BIG designs the new headquarters for Danish supply chain company, Dymak. Located in Denmark’s third largest city, Odense, the 2800 m2 building includes offices, showroom space and shared facilities for sports and socializing, supporting a dynamic work environment. Mainly constructed in cross-laminated timber, the new HQ is conceived as a circular building body, topped with an undulating roof covered in PVCs, angled for harvesting solar energy throughout the year as well as to provide shade and reduce noise pollution for the inner open-air courtyard.
The project combines the efforts of BIG LEAP – BIG’s Architecture, Landscape, Engineering and Product Design teams – and is designed to achieve DGNB Gold and Heart Certification.”
Google Bay View has won the Facade Tectonic Institute’s 2023 Vitruvian Award in the category “Outstanding New Facade (Low Rise)”. The award ceremony was held on September 19 at the Center for Architecture in New York.
Hosted annually by the Facade Tectonics Institute (FTI), the Vitruvian Award “seeks to recognize unprecedented innovation and achievements in the field of facade design and delivery,” according to the FTI website.
Co-designed by BIG and Heatherwick, Google Bay View is composed of a series of large canopy structures that allows the entire workspace to be open and connected under one roof. Access to natural light and views with reduced glare during working hours were priority design elements, achieved through the use of carefully-placed clerestory windows. Its first-of-its-kind “dragonscale” solar skin roof equipped with 50,000 silver solar panels generates a total of nearly seven megawatts of energy.
As reported by Forbes Czech Republic, the Vltava Philharmonic Hall is featured in a new exhibition at the Centre for Architecture and Urban Planning in Prague, entitled Prague Tomorrow? The City and the River. The exhibition explores twenty-five upcoming projects that will activate the Vltava River in the Czech capital.
The Vltava Philharmonic Hall will be the country’s first national concert hall in over 100 years, becoming the new home of the world-class philharmonic for 1800+ audiences that will celebrate the Czech music tradition and cement the country as a cultural capital in Europe.
“The Vltava Philharmonic Hall is composed as a meandering journey from riverbank to rooftop. Public flows and belvedere plazas unite the city life of Prague to the music within. Its halls are formed for sight, fine-tuned for sound, and orchestrated for functionality and connectivity. From this rhythmic structure, a symphony of colonnades and balconies extend as platforms for public life. Expressive yet pragmatic, the new Philharmonic will ascend to form a key landmark for Prague – from river to roof.” Bjarke Ingels, Founder & Partner, BIG.
On the 25th anniversary of the establishment of Hudson River Park, New York Times reporter Jane Margolies writes about the 550-acre park’s impact on the transformation of Manhattan’s West Side. Hudson River Park, which draws 17 million visits a year and is the largest park in Manhattan besides Central Park, has helped spur real estate development on the borough’s West Side, including the residential development VIA 57 West designed by BIG.
Bjarke Ingels was featured on a recent episode of business podcast Masters of Scale, recorded live at the Masters of Scale Summit in San Francisco. In the episode, host Reid Hoffman calls upon four entrepreneurs to share one lesson for tackling world issues and offer their strategies for taking on society’s most complex challenges.
Bjarke’s contribution focused on how to utilize sustainable design to build a better future and shared the importance of finding our “why” to create actionable solutions for the difficult challenges of today, including climate change, which propelled the creation of his Plan for the Planet initiative.
Manhattan’s Stuyvesant Cove Park welcomes Solar One Environmental Education Center, a dynamic center for environmental innovation and learning designed by BIG, which has now officially started construction. In collaboration with NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Gilbane, our design for non-profit Solar One’s new home and Environmental Education Center will be a hub for environmental innovation, events and learning. The center will also act as a gateway to the northernmost point of Manhattan’s East Side Coastal Resiliency Waterfront Redevelopment designed by BIG in collaboration with AKRF, ONE and MNLA.
Solar One Environmental Education Center will be located at 23rd Street and Avenue C on the East River coastline. It will be occupied by the non-profit group Solar One, whose mission is to design and deliver innovative education, training and technical assistance that fosters sustainability and resiliency in diverse urban environments. The 6,362-square-foot, two-story building, commissioned by Solar One along with NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Gilbane Building Company, will replace the former Solar One building at the same site, which replace the former Solar One building at the same site, which became a refuge for area residents in Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath by providing recharging capabilities to nearby hospitals when the entire energy grid went down south of 34th Street.
The Solar One Environmental Education Center is slated to open in 2024.
The London Borough of Southwark Planning Committee has approved the design for our building design within Canada Water Dockside.
The reserved matters applications approved by Southwark Council include detailed plans for two commercially-led buildings: A1, designed by BIG; and A2 by HWKN Architecture, plus the new public realm by Townshend Landscape Architects.
Our project, building A1, is within Art-Invest Real Estate’s 1.5 million sq. ft. commercially-led landmark development, which was masterplanned by BIG and is one of London’s largest developments that sits at the heart of the Canada Water regeneration neighbourhood, located next to Canada Water itself.
“The proposed design of building A1 was conceived as an antidote to the traditional idea of air-conditioned glass boxes as a place of work. Natural ventilation, garden terraces and a spectacular ground floor inviting cyclists and pedestrians equally, are all incorporated into a building that takes the form of five sustainable buildings stacked on top of each other, with a twist,” says Andy Young, Partner at BIG.
Google Bay View is featured in World-Architect’s exhibition tour in collaboration with the Architect@Work venues. The exhibition will feature 40 projects from its members worldwide and tour through 15 European countries, beginning in Hamburg, Germany on September 13th.
Designed by BIG and Heatherwick, Google Bay View is Google’s first-ever ground-up campus with the mission to operate on carbon-free energy 24 hours a day, seven days a week by 2030. Anchored in three themes defined by Google’s design brief at the beginning of the project – innovation, nature and community – the design is driven by flexibility and extraordinary user experience that inspires collaboration and co-creation.
Born out of a desire to innovate the construction industry, BIG and AM Hub explores a new methodology for the application of additive manufacturing that optimizes print time and material usage with a composite system design.
The result is I AM MSHRM, a rapidly deployable and easily assembled system consisting of 3D printed frame elements, made from plastic waste and locally sourced sugarcane and cornstarch, filled with mycelium. The frame elements are bespoke in geometry, yet modular in their assembly logic and are printed as a structural exoskeleton that is completed by the mycelium composite grown within, adding rigidity and enclosure. The system is designed to be further developed to be utilized in a future rapidly deployable emergency shelter system and eventually a complete building.
