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Final Winning Design Concepts Released for Resilience by Design's Bay Area Challenge

08:00 - 23 May, 2018
Final Winning Design Concepts Released for Resilience by Design's Bay Area Challenge

One year after the launch of Resilient by Design's Bay Area Challenge, the final nine design concepts have been selected. The Bay Area Challenge launched with a call to action to "bring together local residents, community organizations, public officials and local, national, and international experts to develop innovative solutions that will strengthen our region's resilience to sea level rise, severe storms, flooding, and earthquakes." The idea formulated as a “blueprint for resilience” that can be replicated and utilized locally and globally. Other urban challenges will also be addressed, including housing, transport, health and economic disparity as a means of not just protecting the current regions, but strengthening them.

The elite, collaborative teams include world-renowned designers like BIGMithun and HASSELL+.

Read on for more about each of the final design concepts.

The Estuary Commons: People, Place, and Path Forward - All Bay Collective. Image Courtesy of Resilient by Design The Estuary Commons: People, Place, and Path Forward - All Bay Collective. Image Courtesy of Resilient by Design Islais-Creek - Hyper Creek - BIG + ONE + Sherwood. Image Courtesy of Resilient by Design Islais-Creek - Hyper Creek - BIG + ONE + Sherwood. Image Courtesy of Resilient by Design + 46

Designs by Adjaye Associates, BIG, DS+R Released for Adelaide Contemporary Museum

18:10 - 11 May, 2018
Designs by Adjaye Associates, BIG, DS+R Released for Adelaide Contemporary Museum, © Adjaye Associates and BVN / Malcolm Reading Consultants
© Adjaye Associates and BVN / Malcolm Reading Consultants

Arts South Australia has unveiled 6 designs shortlisted in a competition for the Adelaide Contemporary, a new cultural destination in Australia's fifth-most populous city. The shortlist, which was announced in January, features a star-studded list of international practices, pairing some of Australia's most famous firms such as Woods Bagot, HASSELL, and Durbach Block Jaggers with international names such as Adjaye Associates, BIG, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, David Chipperfield Architects, and Ryue Nishizawa.

The Adelaide Contemporary is planned to transform the site of the former Royal Adelaide Hospital (oRAH), and will feature exhibition, research, and education spaces situated in a public sculpture park and community meeting place. The museum will also notably host the Gallery of Time, a first-of-its-kind space to exhibit Aboriginal art alongside art from Europe and Asia, inviting visitors to see Australian art in a global context. The six designs are now being displayed in an online gallery created by competition organizer Malcolm Reading Consultants, and in a public exhibition being held in Adelaide at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

© Adjaye Associates and BVN / Malcolm Reading Consultants © David Chipperfield Architects and SJB / Malcolm Reading Consultants © Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Woods Bagot / Malcolm Reading Consultants © HASSELL and SO-IL / Malcolm Reading Consultants + 25

New Photographs Explore BIG’s Waste-to-Energy Plant as Ski Slope Roof is Installed

12:00 - 8 May, 2018
New Photographs Explore BIG’s Waste-to-Energy Plant as Ski Slope Roof is Installed, © Aldo Amoretti
© Aldo Amoretti

Photographer Aldo Amoretti has captured new images of one of 2018’s most awaited projects, as the BIG designed Amager Bakke Waste-to-Energy Plant takes shape in Copenhagen, complete with an SLA-designed park and ski slope. The images show to the completed power plant, which opened in March 2017, while work progresses on the 170,000-square-foot (16,000-square-meter) park and ski slope that will cap the scheme.

Initially master planned by BIG, the unique design seeks to reclaim a typically unused element of a building for the public through the introduction of the nature-filled program. During summer months, the SLA-designed rooftop activity park will provide visitors with hiking trails, playgrounds, fitness structures, trail running, climbing walls, and of course, incredible views. In the winter, the park will be joined by over 1,640 feet (500 meters) of ski slopes designed by BIG.

© Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti + 45

Bjarke Ingels Takes Role as Chief Architect at WeWork

11:35 - 8 May, 2018
Bjarke Ingels Takes Role as Chief Architect at WeWork, CEO of WeWork Alex Neumann with Bjarke Ingels. Image © Alexei Hay
CEO of WeWork Alex Neumann with Bjarke Ingels. Image © Alexei Hay

WeWork has announced that Bjarke Ingels will be its new Chief Architect. Ingels, who has taken the architecture world by storm since founding BIG in 2005, will continue in his role as Founding Partner and Creative Director of his firm, however in his new role at WeWork he also "will offer his insights and ideas to extend and help us push the boundaries of architecture, real estate, technology, and design," explained WeWork today in a press statement.

