Archive for ‘Bjarke Ingels Group’s (BIG)’

November 27, 2011


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

Located in Basel’s upcoming Dreispitz neighborhood, which is envisioned as an attractive and inviting urban quarter in Herzog de Meuron’s master plan from 2003, the existing 18.000 m2 ”Transitlager” built in the late 1960s is to be renovated and extended by up to 7.000 m2 for residential and commercial purposes. The development is undertaken by St. Gallen -based real estate development company Nüesch Development for the landlord, the Christoph Merian Foundation and investor the UBS (CH) Property Fund – Swiss Mixed ‘Sima’. The winning entry which included engineers Bollinger Grohmann and HL Technik was chosen among proposals from Harry Gugger Studio and Lacaton Vassal among others.

The Transitlager’s surrounding industrial area is characterized by the geometries of infrastructures – the intersecting railways, loading docks and turning radiuses that weave through the city and create a puzzle of linear buildings with pointy corners and staggered façade lines into an untraditional and adventurous urban area consisting of galleries, restaurants and creative businesses. The iconic character of the existing Transitlager, its generous surrounding public spaces, and connection to the city’s botanical garden makes the building a natural focal point of the Arts District. By re-programming and extending the former warehouse into a multifunctional series of floors for various uses, BIG proposes a cross breed of art, commerce, working and living. Two distinct buildings on top of each other form a mixed-use hybrid with activity and life 24 hours a day.

“We propose a transformation of the Transitlager that builds on the industrial logic of the existing building and of the surrounding area. The extension doubles the size of the Transitlager and becomes an opposite twin – based on the same structure, but with a different geometry. The combined building becomes a spectrum of optimal conditions: From open and flexible plans to tailor made units, public programs to private residences, vibrant urban space to peaceful green gardens and from cool industrial to warm and refined. ” Andreas Klok Pedersen, Partner, BIG.

The wide dimensions of the former warehouse, the mix of programs, the structural limits and the sun orientation creates a typology that is neither point house nor slab – a folded geometry adapted to the specifics of the existing structure and optimized for daylight and views. The staggered edge and pointy ends echoes the geometries of the industrial buildings of the neighborhood, creating a surprising familiarity with the heterogeneous surroundings.

“The stacking of two complimentary structures – one on top of the other – has generated a new take on the typology of the communal courtyard. Where the typical residential courtyard finds itself incarcerated by walls of program, the roofyards of the Transitlager combine the tranquility and communal space of the courtyard with the sunlight and panoramic views of the penthouse. A penthouse for the people.” Bjarke Ingels, Partner and Founder, BIG.

Stripped from existing interior walls, the 60’s era structure offers flexible open plans and an exceptional high quality of concrete work. BIG proposes an extension that with a minimum of intervention, creates a maximum of programmatic diversity and feasibility. By keeping the interior finishing sparse, and installations simple we propose a building tailored for creative businesses, ateliers and workshops. We propose a building with a simple and economical material palette optimized for both artistic work and classy luxury.

Architect: BIG
Location: Basel, Switzerland
Partner in Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Andreas Klok Pedersen
Project Leader: Jakob Henke
Team: Gul Ertekin, Ioannis Gio, Ricardo Palma, Alexandra Gustafson, Bara Srpkova, Marcelina Kolasinska, Ryohei Koike
Client: Nuesch Development RG, UBS Fund Management, Christoph Merian Stiftung
Collaborators: Bollinger+Grohmann, HL- Technik
Size: 30,000 sqm
Status: 1st Prize (Completion 2015)
Images: Courtesy of BIG

November 20, 2011

paris parc | BIG architects + off architecture

‘paris parc’ by BIG architects + off architecture, paris, france
all images courtesy BIG architects

danish practice BIG architects and paris-based firm off architecture have collaborated to create the first place proposal ‘paris parc’,
a multidisciplinary research center for the university of jussieu in paris, france. the 15,000 square meter facility dedicated to
science and medicine will be placed between jean nouvel’s institut du monde arabe and a park within the campus. strengthening the
international appeal of the school, the building will unify scholars and the business community creating physical connections as well
as visual integration within the urban context.

