Archinect - News 2015-05-30T10:34:14-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/126833043/google-loses-to-linkedin-in-silicon-valley-hq-pitch Google loses to LinkedIn in Silicon Valley HQ pitch Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-06T15:29:00-04:00 >2015-05-08T16:36:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2h/2hhum11ub2rvcprm.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a blow to Google&rsquo;s expansion plans, on Tuesday the Mountain View City Council voted to give the search giant roughly a quarter of the office space it had requested for the project, and instead awarded the lion&rsquo;s share of the city&rsquo;s future office development &ndash;- 1.5 million square feet &ndash;- to LinkedIn. Google received about 500,000 square feet, or about enough to build one of the four buildings it had proposed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>How this news will affect BIG and Heatherwick's design for the Googleplex expansion is as of yet undetermined. Earlier today, we learned that Google planned on <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126826379/new-googleplex-will-be-built-by-robots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">constructing its new HQ using "crabots"</a>, so clearly sights were set on the Mountain View City Council giving the go-ahead. David Radcliffe, Google's VP of real estate, said in an emailed statement:&nbsp;&ldquo;We know the City Council had a tough decision to make last night and thank them and our community for more than six hours of debate,&rdquo; and that Google would &ldquo;continue to work with the City on Google&rsquo;s future in Mountain View.&rdquo;</p><p>Details on BIG and Heatherwick's proposal <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121746764/google-unveils-big-heatherwick-studios-collaboration-for-new-campus-master-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122588365/critical-response-to-googleplex-expansion-focuses-on-suburban-development-not-architecture Critical response to Googleplex expansion focuses on suburban development, not architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-10T15:37:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T18:38:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z4/z4o1d1rrl9fsje2j.jpg" width="514" height="388" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Google&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121746764/google-unveils-big-heatherwick-studios-collaboration-for-new-campus-master-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">choice of BIG and Heatherwick Studios</a> to design their Mountain View campus expansion is true to form: big, brash, debatably realistic, with a dash of techno-utopianism. The critical response to the proposal &ndash; a series of webbed glass shells covering reconfigurable utility spaces, integrated with the North Shore&rsquo;s natural landscape and urban life &ndash; depended on where it was published. Design and architecture publications picked at BIG and Heatherwick&rsquo;s design; tech and general publications focused on mega-client Google and the changes to Mountain View.</p><p>The renderings released at the end of February (see <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121746764/google-unveils-big-heatherwick-studios-collaboration-for-new-campus-master-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>) are part of a <a href="http://mountainview.gov/depts/comdev/planning/activeprojects/bonusfar/bonusfarprojects.asp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">massive master plan</a> submitted by Google to Mountain View officials on February 27. It is highly unlikely it will proceed as-is. But with the sheer real estate that Google commands in Mountain View, this project adding 2.5 million new square feet to Google&rsquo;s cache of the majority of privately owned land in the North Bayshore area, it&rsquo;s certainly not scaling t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122507983/bjarke-ingels-and-oliver-wainwright-talk-new-york-dryline Bjarke Ingels and Oliver Wainwright talk New York Dryline Alexander Walter 2015-03-09T14:08:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T16:01:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f5/f5cdbqiqi2mr77e3.jpg" width="514" height="395" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There aren&rsquo;t many architects you would believe could hold back seas and save the world from being drowned by Biblical floods. But when you meet Bjarke Ingels, anything seems eminently possible. [...] If New York has to build 10 miles of flood defences to protect the city from another Hurricane Sandy, why not conceive the barrier as a brand new waterfront park? Climate security as leisure amenity. You can almost hear the standing ovation and all-American whooping in the background.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101030520/a-closer-look-into-the-big-u-big-s-winning-proposal-for-rebuild-by-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A closer look into &ldquo;The BIG U&rdquo;, BIG&rsquo;s winning proposal for Rebuild By Design</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122201296/archinect-sessions-episode-19-don-t-be-evil-don-t-throw-stones Archinect Sessions Episode #19: Don't be Evil, Don't Throw Stones Archinect 2015-03-05T14:11:00-05:00 >2015-03-25T10:22:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1f/1fqwi6bq2zo7nwek.