Just in time for the school year to begin, BIG completes the 19,200m2 education center in the capital city of the Faroe Islands. The opening for three different schools now gathered under one roof was celebrated with Landsverk CEO Ewald Kjølbro, Minister for Culture Rigmor Dam, Glasir CEO Bogi Bech Jensen, Creative Director Rosan Bosch and our BIG partners. Faroe Islands Education Center welcomes more than 1,200 students and 300 teachers in the vortex shaped campus that radiates out towards its surroundings while creating an inner landscape for communal learning.
Almost a decade since BIG won the international design competition in China’s ‘Silicon Valley’ with ARUP and Transsolar, BIG's first skyscraper in Asia completes as the new home for Shenzhen Energy Company. Shenzhen Energy Mansion looks different because it performs differently: the pleated curtain wall folds in areas that reduce solar loads and glare, while closed and open parts in the facade oscillate between transparency and opacity—reducing the building’s overall energy consumption without any moving parts or complicated technology. Photo by Chao Zhang.
“Shenzhen Energy Mansion is our first realized example of ‘engineering without engines’ – the idea that we can engineer the dependence on machinery out of our buildings and let architecture fulfill the performance. Shenzhen Energy Mansion appears as a subtle mutation of the classic skyscraper and exploits the building’s interface with the external elements: sun, daylight, humidity and wind to create maximum comfort and quality inside. A natural evolution that looks different because it performs differently.” Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG.
On view and open to the public this summer is The Visionaries Gallery dedicated to The XI, BIG's pair of mixed-use towers that twists as it rises by the High Line. Designed by world-renown stage designer Es Devlin, the 12,000 sqft gallery hosts three exhibitions heralding the soon-to-top out towers. The Visionaries Gallery located on 25 Little West 12th Street is open to the public on Tuesdays 10-12pm and Thursdays 6-8pm until fall. Photo by Nikolas Koenig.
BIG's LEGO House and noma are selected by the Jury as winners in the Architizer A+ Awards for the Architecture +Branding and Restaurant category, respectively. Both buildings also won Popular Choice following a 10-day campaign garnering over 400,000 votes from the architecture community. Images by Iwan Baan (top) and Jason Loucas (bottom).
BIG's LANESCRAPER is among six proposals shortlisted for developer Beulah International's competition to design a mixed-used landmark tower in Melbourne's Southbank Boulevard. BIG and Fender Katsalidis Architects present two 360m high interlocking blocks with a stacked shape and a series of 'laneways' that provide both stability and natural points of connectivity between the towers. The scheme features a range of residential, retail and cultural amenities including offices, serviced apartments, library, two-tiered auditoriums and a BMW experience center.
BIG Founder Bjarke Ingels and Partner Jakob Lange are halfway through their Indiegogo fundraiser to bring The Orb installation to the annual Burning Man festival in Black Rock City, Nevada. The Orb is a 1/500,000th sphere replica and reflection of the Earth, spanning 25m in diameter and 'floating' via a 30-tonne steel truss. With one month left of the campaign, support the team in bringing the temporal planet to The Playa by donating here.
BIG Copenhagen is looking for talented and self-motivated architecture students interested in working and learning alongside us, as well as participating in all things BIG: from workshops at BIG School to downtime at Friday Bars. The internship starts this September for a minimum of 6 months. Find more information and submit your application as soon as possible here.
BIG, Westbank, DIALOG & collaborators celebrate two milestones: Vancouver House tops off in downtown Vancouver and BIG's 2016 Serpentine Pavilion from London is reborn as 'Unzipped Toronto' for an architectural exhibition opening this fall.
Financial Times' Architecture Critic Edwin Heathcote takes an early look inside the soon-to-complete Amager Resource Center in Copenhagen and discovers how costly infrastructure can become desirable public amenity. Heathcote also looks across the lake to BIG's new noma restaurant, recently completed on the outskirts of freetown Christiania. Image by Aldo Amoretti.
Rebuild by Design and Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES) is in search of a Partner to lead park stewardship research for the first phase of the BIG U: the East Side Coastal Resiliency project which looks to reconstruct the 64 acre, 1.5 mile long East River Park to become a 21st century resilient park along the East River waterfront. See the RFP here.