front elevation

the exterior faces of the volume incline and indent to respond to the adjacent structures, opening views towards the
landmark buildings, green spaces and optimizing natural daylight within the interior. a glass enclosed atrium mimicking
the form of a canyon allows upper level laboratories and offices to have unobstructed sight lines between work areas.
a cascade of informal meeting spaces lead visitors to the roof terrace with panoramic views of the city skyline. oriented on
axis with the cathedral notre dame du haut, large glass walls offer an iconic perspective while they similarly reflect the
surrounding environment.

central canyon

‘as a form of urban experiment the paris parc is the imprint of the pressures of its urban context. wedged into a
super dense context – in terms of space, public flows and architectural history – the parc is conceived as a chain
of reactions to the various external and internal forces acting upon it. inflated to allow daylight and air to enter
into the heart of the facility, compressed to ensure daylight and views for the neighboring classrooms and dormitories,
lifted and decompressed to allow the public to enter from both plaza and park and finally tilted to reflect the
spectacular view of the paris skyline and the notre dame to the parisians.’
 – bjarke ingels, founder, BIG

central canyon

laboratory overlooking the atrium

interior space

roof terrace

at night

(left) site outline
(right) extruded volume

facade responds to jean nouvel’s building and adjacent structures

(left) outward views diagram
(right) reflected skyline within facade diagram

points of entry

(left) outdoor circulation diagram
(right) interior circulation diagram

(left) indoor public spaces diagram
(right) outdoor public spaces diagram

project info:

project: paris parc
type: competition
client: upmc university
size: 15.000 m2
location: paris, france
status: 1. prize

partners-in-charge: bjarke ingels, andreas klok pedersen
project leader: daniel sundlin
architect: gabrielle nadeau
team: camille crepin, edouard boisse, tiina liisa juuti, alexandre

partners-in-charge: manal rachdi, tanguy vermet, ute rinnebach
project leader: daniel colin, antonio rovira
team: akram rachdi, olfa kamoon

May 23, 2011

27 The Project – Teaser, #1 & #2

27 The Project – Teaser

#1: SPAIN Fabrizio & Alberto

#2: DENMARK Bjarke Ingels

About 27 from
27” is a joint venture between a filmmaker, two architects and a designer. They travel together to meet people engaging in the process of making the Europe of tomorrow. “27” is a journey into the heart of contemporary European architecture, under a permanent state of mutation. 27countries, 27 cultures, 27 architects build according to their own rules, and their own history while giving contribution for the construction of a common space : Europe.

May 7, 2011

BIG wins the competition to design a major Cultural Center in Albania

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BIGMartha Schwartz LandscapeBuro HappoldSpeirs & MajorLutzenberger & Lutzenberger, and Global Cultural Asset Management are today announced as the winning team of the international design competition for a new 27.000 m2 cultural complex in , consisting of a Mosque, an Islamic Centre, and a Museum of Religious Harmony.

The capital  is undergoing an urban transformation which includes the restoration and refurbishment of existing buildings, the construction of a series of new public and private urban structures, and the complete reconceptualization of Scanderbeg Square. This important square is the site of the new cultural complex that will consist of a Mosque, an Islamic Centre, and a Museum of Religious Harmony.

 is the crossroads of three major religions: Orthodox Christianity; Catholicism; and Islam. With the recent completion of two new churches, all three religions will now have new places of worship in the heart of . The complex will not only serve the Muslim community of the city and surrounding areas, but will educate the public about Islamic values and serve as a beacon for religious tolerance.

’s winning entry was selected out of five finalists, including Spanish Architect Andreas Perea Ortega, Architecture Studio from France, Dutch SeARCH and London-based Zaha Hadid.

”The winning proposal was chosen for its ability to create an inviting public space flexible enough to accommodate daily users and large religious events, while harmonically connecting with the Scanderbeg square, the city of  and its citizens across different religions. Additionally the project shines through its beautiful garden surrounding the new Mosque and Center of Islamic Culture which symbolically features the rich vegetation described in Islamic literature. Finally the team’s awareness of the economic aspects of this important development will contribute to a successful realization of this project.” Mayor of , Edi Rama.