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week Amelia, Paul, Donna and Ken discuss the somewhat controversial <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121746764/google-unveils-big-heatherwick-studios-collaboration-for-new-campus-master-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Headquarters</a> design by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/12450131/heatherwick-studio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Heatherwick</a>. On a completely different note, we also discuss the new, and the nation's first, slavery museum,&nbsp;Whitney Plantation, in Louisiana.&nbsp;</p><p>As always, you can send us&nbsp;your architectural legal issues, comments or questions via <a href="http://twitter.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">twitter</a> #archinectsessions,&nbsp;<a href="http://ed@archinect.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">email</a>&nbsp;or call us at (213) 784-7421. And if you can, we'd love for you to rate us on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">iTunes</a> or Stitcher!</p><p>Listen to episode nineteen of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Don't be Evil, Don't Throw Stones":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>Stitcher</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=55711&amp;refid=stpr" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to listen</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss</a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/archinect/Archinect-Sessions-19.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121746764/google-unveils-big-heatherwick-studios-collaboration-for-new-campus-master-plan Google Unveils BIG + Heatherwick Studios Collaboration for New Campus Master Plan Nicholas Korody 2015-02-27T16:26:00-05:00 >2015-03-06T18:41:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/01/01woyj5y1mepnx3t.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;Silicon Valley has been the cradle of a series of innovations that, over the last decades, have propelled technology and [the] world economy, but all of the resources, all of the intelligence, has been invested into the immaterial, the digital realm, the internet,&rdquo; asserts Bjarke Ingels of <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;ved=0CB8QFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.big.dk%2F&amp;ei=-MfwVI6uEsimgwSVx4DgAQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNF60fL4F7VbSYOVwLzjbYXvwUsN6w&amp;sig2=r5l7ynji_q4IHnSbtCP2Uw&amp;bvm=bv.87269000,d.eXY" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> at the beginning of a new video released today by Google (posted at the end of this article). David Radcliffe, the&nbsp;Vice President of Real Estate and Workplace Services at Google, continues: "Tech really hasn&rsquo;t adopted a particular language for buildings.&rdquo; Google hopes to change that, unveiling an ambitious new master plan for their Mountain View campus designed collaboratively by Bjarke Ingels Group and <a href="http://www.heatherwick.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Heatherwick Studio</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x6/x6cbjq72n63ieixb.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yv/yv0kh4n3bgkk9b57.jpg"></p><p>Radcliffe explains that Google scoured the world for the architecture practices they found most innovative. "The BIG Studios &ndash; they&rsquo;re ambitious, they do a lot of very community-focused projects and that was very compelling to us,&rdquo; while Thomas Heatherwick "has this attentio...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121070622/big-s-telus-sky-tower-breaks-ground-in-calgary-canada BIG's Telus Sky Tower breaks ground in Calgary, Canada. Justine Testado 2015-02-19T09:12:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T14:46:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f0/f0ku9yuax9tgtbs2.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>BIG and Dialog's TELUS Sky Tower recently broke ground along 7th Avenue block in the heart of Calgary, Canada, a city full of corporate towers surrounded by low-density suburban neighborhoods. Unveiled i<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/76682209/canadian-telecom-giant-telus-taps-big-for-landmark-tower-in-calgary" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">n 2013</a>, the 761,235 sq.ft commercial tower integrates both working and living environments into one structure that aims to make Calgary's city center more varied and walkable. The tower's textured glass fa&ccedil;ade complements yet stands out from its environment.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cq/cqudji392zpp9849.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dq/dq3yj7q5vpiquqol.jpg"></p><p>According to the TELUS Sky website, the 59-story tower will begin with dining and retail spaces as well as access to adjacent buildings. The tower also has 26 floors of office spaces ranging from 7,636 sqft-18,997 sq.ft, followed by 29 floors of residential spaces consisting of 326 executive rental suites.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vt/vtaai518h1aqggv8.