Bjarke Ingels Features on Cover of Latest Issue of Surface Magazine

10:00 - 2 May, 2018
Bjarke Ingels Features on Cover of Latest Issue of Surface Magazine, © LEGO
© LEGO

In recent years, it seems like Bjarke Ingels has been everywhere you look; he has been profiled by The New Yorker, was named one of TIME Magazine's 100 most influential people in 2016, has given TED Talks, and featured in countless other documentaries, videos, and articles (yes, including many on ArchDaily). But there is one place he hasn't yet appeared: on the cover of Surface Magazine. Today, with the launch of Surface's May/June issue, that changes.

"When The New Yorker published Ian Parker’s 11,000-word story on BIG’s rise in 2012, I knew Surface should put a pause on any major coverage, at least for several years, just to see how the firm’s story would evolve," says Surface editor-in-chief Spencer Bailey to explain the magazine's apparent omission. "I think that inkling was right: BIG has grown to five hundred employees, twelve partners, and three offices, with twenty projects under construction and fifty in development. His clients include Google, WeWork, and Audemars Piguet. There’s so much to unpack now."

Courtesy of Google © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Rasmus Hjortshøj © BIG + 6

BIG, OMA, and MVRDV Among Shortlisted Firms for Melbourne Landmark Competition

12:00 - 27 April, 2018
BIG, OMA, and MVRDV Among Shortlisted Firms for Melbourne Landmark Competition, via Southbank by Beulah
via Southbank by Beulah

The shortlist for a new landmark project in Melbourne has been announced, comprising award-winning global architects such as Bjarke Ingels Group, MVRDV, and OMA. For the “Southbank by Beulah” mixed-use development, the shortlisted architects will engage in a design competition working in collaboration with local Australian firms, each producing a design proposal for Melbourne’s BMW Southbank site.

With an end value in excess of $2 billion, Southbank by Beulah will be the first large-scale private project adhering to the Australian Institute of Architecture guidelines, while the design competition will be chaired by a jury of seven regarded individuals from academic, architectural, property and government sectors.

Bjarke Ingels' Twisting High Line Towers Presented in New Art Installation

10:30 - 26 April, 2018
© Keshia Badalge
© Keshia Badalge

It was an early morning in Chelsea, and men in suits were standing around the street, ushering in guests into a dark, 12,000 square-foot exhibition space at the XI gallery. Inside, the room was lit by a centerpiece installation of the New York City skyline, sprawling upwards towards the ceiling with its reflection. Bjarke Ingels was going to unveil new plans for The XI (‘The Eleventh’), a pair of twisting towers set between 17th and 18th Streets and 10th and 11th Avenue. Es Devlin, a British artist who has stage-designed for Beyoncé and Katy Perry, was tapped by HFZ Capital Group to create three installations to present the project.

In the gallery, Bjarke Ingels's work is seen through a sculptural map of Manhattan constructed within a 30-foot wide concave hemisphere (Egg); a pair of illuminated towers gently rotating upon shimmering water (Dance); and a 360-degree film strip of Ingels and his sketches scrolling across a horseshoe-shaped room (Paper, Stone, Glass, Water).

“Evolution in constant motion,” Es Devlin told reporters as she gestured towards the curves of the dancing towers.

Bjarke laughed. “I’ll bring it down to pragmatism.”

BIG Unveils Images of Zig-Zag Ski Hotel in Switzerland

14:00 - 11 April, 2018
BIG Unveils Images of Zig-Zag Ski Hotel in Switzerland, Courtesy of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group
Courtesy of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled images of their proposed Audemars Piguet Hotel des Horlogers, a ski hotel set in the scenic Vallée de Joux, Switzerland. The compact scheme, designed in collaboration with Cche Architecture, is defined by a zig-zag form seamlessly integrated into the smooth topography of the surrounding valley, forming a connection with the nearly Musée Atelier.

