Part of CovetED Magazine‘s Top 25 inspirational designers from New York, BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group – is a Copenhagen, New York, London and Barcelona based group of architects, designers, urbanists, landscape professionals, interior and product designers, researchers and inventors. The office is currently involved in a large number of projects throughout Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East. BIG’s architecture emerges out of a careful analysis of how contemporary life constantly evolves and changes. Not least due to the influence from multicultural exchange, global economical flows and communication technologies that all together require new ways of architectural and urban organization. Scroll down to know more about the group and be inspired by some of their best interior design projects.
They believe that in order to deal with today’s challenges, architecture can profitably move into a field that has been largely unexplored. A pragmatic utopian architecture that steers clear of the petrifying pragmatism of boring boxes and the naïve utopian ideas of digital formalism. In the shape of programmatic alchemy, they create architecture by mixing conventional ingredients such as living, leisure, working, parking and shopping. By hitting the fertile overlap between pragmatic and utopia, architects once again find the freedom to change the surface of our planet, to better fit contemporary life forms.
In terms of BIG’s leadership, BIG is led by 17 Partners: Bjarke Ingels, Sheela Maini Søgaard, Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Thomas Christoffersen, Finn Nørkjær, David Zahle, Jakob Lange, Andreas Klok Pedersen, Daniel Sundlin, Jakob Sand, Brian Yang, Beat Schenk, Agustin Perez-Torres, Martin Voelkle, Leon Rost, Catherine Huang and Ole Elkjær-Larsen.
2019 has been a great year in terms of awards, with 19 awards already collected so far. They have been awarded with the German Sustainability Award. Then, LEG – Lego House was the winner of Civil Trust Awards and has been also shortlisted for EU Mies van der Rohe.
Denmark’s ‘Invisible’ Tirpitz Museum, MCB – Tirpitz is a nominee for EU Mies van der Rohe and won the AIA Institute Honor Awards for Architecture.
Copenhill urban mountain, a big ski power plant, ARC – Amager Bakke, received the Architecture Photography award by Architizer A+ Award.
FAER – Glasir Torshavn College was shortlisted for World Architecture Festival. And it was honoured with SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building.
NOMA in Copenhagen was shortlisted for INSIDE World Festival of Interiors, and the winner at Berlingske Byens Bedste Award for Construction, AIA Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture, Wallpaper* Design Award for Best New Restaurant.
DONG – Frederiksborgvej 73 was shorlisted for World Architecture Festival and Nominee for EU Mies van der Rohe Award.
WILS – WILSON SECONDARY SCHOOL was the winner in Structural Steel Framing in regards the Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship Award.
SEM – SHENZHEN ENERGY HQ was the Popular Choice in Commercial-Office High-Rise by Architizer A+ Award. It was awarded as well with CTBUH Best Tall Building Award of Excellence, in the 200-299 Meters Category.
ST7 – 79 & Park was the jury winner and Popular Choice in Residential-Multi Unit Housing by Architizer A+ Awards.
If you want to know more about BIG and their amazing projects, click HERE to go to their official website.
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