“In collaboration with AM Hub, we researched and developed a 3D printed deployable, innovative frame system filled with mycelium. The goal has been to develop a new system of building that can do more with less. Less construction waste because printing eliminates the need for molds and scaffolds, less organic waste because our building literally takes trash and turns it into building blocks and less carbon because we have invented a bio-based plastic panel system that optimizes material properties.” – Catherine Huang, Partner, BIG
Zurich Airport is honouring its 75th anniversary this weekend with a three-day celebration from September 1st to 3rd.
Since its opening in 1948, Zurich Airport has become one of the most important aviation hubs in Europe. Following the airport’s previous additions of Dock E, the Airside Center and The Circle, BIG is designing the airport’s new main terminal, Dock A.
Our design of the 74.750 m2 Dock A is conceived as a mass timber space frame that is structural design, spatial experience, architectural finish and organizational principle in one. The structure is made from locally sourced timber, and the roof is entirely clad in solar shingles turning sunlight into a power source. Dock A will include Schengen and Non-Schengen gates, airside retail, lounges, offices, the new air traffic control tower and an extension of the immigration hall.
North American 3D-printing construction technology company ICON has launched Initiative 99, a global architecture competition calling architects and designers to submit 3D-printed housing designs that can be built for under $99,000.
A selection of winning designs will be built by ICON and showcased as models for future affordable housing. Bjarke Ingels will join an expert panel of architects, academics and policymakers to judge the competition, which is officially open for entries and offers a total prize of $1 million.
BIGsters walked in the Copenhagen Pride Parade alongside 15 Danish architecture studios under the banner Architects Together in support and celebration of diversity, inclusivity and acceptance for all members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
The Architects Together initiative was developed in collaboration with Copenhagen-based architecture offices Cobe, EFFEKT, PLH Arkitekter, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, ADEPT, Holscher Nordberg, Dorte Mandrup, Gehl Architects, LINK Arkitektur, Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, Henning Larsen, Gottlieb Paludan Architects, SLA, C.F. Møller Architects and 3XN.
A demonstration plant for carbon capture has been installed on the chimney of CopenHill, which will be able to capture up to 4 metric tons CO2 daily. Running until summer 2024, the demonstration plant washes the carbon out of flue gas and binds it in a liquid. Followingly, it is transported to a local farm on the island of Zealand, Denmark, to be used as fertilizer. The goal of the demonstration plant is to build on learnings to commission a full-scale carbon capture unit, which will be able to capture up to 500,000 tons of CO2 annually.
On the mission to end single-use plastic in the hospitality sector, TURN Systems & BIG Products teamed up to design a system of reusable cups, return bins and on-site washing facilities.
As reported by Fast Company, the latest pilot program with Starbucks aims to reduce the company’s current use of around 6 billion disposable cups annually worldwide. We couldn’t be more excited to be part of this journey!
The TURN cups are produced with recycled polypropylene, aluminium or stainless steel and can be reused up to 120 times, by returning them to the Smart Bins for quick, efficient, and safe dispensing. The Smart Washer, a mobile truck, washes the cups 5x faster than a traditional dishwasher, as well as tracks the number of cups being returned, calculating the environmental benefit. Other partnerships include Live Nation, Oak View Group, Pepsi, and Delta.
By introducing the TURN system, Starbucks is hoping to incentivize customers to opt for a more climate friendly option when ordering their coffee: “For customers, seeing is believing—if reusable cups are offered and used more, customers will start thinking about it for every visit as the norm,” says Amy Wang, Director for Global Reusables Strategy at Starbucks.
The Spiral has secured three more tenants to occupy its space in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards in New York City. The three financial firms will take a combined 112,000 square feet in the 66-story, 2.8 million-square-foot tower, continuing the steady drumbeat of leasing activity at The Spiral and reflecting the desire of tenants to still occupy modern, high-end and energy efficient properties.
The 1,005 ft high-rise is a unique hybrid that intertwines a continuous green pathway with workspaces on every level. The building sets a new standard for the contemporary workplace, where nature becomes an integrated part of the work environment while spatial features are continuously adaptable to the changing needs of the tenants and their organizations.
“Designed for the people that occupy it, The Spiral ensures that every floor of the tower opens up to the outdoors, creating hanging gardens and cascading atria that connect the open floor plates from the ground floor to the summit into a single uninterrupted workspace.” – Bjarke Ingels, Founder & Creative Director, BIG
The Chainsmokers, in collaboration with The Blumenfeld Development Group and creative agency NOISE, are sponsoring a one-year artist residency program at The Smile, designed by BIG, to help support emerging musicians in New York City. The winner will receive an apartment equipped with a music studio in The Smile, free of charge for the duration of the year.
The Smile, located between 125th Street and 126th Street in Manhattan’s Harlem neighborhood, encourages community engagement through a retail space and two-story gallery. The Smile’s unique T-shaped footprint offers a diverse set of unit sizes and layout organizations, creating a dynamic component to the evolving Harlem streetscape.
La Vanguardia covers the expansion of BIG’s office in Barcelona which has grown to over 80 employees since its opening in 2019. Led by Partner João Albuquerque, the office focuses on projects in Europe’s southern region, and is currently developing the new FarFetch HQ in the hills of Porto, the Joint Research Center in Sevilla for the European Commission, and the Gastronomy Open Ecosystem in the heart of San Sebastián among others. In the Fall of 2023, the office will be relocating to a new space in Ronda de Sant Pere in central Barcelona.
The Dumbo Improvement District recently unveiled new BIG-designed street furniture and planters along Washington Street. Designed for the Open Streets program, the pixelated modules aim to expand the sidewalks of Brooklyn’s most photogenic street into literal platforms for urban life and wildlife.
“Now, we have a smart, gorgeous design that will draw in visitors and locals alike,” says Alexandria Sica, president of the Dumbo Improvement District. “Space for a coffee catchup with a colleague, a game of Uno with your besties, and yes, that perfect shot.”
As a part of Bentley’s Extraordinary Journey travel series, the car manufacturer has developed a curated road trip for discovering Scandinavian architecture. The trip transports participants from Stockholm to Copenhagen in Bentley’s cars, stopping for selected experiences showcasing Nordic design and food along the way. BIG’s Copenhagen office acts as the final stop of the trip, offering guests a tour of the studio and insights into our practice.