The buildings’ forms emerge from two intersecting axes and formal requirements: the city grid of which calls for the proper framing of the square and a coherent urban identity, and orientation of the Mosque’s main wall towards Mecca. ’s proposal incorporates ’s grid by maintaining the street wall and eaves line, yet rotates the ground floor so both the Mosque and the plaza face the holy city of Islam. This transformation also opens up a series of plazas—two minor ones on the sides of the Mosque and a major plaza with a minaret in front—which are semi-covered and serve as an urban extension of the place of worship. By turning the mosque inside out and bringing the program and qualities of the Mosque to a public arena, the religion becomes inclusive and inviting, and the cool shaded urban space can be shared by all.

“This project is very significant for us for two reasons: Firstly it is a privilege to contribute to the ambitious rejuvenation of  City – especially since it is happening not by the random accumulation of singular monuments – but rather in accordance with a careful and considerate holistic master plan. Secondly and perhaps most importantly –religious tolerance is one of our greatest challenges today– politically, culturally and even urbanistically. With the construction of the New Mosque of , The Islamic Center and The Museum of Religious Harmony – will reestablish the equilibrium by adding a mosque to the newly completed Orthodox and Catholic Cathedrals – making  an example for the rest of the world as a global capital of religious harmony”, Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner of .

The mosque can accommodate up to 1,000 people performing their daily prayers. Through the unique layout of courtyards and public space, the mosque can also expand to accommodate larger groups of 5,000 on Fridays and up to 10,000 on special holy days. The facade with the multitude of rational, rectangular windows finds its inspiration in Islamic mashrabiya screens, which provide shading and privacy while still allowing views out. The light qualities of the mosque will change dramatically throughout the day as the light washes across the curved facades.

“The alignment towards Mecca solves the dilemma inherent in the master plan – in its triangular layout the mosque was somehow tugged in the corner – now it sits at the end of the plaza – framed by its two neighbors. The resultant architecture evokes the curved domes and arches of traditional Islamic architecture – for both the mosque itself and the semi-domed spaces around it”, Thomas Christoffersen, Partner-in-Charge, .

The design also includes The Quran Gardens containing all of the plants mentioned in the Quran in the same amount as the number of times they appear in the holy scripture.

Architects: BIG
Collaborators: Martha Schwartz Landscape, Buro Happold , Speirs & Major, Lutzenberger & Lutzenberger, and Global Cultural Asset Management
Partner-in-Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen
Project Leader: Leon Rost
Project Team: Marcella Martinez, Se Yoon Park, Alessandro Ronfini, Daniel Kidd, Julian Nin Liang, Erick Kristanto, Ho Kyung Lee
Client: Municipality of , Albanian Muslim Community
Size: 27,000 sqm
Images: Courtesy of

February 9, 2011

A BIG New York Debut: West 57th

<p><a href=”″>W57 – West 57th Residential Building</a> from <a href=”″>BIG</a&gt; on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

A BIG New York Debut Courtesy of BIG

A BIG New York Debut Courtesy of BIG

A BIG New York Debut Courtesy of BIG


Project Details:
Project: West 57th Street
Location: Manhattan, New York, USA
Client: Durst Fetner Residential
Architect: BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group –
Size: 870,000 ft² (80,000 m²)
Status: Direct Commission
Collaborators: SLCE Architects (Architect of Record) , Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects, Thornton Tomasetti (Sturctural), Dagher Engineering(MEP), Langan Engineering (Civil), Hunter Roberts (Construction Manager), Philip Habib & Assoc. (Transportation), Israel Berger & Assoc. (Building Envelope), Nancy Packes (Marketing), Van Deusen & Assoc. (Vertical Transportation), Cerami & Assoc. (Acoustical), CPP (Wind), AKRF (Environmental), German Glessner (Renderings & Animation)

Partner in Charge: Bjarke Ingels
Project Leader: Beat Schenk
Project Architect: Sören Grünert
Team: Thomas Christoffersen, Celine Jeanne, Daniel Sundlin, Alessandro Ronfini, Aleksander Tokarz, Alessio Valmori, Alvaro Garcia Mendive, Felicia Guldberg, Gabrielle Nadeau, Ho Kyung Lee, Julian Liang, Julianne Gola, Lucian Racovitan, Marcela Martinez, Maria Nikolova, Minjae Kim, Mitesh Dixit, Nicklas Rasch, Riccardo Mariano, Stanley Lung, Steffan Heath, Thilani Rajarathna, Xu Li
Durst Fetner Residential (DFR) today announced the design of West 57, a 600-unit 80/20 residential building on West 57th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues. The building is designed by renowned Danish Architect firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group and is their in¬augural North American project. The building’s program consists of over 600 residential units of different scales situated on a podium with a cultural and commercial program. The building will strive for LEED Gold Certification.

