Watch our talk with Bjarke Ingels and Hans Ulrich Obrist on museum architecture live from Venice

BIG founder Bjarke Ingels speaks to curator Hans Ulrich Obrist about the architecture of museums, in this talk Dezeen is hosting with Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet in Venice. Watch the talk here or on Dezeen’s Facebook page live at 4pm UK time. Ahead of the opening of BIG’s Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet in 2020, Ingels

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Bjarke Ingels joins WeWork as chief architect

Co-working company WeWork has announced Danish architect and BIG founder Bjarke Ingels will join the company in the role of chief architect. WeWork co-founder and CEO, Adam Neumann, made the announcement about the newly created position in a blogpost today, 8 May 2018. He explained that Ingels has been brought on board to advise of

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The XI towers in New York will “dance” with each other, says Bjarke Ingels

BIG has released new renderings of the pair of towers it is building beside New York’s High Line, which architect Bjarke Ingels says are shaped out of “mutual courtesy” for one another’s views. The XI development – also known as The Eleventh – is currently rising from a full city block between the city’s Chelsea

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BIG releases new image of twisting residential towers in New York

Danish firm BIG has unveiled a new rendering of its pair of rotated towers that are currently under construction in New York’s Chelsea neighbourhood. The image provides an updated overview of BIG’s The Eleventh development, which is being built alongside the city’s High Line elevated park. Reaching different heights, the two bronze- and travertine-clad towers are designed with

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BIG designs “checkerboard” domed sports centre for Texas rodeo

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels is set to build a sports and music complex in Austin, Texas, with a fractured dome roof and an area for rodeo at its centre. The 121,000-square-metre East Austin District will include a 15,000-seat arena that will host the Austin Rodeo, hockey games and concerts and a 40,000-seat stadium for football,

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Bjarke Ingels proposes Mars simulation city for Dubai in race for space colonisation

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels has revealed designs for the Mars Science City, which will operate as a space simulation campus near Dubai where scientists will work on “humanity’s march into space”. Ingels’ plans show four geodesic domes enveloping the Mars Science City, which will cover 17.5 hectares of desert outside Dubai – making it the largest space simulation city

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Lego releases drone footage of BIG’s Lego House nearing completion

Lego has flown a drone over its BIG-designed visitor centre in Billund, Denmark, to capture footage of its stacked-block formation and the huge Lego-style brick that tops it. Due to open next month, the building is made up from 21 white blocks stacked like a pile of the brand’s famous toy building blocks. As captured in the drone footage

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“If I was misogynist would I hire a woman as my CEO?” says Bjarke Ingels

Bjarke Ingels has hit back at accusations of sexism at his architecture firm, following the controversy over that Instagram post. Speaking to Dezeen, the Danish architect said: “Being a white male makes anything I say sort of misquoted and twisted. Anything that I say about this will be misinterpreted.” “I was shocked at the bullshit people were writing,”

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Architizer’s product database gains investment from Bjarke Ingels, J Mayer H and more

US media company Architizer’s online database for architectural products has received new financial backing from industry names including Bjarke Ingels and J Mayer H. The Danish and German architects are among a set of new investors for Source, the digital marketplace for specifying products for construction projects, launched by Architizer in January 2016. New York-based architects

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BIG Time film documents Bjarke Ingels’ gruelling rise to stardom

Bjarke Ingels reveals the demands of being one of the world’s most successful architects, and its impact on his personal life and health, in the new documentary BIG Time. Film-maker Kaspar Astrup Schröder – who met Ingels through his wife – captures an intimate portrait of the architect as he decamps from Copenhagen to New York to set up

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Bjarke Ingels to star in feature-length documentary

In the trailer for a new documentary staring Bjarke Ingels, the Danish architect and BIG founder has revealed the anxiety and pressure he feels to create “extraordinary” architecture. Titled BIG Time, the feature-length documentary follows the 42-year-old architect from boardroom to building site as he visits some of the firm’s in-construction projects. It also takes in his Via 57 West “courtscraper”

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BIG’s only female partner defends company’s gender balance after Instagram attack

