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BIG Bjarke Ingels Group
Kløverbladsgade 56
D-2500 København (Copenhagen) - Denmark [Danmark]
Tel: +45.7221.7227 - Fax: +45.3512.7227
601 W. 26th St. Suite 1255
NY 10001 New York - United States
Tel: +1.347.964.3666
A-2012, Gulou East St. 206
Dongcheng District. BICD A2012
100009 Beijing - China [Zhōngguó/Zhōnghuá]
Tel: +86.10.5712.8503
Bjarke Ingels Bjarke Ingels

* Copenhagen [København], Denmark [Danmark], 2 October 1974
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Sheela Maini Søgaard

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Kai-Uwe Bergmann

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Thomas Christoffersen

nationality: danish
Finn Nørkjær

nationality: danish
David Zahle

nationality: danish
Jakob Lange

nationality: danish
Andreas Klok Pedersen

nationality: danish
Daniel Sundlin

nationality: danish
Jakob Sand

nationality: danish
Brian Yang

nationality: american
Beat Schenk

nationality: swiss
Agustín Pérez Torres

nationality: spanish
Martin Voelkle

nationality: german
Leon Rost

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Catherine Huang

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Ole Elkjær-Larsen

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BIG, founded in 2005 by Bjarke Ingels, is an architectural office currently involved in a large number of projects throughout Europe, Asia and North America. Based in Copenhagen, Denmark and with a newly opened office in New York, USA the office is led by six Design Partners, including Bjarke Ingels, Andreas Klok Pedersen, Finn Norkjaer, Thomas Christoffersen, Jakob Lange, David Zahle and two Management Associate Partners, Sheela Maini Sogaard and Kai-Uwe Bergmann. BIG’s architecture emerges out of a careful analysis of how contemporary life constantly evolves and changes, not least due to the influence of multicultural exchange, global economic flows and communication technologies that together require new ways of architectural and urban organization.
2020 - 2026
Toyota Owen City
Japan [Nihon/Nippon] » Susono
2016 - 2022
San Pellegrino
Italy [Italia] » San Pellegrino Terme
2015 - 2020
2 World Trade Center
United States » New York - Manhattan
2015 - 2019
The Twist
Norway [Norge] » Jevnaker
2010 - 2018
Waste-to-Energy Plant
Denmark [Danmark] » Copenhagen [København]
2012 - 2018
Beach and Howe Tower
Canada » Vancouver
2012 - 2018
MÉCA - Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture en Aquitaine
France [France] » Bordeaux
2013 - 2017
Lego House
Denmark [Danmark] » Billund
2012 - 2016
Cross # Towers
South Korea [Taehan Min'guk] » Seoul
2016 - 2016
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion
Canada » Toronto
2011 - 2016
VIΛ 57 West
United States » New York - Manhattan
2011 - 2015
Paris PARC
France [France] » Paris
2013 - 2015
Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6
United States » New York - Brooklyn
2009 - 2014
Education Centre
Faroe Islands [Føroyar/Færøerne] » Tórshavn
2010 - 2013
Greenland National Gallery of Art
Denmark [Danmark] » Nuuk
2010 - 2013
E2 Ecology and Economy
Finland [Suomi/Finland] » Kouvola
2007 - 2013
M/S Museet for Søfart [Maritime Museum of Denmark]
Denmark [Danmark] » Helsingør
2008 - 2012
Town Hall
Estonia [Eesti] » Tallinn
2009 - 2012
Astana National Library
Kazakhstan [Qazaqstan] » Astana
2005 - 2012
Denmark [Danmark] » Copenhagen [København]
2006 - 2010
8 House
Denmark [Danmark] » Copenhagen [København]
Mountain Dwellings
Denmark [Danmark] » Copenhagen [København]
a+u 548, Big + SmallA+U. Architecture and Urbanisme 548, may 2016 [Big + Small]
AV Monografías / Monographs 162, julio-agosto/july-august 2013 [BIG 2001-2013]
BIG Bjarke Ingels Group Recent ProjectBIG Bjarke Ingels Group. Recent Project, A.D.A. Edita, Tokyo 2012
"BIG / Bjarke Ingels", GA Houses 117, july 2010, pp. 128-157
BIG Bjarke Ingels GroupBIG, Archilife, Seoul 2010
Arkitektur DK 6/09, november-december 2009 [The BIG Lab]
Bjarke Ingels, Yes is More. An Archicomic on Architectural Evolution, Taschen, 2009
"Dinamarca Denmark, BIG", AV Monographías / Monograph 128, XI/XII 2007 [Emergentes / Twenty Emerging Teams], "Veinte países, veinte estudios/Twenty Countries, Twenty Studios" pp. 40-45
BIG Bjarke Ingels Group, Formgiving, Copenhagen, København, DAC, Danish Architecture Center, 2019
BIG Formgiving, Copenhagen [København], DAC Danish Architecture Center, 12 june 2019 / 5 january 2020

An Architectural Future History from Big Bang to Singularity explores how the world around us has taken shape – and has been given shape – from the past to the present, with 71 BIG projects as glimpses of and gifts to our future. The show is on view until January 5, 2020.