Images of the first model home in the biggest 3D-printed housing development in the world have been unveiled. Designed by BIG alongside home construction company Lennar and 3D-printing construction-tech startup ICON, the housing development is an expansion of the Wolf Ranch community, located just north of Austin, Texas.
Over one-third of the new neighbourhood’s printing work, executed by ICON’s fleet of Vulcan robot printer systems, is now complete. These printers excrete “lavacrete” — a proprietary “high strength” concrete — that hardens into the walls of units’ walls.
The 3D-printed buildings are “significant steps towards reducing waste in the construction process, as well as towards making our homes more resilient, sustainable and energy self-sufficient,” said Martin Voelkle, Partner at BIG NYC.
CapitaSpring has received the President*s Design Award (P*DA), Singapore’s highest honour for designers and designs across all disciplines, in the category of 2023 Design of the Year. Designed jointly by BIG and CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati in collaboration with RSP, the 51-storey mixed-use development is situated in the heart of Singapore’s financial district and reinforces Singapore’s reputation as a garden city with its vertical exploration of tropical urbanism.
“The P*DA remains steadfast in celebrating the impact of design. This year, the P*DA recipients have made a compelling case for how design can improve the lives of people from all walks of life, demonstrating the maturing of Singapore’s design industry as they work across disciplines to build a better world by design,” says Dawn Lim, Executive Director of DesignSingapore Council.
Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet and the Hôtel de Horlogers are detailed in a travel article about Lausanne and the Joux Valley published by The New York Times. The piece features new images of the site in Le Brassus, captured by Clara Tuma.
“Designed by the Bjarke Ingels Group, the museum rises out of an adjacent pasture. The building coils like the spring of a watch, never appearing to stop, rather like time itself,” writes Christopher Solomon. “Where the museum curves, the hotel is all angles. It zigzags from street level down to that same pasture, the jutting gray concrete of each turn as raw as an exposed ridgeline. Each turn exposes a new floor, and gives each of the hotel’s 50 rooms its own unobstructed view through floor-to-ceiling windows across the pasture to cows grazing and the Risoud Forest beyond.”
The Financial Times Globetrotter has developed a 28km cycling route that takes in nine of BIG’s Copenhagen projects, including early works such as the 8 House and Copenhagen Harbour Baths, as well as CopenHill, Noma and the soon-to-be completed Kaktus Towers and BIG HQ in Nordhavn.
Kai-Uwe Bergmann is interviewed in an episode of This Is DesignIntelligence, a podcast series that focuses on the built environment. During the episode, entitled “Designing Value: Forming the Future,” Kai talks about what inspired him to become an architect, why he believes every project he designs needs to provide something new to the community, and the forgotten opportunity where design professionals can provide value.
Bjarke Ingels spoke as part of the keynote dialogue at the UIA World Congress of Architects in Copenhagen, which gathered 6.000 architects from around the world. Together with Margrethe Vesterager, Executive Vice President of the European Commission for a Europe fit for the Digital Age, the two discussed how businesses and institutions can contribute to shaping a more sustainable and equitable future in the built environment.
Pope Francis invited Bjarke Ingels and other creatives to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vatican Museum’s Modern & Contemporary Collections at the Sistine Chapel. In his speech, Pope Francis emphasized the significance of art in human existence, and encouraged the invited creatives to continue to act as catalysts for change in society, underlining that they have the ability to dream new versions of the world by which they propel humanity forward.
Västerås Travel Center receives planning permission by the City’s Executive Building Committee. Located at the heart of one of Sweden’s largest cities, Västerås, the namesake Travel Center will bring together several modes of transport in an integrated, 17.000 m2 mobility hub, and become an important node redefining the city’s infrastructure and landscape.
Connecting to the existing urban fabric, Västerås Travel Center is designed to unite all transportation functions such as railway, buses and bicycles, as well as bridge the city center and the nearby Lake Mälaren — areas currently divided by train tracks.
“Västerås’ new Travel Center brings the entire city’s infrastructural hub together on one landscape, under one roof. The travel center is designed as a piece of social infrastructure, shaped for the flow of people and public life. We wanted to celebrate movement and create a welcoming, warm and transparent mobility hub that becomes an important social and economic node redefining the city’s infrastructure and landscape” – Bjarke Ingels, Creative Director and Founder, BIG
The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2023 shortlists the ’50 Queens’ exhibition in the Sustainable Development Goals category. Developed by BIG Landscape Partner, Giulia Frittoli and Partner, David Zahle, in collaboration with Golden Days and Kunsthal Charlottenborg, the exhibition represents SDG 05: Gender Equality.
First exhibited in Copenhagen last year, ’50 Queens’ was a sculptural takeover of Copenhagen’s iconic King’s Square – temporarily renamed to Queen’s Square – featuring notable women in Danish history with the mission to bring more diversity to the city’s many male statues and celebrate Denmark’s fearless women.
“Our exhibition celebrates the untold stories of women who have made significant contributions to Danish history but haven’t yet been properly recognized. As more focus is brought to issues of social justice and equality, we are so proud and honored to contribute to the conversation and give a voice to those who haven’t been heard. With 50 Queens, I hope we can raise awareness about the importance of gender equality and social diversity in our cities and public spaces to inform how we can improve our urban communities of today and plan for more equal cities of tomorrow,” says Giulia Frittoli, Partner, BIG
Metropolis Magazine names CapitaSpring one of the architectural jewels of Singapore in a story exploring the development and architectural creativity of the city’s built environment. The 51-storey high-rise’s facade consists of vertical elements, pulled apart to reveal glimpses into the green oases blooming from the base, core and rooftop, creating a dynamic interplay of orthogonal lines and lush greenery throughout.
Andy Young, partner at BIG London, spoke at ING Media’s recent panel held in London on June 14th for a free-flowing discussion on how London’s built environment contributes to its global soft power. The panel, titled ‘Soft power, common ground: what can London learn from the world’s cities?’, covered topics relating to architecture’s place in the soft power conversation and how it’s leveraged worldwide, including how London uses places and spaces to maximise its identity on the world stage, what it can learn from its neighbours, and how one quantifies ‘soft power’ to begin with.
The construction phase for Google Caribbean in Sunnyvale, Santa Clara County approaches its finish line with facade installation nearly complete.
