Posts tagged as 'BIG'

Wed 9.7.

‘The BIG Maze’ by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group (DK)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 09.07.2014 - Tagged as:

'The BIG Maze' by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

‘The BIG Maze’ by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, photo: Chi Chi Lin

Danish architects BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group have created a life-size indoor maze at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, offering a preview into an upcoming BIG exhibition at the Museum in early 2015.



Fri 13.6.

Audemars Piguet chooses BIG to expand its headquarters

Posted by Walter Phillips on 13.06.2014 - Tagged as:

Audemars Piguet Swiss headquarters expansion by BIG

Audemars Piguet Swiss headquarters expansion by BIG

Swiss luxury watchmaker Audemars Piguet has chosen Danish architects BIG to expand its historic headquarters in the Vallée de Joux, Switzerland with a spiral shaped design rooted in the origins of the company.



Sun 20.10.

Danish National Maritime Museum by Big-Bjarke Ingels Group (DK)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 20.10.2013 - Tagged as:

Danish National Maritime Museum by Big-Bjarke Ingels Group, photo: Luca Santiago Mora

Danish National Maritime Museum by Big-Bjarke Ingels Group, photo: Luca Santiago Mora

Leaving 60 year old dock walls untouched, the galleries of the new Danish National Maritime Museum in Helsingør are placed below ground and arranged in a continuous loop around dry dock walls – making the dock the centerpiece of the exhibition – an open, outdoor area where visitors experience the scale of ship building.



Mon 8.4.

The Park of Parks: Copenhagen’s Superkilen

Posted by Walter Phillips on 08.04.2013 - Tagged as: ,

Photo: Maria da Schio

Photo: Maria da Schio

A collage of stories and urban situations from around the world: BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, Topotek1 and Superflex’s response to Copenhagen’s most multi-cultural district. Everything about Danish architect Bjarke Ingels seems a long way from a minimalist approach prone to subtraction: his office’s name, BIG; the name of one of his projects, Superkilen(1); his motto “Yes is more”, a rereading of Mies van der Rohe’s historic dictum; his way of moving, working and expressing himself. (by Valentina Ciuffi)


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Thu 3.11.

Basel Tranist Lager by BIG architects

Posted by Susanne Fritz on 03.11.2011 - Tagged as: , , ,

Basel Transitlager © BIG

BIG architects won an invited competition to renovate and extend an existing 1960’s concrete warehouse situated in a Basel industrial district which is being transformed into an alternative Arts District.


The 870,000 ft2 (80,000 m2) residential complex is situated on W57th Street

West 57th occupies a full city block at the corner of West 57th Street and the West Side Highway.

The project introduces a new building typology to Manhattan: a hybrid between the traditional Danish perimeter block and a Manhattan high-rise.


AMF Waste-to-Energy Plant at night. With a light installation by "realities united" the plant's smoke stack are transformed into making it puff smoke rings, serving as a measuring stick of CO2 emission.

Located in an industrial area near the city center the new Waste-to-Energy plant will be an exemplary model in the field of waste management and energy production, as well as an architectural landmark in the cityscape of Copenhagen. The roof of the new Amagerforbraending is turned into a 31.000 m2 ski slope of varying skill levels for the citizens of Copenhagen… (more…)

Mon 10.5.

Denmark’s EXPO-Pavilion in Shanghai by BIG (DK)

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 10.05.2010 - Tagged as: , , ,

Denmark's EXPO-Pavilion by BIG, photo by Iwan Baan

She has been beheaded, painted and blown up, but this time it was not some troublemakers who kidnapped the original Little Mermaid, Copenhagen’s beloved landmark, from her rock. From May til October visitors of the World EXPO in Shanghai will be able to see her elegantly sitting in Denmark’s pavilion designed by Bjarke Ingels Group.

The actual attraction though is the conceptual background of the pavilion. Denmark donated 1001 bikes to the city of Shanghai in order to focus on an ecological urban development of the world’s fast growing mega-cities.

Denmark's EXPO-Pavilion by BIG, photo by Iwan Baan

“We weren’t really finding an obvious hook for our pavilion until we started looking at the recent urban development of Shanghai and Copenhagen. This is a photo of Shanghai from 30 years ago: broad boulevards jam packed with bicycles. Only 2 kinds of cars in Shanghai back then: Shanghai no 1 and Shanghai no 2.

With the massive economic boom and urban explosion everybody wants a car, the streets are congested with traffic jams, and the bicycle has even become forbidden in some parts of town.

In the same period of time, Copenhagen has been creating more bicycle lanes and reducing car traffic. The bicycle has become a symbol of a sustainable city and a healthy lifestyle.

We have developed multiple species of bikes to move not only ourselves but our kids and our stuff around as well.

We even have a so-called City Bike that visitors can borrow for free and move around town before they return.

We thought: Why don’t we relaunch the bicycle as something attractive in Shanghai. We’ll donate 1001 City Bikes to Shanghai that they can keep after the Expo.” BIG explains.

Denmark's EXPO-Pavilion by BIG, photo by Iwan Baan

“The pavilion is designed as a traffic loop created by the motion of city bikes and pedestrians tied in a knot. Over 300 free city bikes located upon the roofscape, offer the visitors a chance to experience the Danish urban lifestyle which includes biking everywhere. The loops are connected in two places. Coming from the inside, the visitors can move out onto the roof, pick up a bike and re‐visit the exhibition by bike as the outdoor cycle path slips into the interior and runs along the entire exhibition before exiting onto the EXPO grounds. The sequence of events at the exhibition takes place between two parallel facades – the internal and external. The internal is closed and contains different functions of the pavilion. The width varies and is defined by the programme of the inner space. The pavilion’s external façade is made of perforated steel. In the evening time, the façade becomes a sequenced instrument of interactive light illuminating the passers‐by.”

Denmark's EXPO-Pavilion by BIG, photo by Hanne Hvattun

“The pavilion is a monolithic structure in white painted steel which keeps it cool during the Shanghai summer sun due to its heat‐reflecting characteristics. The roof is covered with a light blue surfacing texture, known from Danish cycle paths. Inside, the floor is covered with light epoxy and also features the blue cycle path where the bikes pass through the building. The steel of the facade is perforated in a pattern that reflects the actual structural stresses that the pavilion is experiencing making it a 1:1 stress test. The blue cycle path and white concrete surfaces will further define the arrival and exit areas.”

Denmark's EXPO-Pavilion by BIG, photo by Iwan Baan

PS: By the way, while the mermaid is in Shanghai her place in Copenhagen will be replaced by Ai Wei Wei’s multimedia artwork, including a live broadcast of the statue in Shanghai.

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