Bjarke Ingels was born in 1974 and founded B.I.G. (Bjarke Ingels Group) based in both Copenhagen and New York they are well known for innovative and nontraditional design ideas. Together they work within the field of architecture, urbanism, research and development.
B.I.G’s collective belief is
“A pragmatic utopian architecture that steers clear of the petrifying pragmatism of boring boxes and the naïve utopian ideas of digital formalism… By hitting the fertile overlap between pragmatic and utopia, we architects once again find the freedom to change the surface of our planet, to better fit contemporary life forms. In all our actions we try to move the focus from the small details to the BIG picture.”
Ingels is a large advocate of sustainable architecture and re-thinks the traditional – his work is playful and practical in many ways. He has caught international attention for his thoughts and works, his most notable projects are:
- VM Houses (2005), multi-family housing in V and M shaped apartment buildings;
- Mountain Dwellings (2008), an extensive parking facility combined with terraced housing;
- 8 House (2010), a large mixed-use housing development.
- the REN Building, taking its form from the Chinese character for person 人 (“ren”) combining two buildings – one symbolic of mind and the other of body.
To learn more about how Bjarke Ingel’s brain works check out this collection of interviews and talks:
Uploaded on Sep 15, 2009
Danish architect Bjarke Ingels rockets through photo/video-mingled stories of his eco-flashy designs. His buildings not only look like nature — they act like nature: blocking the wind, collecting solar energy — and creating stunning views at a TED talk http://www.ted.com
Published on Oct 10, 2012
Bjarke Ingels, Principal, BIG
“This is the country that invented surf and turf!,” noted BIG Principal Bjarke Ingels in New York magazine when describing his forthcoming residential project W57, “a European-style, low-rise apartment block encircling a courtyard, and a Manhattan tower-on-a-podium, yielding something that looks like neither and behaves like both.” Ingels returns to GSAPP to discuss his recent work.
Uploaded on Jan 28, 2011
See what architect Bjarke Ingels has to say about the design process and the importance of print.
Uploaded on May 17, 2011
May 9, 2011- Bjarke Ingels wows the audience with his wit and unlikely architectural solutions around the globe. Prepare to be dazzled.
Uploaded on Aug 18, 2010 – Bjarke Ingels one on one talking to specific questions.
Published on Apr 20, 2012
CNN’s The Next List profiles innovative Danish architect Bjarke Ingels.
Uploaded on Dec 7, 2011
Studio Banana TV interviews Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, principal of BIG
Uploaded on Jan 14, 2008
Bjarke Ingels describes how when asked to design a Scandinavian skyscraper with views and daylight in abundance, he chose a slim volume: a thin slab with minimal distance between the facades. The thin slab however is as structurally complicated as it is visually simple. It combines maximum wind pressure – the wide side – with minimal foothold – the short side, thus appearing as an unstable monolith.
The Escher Tower in response consists of 3 square towers merged into one. The central tower is straight as a dart, the two peripheral ones change places between ground floor and penthouse, causing the volume to flip 90 degrees. This provides maximal foothold for the hardest wind pressures.
If you ever have a chance to go to Bjarke Ingels’ talks GO – he is so inspiring!
For more information check out these great reads in BIG