Straddling the West Channel waterway, the campus features two sibling hillsides that gently rise out of the landscape to form zig-zagging roof gardens. Walking paths and bike lanes originating from the Bay Trail meander up the roof-scape, allowing inhabitants to walk or bike straight to and from their desks. Under these lush gardens, cascading floor plates form an interconnected space for the workforce, each flooded with magnificent double height north light, expansive views to the bay, and instant access to nature. The south facades are punctured with active quadruple-height porches forming the social heart of the building, as the activities spill out on to Caspian Drive – the new social street for the neighborhood. The Google Hillside campus combines innovative workplace, bountiful nature, three-dimensional pathways, and a lively public realm.
The ‘50 Queens’ exhibition wins Gold at the Creative Circle Awards in the Spatial Design category. Developed by BIG Landscape Partner, Giulia Frittoli and Partner, David Zahle in collaboration with Golden Days and Kunsthal Charlottenborg, it celebrates the untold stories of 50 significant women with the mission to bring more gender diversity to Copenhagen’s public spaces.
’50 Queens’ was first exhibited at the King’s Square in the heart of Copenhagen in September 2022, and the pedestals have since then travelled to various locations throughout the country, most recently to the Bloom Festival where they were installed in the Søndermarken Park in Frederiksberg, Denmark.
CapitaSpring has been awarded at the 2023 ULI Asia Pacific Awards for Excellence, a programme dedicated to highlighting 10 of the most remarkable development efforts in the Asia Pacific region. Located in the heart of Singapore’s financial district, the 280-meter-tall highrise creates a diverse neighborhood of places to work, live and play in a vertical exploration of tropical urbanism.
“This year’s winners demonstrated exceptional innovation and practice in land use, particularly in terms of establishing a deep connection with the community in which they are located, enriching liveability, and elevating connectivity to surrounding amenities”, said David Faulkner, President, ULI Asia Pacific.
BIG joins forces with clothing brand Vollebak to create Vollebak Island, a small self-sustained adventure village off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, in the spectacular Jeddore Harbour.
The 11-acre ‘home of adventure’ will feature the central Earth House, a series of nine interconnected buildings clustered under a man-made hill, and the resilient Wood House annex, a standalone garden suite structure on the island’s eastern shoreline. Fully powered by carbon neutral energy, each room in the village is made from its own unique material – stacked seaweed, compacted earth, hemp, glass brick or locally sourced stone – tailored for the specific use and experience of that particular room.
“Vollebak is using technology and material innovation to create clothes that are as sustainable and resilient as they are beautiful. In other words, the fashion equivalent of BIG’s architectural philosophy of Hedonistic Sustainability. For Vollebak Island, we incorporate local tradition elevated by global innovation in a self-sustained manmade ecosystem,” -Bjarke Ingels, Founder & Creative Director, BIG.
Vollebak Island and BIG’s design vision will be auctioned as part of Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions’ Exceptional Global Properties sale at Sotheby’s New York on 14 June.
BIG’s founder and creative director Bjarke Ingels was interviewed for the 300th episode of USModernist® Radio, a podcast from one of the largest digital archives for Modernist residential design. During the episode, host George Smart and Bjarke cover a wide range of topics, including Bjarke’s hedonistic sustainability ethos, the idea that reducing our environmental impact can increase our quality of life; BIG’s partnership with ICON and building on the moon; becoming a father; and more.
BIG NYC partner Kai-Uwe Bergmann was one of four panelists at the recent Nordic Innovation Summit 2023, held at the National Nordic Museum in Seattle, Washington on May 11th. Alongside founders, corporate leaders, and other innovators from the Nordic countries and the United States, Kai-Uwe joined the panel to discuss sustainable strategies in architecture, from Scandinavia to the U.S., addressing the summit’s broader conversation: Sustaining Sustainability in a Rapidly Changing World.
Politico reports how Copenhagen is reinventing public spaces through the concept of ‘playful urbanism’, introducing innovative ideas for what a city can be. The article showcases BIG’s projects Copenhill and Superkilen as drivers of urban life, and describe how they foster a healthy environment and encourage play among the city’s residents.
Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) selects BIG for the design of a new performance home, alongside performing arts architecture firm William Rawn Associates and Nashville-based EOA Architects, in their global architecture team announcement.
Following the approval of a $200 million State grant, TPAC intends to build upon its unique capacity for narrative storytelling to create an artistic beacon worthy of Tennessee’s creative legacy.
“Nashville is a city fueled by the creative energy of music and performing arts. TPAC is already a lively and celebrated institution in the cultural fabric of Nashville – and together with the TPAC leadership team, William Rawn Associates and EOA Architects, we are about to embark on a journey to imagine and design the future physical framework of TPAC that will be as open, inviting, integrated and inclusive as the institution already is. Once the form reflects the organization’s mission, we believe TPAC will be one of the great cultural institutions for performing arts in the country, and in the world.” – Bjarke Ingels, Founder & Creative Director, BIG.
A generous donation from Aarhus University and the Aarhus University Research Fund has been granted to the realization of The Danish Neuroscience Center. Partner David Zahle spoke to the administration of Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital, Salling Fondene and the Regional Council at an event marking the milestone.
First of its kind in the world, the neuroscience center directly connects to the Aarhus University Hospital, seeking to combine groundbreaking science and treatment of physical and mental brain diseases, spinal cord, and nervous systems.
The Ø4 Urban Life project has topped out in Aarhus Harbor, Denmark. Comprised of 13 commercial houses located along the harbour’s waterfront, the project is part of BIG’s masterplan for Bassin 7 developed in collaboration with Jan Gehl. Set to house bars, cafés, and rental shops for watersports, the Ø4 Urban Life project will be a hub for life and activity in the Aarhus Harbor. The facades and roofs will be covered with a variation of materials, ranging from cork, wood, glass and straw, giving each house their own distinct architectural character.
Sheela Maini Søgaard, CEO and Partner of BIG, has been appointed to the board of Bikubenfonden, a Danish foundation that supports cultural and social initiatives in Denmark. The foundation’s mission is to promote social inclusion, cultural diversity, and sustainable development through funding innovative ideas, structures, and methods that create maximum social value and artistic significance.
At this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan, BIG Products is launching an array of new project and collaborations. Expanding the lighting family for Artemide, the Gople and Knop systems launches along with new additions to the Veil, Vine and Stellar Nebula collections. Furthermore, the team presents the Colle sofa for Italian lifestyle brand Natuzzi as well as the Totem Shelf for Driade.