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3p/3pb6ex44vavrnktf.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nv/nvu45a7tdpme6b2z.jpg"></p><p>"The large floor plates for workplaces recede to achieve the slender dimensions&nbsp;of residential floor depths. The texture of the fa&ccedil;ade in a similar fashion evolves&nbsp;from a smooth glass fa&ccedil;ade enclosing the work space to a three-di...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119262224/playing-with-climate-at-big-s-hot-to-cold-now-open-at-the-national-building-museum Playing with climate at BIG's "Hot to Cold", now open at the National Building Museum Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-26T14:12:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T20:58:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dw/dwaqa1rqu35wfxzg.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From inside the National Building Museum&rsquo;s cavernous atrium, gaze upwards and you&rsquo;ll see a series of white icons, suspended from the ceiling. Printed on square boards, the symbols loop around the museum&rsquo;s 800-foot arcade, their background shifting from red to green to blue. This iconic distillation is the core organization strategy for <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group</a>&rsquo;s &ldquo;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115654753/big-s-hot-to-cold-exhibition-opens-at-the-national-building-museum-next-month" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hot to Cold</a>&rdquo; exhibition, which opened in DC last Friday, categorizing the wunderkind and novel-minded firm&rsquo;s global projects into climatological groups of hot, temperate, and cold.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/ub/ubptnxn3c98yx2r4.jpg"></p><p>Despite the name, the exhibition isn&rsquo;t about the architectural imperatives of climate change. Rather, &ldquo;Hot to Cold&rdquo; is a showcase of BIG&rsquo;s diversity of work (built and not) around the world, in program and local biome. Opening to the public in the U.S. capital, the exhibition comes at a strategic time in BIG&rsquo;s project trajectory, having been <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113597893/smithsonian-hires-big-architecture-group-for-2-billion-south-mall-renovation-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently assigned to the massive Smithsonian renovation project</a>, and hot on the heels of their <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103881621/delve-into-the-big-maze-at-the-national-building-museum-in-washington-d-c" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG Maze</a> at the s...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118291603/video-bjarke-ingels-gives-a-peek-of-upcoming-europa-city-amusement-hub VIDEO: Bjarke Ingels gives a peek of upcoming Europa City amusement hub Justine Testado 2015-01-13T20:33:00-05:00 >2015-01-15T06:44:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v8/v8u9mxy41vf5vvtf.jpg" width="514" height="291" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Is Bjarke Ingels building an amusement park? The architect created a promotional film with <a href="http://www.squintopera.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Squint/Opera</a> that presents his proposed design for Europa City, a leisure and recreational destination that will be built north of Paris by the year 2020. Construction is currently scheduled to start in 2017.</p><p>In the first film, Bjarke Ingels introduces the project, whose plan consists of radial streets connected by a central loop pathway and adjacent quarters with designated spaces for a water park, an international exhibition hall, sports, music venues, retail, restaurants, and hotels. In a way, Europa City resembles the snail-like layout of the Parisian arrondissements. The second film tours each of Europa City's quarters through the use of photorealistic 3D and 2D graphics and stills.</p><p>See the videos for yourself below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117886957/bjarke-ingels-offers-his-architectural-advice-to-young-architects Bjarke Ingels offers his architectural advice to young architects Alexander Walter 2015-01-08T13:54:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:26:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4r/4r7jap6y0k44gpru.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We live in the anthropogenic age, where humans don&rsquo;t adapt to life, but life adapts to human needs, Ingels explains, which makes his advice to young architects designing tomorrow&rsquo;s world simple and clear. The key for young architects is to acquire the tools and language to comprehend the human needs outside of the architectural bubble, and understand that they are here to accommodate - and not to be accommodated.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/115654753/big-s-hot-to-cold-exhibition-opens-at-the-national-building-museum-next-month BIG's “HOT TO COLD” exhibition opens at the National Building Museum next month Justine Testado 2014-12-10T14:29:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T18:10:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cr/crmxe9v7fgnpr8im.