BIG's concept design for a landmark visitor centre and performance space within Edinburgh's UNESCO World Heritage Zone is revealed today by the Ross Development Trust, City of Edinburgh Council and Malcolm Reading Consultants. The proposal aims to rejuvenate the existing bandstand and surrounding park in the heart of West Princes Street Gardens; the concept designs will be on display at City Art Centre in Edinburgh until July 30th – visitors are encouraged to share their views via a survey at the exhibition, or email.
Join us for an evening panel discussion during the final week of the London Festival of Architecture: BIG CEO Sheela Søgaard, Zaha Hadid Architects Global Head of People & Talent Caroline Roberts and Design Haus Liberty Founder Dara Huang will take you behind the boardroom for an insightful talk on leadership and talent cultivation in the design industry. Moderated by Marcus Fairs, Founder of Dezeen (media partner). RSVP here to attend.
BIG CEO Sheela Søgaard joined the 2017 Women's Summit - as part of the People's Political Festival in Bornhom, a platform for Democratic dialogue between politicians, citizens, business people and organizations - to discuss the biggest challenges women face in career & management. The conversation was joined by Karen Ellemann (Minister of Gender Equality), Susanne Juhl (CEO of HMN Naturgas), and Bodil Nordestgaard Ismiris (Director of Lederne), moderated by Cecilie Beck (TV2 Nord).
The French Academy of Architecture announced Bjarke Ingels as the recipient of the Gold Medal, awarded annually to people who have contributed excellence to the quality of architecture and its teaching. Bjarke accepts the award from the Ambassador of Denmark to France Kirsten Biering (left) and President of L'Académie d'Architecture Manuel Gautrand (right).
VIA 57 West is selected as a finalist for the Urban Land Institute's Global Awards for Excellence. The awards program, now in it's third year, recognizes responsible land use developments that represent the highest standard of excellence in innovative design, and which add to the sustainability and livability of their respective communities. The winners are to be announced in October, 2017.
The plans for Google's new HQ in King's Cross, London has been submitted to Camden Council today. Jointly designed by BIG & Heatherwick Studio, the 11-story building comprises of more than 1 million sqft, bringing together London Googlers and King's Cross newest Knowledge Quarter community. The building is scheduled to begin construction in 2018.
“Our design for the new Google Campus at King’s Cross is rooted in the local character of the area, taking advantage of the contextually defined building envelope while creating continuously cascading work environments that will connect Googlers across multiple floors. By opening up the ground floor and activating the roofscape, the light and airy workspaces are sandwiched between the terraced gardens on the roof - and market halls, auditoria and shops on the ground.” Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG.
The design community, developers, politicians & residents of Frankfurt gathered today to lay the foundation stone for Omniturm - the first vertically-integrated, mixed-used office and residential tower in Frankfurt's business district. The tower is expected to be completed in 2019. BIG Team: Dominic Black, Jörn Fischer, Bjarke Ingels, Andreas K. Pedersen, Lorenzo Boddi
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.