A public event with present and former servicemembers, the arts and cultural communities, and the wider public at the DC Navy Yard this afternoon provided a preview of the artistic ideas and concepts for the planned new National Museum of the United States Navy. The competition is an important conceptual and artistic process toward creating a publicly accessible state-of-the-art museum – a home for both Naval veterans and the public, a living memorial to the U.S. Navy’s heritage, a lighthouse in the community for education and public events. BIG’s vision, developed in collaboration with Squint/Opera and Olin Studio, reflects the historical context of the Navy Yards while referencing the scale, materials, and details of Navy vessels. An array of large-scale vitrines opens up towards a public street, welcoming visitors and locals with an impressive glimpse into the museum’s collection of artifacts inside and outside, conveying the mission, lineage and breadth of operations that constitutes the US Navy.
Copenhill is part of the newly opened, permanent exhibition “So Danish!” at the Danish Architecture Center, showcasing the history of Danish architecture from the Viking age to present day. Attending the opening, Partner David Zahle spoke to HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark about Copenhill and how the waste-to-energy plant combines functional and sustainable design, while also providing a platform for the wider public to learn about waste as a resource.
Denmark’s Minister of Environment, Magnus Heunicke, and a Danish delegation visited BIG NYC to tour the early phases of the coastal resiliency project The BIG U, a flood management system protecting Lower Manhattan. The first phase is a 2.5 mile stretch from East 23rd Street to Montgomery Street in the Lower East Side that is fully financed at $1.4 Billion with a completion date in 2026.
BIG NYC Partners Kai-Uwe Bergmann and Daniel Sundlin discussed the project’s proposal to rethink infrastructure as a social amenity that both protects structural and environmental vulnerabilities while enhancing social and recreational activity. The BIG U combines the mandate to create large-scale protective infrastructure with a commitment to meaningful community engagement.
Director of BIG Sustainability, Tore Banke, has been appointed Adjunct Professor at IE University Madrid – School of Architecture & Design. Along with Principal at Regenesis Group, Bill Reed and Emmanuel Pauwels, Founder of Green Living Projects, Tore will be contributing to the Sustainable Leadership Program, which brings together practice and academia in addressing the importance of sustainability in the building sector.
Located north of Georgetown, Kentucky, the new 35,000-square-foot distillery and 20,000-square-foot rickhouse will break ground in 2023 and is expected to open in 2025. The architecture for the Blue Run distillery and HQ celebrates the art of whiskey-making, sustainable technologies, and the landscape of Kentucky.
“For Blue Run we have boiled the entire process of whiskey-making down to a single linear sequence – from distilling to maturing to bottling. The half-mile long process meanders through the gentle hillsides creating bends and banks, inlets and outlooks. A single shingled roof of photovoltaic tiles twists and turns to maintain optimal orientation even as the activities underneath require grandeur or intimacy. In the same way the Georgetown Spring is shaped by how the water flows through it, Blue Run Distillery is shaped by the flow of the whiskey and the processes and people who make it,” Bjarke Ingels, Founder & Creative Director, BIG.
Climate ministers from around the world gathered at the Copenhagen Climate Ministerial, along with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark to pave the way for an ambitious COP28. Creative Director and Founder, Bjarke Ingels spoke to the esteemed audience about BIG’s Plan for The Planet – a masterplan for creating a sustainable, carbon-neutral world driven on renewable energy.
BIG hosted the Mayor of Seoul, Oh Se-hoon, on his recent visit to Copenhagen, which aimed at exploring how urban development benefits from well-designed architecture. Partner Brian Yang and Associate Jinho Lee welcomed the Mayor at our CPH office, followed by visits to BIG’s projects in Copenhagen, including the Copenhagen Harbor Baths, Urban Rigger and Noma, ending at Copenhill with a tour lead by Bjarke Ingels.
The Sluishuis neighborhood in Amsterdam has been named Best Residential Project at this year’s MIPIM Awards. This year, the MIPIM jury focused on buildings that enrich the lives of their users, the environment and community.
Sluishuis is a reinterpretation of the classic courtyard typology for life on water, bringing 442 zero-energy homes and a comprehensive water-quality program with space for up to 30 houseboats to the banks of the IJ River in Amsterdam. Designed by BIG and Barcode Architects, the building is shaped by its surroundings, at once close to large infrastructure and to small-scale urban communities.
BIG’s Creative Director and Founder, Bjarke Ingels, sat with Wajahat Ali at SXSW in Austin, Texas to speak about the future of 3D-printed architecture and BIG’s collaboration with 3D-printing company, ICON, on a 100-homes community in Wolf Ranch and the reimagined El Cosmico in Marfa.
Developed together with Bassin 7, NCC and Rambøll, BIG has designed an 18-storey hotel overlooking the Aarhus waterfront, which will house office spaces, restaurants, a conference center, pool and spa. A public staircase designed by BIG Landscape, will spiral from the harbour to an observation deck on the hotel’s roof.
The project is the last addition to the realization of BIG’s Aarhus Harbour Masterplan developed in collaboration with Gehl Architects, which includes the BIG-designed AARhus Residences, Aarhus Theatre, The Beach Huts, Kampanilen and Aarhus Harbour Bath.
The University of Kansas School of Architecture & Design has appointed BIG to complete space planning, programming, and concept design for the multidisciplinary design school. After a decade of increasing enrollment numbers and expanded program offerings, the school is working to transform its facilities to accommodate recent growth and upgrade academic spaces. By taking advantage of existing facility strengths in the heart of KU’s Lawrence campus, BIG will develop a plan that visualizes a redesigned home for the school that respects the established character of the site while also being optimized for innovative teaching and research.
“For an architect, each project is kicked off with a crash course seeking to educate ourselves in an entirely new field, because we rarely design for other architects (they tend to do that themselves). In this case – with our first design for a school of architecture and design – I feel like I have been preparing for this on a daily basis for the last three decades,” said BIG Founder and Creative Director Bjarke Ingels. “We want to create the physical framework for future generations of Kansas form-givers, architects and designers – a space that provokes unexpected encounters, triggers critical conversations and builds new bridges between discourses and skill sets, arts, crafts and technologies. The design work is just about to begin, even if my research for it started a generation ago.”
Landsec’s redevelopment of Red Lion Court, Bankside has received planning permission to create a green office cluster in Southwark. The new Red Lion Court development will deliver 230,000 sq ft of Grade A offices, retail and open public space on the banks of the River Thames, adjacent to Borough Yards. The BIG-designed building will provide access to outdoor spaces on every floor, an extensive communal roof terrace and unfettered views over the river into the City.