Sheela Maini Søgaard, the only woman among the 12 partners at BIG, has described the architecture firm’s male-female balance as among the “best in the industry”, after a social media backlash. Søgaard defended the diversity at BIG after founder Bjarke Ingels posted a photograph on Instagram of all 12 partners, captioned “BIG BOYS&GIRL” – highlighting the gender imbalance at partner level. She

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BIG’s Serpentine Pavilion finds permanent home in Vancouver

The “unzipped wall” designed by Bjarke Ingels’ firm for the 2016 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion commission in London will eventually be re-erected in Downtown Vancouver. Canadian developer Westbank, which was a major sponsor of the pavilion, revealed its plans to bring the structure to its home city exclusively to Dezeen. Danish architect Ingels also confirmed the

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Bjarke Ingels launches “silo-shattering” BIG Engineering department

Bjarke Ingels’ firm BIG has launched its own in-house engineering department to cater to increasingly technically ambitious projects. BIG Engineering is being headed up by new hire Duncan Horswill, the former chief operating officer at Søren Jensen Engineers and co-founder of the computational design group at Ramboll UK. It’s hoped the team’s expertise will help integrate technical knowledge into

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BIG wins contest for San Pellegrino bottling factory in Italy

Bjarke Ingels has been announced the winner of a competition to design a new headquarters and bottling plant for the soft drinks company San Pellegrino in northern Italy. BIG was announced the winner of the San Pellegrino Flagship Factory contest at an event held in the Herzog & de Meuron-designed Feltrinelli Foundation in Milan earlier

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Architecture at its best is “pure fiction” says Bjarke Ingels in new Netflix documentary

Bjarke Ingels says BIG’s “crazy ideas” have revolutionised how architecture is perceived by the general public, in a Netflix documentary series launching today. Ingels, 42, the founder of Danish firm BIG, is the subject of the first in the eight-episode documentary series titled Abstract: The Art of Design. In the episode, filmed in the lead-up

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BIG and Barcode Architects unveil terraced block for IJburg waterfront

Bjarke Ingels Group and Barcode Architects have revealed their competition-winning design for an Amsterdam tower, which will terrace down to touch the surface of the IJ lake. The 46,000-square-metre mixed-use building named Sluishuis is designed as a gateway to Amsterdam’s IJburg, a neighbourhood set on artificial islands that float on IJ. Created by Bjarke Ingel’s Copenhagen-based firm BIG

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BIG completes pair of twisting towers in Miami’s Coconut Grove

Work has finished on Bjarke Ingels Group’s first condominium project in the United States, a pair of glass high-rise buildings that overlook Biscayne Bay. Called Grove at Grand Bay, the luxury housing development is located in the historic Miami neighbourhood of Coconut Grove, once known as an enclave for artists and writers. The buildings, which

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BIG reveals full designs for Dubai Hyperloop in new video

Bjarke Ingels Group has today unveiled its designs for the world’s first Hyperloop high-speed transportation system in Dubai, which is to feature pods that travel at “near supersonic speed”. In the design, a fleet of cubic pods transport passengers to Hyperloop’s main transport hub before being loaded into larger capsules, which travel through a network of elevated tubes to

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Philadelphia office building by BIG takes cues from old battleships

Bjarke Ingels Group has completed an office facility in the Philadelphia Navy Yard with a facade that curves like the bow of a ship. Called 1200 Intrepid, the building is located in city’s historic Navy Yard – an industrial site that is being converted into a mixed-use district. Robert AM Stern designed the area’s masterplan.

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Five BIG projects changing the face of New York City

Bjarke Ingels recently revealed that his qualifications are not recognised in the US, yet the Danish architect’s firm still has projects springing up all over New York. We’ve rounded up five set to alter the city’s neighbourhoods and skyline. Last week Ingels spoke about his struggle to become registered as an architect in New York, despite graduating

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BIG and Fiberline reveal manufacturing process behind Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2016

Movie: Dezeen goes behind the scenes at the factory where the fibreglass blocks that comprise BIG’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion were made in this exclusive video produced for material manufacturer Fiberline. Bjarke Ingels’ firm’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion opened in London on 10 June 2016, and is a huge undulating structure composed of thousands of fibreglass boxes stacked on top More