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>BIG is returning to the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. with a new exhibition titled "HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation", just a few months after their successful giant indoor maze this past summer that brought in more than 50,000 visitors -- and a marriage proposal. Opening on January 24, the exhibition will showcase BIG's latest projects and more than 60 3-D models will be suspended at the second-floor balconies of the Museum's Great Hall.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ap/apzjddivu3a8l3p7.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/is/iso75igf5ovwdobb.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; BIG is coming back to the National Building Museum just a few months after their popular Maze installation <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103881621/delve-into-the-big-maze-at-the-national-building-museum-in-washington-d-c" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this past summer</a>.</p><p><strong>Learn more about the exhibition on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/bigs_upcoming_hot_to_cold_exhibition_at_the_national_building_museum1/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115127457/first-images-of-big-s-malaysia-square-in-london-s-battersea-power-station First images of BIG’s Malaysia Square in London’s Battersea Power Station Justine Testado 2014-12-03T19:16:00-05:00 >2014-12-04T12:46:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/he/heqiigadenz4vw81.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The first images of Bjarke Ingels Group's public square [officially titled Malaysia Square] for the &pound;8 billion Battersea Power Station redevelopment in London have been revealed just a few weeks after BIG was appointed as the competition-winning designer. The public square, which will be BIG's first U.K. project, is only a part of the Battersea Power Station's redevelopment plan.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h6/h665xnha5g1h5o7w.jpg"></p><p>Head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/first_images_of_bigs_malaysia_square_in_londons_battersea_power_station/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> for more details.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113597893/smithsonian-hires-big-architecture-group-for-2-billion-south-mall-renovation-plan Smithsonian hires BIG architecture group for $2 billion South Mall renovation plan Archinect 2014-11-13T21:10:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T20:02:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lo/lo0tpizu7n5spzkt.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Smithsonian officials are planning a $2 billion futuristic reimagining of the institute&rsquo;s southern campus that will create clear entrances, expand visitor services and upgrade mechanical systems to the historic Castle and the six buildings surrounding it. Architect Bjarke Ingels, partner at BIG in Manhattan, unveiled the proposal Thursday in the Smithsonian Institution Building, known as the Castle.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/113589063/big-appointed-to-design-public-square-for-revamped-battersea-power-station BIG appointed to design public square for revamped Battersea Power Station Justine Testado 2014-11-13T18:20:00-05:00 >2014-11-14T10:16:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uy/uym11pshmzso7gvb.jpg" width="514" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>BIG is about to make its debut in the UK. The Architects' Journal reported that the Danish firm was selected in an international competition to design the public square in the &pound;8 billion redevelopment of the historic Battersea Power Station, a decommissioned coal-fired power station in southwest London. A formal announcement is yet to be made.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Situated within the Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly-designed masterplan, BIG's public square is described as becoming the gateway to the revamped power station.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nm/nmxn41wacl7c8doe.jpg"></p><p>BIG, who is working alongside the Malaysian-backed Battersea Power Station Development in overseeing the design of the public square, is set to join the redevelopment project's star-studded list of architects.</p><p>Find out more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/big_to_design_public_square_in_battersea_power_station_redevelopment/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>Related: <a title="Gehry and Foster selected to design Phase 3 at Battersea Power Station" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/84837877/gehry-and-foster-selected-to-design-phase-3-at-battersea-power-station" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry and Foster selected to design Phase 3 at Battersea Power Station</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112879878/bjarke-ingels-will-make-you-believe-in-the-power-of-architecture Bjarke Ingels Will Make You Believe in the Power of Architecture Alexander Walter 2014-11-04T13:20:00-05:00 >2014-11-05T18:03:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wp/wp50vi7yj4ao6hse.jpg" width="514" height="301" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A few years ago, the city of Copenhagen invited architects to submit their ideas for the design of an important new facility&mdash;a power plant that will use trash to generate electricity. [...] BIG, pitched a concept in which the plant took the form of a giant artificial ski slope. To Ingels&rsquo; surprise, it was selected as the winning submission. Now, it&rsquo;s under construction, slated for completion in 2017. The power plant was just one of the several projects Ingels shared at WIRED by Design [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Click <a href="http://www.wired.com/2014/11/bjarke-ingels-will-make-believe-power-architecture/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to watch the full video of Ingels' presentation.