Plans for the building have been drawn up in collaboration with the local community following a two year public consultation. Over 45% of the site will be publicly accessible, including an expanded Thames Path, a pocket park and community garden plus affordable office space, flexible retail, a bike repair centre and wellness centre.
Red Lion Court has been designed to be net-zero in both construction and operation. By reusing part of the existing building and prioritising low carbon and recycled materials, the design will meet GLA and Southwark policy in terms of sustainability, biodiversity and energy efficiency. The completed building will be fully electric and target WELL Core Platinum and BREEAM ‘Outstanding’.
The nomadic campground hotel in Marfa will be expanded and reimagined as a 62-acre community, featuring large-scale 3D-printed structures for new guest units and hospitality spaces. Breaking ground in 2024, El Cosmico will continue to celebrate the convergence of creative culture and the minimalistic natural environment of the Marfa landscape.
To celebrate the collaboration, the team partnered with Austin’s Long Center for the Performing Arts to bring a taste of El Cosmico to Austin, Texas during SXSW. The 3D-printed performance pavilion combines the architectural design themes planned for the new El Cosmico in Marfa in a single, sculptural space for culture and community in the heart of downtown Austin.
“Our collaboration with El Cosmico and ICON has allowed us to pursue the formal and material possibilities of cutting-edge 3D printed construction untethered by the traditional limitations of a conventional site or client. Liz Lambert’s legacy for reimagining hospitality and her pioneering of a contemporary Texan aesthetic combined with the Minimalistic nature and culture, art and landscape of Marfa has been the perfect fit to pursue a new architectural vernacular language for El Cosmico in Marfa. Organic shapes, Euclidian circular geometries and a color palette born from the local terroir makes El Cosmico feel as if literally erected from the site it stands on. As an outpost of El Cosmico in Austin, Liz Lambert, ICON and BIG have partnered to create a permanent pavilion for music and performances. A single crescent wall emerges from the natural slope of the Long Centre’s front lawn. The adobe like color and texture of the horizontally layered wall appears like geological strata in an exposed cliff. Inspired by the Uruguayan engineer and architect Eladio Dieste, the sinuous curves at the foot of the pavilion provide both structural stability and social niches for the audience and performers. Organic form as structural function,” Bjarke Ingels, Founder & Creative Director, BIG.
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In celebration of International Women’s Day, BIG’s CEO and Partner, Sheela Sogaard, gave a keynote at their annual Global Women in Novo Nordisk event. Sheela shared her personal story on being a woman in leadership along with her perspective on how companies can drive change towards gender equality in the workspace and beyond.
Bloomberg details the world’s largest community of 3D-printed homes, situated north of Austin, Texas in the city of Georgetown’s master-planned community of Wolf Ranch. The project – built by ICON and Lennar and co-designed by BIG – is a 100-home community of 3D-printed houses titled ‘The Genesis Collection’.
Described as representing “perhaps the most significant innovation in residential construction in decades,” the construction of The Genesis Collection is underway, using ICON’s Vulcan robotic construction systems, software, and advanced materials to print the homes of the future.
BIG’s CEO and Partner, Sheela Sogaard is appointed Adjunct Professor at Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. At her inaugural lecture, Sheela spoke about driving strategic priorities and sustainable growth for the past 15 years as a leader at BIG.
The Plus has received the Norwegian DOGA Award for Design and Architecture. Aiming to connect people, production, nature, technology and architecture, The Plus doubles as a public park and exhibition center inviting visitors to follow the entire production process and sharing knowledge on resource consumption, circular design and sustainable manufacturing.
“This is a factory with a playful and visionary idiom. The open design and visitor center in the heart of the factory has created an attraction and contributed to pride in the local community. With its careful placement and use of wooden materials, colors, light and air, The Plus provides a refreshing contrast to traditional production facilities,” emphasized the DOGA jury.
After a two-stage voting process with more than 150,000 votes cast, ArchDaily’s readers have selected CapitaSpring as the winner of the Building of the Year Award in the Office category. The award is the largest peer-based, crowdsourced architecture award in the world and highlights innovative projects that respond to the increasing complexity of our world and the challenges posed to our built environments.
CNN names Copenhagen one of the world’s 10 best cities to see while riding a bicycle and highlights a 22-kilometer route that covers BIG’s 10 projects in the Danish capital. Combining the native love for design and bicycling, the route takes you through some of BIG’s earliest projects, including the Copenhagen Harbor Baths, along with newer developments such as the Kaktus Towers, which will be completed this year.
The design-build team comprised of BIG, Turner Construction Company, E.E. Cruz, Arcadis, SCAPE, and WSP is selected by the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) to expand and enhance Battery Park City public spaces while creating vital protection for the neighborhood against rising sea levels and increased storm intensity. The project covers an area along the Hudson River waterfront between the northwest end of Battery Park and a high point on Greenwich Street in Tribeca. Design is still underway, but preliminary plans call for about 8,000 linear ft of flood and seepage barriers, plus interior drainage improvements to protect the 92-acre area.
NYC Mayor Eric Adams, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, construction workers and the BIG design team gathered to celebrate the topping off of Wildflower Studios, a 775,042 sq ft vertical village for film and television production backed by New York-native Robert De Niro. The frame of the studio, located next to the historic Steinway & Sons piano factory was officially completed Thursday with the installation of its final beam. The building will feature the world’s first vertical soundstage and be the future home to countless “Made in NY” productions, expected to open later this year.
Architectural Digest highlights Biosphere TreeHotel on their list of 20 Works of Wonders. Selected by Architectural Digest’s global network of editors, the WoW list names the most important new works in architecture, art, and design every year.
The National Gallery of Art in Greenland is brought one step closer to realization after receiving a major private donation. Located on a steep slope overlooking the fjords of Greenland, the gallery will be a social, political, and architectural focal point for the strong cultural roots of the Greenlandic people.
BIG’s ‘leaning’ Qianhai Prisma Towers, featuring a 300m tall residential tower and a 250m tall office tower, will complete the new Qianhai Bay development, solidifying Qianhai’s position as the burgeoning financial and cultural center of Shenzhen.