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Visiting Zaha Hadid’s Vitra Fire Station was an “eye-opening experience,” says Bjarke Ingels

Zaha Hadid 1950-2016: Danish architect Bjarke Ingels reflects on the huge impact visiting Zaha Hadid’s Vitra Fire Station had on him as a student in the next movie from our exclusive video series. Ingels says he first discovered Hadid’s work in 1993, when he came across her paintings while studying architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. “She hadn’t built much back More

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Bjarke Ingels’ Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is “mountainous outside and cavernous inside”

Movie: in this exclusive video interview, Bjarke Ingels explains how his firm BIG used stacks of fibreglass boxes to create a huge undulating structure on the lawn in front of the Serpentine Gallery in London. BIG’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2016 is made up of thousands of translucent fibreglass blocks, which are stacked on top of More

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Bjarke Ingels completes Serpentine Gallery Pavilion that is “both solid box and blob”

BIG founder Bjarke Ingels has unveiled his Serpentine Gallery Pavilion – a wall of translucent blocks that has been “unzipped” to create a curving, cavernous interior (+ slideshow). Described by the Danish architect as “both transparent and opaque, both solid box and blob”, this year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is designed as a simple wall that has been distorted into a more More

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Bjarke Ingels’ Serpentine Gallery Pavilion revealed on Instagram

Instagrammers have been sharing images of this year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, conceived by Bjarke Ingels as an “unzipped” wall of bricks – including construction snaps by the Danish architect himself. The pavilion is being unveiled to selected journalists this morning at the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Kensington Gardens, and the Dezeen team is broadcasting live from More

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Follow Dezeen live on Facebook and Snapchat from BIG’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2016

Dezeen will be reporting live from the unveiling of Bjarke Ingels’ Serpentine Gallery Pavilion on Tuesday morning. Follow us on Facebook and Snapchat for exclusive video footage and images. Dezeen will be at the press preview of this year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, which opens to the public later this week. We’ll be using Facebook and Snapchat to More

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Digital model offers virtual-reality users a preview of BIG’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

For those who aren’t able to visit BIG’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion this summer, Swiss visualisation studio Archilogic has made it possible to take an unofficial tour of the building using virtual reality (+ interactive 3D model). Ahead of the pavilion’s unveiling tomorrow, Archilogic has created an unofficial digital model that allows users to preview the building using VR devices like Oculus Rift More

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Bjarke Ingels embodies “fully fledged new typology” in architecture says Rem Koolhaas

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels has been named as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2016, with a citation written by Rem Koolhaas that compares Ingels to a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. “I do not consider Bjarke Ingels the reincarnation of this or that architect from the past,” said Koolhaas in the text published More

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BIG’s plan for Smithsonian campus in Washington DC sparks opposition

Nearly 1,400 people have signed a petition in opposition to Bjarke Ingels Group’s proposal to demolish a portion of the Smithsonian Institution campus in Washington DC. A concerned citizen started an online petition on 5 April 2016 in an effort to halt or at least modify the plans regarding the Smithsonian’s Enid A Haupt Garden, More

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BIG reveals more images of Washington Redskins stadium design

BIG has now released a full set of images of its design for the new Washington Redskins American football stadium, revealing more activities that the venue could facilitate (+ slideshow). Bjarke Ingels’ firm envisions the building being set within a large amphitheatre-like park that could transform into a performance venue for up to 100,000 people. More

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BIG’s new stadium for the Redskins could offer abseiling, surfing and kayaking

Bjarke Ingels has unveiled his firm’s new stadium design for American football team the Washington Redskins, set to feature a moat offering an assortment of sporting activities. Although a location for the new Redskins stadium complex has not been chosen, BIG has already developed a design, which was unveiled on US television show 60 Minutes yesterday. Related More

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New York “courtscraper” by Bjarke Ingels set to open in March

Via 57 West, the tetrahedron-shaped Manhattan apartment tower by BIG, is preparing to welcome its first group of tenants next month. A photo posted by Anthony Maruca (@maracazzz) on Feb 23, 2016 at 11:40am PST While the building is not yet complete, the developer offered a sneak peek of the 940,000-square-foot (87,330 square metres) tower this More