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107479148/park-city-rejects-bjarke-ingels-kimball-art-center-designs-again Park City Rejects Bjarke Ingels' Kimball Art Center Designs - Again! Alexander Walter 2014-08-26T13:10:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T22:57:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sa/saxqx2czpwf0vq1f.jpg" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>City Hall on Thursday rejected the designs of the Kimball Art Center's expansion proposal, determining they do not meet the municipal government's strict Old Town guidelines. It was a significant setback as the not-for-profit organization attempts to press ahead with an ambitious redo of the high-profile intersection of Main Street and Heber Avenue. [...] The Kimball Art Center selected a renowned Danish architectural firm, Bjarke Ingels Group, to draft the designs.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/37631067/big-is-named-winner-of-the-kimball-art-center-transformation-project-design-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG is named winner of the Kimball Art Center Transformation Project Design Competition</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107096998/lego-house-in-billund-denmark-begins-construction-by-laying-giant-lego-brick-shaped-foundation-stones Lego House in Billund, Denmark, begins construction by laying giant Lego brick–shaped foundation stones Alexander Walter 2014-08-21T14:11:00-04:00 >2014-08-22T09:58:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ex/ex2fasg2b3w9ifb7.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This week the first six oversize Lego bricks were laid for the foundation of the Lego House in Billund, Denmark, the Lego Group&rsquo;s hometown. Designed by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, the architecture of the Lego House is based on&mdash;what else but?&mdash;the iconic shape of the Lego brick.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/74640870/design-for-lego-house-designed-by-big-unveiled-today" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design for LEGO House, designed by BIG, unveiled today</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105937332/weekly-news-round-up-for-august-4-2014-musk-martha-and-monuments Weekly News Round-Up for August 4, 2014: Musk, Martha and monuments Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-11T15:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-11T15:57:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y6/y6sa3nbrnw2xq3x2.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Friday, August 8</strong>:</p><ul><li><a title="Guggenheim Bullies Journalist" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106106156/guggenheim-bullies-journalist" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim Bullies Journalist</a>: Molly Crabapple reports for <em>Vice</em> on inhumane immigrant labor conditions on Saadiyat island in the UAE,&nbsp;where a new arm of the Guggenheim (and Louvre, and NYU) is being built. The Guggenheim holds its cards close and skirts responsibility when Crabapple pushes for answers.</li><li><a title='Controversial new app will keep you away from "sketchy" areas' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106097322/controversial-new-app-will-keep-you-away-from-sketchy-areas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Controversial new app will keep you away from "sketchy" areas</a>: "SketchFactor" rates an area's "sketchiness" based on crowd-sourced local data. Critics are worried that the app will amplify racial profiling and encourage stereotyping.</li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, August 7:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106016117/gentrification-and-the-persistence-of-poor-minority-neighborhoods" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods</a>: Harvard sociologists identify another determinant in the gentrification debate: racial composition. Their report, focusing on Chicago, found that a neighborhood's economic redevelopment depended on certain thresholds of black and white residents.</li><li><a title="Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu called for the suspension of the Israeli Architects&rsquo; Association from an international architectural body " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106016118/archbishop-emeritus-desmond-tutu-called-for-the-suspension-of-the-israeli-architects-association-from-an-international-architectural-body" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu called for the suspension of the Israeli Architects&rsquo; Association from an intern...