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Bjarke Ingels: The Latest Architecture and News

Bjarke Ingels on New Spiral Museum for Swiss Watchmaker

The new museum by BIG for Swiss luxury watchmaker Audemars Piguet is set to open to the public next May. As featured in WSJ. Magazine, the project was designed as an extension to their headquarters in Le Brassus, near Le Chenit. Conceived as a spiraling glass pavilion in the landscape, the design will take visitors on a narrative journey through the company's 139-year history.

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BIG Unveils New Gateway for Milan's CityLife District

Bjarke Ingels Group have unveiled their design for The Portico, a 53,500-square-meter development on the last two remaining plots of the CityLife masterplan in Milan, Italy. CityLife presented the proposal with two individual buildings connected by a 140m long hanging roof structure to form a generous urban-scale entrance to the city.

The Portico - CityLife Milan. Image Courtesy of Beauty and The Bit The Portico - CityLife Milan. Image Courtesy of Beauty and The Bit The Portico - CityLife Milan. Image Courtesy of Beauty and The Bit The Portico - CityLife Milan. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group + 9

TED Talk: Bjarke Ingels Explores Living and Building on Mars

Bjarke Ingels Group has been working on the Mars Science City project after the United Arab Emirates announced the initiative in 2017. The $140 Million USD (AED 500 million) research city aims to serve as a “viable and realistic model” for the simulation of human occupation of the martian landscape. The project is designed with a team of Emirati scientists, engineers and designers from the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center.

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Spotlight: Bjarke Ingels

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels (born 2 October 1974) is often cited as one of the most inspirational architects of our time. At an age when many architects are just beginning to establish themselves in professional practice, Ingels has already won numerous competitions and achieved a level of critical acclaim (and fame) that is rare for new names in the industry. His work embodies a rare optimism that is simultaneously playful, practical, and immediately accessible.

Denmark Pavilion, Shanghai Expo 2010. Image © Iwan Baan VM Houses / BIG + JDS. Image Courtesy of BIG Danish National Maritime Museum. Image © Rasmus Hjortshõj 2016 Serpentine Pavilion. Image © Iwan Baan + 28

Bjarke Ingels Reflects on his Waste-Energy Ski Slope Plant in Copenhagen

Bjarke Ingels has featured in a new documentary about BIG’s Amager Bakke waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen. Known for its iconic ski slope, the hybrid plant produces district heating for 60,000 households annually from waste generated in Copenhagen, and electricity for 30,000 houses.

First Look at the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion

Japanese architect Junya Ishigami's 2019 Serpentine Pavilion is taking shape in London. A series of photographs by Laurian Ghinitoiu showcase the project and its flowing, free-form roof. Ishigami is the second-youngest designer of the pavilion, and his work is known for a light and ephemeral approach. The design for the 2019 pavilion takes the form of a slate sheet rising from the landscape of the park, held up by pilotis that form an interior field.

2019 Serpentine Pavilion. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu 2019 Serpentine Pavilion. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu 2019 Serpentine Pavilion. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu 2019 Serpentine Pavilion. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu + 12

Listen to Bjarke Ingels' Time Sensitive Podcast about his Life and Architecture

Media channel the slowdown has released the latest episode in their Time Sensitive podcast series, featuring an interview by Andrew Zuckerman with BIG founder Bjarke Ingels. The episode, titled “Bjarke Ingels to Cities: Take a Longer View,” sees Ingels communicate the value and world-changing potential of architecture, and reflect on his own career.

BIG's Vortex-Shaped Glasir College Opens in the Faroe Islands

Bjarke Ingels Group.'s vortex-shaped education center has opened in the Faroe Islands. The Glasir Tórshavn College combines three schools under one roof in an area of over 19,000 square meters. Made to celebrates the Faroese landscape, the project includes the Faroe Islands Gymnasium, Tórshavn Technical College and the Business College. The design features glass façades that are mounted in a sawtooth shingle to form the building's circular shape.

Glasir Tórshavn College. Image © Rasmus Hjortshoj Glasir Tórshavn College. Image © Rasmus Hjortshoj Glasir Tórshavn College. Image © Rasmus Hjortshoj Glasir Tórshavn College. Image © Rasmus Hjortshoj + 10

Construction Begins on BIG's Spiral Skyscraper in Manhattan

© Tishman Speyer
© Tishman Speyer

Construction has begun on “The Spiral,” a 1,031-foot-tall project in New York’s Hudson Yards designed by Bjarke Ingels Group. The fifth supertall to be added to the area, The Spiral was commissioned by developer Tishman Speyer as part of the ongoing revitalization of the Midtown West region of Manhattan.

The tower is named after its defining feature - an "ascending ribbon of lively green spaces" that extend the High Line "to the sky," says Bjarke Ingels. The scheme will offer 2.85 million of office space, with the anchor tenant Pfizer occupying 18 floors, according to New York YIMBY.

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BIG Designs New Gondola for Oakland Athletics Baseball Team

Bjarke Ingels Group has designed an expansive cable-car system to connect to the new Oakland Athletics baseball stadium. The new stadium will replace the Oakland A’s existing 51-year-old Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum as a waterfront “jewel box” at Howard Terminal. At the Oakland A’s FanFest, the A’s President Dave Kaval unveiled the new Gondola connecting the Oakland Convention Center to Water Street at Jack London Square. The zero-emission transit line will provide residents and visitors with a way to see the A’s play in their future ballpark.

Oakland Athletics Stadium. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group Oakland Gondola. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group Oakland Gondola. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group Oakland Gondola. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group + 5

121 Definitions of Architecture

There are at least as many definitions of architecture as there are architects or people who comment on the practice of it. While some embrace it as art, others defend architecture’s seminal social responsibility as its most definitive attribute. To begin a sentence with “Architecture is” is a bold step into treacherous territory. And yet, many of us have uttered — or at least thought— “Architecture is…” while we’ve toiled away on an important project, or reflected on why we’ve chosen this professional path.

Most days, architecture is a tough practice; on others, it is wonderfully satisfying. Perhaps, though, most importantly, architecture is accommodating and inherently open to possibility.

This collection of statements illustrates the changing breadth of architecture’s significance; we may define it differently when talking among peers, or adjust our statements for outsiders.

Federico Babina's "Archivoids" Depicts the Invisible Masses left by Famous Architects

Italian artist Federico Babina has published the latest in his impressive portfolio of architectural illustrations. “Archivoid” seeks to “sculpt invisible masses of space” through the reading of negatives – using the architectural language of famous designers past and present, from Frank Lloyd Wright to Bjarke Ingels.

Babina’s images create an inverse point of view, a reversal of perception for an alternative reading of space, and reality itself. Making negative space his protagonist, Babina traces the “Architectural footprints” of famous architects, coupling mysterious geometries with a vibrant color scheme.

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New Renderings Revealed for BIG's King Street West in Toronto

KING Toronto. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group
KING Toronto. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group

Bjarke Ingels Group has revealed new images for their King Street West condo community in Toronto. The development was formed as sets of pixels extruded upwards to create space for housing, retail and boutique offices. The concept was made to avoid the footprints of heritage buildings that already exist on site. The latest renderings revealed both interior and exterior images of the striking new development.

KING Toronto. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group KING Toronto. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group KING Toronto. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group KING Toronto. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group + 11