It’s extraordinarily exciting to build a building whose architecture will attract visitors from around the globe,” said, Hal Fetner, CEO of Durst Fetner Residential. “BIG’s design is innovative, evocative and unique and the building’s beauty is matched only by its efficient and functional design that preserves existing view corridors while maximizing the new building’s access to natural light and views of the Hudson River. West 57th will establish a new standard for architectural excellence and its creative design, sustainable-construc¬tion and operations, breathtaking views and distinctive amenities will make it New York’s most sought after residential address.

The building is a hybrid between the European perimeter block and a traditional Manhattan high-rise. West 57th has a unique shape which combines the advantages of both: the compactness and efficiency of a courtyard building providing density, a sense of inti¬macy and security, with the airiness and the expansive views of a skyscraper. By keeping three corners of the block low and lifting the north-east corner up towards its 467 ft peak, the courtyard opens views towards the Hudson River, bringing low western sun deep into the block and graciously preserving the adjacent Helena Tower’s views of the river.

New York is rapidly becoming an increasingly green and livable city. The transformation of the Hudson River waterfront and the Highline into green parks, the ongoing effort to plant a million trees, the pedestrianization of Broadway and the creation of more miles of bicycle lanes than the entire city of my native Copenhagen are all evidence of urban oases appearing all over the city. With West 57th we attempt to continue this transformation into the heart of the city fabric – into the center of a city block,” Bjarke Ingels, Founder, BIG.

The form of the building shifts depending on the viewer’s vantage point. While appearing like a warped pyramid from the West-Side-Highway, it turns into a slender spire from West 58th Street. The courtyard which is inspired by the classic Copenhagen urban oasis can be seen from the street and serves to extend the adjacent greenery of the Hudson River Park into the West 57th development.

The building is conceived as a cross breed between the Copenhagen courtyard and the New York skyscraper. The communal intimacy of the central urban oasis meets the efficiency, density and panoramic views of the tall tower in a new hybrid typology. The courtyard is to architecture what Central Park is to urbanism: a giant green garden surrounded by a dense wall of spaces for living”, Bjarke Ingels, Founder, BIG.

The slope of the building allows for a transition in scale between the low-rise structures to the south and the high-rise residential towers to the north and west of the site. The highly visible sloping roof consists of a simple ruled surface perforated by terraces—each one unique and south-facing. The fishbone pattern of the walls are also reflected in its elevations. Every apartment gets a bay window or a balcony to amplify the benefits of the generous view and balconies which encourage interaction between residents and passers-by. DFR commissioned Copenhagen based BIG in the spring of 2010 to introduce a new residential typology to Manhattan. As of 2011 BIG has opened a new office in New York in order to oversee the development and upcoming construction of West 57th.
About Durst Fetner Residential:
Durst Fetner Residential is a unique collaboration between two of the most respected commercial and residential development com¬panies in New York City—The Durst Organization and Sidney Fetner Associates. The Organization develops, builds, owns and manages premiere properties throughout the New York metropolitan area that set new standards in environmental responsibility and user efficiency.

About BIG:
BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, founded in 2005 by Bjarke Ingels, is an architectural office currently involved in a large number of projects throughout Europe, Asia and North America. Based in Copenhagen, Denmark and with a newly opened office in New York, USA the office is led by six Design Partners, including Bjarke Ingels, Andreas Klok Pedersen, Finn Norkjaer, Thomas Christoffersen, Jakob Lange, David Zahle and two Management Associate Partners, Sheela Maini Sogaard and Kai-Uwe Bergmann. BIG’s architecture emerges out of a careful analysis of how contemporary life constantly evolves and changes, not least due to the influence of multicultural ex¬change, global economic flows and communication technologies that together require new ways of architectural and urban organiza¬tion. In all our actions we try to move the focus from the little details to the BIG picture.

