BIG is a Copenhagen and New York based group of architects, designers, builders and thinkers operating within the ﬁelds of architecture, urbanism, research and development. The office is currently involved in a large number of projects throughout Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East. BIG’s architecture emerges out of a careful analysis of how contemporary life constantlyevolves and changes. Not least due to the inﬂuence from multicultural exchange, global economical ﬂows and communication technologies that all together require new ways of architectural and urban organization. We believe that in order to deal with today’s challenges, architecture can proﬁtably move into a ﬁeld that has been largely unexplored. A pragmatic utopian architecture that steers clear ofthe petrifying pragmatism of boring boxes and the naïve utopian ideas of digital formalism.
In our projects we test the eff ects of size and the balance of programmatic mixtures on the triple bottom line of the social, economic and ecological outcome. Like a form of programmatic alchemy we create architecture by mixing conventional ingredients such as living, leisure, working, parking andshopping. By hitting the fertile overlap between pragmatic and utopia, we architects once again ﬁnd the freedom to change the surface of our planet, to better ﬁt contemporary life forms. In all our actions we try to move the focus from the small details to the BIG picture.
Photo Ty Stange
BIG is a stock based corporation (A/S) with a board of directors consisting ofCreative Director and Founding Partner Bjarke Ingels in collaboration with Christian Madsbjerg, Niels Koggersbøl, and CEO Sheela Maini Søgaard. This team determines BIG’s strategic long-term goals that are then carried out in the everyday management conducted by Sheela Maini Søgaard and Bjarke Ingels. In 2009 BIG extended the management to include ﬁ ve new Creative Partners: Andreas KlokPedersen, David Zahle, Finn Nørkjær, Jakob Lange and Thomas Christoff ersen and two new Managing Partners: Sheela Maini Søgaard and KaiUwe Bergmann, Director of Business Development. With 5 Creative Partners and Bjarke Ingels in the Creative Director role, BIG will for each project assign a partner in charge to lead and guide the creative process to ensure the high quality of our work. BIG employs 96architects, construction architects and design assistants and the daily management of each commission follows either a ﬂat or hierarchically structured team set-up according to the character of the project. When required for a commission we will embed experts and specialists into the team to help us ﬁnd the best solution. To facilitate the primary running of the company, BIG makes use of an in-houseIT-department, a communication department, accounting, and administrative assistants.
PROJECT VM HOUSES, PROGRAM 230 RESIDENCES CLIENT HØPFNER, DANISH OIL COMPANY COLLABORATORS JDS, MOE & BRØDSGAARD SIZE 25.000 M2 COST €22 MILLION, $29.5 MILLION, CNY 222 MILLION LOCATION COPENHAGEN, DK STATUS COMPLETED IN 2005 PRIZES FORUM AWARD, MIES VAN DER ROHE SPECIALMENTION, COPENHAGEN MUNICIPALITY PRIZE FOR BEST BUILDING 2005
If people are different, why are all apartments the same? Considering daylight, view and privacy we oriented the buildings away from one another shaping a traditional housing block into the letters V and M. The result is a diverse mosaic of more than 80 diff erent apartment types a three-dimensional Tetris.
Photo Johan FowelinPhoto Jasper Carlsberg
PROJECT MOUNTAIN PROGRAM 80 RESIDENCES, PARKING & RETAIL CLIENT HØPFNER, DANISH OIL COMPANY COLLABORATORS JDS, MOE & BRØDSGAARD, SLA SIZE 33.000 M2 COST €33.5 MILLION, $45 MILLION, CNY 338 MILLION LOCATION COPENHAGEN, DK STATUS COMPLETED 2008 PRIZES WAF HOUSING AWARD, MIPIM HOUSING AWARD, FORUM AID ARCHITECTURE AWARD, ULI AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
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