Four years since Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet chose BIG to design its historic HQ, La Maison des Fondateurs celebrates its groundbreaking ceremony today. The 2,400 m2 pavilion seamlessly blends into the surrounding natural landscape in a continuous spiral, chronicling 250 years of creative watchmaking. The building is scheduled for completion in 2019.
BIG is among 7 teams selected to create a concept design for the $31 million Ross Pavilion in West Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh. The site of the new cultural landmark includes a visitor centre and café, performance space, natural amphitheatre and landscape masterplan in an Edinburgh UNESCO World Heritage site.
Copenhagen Zoo, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, Schønherr Landscape Architects and MOE have collaborated on a new yin and yang-shaped Panda House that resembles the Pandas’ natural habitat and creates a peaceful environment for one of the world’s rarest mammals.
“Architecture is like portraiture. To design a home for someone is like capturing their essence, their character and personality in built form. In the case of the two great Pandas, their unique solitary nature requires two similar but separate habitats - one for her and one for him. The habitat is formed like a giant yin and yang symbol, two halves: the male and the female, complete each other to form a single circular whole. The curvy lines are undulating in section to create the necessary separation between him and her - as well as between them and us. Located at the heart of the park, we have made the entire enclosure accessible from 360 degrees, turning the two pandas into the new rotation point for Copenhagen Zoo.” Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG.
The Gare du Pont de Bondy continues the Parisian tradition of utilizing bridges as social spaces and cultural landmarks. Located at the encounter between the communities of Bondy, Bobigny and Noisy-le-Sec, the station is conceived as both bridge and tunnel wrapped around a giant atrium, connecting the riverbank to the train landing. The deepest train tunnels will now open directly to the Parisian sky, and all three surrounding neighborhoods will be united in a single inclusive loop—a new architectural hybrid of urban infrastructure and social space.
BIG Partner & CEO Sheela Søgaard reflects on BIG's growth over the past eight years and summarizes her focus points into eight key lessons.
Sitework continues for 76 11th Avenue 'The Eleventh', an 83,000 m2 mixed-use development spanning a full block in West Chelsea. Nearly all of the caissons for the site west of the High Line are completed as well as material mock-up evaluations for selecting the final glass structure. Photo credit: Field Condition
Director of BIG London Andy Young and Project Leader for the Google UK project Ziad Shehab accept the 2017 Civic Trust Award for BIG's Serpentine Pavilion. Additionally, the Pavilion, which opened to the public from June to September of last year, is presented with the Pro Tem Special Award given to an exemplary temporary project or installation.
“The Civic Trust Awards was established in 1959 and is the only Built Environment Awards scheme that currently considers aesthetics, sustainability, inclusive design and community impact." - Malcolm Hankey, Civic Trust Awards Managing Director.
BIG's Grove at Grand Bay, Serpentine Pavilion, 1200 Intrepid and Alphabet Lights are announced finalists in the Architizer A+ Awards, selected by over 400 panelists in and beyond the architecture community. As finalists, the projects are competing for Popular Choice within the following categories, respectively: Architecture + Engineering, Pavilions, Architecture + Prefab and Decorative Lighting. Public voting is open from March 14-30. The winners will be announced on April 11.
Gotham East 126th Residential continues to lay its foundation with concrete walls and slab underway, façade mock-ups in review and further concrete superstructure work slated for late spring. The 26,000 m2 mixed-use building in East Harlem will contribute a mix of private and public space for one of New York's most diverse neighborhoods.
BIG strengthens its in-house capabilities by hiring Duncan Horswill to lead BIG Engineering, a new specialized unit dedicated to ensuring the structural, mechanical integrity and resilience of BIG buildings globally.
“At BIG we practice knowledge-driven design. We have been fortunate to work with some of the best urbanists, landscapers, sociologists, artists and engineers in the world, and will continue to do so. To be able to stretch the boundaries of the physical, financial, regulatory and environmental limits of design, we need to surround ourselves with the best experts in the fields outside our own expertise in architecture, and bring them in-house. As we started onboarding our own engineers, we have learned how much more impactful our design thinking can be when the expertise resides internally. Having engineers join our group of architects, product designers and landscape architects is the inevitable next step towards providing the silo-shattering interdisciplinary design innovation that we want to bring to the world.” Bjarke Ingels, Founder, BIG.