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/105885132/more-details-on-big-s-cage-free-zootopia-redesign More details on BIG's cage-free “Zootopia” redesign Justine Testado 2014-08-06T02:01:00-04:00 >2014-08-06T12:46:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/57/57xxgspnhqlogc7l.jpg" width="514" height="281" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a commission for the iconic Givskud Zoo in Denmark, BIG's current proposal "Zootopia" includes an open, cage-free zoo landscape for the animals to roam in that is divided into three zones titled "Asia", "Africa", and "America". Human visitors can then observe and ogle at the animals in integrated structures or at elevated viewpoints, and ideally out of the animals' plain sight.</p><p>Despite BIG's optimistic approach in the redesign, a manmade zoo can't fully replace the animals' true natural habitats&nbsp;&mdash; no matter how spacious or meticulously replicated.</p><p>Check out the current proposal below:</p><p>Project statement:&nbsp; "Architects&rsquo; greatest and most important task is to design man-made ecosystems - to ensure that our cities and buildings suit the way we want to live. We must make sure that our cities offer a generous framework for different people - from different backgrounds, economy, gender, culture, education and age &ndash; so they can live together in harmony while taking into account individual ne...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105860949/denmark-s-cage-free-zoo-will-put-humans-in-captivity Denmark's cage-free zoo will put humans in captivity Alexander Walter 2014-08-05T13:08:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:42:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b8/b82fd38ad01cc829a31591e95ce3dd21.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Bjarke Ingels&rsquo;s &lsquo;zootopia&rsquo; reverses the role of captor and captive to let animals roam free, while humans are hidden from view. But will it become a feral version of the Hunger Games?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/103881621/delve-into-the-big-maze-at-the-national-building-museum-in-washington-d-c Delve into The BIG Maze at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. Justine Testado 2014-07-10T20:26:00-04:00 >2014-08-05T15:15:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3o/3o8ywliraommeyu6.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A life-size maze like the one BIG installed in partnership with the National Building Museum will attract plenty of attention, regardless if people know who BIG is or not. Constructed in the museum's iconic Great Hall, the maze was set up as an interactive sneakpeek for BIG's exhibition scheduled to open at the museum in January 2015.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As a follow-up to our <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103322777/get-lost-in-big-s-human-scale-maze" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previous mention</a> of the maze, here's a little more detail behind it:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z2/z2v8m1m4xgpbdajh.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rf/rf2zqbuetu22xhe7.jpg"></p><p>Check out a time-lapse video of the maze's construction below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103322777/get-lost-in-big-s-human-scale-maze Get lost in BIG's human-scale maze Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-03T13:23:00-04:00 >2014-07-08T23:25:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3d/3de994b2221f19c888f2b02af62b5339.jpg" width="514" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The museum teamed up with international architecture firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group to construct a maze right in the Great Hall. [...] The museum&rsquo;s &ldquo;ubergoal is that people walk out of here looking at their built world differently,&rdquo; Frankel says. &ldquo;We think this is sort of on the microlevel of that &mdash; forcing people to look up [as they navigate the maze] will make them look at our building differently.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/101804309/big-chosen-to-expand-headquarters-of-swiss-watchmaker-audemars-piguet-in-la-vall-e-de-joux BIG chosen to expand headquarters of Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet in La Vallée de Joux Justine Testado 2014-06-13T20:44:00-04:00 >2014-06-17T17:37:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/79/79eg5cijz8rb7e4x.jpg" width="514" height="185" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Family-owned Swiss luxury watchmaker Audemars Piguet have chosen BIG, HG Merz, Luchinger &amp; Meyer, and Muller Illien as having the winning design for a new expansion of their headquarters in La Vall&eacute;e de Joux, La Brassus, Switzerland. Adding quite the literal twist to the timeline concept, BIG's proposal -- titled Maison des Fondateurs -- dons a 25,000 ft. spiral-shaped museum that tells the centuries-long history of Audemars Piguet.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xy/xyz1xif1ofua5ztv.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cc/ccsulotuynjbmrai.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t0/t0z2sx5is30p3qr1.