BIG Bjarke Ingels Group, Formgiving, Copenhagen, København, DAC, Danish Architecture Center, 2019The 1,350 m2 / 14,000 ft2 solo exhibition transforms the Danish Architecture Center (DAC) into a chronological passage from the past, to the present and the future. Beginning with the Big Bang, the oldest known point in time, the exhibition traverses the stairway of the BLOX building to lead visitors into the main gallery dedicated to the present: projects that currently populate the drawing boards, model workshops and databases across BIG’s studios worldwide and provide glimpses into our future.

“The Danish word for ‘design’ is ‘formgivning’ – which literally means, to give form to that which has not yet been given form. In other words: to give form to the future. And more specifically: to give form to the world that we would like to find ourselves living in – in the future. To create the sense of how the world around us has taken shape – and has been given form – from the past to the present – we have transformed the stairs of the Danish Architecture Center into a timeline counting down from the Big Bang to the present. Our projects provide glimpses of specific fragments of our future five, ten, and fifty years into the future. Rather than attempting to predict the future, we have the power to propose our future,” said Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner & Creative Director of BIG.

Returning to DAC since BIG’s first exhibition Yes is More launched in 2009, Kent Martinussen, CEO of the Danish Architecture Center states: “BIG is one of the most successful and innovative architectural firms of our time, and the man behind it, Bjarke Ingels, is a master at pushing boundaries, creating innovative architecture and redefining the value of architecture. DAC’s newest exhibition gives visitors a unique glimpse into the master’s own workshop and explains the design philosophy that is changing our world. We say we’re only limited by our imaginations, but BIG’s imagination is limitless.”

BIG Bjarke Ingels Group, Formgiving, Copenhagen, København, DAC, Danish Architecture Center, 2019At the core of BLOX, the main gallery hosts 71 projects grouped according to the Gifts they each give to their users, neighborhood, city, landscape and environment in the form of 10 strategies: Adapt, Show, Respond, Marry, Host, Lift, Bond, Productize, Grow and Pool.

Bjarke Ingels continues: “With each project, we have the ability and power as Formgivers to go above and beyond what we have been asked to do and give the world a Gift that no one asked for – but now that it has been given – the world would be a lesser place without it and future generations will be better for it. By giving a Gift to the future with every project we do, each groundbreaking becomes a concrete step towards a world that is more like our dreams: Pragmatic Utopia.”

The “Golden Gallery” dedicated to LEGO allows children and adults to imagine, co-create and co-habit the world they want to live and play in. 25 BIG-designed buildings are recreated in LEGO bricks by AFoL (Adult Fans of LEGO) master builders from all over the world. Each model is paired with the building’s three-dimensional digital information model that embodies all technical aspects of the project – from the functional layouts, structure and circulation to the mechanical services and materials – into a single digital twin of the built reality. With these two data points – the ‘low-res’ physical abstractions of the LEGO models and the ‘high-res’ digital specifications – visitors see the complexity behind the playful simplicity.

The timeline continues as visitors descend the stairs from the present to the Singularity: the furthest hypothetical point in time predicted by futurist Ray Kurzweil. Each stair landing expands on how we are currently giving form to the future of Thinking, Sensing, Making and Moving. The evolution of Thinking dives into the emergence of artificial and collective intelligence; Sensing goes beyond perceiving reality to creating virtual and augmented reality through a new virtual design platform Hyperform, developed in collaboration with Squint/Opera and UNStudio; Making spans manual construction to robotic manufacturing; and Moving takes us from the movement of life forms across planet Earth to the future of interplanetary migration.
BIG Bjarke Ingels Group, Formgiving, Copenhagen, København, DAC, Danish Architecture Center, 2019
A catalogue exploring the notion of Formgiving will be published by Taschen by the end of the year.

Formgiving was made possible due to the generous support from Realdania, Industriens Fond, Beckett Fonden, Lego, Ole Kirk's Fond and many of our sponsors: “The urban development of the future needs architects who can walk unexpected paths. Bjarke Ingels turns huge, global challenges into limitless possibilities. He is a Danish world phenomenon who mobilizes sustainable urban development with spirit, creativity and imagination. BIG shows us that architecture can be unpretentious and down to earth. Realdania is delighted to support this exhibition, which demonstrates through play and learning that architecture creates the framework for our lives and therefore has an impact on us all,” said Jesper Nygård, CEO of Realdania.

Text edit by BIG Bjarke Ingels Group
Hot to Cold: an odyssey of architectural adaptation, Washington D.C., National Building Museum, 24 january / 30 august 2015
BIG Recent Project, Tōkyō , GA Gallery Exhibition, 22 september / 4 november 2012
BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group. Yes is more, Bordeaux, Arc en rêve centre d’architecture, 17 june / 30 september 2010 - extended: 19 december 2010
Yes is More. Close-up: BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group, København (Copenhagen), DAC | Dansk Arkitektur Center, 21 february / 31 may 2009
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