The bow-tie shaped National Theatre of Albania designed by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group and Theatre Projects is a 3-in-1 cultural venue tailored to Tirana’s thriving theatre and performance art scene.
“Our design for the new National Theatre of Albania will continue the city’s efforts for making Tirana’s public spaces more inviting and its public institutions more transparent. The theater is conceived as two buildings connected by the main auditorium: one for the audience and one for the performers. Underneath, the theatre arches up from the ground creating an entrance canopy for the audience as well as for the performers, while opening a gateway to the new urban arcade beyond. Above, the roof mirrors the archway, forming an open-air amphitheater with a backdrop to the city’s skyline,“ Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG.
In recognition of International Women's Day, BIG CEO and Partner Sheela Maini Søgaard speaks at her alma mater Copenhagen Business School among a panel of inspiring women in leadership. Hosted by KMD, Lederne, TV 2 and Tuborg Fund, the event brings the topic of women, management and diversity into the debate by posing the question, "what will women leaders in the future fight for?"
BIGsters are officially Brooklynites. Today our New York team of 250+ BIGsters is celebrating our new home: 45 Main Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn will give us more than 50,000 sqft of office space for work and play, and waterfront views that are hard to beat. More rooftop parties. More public space. More BK pizza. Manhattanites, see you across the river! Image by Julienne Schaer.
If you haven't had the chance to view BIG Time in theatres, the documentary is now available on iTunes, here for USA and here for Canada. The movie by Danish filmmaker Kaspar Astrup Schröder follows in the footsteps of Bjarke Ingels and BIG. 7 years and 70+ hours of footage later, we share with you the very personal and authentic story about the dreams and ideas, struggles and conflicts, wins and losses, compromise and resilience, wishes and sacrifices—all part of building buildings and an architecture studio.
The world's best restaurant noma teamed up with BIG to create noma 2.0 – a 1,290 m2 gourmet village for radically experimental cookery in Christiania, on the outskirts of Copenhagen. The Wall Street Journal gives a glimpse of the new noma campus, comprising 11 buildings arranged as a panopticon around the heart of the building: the kitchen.
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.