January 31, 2011

Public Space That Doesn’t Suck: Bjarke Ingels Group’s (BIG) TEK Center

Written by  Murrye Bernard

The Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), a firm based in Denmark, Copenhagen, was founded by namesake Bjarke Ingels in 2006 and has been on the architectural community’s radar ever since. BIG’s work is known for being simultaneously playful and socially conscientious. Though many of their projects are situated on dense urban sites, BIG often carves outdoor spaces within the vertical confines of buildings. Their Technology, Entertainment and Knowledge (TEK) Center in Taipei, Taiwan continues this trend. Other notable BIG projects include the Danish Pavilion for the Shanghai Expo 2010 and innovative housing projects such as 8Tallet and The Mountain Dwellings, which feature topographically inspired sections that incorporate terraced roof gardens with sweeping views.

“High-tech” is a phrase that comes to mind when viewing BIG’s animated videos and intricate 3D computer renderings of their designs, but, in some cases, technology provides the premise for the program. BIG recently designed what might be the world’s first multimedia center, the 53,000 m2 (approxiamately 570,487 sq. ft.) Technology, Entertainment and Knowledge (TEK) Building in Taipei, Taiwan. The TEK Building, which was designed as part of a competition, is intended as a site for TEDxTaipei — an annual, independent event inspired by the original Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) conference. For the remainder of the year, the TEK Building will provide exhibition, conference, and showroom space for other media events and draw the public to visit its restaurants, retail stores, and hotel.

The mixed-use public building will contain an entire pedestrian street’s worth of programming, which has been consolidated, stacked, and coiled to fit within the constraints of a perfect cube measuring 57 x 57 x 57 meters (approximately 187 x 187 x 187 ft.) . The parti is simple and straightforward but sophisticated in articulation. In plan, a circle is hollowed from the center of the cube, and in section this courtyard spirals up toward the sky and punctures the facade in multiple locations, with only minimal planes of glass to serve as railings. The most fascinating feature of the design is that it is possible to enter the building from street level and climb all the way to the roof without actually going inside. This “vertical plaza” will be open for public access 24/7, so hypothetically anyone can walk up from the street at any time.



TEK – Technology, Entertainment and Knowledge Building Drawings

Visitors who make the climb all the way to the top of the TEK Building will be rewarded with city views from its roof, which is planted with small trees around the perimeter of its funnel-like form and which will serve as a public amphitheater. Associate Partner Kai-Uwe Bergmann refers to it as the “public suck” because the roof appears to be the victim of a force stronger than gravity. However, the shape serves a higher purpose than aesthetics; the spiraling central space will function as an air-intake and ventilation system for the building, utilizing the chimney effect. The architects worked closely with Arup’s engineers to size and articulate the spiral to maximize air flow.

The building’s energy efficiency will also be boosted by its green roof, and the designers made use of the ground as a thermal mass, which will assist with heating and cooling. The goal, according to Bergmann, was to achieve sustainability in a passive way. By keeping building systems simple, the owners pay less upfront but also save in the long term on maintenance costs. In keeping with the passive design philosophy, the ephemeral exterior design of the TEK Building is comprised of glass andconcrete lamellas, which will provide shading from the sun for interior spaces. These fins also wrap inward to form the steps of the public staircase. From certain angles, the building will appear solid, and from others, each delicate layer will be apparent as in a slice of baklava.

Formally, the building might also draw some comparisons to a subwoofer, but at night its exterior appearance will be transformed by LED lighting. BIG collaborated with realities:United, a consultant from Berlin who specializes in designing multimedia facades around the world, to create the “low-tech but high-impact facade,” according to Bergmann. A series of LEDs, connected to a central server, will be positioned on the underside of the fins so their light will reflect against these surfaces. The facade will display video content, such as promotions for upcoming events at the TEK Building. In more ways than one, the TEK Building provides a view into the future.













TEK – Technology, Entertainment and Knowledge Building Diagrams

TEK – Technology, Entertainment and Knowldege Building Model