BIG opens Copenhill power plant topped with rooftop ski slope in Copenhagen

BIG has completed the “cleanest waste-to-energy power plant in the world” in Copenhagen, Denmark, which is topped by an artificial ski slope that is open all year round. CopenHill, also known as Amager Bakke, is a power plant located on an industrial waterfront that is capable of converting 440,000 tons of waste into clean energy […]

Roof completes on Heatherwick and BIG’s Google HQ

New photos capture the latest progress on the headquarters that BIG and Heatherwick Studio have designed for Google in California’s Mountain View. Silicon Valley photography company The 111th took the images of Google’s new campus, currently under construction in Mountain View, California. Danish architect Bjarke Ingels‘ international firm BIG and London’s Heatherwick Studio, led by […]

BIG and FREAKS complete looping MÉCA cultural centre in Bordeaux

A huge “urban living room” forms the heart of the looping MÉCA cultural hub, which BIG and FREAKS have completed beside the River Garonne in Bordeaux, France. Named MÉCA, an acronym for Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture en Aquitaine, the 18,000-square-metre centre contains a media library, performance space and art gallery in […]

Squint/Opera, BIG and UNStudio create virtual-reality collaborative design tool

Creative digital studio Squint/Opera has worked with BIG and UNStudio to create Hyperform, a tool that allows architects and planners to collaborate in virtual reality. Described by BIG founder Bjarke Ingels as the “augmented creative collaborative environment of the future”, the tool can be used to see, share and navigate digital models of projects. Hyperform, which the studios have been developing […]

BIG reveals visuals of pagoda-like hotel for Copenhagen’s Tivoli amusement park

BIG has revealed visuals of the “whimsical” plant-covered H C Andersen Hotel it has designed for the Tivoli Gardens amusement park in Copenhagen. Named after the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, the hotel will consist of a stack of 18 misaligned storeys that extend from Tivoli Castle – the theme park’s event venue that BIG […]

BIG converts 1930s bank to create major new store for Galeries Lafayette in Paris

Bjarke Ingels’ firm has created a “retail laboratory” for French department store Galeries Lafayette inside an art-deco bank on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. BIG sought to celebrate the history of the 1930s building, matching its original art-deco details with opulent displays. But the space is designed to function as more than just a store – […]

Bjarke Ingels and Simon Frommenwiler create pink Puzzle House installation

Architects Bjarke Ingels and Simon Frommenwiler have teamed up to create a brightly hued house-shaped installation in Copenhagen, Denmark, as part of 3 Days of Design. The installation is situated in the back garden of Copenhagen’s Swiss embassy, a regular participating venue in 3 Days of Design and organisers of Architecture in Residence – a […]

Bjarke Ingels says a style is “like a straight jacket”

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels says he is proud that BIG buildings don’t have an identifiable style, in the latest episode of new podcast Time Sensitive. Speaking to Andrew Zuckerman, co-founder of Time Sensitive, Ingels said he is glad people think BIG’s architecture lacks cohesion. “I would definitely take it as a compliment, because I would […]

Bjarke Ingels makes surprise cameo in Game of Thrones

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, founder of BIG, has joined the cast of Game of Thrones for one of the final episodes of the hit television show. Ingels posted a picture on Instagram of himself in full costume, clinking goblets with the Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who stars as Jaime Lannister in HBO‘s fantasy epic. He captioned […]

BIG designs EPIQ tower for Quito covered in earthy coloured tiles

Architecture firm BIG has unveiled its second project for Ecuador’s capital city: a mixed-use tower feature two curved blocks covered in  herringbone-patterned cladding and pockets of greenery.  Revealed today, BIG‘s mixed-used EPIQ tower was developed in collaboration with Quito’s Uribe & Schwarzkopf. It marks BIG’s second project in the city after the IQON tower, which was […]

BIG completes vortex-shaped Glasir education centre in Faroe Islands’ capital

Danish studio BIG has completed a sculptural, glass-walled building containing three schools beside a fjord in the Faroe Islands‘ capital Tórshavn. Described by BIG as a “vortex”, Glasir comprises five levels that wrap around a central courtyard, before projecting as cantilevers that overlook surrounding landscape. The building, which measure 19,200 square metres, contains three different schools […]

BIG wraps Massachusetts university building with “domino effect” copper walls

BIG has completed an extension to the business school at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst with gradually sloping walls that resemble falling dominos.  New York firm Bjarke Ingles Group (BIG) teamed with Boston firm Goody Clancy, which served as the architect of record to design the extension for the college’s Isenberg School of Management. Photo by Laurian […]

BIG unveils park-covered highway for Brooklyn’s waterfront

Architecture firm BIG has unveiled a proposal to overhaul a portion of New York City’s Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, known as the BQE, with a public park that covers a subterranean roadway. Revealed today, the BQP is a comprehensive roadway and park plan focused on the historic neighbourhood of Brooklyn Heights close to Downtown Brooklyn. BIG developed […]

BIG unveils Oceanix City concept for floating villages that can withstand hurricanes

Architecture firm BIG has designed a concept for a floating city of 10,000 people that could help populations threatened by extreme weather events and rising sea levels. BIG founder Bjarke Ingels unveiled the scheme yesterday at a round-table discussion on floating cities at the United Nations’s New York headquarters. Called Oceanix City, the concept consists […]

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