“Both towers are conceived as simple prismatic building envelopes split open to make room for public space on the ground where they stand. The open seams and gaping corners allow the green spaces to ascend from the ground to the sky leaving wedges for outdoor gardens and terraces for the life of the people living and working within. With its timeless simplicity and inviting openness – the architecture of the two towers is firmly rooted in the urban values underpinning Shenzhen – a vertical modern city of 1000 parks.” Bjarke Ingels, Founder & Creative Director, BIG.
The Plus has been named Architecture of The Year at the 2023 Scandinavian Design Awards. In its motivation the jury states that: “Vestre’s furniture factory The Plus is a forerunner and an outstanding example of how to take sustainability issues very seriously right down to the tiniest detail.”
Located in the Norwegian woods, the building serves as a factory for furniture manufacturer, Vestre – a company dedicated to encouraging a shift towards transparent, carbon-neutral fabrication in the manufacturing industry.
We’re honored to have two BIG projects shortlisted for the upcoming MIPIM Awards – Sluishuis for Best Residential Project and Fuse Valley for Best New Development. In addition to the usual criteria, this year’s jury focuses on projects with a holistic commitment to sustainability, best serving its users, environment and community.
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The new National Theatre of Albania has broken ground in Tirana. Located in the cultural heart of the country’s capital, adjacent to the iconic Skanderberg Square, the new theatre is tailored to Albania’s thriving theatre and performance scene. The bow tie-shaped building offers a ground level plaza and a publicly accessible rooftop amphitheater to breathe life into and around the building throughout the day.
Denmark’s Refugee Museum wins the Danish Building of the Year award. Located at the site of Denmark’s largest Refugee camp from World War II, the museum gives a voice and a face to refugees worldwide and captures the universal challenges, emotions, spirit and stories shared by displaced humans.
Interior Design Magazine awarded two of BIG’s projects with a Best of Year Award at their annual awards ceremony in New York City! The Plus, Norway won the ‘Greater World Sustainability’ category, while the Biosphere TreeHotel room in Sweden won the ‘Small Resort’ category.
Located at the heart of Singapore’s financial district, the 280-meter tall mixed-use high-rise has received the Silver MIPIM ASIA Award for Best Mixed-Use Development! The high-rise is celebrated as an oasis that continues the city’s pioneering vertical urbanism with a diverse neighborhood of restaurants, office spaces, residences, and sky gardens from the ground all the way up to the 51st floor.
Our first building in South America is officially complete! After four years of construction, the 130m-high, 32-story IQON stands as the tallest building in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito – a city with one of the highest elevations in the world. Biophilia from the neighboring La Carolina Park continues up onto the building façade – which doubles as the building’s structure – and into the private domain of each home. The sculptural planters host the roots of the trees and appear as concrete sculptures inside the apartments.
The latest issue of Architectural Digest features the BIG-designed single-family home ‘Villa Gug’ – located in the countryside of Northern Denmark. The home is informed by client Mads Peter Veiby’s passion for cars. Instead of hiding the cars away in the basement or garage, the house smoothly transitions from the car to the home. “When you see it, the house reads as if it was designed in a single doodle…In the end, it’s a very simple house that produces a lot of different experiences and surprises,” says Bjarke Ingels.
From the lab to the field to the Moon….it’s time to build! ICON has received $57.2 million in a NASA award to develop a lunar surface construction system that will target humanity’s first-ever construction on another planetary body. The contract, awarded under Phase III of NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, builds upon previous funding for Project Olympus and will continue research and development for space-based construction systems to support future exploration of the Moon and beyond – including imagining humanity’s first home on the moon, designed in collaboration with BIG.
BIG has been named on the Architectural Digest AD100 list for the sixth consecutive year! Now entering its fourth decade, the annual list has evolved into a survey of the top names in interior decoration, architecture and landscape design, released in the publication’s January issue.
BIG’s CEO and Partner Sheela Søgaard has been honored with the title CEO of the Year 2022 by the Danish Association of Managers and Executives. Former winners of the award include Novo Nordisk’s Lars Fruergaard, Ørsted’s Mads Nipper and the Head Coach for the Danish National Soccer Team, Kasper Hjulmand.
The Plus wins DETAIL’s Reader’s Award, selected by DETAIL’s readers in an online vote from a shortlist chosen by the jury. Located in Norway, The Plus was built in just 18 months and will be the first industrial building to achieve the highest environmental rating, BREEAM Outstanding.
BIG, APM Terminals and Maersk reimagine the future of the shipping industry with the green transformation of the Aqaba Port Terminal in Jordan by 2040. The project is the first step towards decarbonization of major ports and container terminals – and connecting shipping infrastructure to local communities.
“Over the last decades, industries have driven economic growth, but also contributed to social inequalities and severe environmental impact. Aqaba Container Terminal is an example of how cleaner, quieter and safer infrastructure can create new forms of sustainable urban environments. As an urban planner and landscape architect the collaboration has been a unique chance to explore the hidden potential behind industrial sites and rethink infrastructure as a catalyst for urban, sustainable transformation.”, Giulia Frittoli, Partner, BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group
Construction on the world’s largest community of 3D-printed homes is underway! Situated north of Austin, Texas in the city of Georgetown’s master-planned community of Wolf Ranch, the 100-home community – built by ICON and Lennar and co-designed by BIG – highlights the possibilities of additive construction. The homes will include eight floorplans with 24 unique configurations ranging from 1,574 – 2,112 SF, and will be powered by solar energy. Delivered using a fleet of ICON’s Vulcan robotic construction systems, software and advanced materials, each home’s full wall system minimizes waste typically associated with standard construction processes.
Google Bay View is officially the world’s largest building to achieve LEED Platinum certification by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The LEED v4 BD+C: NC Platinum certification recognizes the HQ’s sustainability-driven design: Google Bay View is a 100% electric building, powered in part by a first-of-its-kind “dragonscale” solar skin, which generates 40% of the annual electricity. The Campus also includes the largest geothermal pile system in North America and has net-positive water use – where all of the site’s non-potable water demands are met using the recycled water generated on-site.
Archdaily features BIG’s curvilinear opposites in Canada – the Vancouver House in British Columbia, and Telus Sky in Calgary. While residential Vancouver House gradually ascends from a triangular footprint on the ground into a rectangular tower, unveiling downtown from the Granville Bridge – the mixed-use Telus Sky inversely transitions from larger floorplates for working spaces on the lower floors to a more slender shape for living and balconies towards the top.