Courtesy of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group Courtesy of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group Courtesy of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group Courtesy of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group + 16

Images Revealed of BIG's Latest New York City Skyscraper

12:40 - 3 April, 2018
Images Revealed of BIG's Latest New York City Skyscraper ,  Image <a href='https://newyorkyimby.com/2018/04/bjarke-ingels-designed-29th-5th-revealed-hfz-capitals-new-nomad-office-tower-at-3-west-29th-street.html'>via New York YIMBY</a>
Image via New York YIMBY

New York YIMBY has revealed initial renderings of BIG’s proposed office skyscraper at West 29th Street, New York, on the site of the old Bancroft Bank Building. Officially named “29th and 5th,” the scheme will offer a LEED-certified design focused on wellness and sustainability, featuring outdoor terraces stacked alongside a glass curtain façade.

 Image <a href='https://newyorkyimby.com/2018/04/bjarke-ingels-designed-29th-5th-revealed-hfz-capitals-new-nomad-office-tower-at-3-west-29th-street.html'>via New York YIMBY</a>  Image <a href='https://newyorkyimby.com/2018/04/bjarke-ingels-designed-29th-5th-revealed-hfz-capitals-new-nomad-office-tower-at-3-west-29th-street.html'>via New York YIMBY</a>  Image <a href='https://newyorkyimby.com/2018/04/bjarke-ingels-designed-29th-5th-revealed-hfz-capitals-new-nomad-office-tower-at-3-west-29th-street.html'>via New York YIMBY</a>  Image <a href='https://newyorkyimby.com/2018/04/bjarke-ingels-designed-29th-5th-revealed-hfz-capitals-new-nomad-office-tower-at-3-west-29th-street.html'>via New York YIMBY</a> + 8

BIG's Shenzhen International Energy Mansion Captured by Laurian Ghinitoiu

08:00 - 24 March, 2018
BIG's Shenzhen International Energy Mansion Captured by Laurian Ghinitoiu, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

The Shenzhen International Energy Mansion is the main headquarters of the Shenzhen Energy Company in China. In designing the building, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) paid special attention to one feature: the building's facade. The firm knew that in such a tropical climate, using a traditional curtain wall glass envelope would overheat the buildings and make people crank up their air conditioners. What BIG came up with in their winning design, and what is now the building's most defining feature, is a folded, origami-like facade. This facade provides high insulation and diffuses incoming sunlight, while reflecting the strongest rays onto solar panels.

Laurian Ghinitoiu points his lens towards this uncommon facade design and places the skyscraper within the lively metropolitan context of Shenzhen, China. 

© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu + 13

Celebrate World Water Day With These 20 Designs That Feature Water Elements

08:00 - 22 March, 2018
© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG

March 22 is World Water Day, an annual international celebration launched and organized by the United Nations. The goal of the day is to raise awareness about a wide range of water-based issues from around the world. This year’s theme is “Nature From Water”, which invites everyone to think about how nature can provide solutions to the water challenges we face today. 

To celebrate World Water Day this year, we’ve rounded up 20 of our favorite projects that utilize water as a central design feature. Whether it be Zumthor's Thermal Vals or Chritso and Jeanne-Claude's Floating Piers, water has been playing an important role in architectural design and in demarcating the boundaries of nature against our built environment.

@ Anders Sune Berd © Felipe Díaz Contardo © Ahmad El Mad © Yao Li + 21

BIG Unveils Bow-Shaped Design for National Theatre of Albania

12:00 - 15 March, 2018
BIG Unveils Bow-Shaped Design for National Theatre of Albania, Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has released images of its bow-shaped National Theatre of Albania, responding to a thriving performance art scene in the nation’s capital. Situated in the cultural heart of downtown Tirana, the scheme seeks to create new urban gathering places for a pedestrian-focused district, while casting the theater as a performer in its own right.

Situated on a cultural axis, adjacent to public landmarks such as Skanderbeg Square, the National Opera, and the National Art Gallery, BIG’s scheme will replace the existing theater while adding three new performance spaces, a rooftop amphitheater, and a covered public space underneath the building.

Courtesy of BIG Courtesy of BIG Courtesy of BIG Courtesy of BIG + 6

New Rendering Shows Off the Final Design of BIG's Twisting High Line Towers as Construction Moves Forward

12:20 - 12 March, 2018
New Rendering Shows Off the Final Design of BIG's Twisting High Line Towers as Construction Moves Forward, © DBOX
© DBOX

Construction is moving along quickly on The Eleventh, BIG’s twisting residential towers located near Chelsea Piers on New York City’s High Line park.