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s2/s2ievfpfdwddq1d4.jpg"></p><p>Dig into the details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/big_chosen_to_expand_headquarters_of_swiss_watchmaker_audemars_piguet_in_la/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/101030520/a-closer-look-into-the-big-u-big-s-winning-proposal-for-rebuild-by-design A closer look into “The BIG U”, BIG’s winning proposal for Rebuild By Design Justine Testado 2014-06-03T19:22:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T19:18:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d1/d1baudtsjdma3b0y.jpg" width="514" height="396" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From yesterday's announcement of the Rebuild By Design winners by the U.S. Department of HUD, we've got more details behind "The BIG U" by the BIG Team, who had one of the six winning propoals. The BIG-led consortium was awarded $335 million to implement their proposal for New York's Lower Manhattan, with the goal to increase the neighborhood's resiliency to future storm disasters. And with a name like "The BIG U", one can only be curious to find out more.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jq/jqaa8icidbvi61ud.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ij/ijgyx29nz75dur6u.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ph/phufkzphhyh05e60.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6t/6tcwnbfgcc8924m9.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g5/g5bwegv4cu5xuw4t.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o6/o6zbahaw085xzdqo.jpg"></p><p>Read more about the proposal on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/a_closer_look_into_the_big_u_bigs_winning_proposal_for_rebuild_by_design/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/100228770/big-kilo-launch-big-cities-tableware-for-rosenthal-s-gropius-inspired-collection BIG + KILO launch "BIG Cities" tableware for Rosenthal's Gropius-inspired collection Justine Testado 2014-05-22T14:38:00-04:00 >2014-05-22T14:39:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u3/u3ont3lkru3b0pn4.jpg" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's all in the details with <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> + <a href="http://www.kilodesign.dk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KILO</a>'s newly launched "BIG Cities" tableware collection. The longtime Danish collaborators worked with major porcelain manufacturer <a href="http://www.rosenthal.de/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rosenthal</a> to craft the table set for the company's TAC collection. The collection was first developed in the 1960s and includes designs based on those of Walter Gropius and his historic Boston firm The Architects' Collaborative&nbsp;&mdash; or TAC.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r9/r9ah7xnbsrm6id00.jpg"></p><p>The pieces bring present-day appeal to any table setting with minimal, geometric forms that draws its style roots from Bauhaus. At first glance, the thin blue lines etched onto the white porcelain look like an abstract motif.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3y/3ytx2kniy7reh6xm.jpg"></p><p>But taking a closer look reveals the silhouettes of famous architectural landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate, the Eiffel Tower, or Big Ben as well as some recognizable city skylines like Sydney, Moscow, Tokyo, Istanbul, New York, and of course Copenhagen.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t2/t29dgxgqoab8840x.jpg"></p><p>Dinner and charger plates are available six different variants each, while all other pieces in the collection com...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/92228551/big-hks-mda-unveils-honeycomb-resort-design-for-the-bahamas BIG + HKS + MDA unveils Honeycomb resort design for The Bahamas Justine Testado 2014-01-27T15:14:00-05:00 >2014-02-03T19:24:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iz/izv7zo0ego8qae0c.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>, in collaboration with <a href="http://www.hksinc.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HKS Architects</a> and <a href="http://mdabahamas.com/index.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Diggiss Architects</a>, revealed their design for the Honeycomb residential building in the beach and golf resort community of Albany in The Bahamas. Commissioned by Tavistock Group and New Valley LLC, the 175,000 ft&sup2; (approx. 16,000 m&sup2;) residential building will be the tallest structure in Albany, set to become a new centerpiece for the city.<br><br>BIG sent us more details on the project right below:<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uy/uy2gnvwqnrotammf.jpg"><br><br>"The fa&ccedil;ade has a hexagonal pattern that uniquely frames the natural beauty of the Island. The balconies are deep enough to not only provide outdoor spaces, but also summer kitchens and a pool sunken into the balcony of each unit."<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ls/ls3nt4ky832b800s.jpg"><br><br>"These pools have a transparent edge towards the plaza, eliminating the visual barrier between the pool and the environment. Bathers can be fully immersed in the view of the marina and the ocean beyond."<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/is/isq19s1ohywke821.jpg"><br><br>"Bjarke Ingels: 'Our design is driven by an effort to maximize the enjoyment of the abundant natural qualities of Al...