspaper Berlingske Business in the list of Top 100 Female Executives in Denmark. Since beginning her career as a Consultant in McKinsey & Company nearly two decades ago, today Sheela is the CEO and Partner at BIG, overseeing the 400+ people office in New York, Copenhagen and London.
BIG, Solar One, NYC Council Member Dan Garodnick and other community leaders gather to celebrate the groundbreaking of Solar Two, the city's first resiliency education center aimed to engage and educate the five boroughs on preparing for climate change. Located in Stuyvesant Cove Park and integrated with BIG's East Side Coastal Resiliency Design, Solar Two is the new, sustainably upgraded and expanded Environmental Education Center that will replace the existing Solar One. The net zero building equipped with photovoltaic solar and battery storage to accommodate the Green Design Lab, Clean Tech K-12 Education Program, summer outdoor programs and more, will begin construction in 2018.