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Bjarke Ingels’ Serpentine Gallery Pavilion conceived as an “unzipped wall”

Bjarke Ingels’ firm BIG has unveiled its design for this year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, featuring a tall pointed structure made of interlocking fibreglass “bricks”. The Danish architect’s design for this year’s pavilion was imagined as solid wall that has been “unzipped” to create a three-dimensional space. It will be made from a series of box-like More

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“Nobody plays with form as well as Bjarke Ingels”

Opinion: when it comes to headline-grabbing proposals, Bjarke Ingels and BIG are becoming increasingly hard to beat – and increasingly divisive among critics. Aaron Betsky explains why he’s part of the BIG fan club. Nobody plays with form as well as Bjarke Ingels. It is the reason why he is the architect my students love more than More

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Nine of BIG’s built architecture projects

This year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion will be designed by Bjarke Ingels’ firm – a studio known for forward-thinking concepts and exciting ideas, but with only a handful of completed projects. Here’s a look back at some of the ones built so far (+ slideshow). Danish National Maritime Museum, Helsingør, Denmark Completed by BIG in 2013, this underground museum More

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BIG to design Galeries Lafayette flagship on Paris’ Champs-Élysées

French department store chain Galeries Lafayette has selected Danish architect Bjarke Ingels to design its new flagship shop on the Champs-Élysées. Ingels’ firm will renovate and transform an existing Art Deco building on the Parisian boulevard into a 9,000 square metre department store scheduled to open in 2018. Galeries Lafayette said it wanted to turn the former More

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BIG unveils designs for The Spiral office tower in New York

Bjarke Ingels Group has released a conceptual design for its latest project in New York, an office skyscraper wrapped in a ribbon of green terraces (+ movie). Called The Spiral, the 65-storey glass tower is slated to rise at 66 Hudson Boulevard, as part of the massive Hudson Yards mixed-use development that is now under construction on More

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Bjarke Ingels impressed by “ingenuity and balls” of graduate’s job application video

BIG founder Bjarke Ingels says he is “honestly impressed” by young job applicant Étienne Duval, whose covering letter is an animated rap that has become a YouTube sensation (+ movie). Speaking to Dezeen, the Danish architect said Duval had made his day with his two-minute-long film Yo Is More, in which the French graduate makes the case More

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BIG’s 8 House succeeds where the Smithsons’ “streets in the sky” failed, says Bjarke Ingels

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels claims his Copenhagen housing development has accomplished the social mission Brutalist architects Alison and Peter Smithson set out to achieve with their “streets in sky” concept in the 1960s and 1970s. Named 8 House because of its angular figure-of-eight plan, BIG’s building dips and rises at the corners to create a More

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BIG’s Vancouver House aims to transform motorway flyover into a “wonderful civic space”

World Architecture Festival 2015: in this exclusive movie, architect Kai-Uwe Bergmann explains how BIG’s proposed skyscraper in Vancouver is designed to transform a site dominated by a motorway flyover into an attractive neighbourhood. The Danish architecture firm’s Vancouver House, which was named Future Project of the Year 2015 at World Architecture Festival earlier this month, will be […]

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BIG designs stepped 79 & Park residential development for Stockholm

Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled plans for a foliage-covered terraced block of apartments, which are under construction in Stockholm’s Gärdet district (+ slideshow). The stepped glass and cedar wood building is adjacent to the Royal National City Park, and echoes its greenery with rooftops covered in plants – similar to recent proposals for buildings by Thomas […]

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Drone video shows progress on New York “courtscraper” by BIG

Communications firm Darkhorse has used a camera mounted to a drone to capture footage of Via 57 West, the residential building by Bjarke Ingels Group that is now rising in New York (+ movie). Construction is underway on the tetrahedron-shaped building, which is located on West 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan. The design is pulled […]

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BIG launches Kickstarter campaign for smoke-ring-blowing chimney at Copenhagen power plant

Bjarke Ingels has launched a public crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise funds for a power plant chimney that will blow smoke rings to symbolise CO2 consumption (+ movie). BIG founder Ingels has launched the Kickstarter campaign with practice partner Jakob Lange, inviting the public to “make history by financing the latest prototype to create the first […]

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