Canninghill Piers, under construction in Singapore’s vibrant Clark Quay enclave, is honored in five different award categories at EdgeProp Excellence Awards 2022, including: People’s Choice Award, a result of public votes, and the Top Development Award appointed by the Jury. Canninghill Piers is developed by Capitaland and City Developments Ltd. and estimated for completion in 2025.
Sluishuis has been awarded twice at the IPAX European Property Awards in Amsterdam – one of the world’s most renowned programs in the property industry. The residential building wins both the award for ‘Best Architecture Multiple Residence’ as well as ‘Best Residential Development 20+ Units’. Shuishuis is the newest addition to the Ijburg Island in Amsterdam and was recently also granted the Architectenweb Award for ‘Residential building of the Year’.
Step inside BIG Barcelona! Our Catalonian outpost opened in 2019 and has since grown to a thriving 70+ BIGster studio designing away at the new Farfetch HQ in the hills of Porto, the solar cupola Joint Research Center in Sevilla, a tribute to Basque culinary ingenuity with Gastronomy Open Ecosystem, 233 bird and bat homes in Northern Sweden and many other projects led by BIG Partner Joao Albuquerque.
Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture en Aquitaine (MECA) has been awarded a 2022 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Global Award for Excellence! The Awards for Excellence program, launched by ULI in 1979, recognizes outstanding development efforts in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. In 2022, there were a total of six winners.
“This contemporary art center brings together three institutions. The result is remarkable in terms of urban regeneration, and demonstrates perfectly how to encourage exchange, cross-fertilization and the successful collaboration of cultural institutions. Rarely has the leadership and excellent management of a project been observed at such a high level,” emphasized the ULI judges.
The Danish Association of Managers and Executives ‘Lederne’ has nominated BIG CEO and Partner Sheela Søgaard as CEO of the Year 2022. Since 2002, the Association has awarded a CEO the title, who they believe deliver extraordinary results, drive diversity in their organizations, strengthen sustainability efforts and motivate their employees to excel. Sheela has been nominated together with Jeppe Rindom, Co-Founder and CEO at Pleo, Nana Bule, CEO of Microsoft Denmark & Iceland, and Jesper Hjulman, Group CEO of Andel. The winner will be announced on November 24th 2022.
Reaching its full 140 meter height, the new EDGE East Side high-rise is expected to be completed by 2023. Located close to the Warschauer station and the Mercedes-Benz Arena, The EDGE East Side will be a vertical hub of 65,000 square meters that connects two of Berlin’s most vibrant and artistic suburbs: Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg.
The eighth Oslo Architecture Triennale, which has the theme ‘Mission Neighborhood – (Re)forming Communities’, sees the former Munch Museum in Tøyen temporarily transformed into the Oslo Neighborhood Lab investigating how architects, designers and city stakeholders can help to create more sustainable, diverse and generous neighborhoods. Titled ‘Hotspots’, BIG’s contribution explores how power plants can become neighborhood assets and integral parts of our communities.
Claremont McKenna College’s new 135,000 SF Robert Day Sciences Center has broken ground! The building will be home to the College’s next-generation Kravis Department of Integrated Sciences – a powerful, multi-disciplinary, computational approach to advance gene, brain, and climate knowledge. Each level of the building is oriented towards a different direction of the campus, providing a 360-degree connection between the Center and the college-at-large – allowing life to seamlessly flow between the inside and outside while encouraging inter-disciplinary collaboration.
“More than ever, we are seeing the confluence of previously distinct disciplines: breakthroughs in computer and data science lead to breakthroughs in the natural and life sciences. As a consequence, we need to provide spaces for the integration of these previously siloed sciences. The architecture for the new Robert Day Sciences Center’s seeks to maximize this integration and interaction. The labs and classrooms are stacked in a Jenga-like composition framing a column-free, open internal space with the freedom and flexibility to adapt the ever-evolving demands of technology and science. It is our hope that the building will not only provoke new conversations between scientists but that it may also stimulate the rest of the liberal arts students to take a deeper interest in the sciences and vice versa. The analytical embracing the experimental – rationality intersecting with creativity,” says Bjarke Ingels, Founder, BIG.
BIG’s recently completed ‘Sneglehusene’ just outside of Aarhus have received the City’s highest honor for its exceptional architectural quality and contribution to the built environment. The project brings 93 new homes to the neighborhood of Nye, mobilizing modular construction with modest materials and creating generous living spaces in close connection to nature and city life.
“As an architect, one typically only gets to build a house once. With the ‘Sneglehusene’, we were given the opportunity to evolve our housing concept from an earlier project, while also developing the buildings’ own identity. Our modular concept has made it possible for us to maintain simplicity in the execution despite the construction’s complexity, and we have been allowed to improve the concept with all our experiences. It is a joy to see how the buildings have become homes filled with life, and we’re very proud to have contributed to the realization of the vision for the Nye neighborhood”, Partner, BIG, Finn Noerkjaer.
After meeting some of the first prospective Nabr residents in San Jose last week, the beta version of Nabr’s Design Studio – and pre-sales on its very first building, SoFA One – have launched. Co-founded by Bjarke Ingels, Roni Bahar and Nick Chim, Nabr applies technology and productization to increase the quality and volume of apartments available in major cities, starting in San Jose.
The Professional Women in Construction, New York have recognized BIG’s CEO and Partner, Sheela Maini Søgaard with an Honoree Award at their September Salute to Women of Achievement event! The Honoree award, which celebrates women’s dedication to their craft and their passion to create a more equitable path forward, was accepted by BIG NYC Project Manager, Flora Bao on behalf of Sheela.
Singapore has a new skyline addition with the completion of CapitaSpring – a 280-meter-tall high-rise oasis that continues the city’s pioneering vertical urbanism with a diverse neighborhood of restaurants, office space, a serviced residence and sky gardens from the ground all the way up to the 51st floor. Currently among the city’s tallest towers, CapitaSpring is developed by CapitaLand Development (CLD), CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust and Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd. It and designed by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group and CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati who collaborated on its architecture, public space, and digital user experience (respectively).
BIG’s very first hotel, the Hôtel des Horlogers – located in the Swiss Vallée de Joux – has opened, marking BIG’s second collaboration with luxury watchmaking brand, Audemars Piguet. While the Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet defines a visitor experience inspired by the centripetal and centrifugal forces of time through the spiral form, the 8,000 m2 hotel zigzags through the de Joux valley and welcomes guests into the ‘time’ journey by reimagining the region’s historic winding watchmakers trail – blurring the boundaries of landscape and building.