ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Architecture, established by the German Design Council, has awarded our MÉCA cultural institute in Bordeaux as winner of the Cultural Centre category, and CopenHill as Best of the Best in the Corporate Building sector. The Awards are given to visionary buildings, innovative products and sustainable communication in all sectors of architecture, the construction and real estate business and the manufacturing industries, with a focus on holistic production and interaction between the trades in the context of architecture.
TIME interviews Bjarke Ingels for a glimpse into MASTERPLANET, a work-in-progress framework that applies the thinking behind master planning for a sustainable built environment to the scale of the Earth, and looks at laying out how together, we can redesign the planet to cut greenhouse emissions, protect resources and adapt to climate change. In ongoing consultation with industry experts in energy, waste management, transport and other fields, MASTERPLANET invites governments, businesses and the public to accumulate initiatives towards climate action in a practical, pragmatic way.
Bjarke Ingels takes the virtual stage at WRLDCTY, the world’s first virtual city festival crossing countries and time zones to explore the best of urban life. Bjarke joins the agenda together with renowned urban planner Jan Gehl to discuss “Cities for the People of Tomorrow” in a conversation moderated by urban futurist and Recoded City author Thomas Ermacora. Copenhagen’s urban thought-leaders are brought together to share insights and lessons learned in city building during the pandemic. Reserve your Pro Pass ticket to join.
Hufton and Crow take their lens to CopenHill, capturing the waste-to-energy plant in the mist. Since opening one year ago, we’ve started to see perceptions towards public infrastructure start to shift: CopenHill shows we can have social side effects from day one, whether it’s for skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing and hiking.
OCT 19TH, 2020 - BIG’S BUSINESS INNOVATION HUB AT UMASS NAMED FINALIST IN UNESCO’S PRIX VERSAILLE 2020
BIG’s copper clad Business Innovation Hub at the heart of the University of Massachusetts Amherst is named a finalist for UNESCO’s Prix Versailles 2020. Administered by the United Nations, the Prix Versailles presents a clear aim of fostering better interaction between the economy and programs of everyday buildings.
OCT 12TH, 2020 - BIG, GALERIES LAFAYETTE AND COPENHILL ARE FINALISTS IN FAST COMPANY’S 2020 INNOVATION BY DESIGN AWARDS
BIG is named a Finalist in Fast Company’s 2020 Innovation by Design Awards in the Design Company of the Year category, alongside other honorees including Google, Nike, Adobe and more. Galeries Lafayette on Champs-Élysées is also named a finalist in ‘Retail Environments’ while CopenHill is recognized in the ‘Sustainability’ category.
Danish filmmaker Kaspar Astrup Schröder’s latest film, Making a Mountain, goes behind-the-scenes in the making of CopenHill. The 55 minute documentary has had its cameras rolling since nearly ten years ago, when BIG imagined the new breed of waste-to-energy plant topped with a ski slope, up to the point of ribbon-cutting last October. Check out the trailer and stay tuned for the release.
The cover of Architectural Digest’s November issue features Bjarke Ingels’ transformation of a decommissioned ferryboat into his own family’s houseboat, bringing home the concept of floating housing and resilient architecture. The nautical home follows BIG’s Urban Rigger, the new building typology solving Copenhagen’s student-housing shortage by turning shipping containers into floating homes. BIG’s resiliency projects also include Oceanix City, the masterplan envisioning entire communities at sea; the BIG U, a protective coastal system for Lower Manhattan; and Islais Hyper-Creek, a masterplan for the southeast shoreline of San Francisco.
On the heels of Climate Week in New York City, Bjarke Ingels joins the Bloomberg New Economy Conversation series together with Virgin Hyperloop CEO Jay Walder, Hyundai Executive VP Jaiwon Shin and Bloomberg Editorial Director Andrew Browne. Watch the recorded discussion on “Building Back Greener” as panelists explore smart infrastructure solutions with planetary implications as well as new forms of mobility and resiliency shaping the post-Covid world.
This week, Terminus Group unveiled BIG’s design for their future headquarters in Chongqing, China in a live conference presented by Bjarke Ingels, Terminus Group Founder and CEO Victor Al, and McKinsey MGI Director and Senior Partner Jonathan Woetzel. The new hi-tech campus, called AI CITY, is dedicated to Terminus Group’s ambitions in artificial intelligence, robotics, networking and big data.
We have over the recent years worked with several of the world’s leading technology companies. We are thrilled to bring our experience to Chongqing and together with Terminus create Cloud Valley, the first landmark project in the Hi-Tech Zone to become a new center of innovation for China. Cloud Valley is envisioned as a city where people, technology and nature thrive together – with spaces designed for all types of life: human life, plant life, animal life and even artificial life.
The Cloud Valley takes its inspiration from the natural Wulong Karst in the Chongqing Wulong National Park where valleys and mountain form stunning meetings between the earth and the sky. As a brother and sister, the two plots mimic each other’s opposites – The Mountain becomes a striking landmark in the area giving shelter to a protected network of courtyards filled with inviting public functions – The Valley offers the largest public accessible green rooftop in China for open air events. Below the green carpet roof, the building opens up to the surrounding public inviting visitors into this new neighborhood. Bjarke Ingels, Founder and Creative Director, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group.