A new rendering released of the project shows the design in its final form (developed through a series of iterations), standing out even amongst notable neighbors including Frank Gehry’s IAC Building, Jean Nouvel’s 100 11th Avenue and Foster + Partners’ 551 West 21st Street.

Lessons From the Latest Bjarke Ingels Documentary: Don’t Let Your Next Building Be Your Last

09:30 - 12 March, 2018

What if the one thing that makes BIG "BIG" was suddenly stripped away right at the apex of its potential? That's the question posed by the trailer for Kaspar Astrup Schrøder’s documentary BIG TIME, which ominously illustrated a possible problem with Bjarke Ingels’ health.

Schrøder's documentary highlights the intense journey of Bjarke Ingels, the founder of Bjarke Ingels Group, through the past few years of his life. This unique insight into what exactly it's like to be an architect on top of the world ultimately poses a question that needs to be answered by anyone seeking to reshape the world through design. How do you handle the responsibility of forming the future you want to live in?

BIG and Carlo Ratti Associati Reveal Design for One of Singapore's Tallest Buildings

11:10 - 12 February, 2018
© BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group & VMW
© BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group & VMW

Bjarke Ingels Group and Carlo Ratti Associati have broken ground on 88 Market Street, a new skyscraper at the heart of Singapore's business district. Transforming a site which was previously occupied by a parking structure from the 1980s, the 280-meter-tall building will include plentiful greenery both on its facades and internally. Inside, the building will include offices, 299 serviced residential units, and ancillary retail space.

© BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group © BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group © BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group © BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group + 15

Bjarke Ingels: "No Matter How Wonderful a Building Is, If There Is No Client, It Doesn't Get Built"

08:00 - 2 February, 2018
Bjarke Ingels: "No Matter How Wonderful a Building Is, If There Is No Client, It Doesn't Get Built", Bjarke Ingels en la pasada edición del Congreso Internacional de Arte, Arquitectura y Diseño UDESIGN 2017. Image Cortesía de UDEM
Bjarke Ingels en la pasada edición del Congreso Internacional de Arte, Arquitectura y Diseño UDESIGN 2017. Image Cortesía de UDEM

In just 13 years since its inception, Danish firm BIG has earned world renown for its inventive architecture and its founder, Bjarke Ingels, has become one of the most popular names in the architectural world. However, with success comes criticism; BIG has been called out by some critics for what they believe is the "infantilization of architecture," referring to their designs as isolated, self-admiring and solely photogenic.

On her most recent visit to Spain, Spanish journalist Anatxu Zabalbeascoa spoke with Ingels about the impact of the Danish office on architecture and how their work wavers on a tightrope between "breakthrough projects for the world of the powerful" and "a face for people who are not happy with existing architectural models."

Fine Arts Commission on BIG's Smithsonian Plans: "It's Not Good Design"

16:00 - 25 January, 2018
Fine Arts Commission on BIG's Smithsonian Plans: "It's Not Good Design", Courtesy of BIG. Rendering by Brick Visual
Courtesy of BIG. Rendering by Brick Visual

Despite 3 years of community input and redesign, BIG’s plans for the new Smithsonian Institution Campus Master Plan in Washington, D.C., has been met with skepticism from the Commission of Fine Arts, one of the two federal agencies charged with approving the plan.

6 Star-Studded Teams Shortlisted in Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition

14:30 - 23 January, 2018
6 Star-Studded Teams Shortlisted in Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition, An aerial view of downtown Adelaide. The University of Adelaide can be seen on the left side of the photo. © Wikimedia user Normangerman at English Wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
An aerial view of downtown Adelaide. The University of Adelaide can be seen on the left side of the photo. © Wikimedia user Normangerman at English Wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Update 1/23/18: The jury for the competition has been announced as the architects arrive on site for walkthroughs.

Six star-studded teams have been shortlisted in the Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition, which is seeking to create a new contemporary art museum and public sculpture park on a significant site near the University of Adelaide and the Adelaide Botanic Garden in Adelaide, Australia.

Selected from 107 teams made up of over 500 individual firms, the six shortlisted teams were chosen through the “outstanding quality” of their initial submissions and for the complementary strengths of each of the team members.

 “This is an extraordinarily rich list of diverse creative partnerships of architects looking to complement their talents by working with both peers and smaller talented practices. The final decision was very demanding but these are the teams that convinced us through the outstanding quality of their submissions,” said Nick Mitzevich, Director, Art Gallery of South Australia.