Bjarke Ingels

Founding Partner, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

Bjarke Ingels

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    Bjarke Ingles is Founding Partner of BIG, Bjarke Ingels Group based in Copenhagen, Denmark and winner of the Global Holcim Awards Bronze 2015.

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    Global Bronze Awards 2015 prize ceremony – The Dryline: Urban flood protection infrastructure, New York City, USA

    Global Award winner Bjarke Ingels from BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group (Copenhagen/New York) – “This project is about resiliency – it is about clever social solutions for generations to come.”

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    Global Bronze Awards 2015 prize ceremony – The Dryline: Urban flood protection infrastructure, New York City, USA

    Presentation to the winning team from The Dryline (l-r): Daniel Zarrilli, Director at the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency; Stephen Whitehouse, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners; Bjarke Ingels and Jeremy Siegel, BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group.

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    3rd Holcim Forum 2010 Re-inventing Construction

    Keynote speaker: Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG Bjarke Ingels Group, Denmark

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    Keynote Speaker: Michel Rojkind, Mexico,Design Principal, Rojkind Arquitectos and Bjarke Ingels, Head of the architectural practice Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), at "Re-inventing construction" - 3rd Holcim Forum 2010

Bjarke Ingels is Founding Partner of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group based in Copenhagen, New York, London and Barcelona, and winner of the Global Holcim Awards Bronze 2015 for “The Dryline: Urban flood protection infrastructure, New York”.

Last updated: April 28, 2023

Bjarke Ingels founded BIG in 2005. Through a series of commissions won in design and architectural competitions, BIG quickly attained international recognition. The architectural practice’s work combines astute analysis, light-hearted experimentation, social responsibility, and humor. Through careful analysis of various parameters from local culture and climate, ever-changing patterns of contemporary life, to the ebbs and flows of the global economy, he believes in the idea of information-driven-design as the driving force for his design process.

Bjarke Ingels studied architecture at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen and the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura in Barcelona, receiving his diploma in 1998. As a 3rd year student, he set up his first practice and won his first competition. From 1998-2001 he worked for the Office of Metropolitan Architecture, founded by Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam. He was co-founder of the architectural firm PLOT Architects in 2001.

The sustainable city or sustainable building is not only the right thing to do for the environment, but it’s also the much more enjoyable and desirable thing to do for the people that live with it and around it. Bjarke Ingels

He was awarded the European Prize for Architecture (2010), the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale (2004) for the Stavanger Concert House, and the Forum AID Award for the VM Houses (2005). He was appointed Knight of the French Order Arts et Lettres (2019) and the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Dannebrog (2018). He was named an Honorary Fellow by the American Institute of Architects (2020), the Royal Institute of British Architects (2015) and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (2014).

The Mountain, a concept for providing housing and parking space in Ørestad, received numerous awards including the World Architecture Festival Housing Award, Forum Aid Award and the MIPIM Residential Development Award. He was made an ‘Honorary Fellow’ by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for 2016, for his contribution to world architecture. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine (2016).

Bjarke Ingels Group received an Aga Khan Award for Architecture (2016) together with Superflex and Topotek 1 for Superkilen in Copenhagen, Denmark. Superkilen provides a meeting place for residents of Denmark’s most ethnically diverse neighborhood and an attraction for the rest of the city, this project was approached as a giant exhibition of global urban best practice.

Bjarke Ingels: “Information driven design”

The founder of BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group explains how the design work of his office is driven by information. The Dryline project to implement creative urban infrastructure that protects Manhattan from floods was created from the specific knowledge of external specialists, as well as the local community. “Our role is to take these inputs and synthesis a design solution that is informed by this wealth of knowledge,” explains BIG founder Bjarke Ingels at the Global Awards Bronze 2015 prize ceremony in New York.

His works in Copenhagen include Islands Brygge Harbour Bath, a series of five open-air swimming pools (2003); VM Houses, multiple-unit dwellings in V- and M-shaped apartment buildings (2003); Mountain Dwellings, an extensive parking facility combined with terraced housing (2008); and 8 House, a large mixed-use housing development (2010). International projects include the Danish pavilion at EXPO 2010 in Shanghai, China; New Tamayo Museum, Atizapán de Zaragoza, Mexico (2009); New Tallinn City Hall, Tallinn, Estonia (2009); Shenzhen International Energy Mansion, Shenzhen, China (2009); and the Faroe Islands Education Centre, Torshavn (2009). Recent projects include the VIA (West 57) apartment project in Manhattan, New York City, USA; Google North Bazshore headquarters (co-designed with Thomas Heatherwick); Superkilen, Copenhagen; and Amager Bakke waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen.

Bjarke Ingels is the author of Hot to Cold: An Odyssey of Architectural Adaptation (Taschen, 2015) and Yes Is More: An Archicomic on Architectural Evolution (Taschen, 2009). He is also author of the contribution “The joys of economy, toward a hedonistic sustainability” in Re-inventing construction (Ruby Press, 2010).

He has been a Visiting Professor at Rice University School of Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation, and Yale School of Architecture.

The Dryline in New York City, USA

BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group (Copenhagen/New York) and One Architecture (Amsterdam), in collaboration with the City of New York, propose a protective ribbon in Southern Manhattan using a series of raised berms and other measures to create public spaces along the water’s edge, forming a large-scale integrated flood protection system.

Holcim Foundation engagement

He presented the case study “Hedonistic sustainability” in the workshop Manage complexity - With integral solutions to an economy of means at the 3rd International Holcim Forum 2010 in Mexico City and was a member of the Holcim Awards regional jury for Europe in 2011.

He was a member of the winning consortium of the Global Holcim Awards Bronze 2015 and Holcim Awards Silver 2014 for North America, “The Dryline: Urban flood protection infrastructure, New York”.