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/89832858/an-enormous-ice-castle-worthy-of-china-s-biggest-bank An enormous ice castle worthy of China’s biggest bank Archinect 2013-12-27T13:55:00-05:00 >2013-12-30T18:19:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4c/4c2fa8d392805a91c6a959b6ebd394cc.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This ice castle&mdash;or, ice bank fortress&mdash;is perhaps the most spectacular entrant in the 30th annual International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin. A sign hanging outside the sculpture suggests it&rsquo;s intended to look like a branch of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the nation&rsquo;s biggest bank.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/89145073/big-s-proposal-for-the-new-axel-springer-hq-in-berlin BIG’s proposal for the new Axel Springer HQ in Berlin Justine Testado 2013-12-18T15:37:00-05:00 >2013-12-19T12:03:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9t/9tad5jnw0z53z23h.jpg" width="514" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As we mentioned earlier today, BIG was revealed as one of three finalists &mdash; along with OMA and Buro-OS &mdash; for the new Axel Springer Media Campus in Berlin. The new Axel Springer headquarters will be located at one of the last remaining plots of the historic former site of the Berlin Wall. All winning entries will be publicly displayed at the German Architecture Centre (DAZ) in Berlin from Dec. 17 - Dec. 22.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Here's a glimpse of BIG's proposal:</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v5/v5desg2kgoqcwpzt.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/56/568pclyidpe6dn24.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bz/bzse7w4we26uzcjb.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/01/01fo6dfxc85h56bu.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lr/lrpb33uexx6dkenb.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>Images courtesy of BIG.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/89141862/big-oma-buro-ole-scheeren-win-axel-springer-campus-berlin-competition-who-s-on-top BIG, OMA & Buro Ole Scheeren win Axel Springer Campus Berlin competition - Who’s on top? Alexander Walter 2013-12-18T14:45:00-05:00 >2013-12-23T19:09:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gh/ghz4if4eb2bj57zv.jpg" width="514" height="214" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the international competition for the new Berlin Media Campus of German publishing house Axel Springer, the jury managed to agree upon their three favorite entries &mdash; but not quite yet in which order. Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), OMA (Rem Koolhaas) and Buro Ole Scheeren were selected as winners from a group of five finalists (including SANAA and Kuehn Malvezzi) that were invited to present their proposals to the jury on December 12. Eighteen submissions had been received altogether.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>The competition brief had deliberately not placed tight restrictions on the submitted designs &mdash; something that the three winners will now have to finalize in their proposals before the jury selects the overall winner.</em></p> <p> <strong>BIG:</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rn/rncs2fk47yahfk0s.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>OMA:</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z2/z2zh13ces6igwboo.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Buro Ole Scheeren:</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/br/brkklyojj2vww5yq.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>All images courtesy of Axel Springer.</em></p> <p> Who do you think will take the prize? Let us know in the comments below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/86989645/big-to-design-museum-of-the-human-body-in-montpellier-france BIG to design Museum of the Human Body in Montpellier, France Justine Testado 2013-11-20T13:53:00-05:00 >2014-08-06T05:50:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jh/jhf51axa3ld4ywlm.jpg" width="514" height="545" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>BIG is having a good week, now with another competition win to design the Museum of the Human Body in Montpellier, France. The jury &mdash; led by City Mayor Ms H&eacute;l&egrave;ne Mandroux &mdash; selected BIG out of five international shortlisted teams. BIG collaborated on the design with A+Architecture + Egis + Base + L'Echo + Celsius Environnement + CCVH.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g5/g5axjl8ypezt9gee.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hu/hudc2c17jmmhpjgw.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ft/ftiyqwky4z6cf631.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i4/i445i20m46yst2h3.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ce/ce9f6ac4d7vbqwbk.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zk/zkj24ehviw06u4zj.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ka/kay76cpjno7e58bj.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j7/j7art5hom6tjf2o5.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>All images courtesy of BIG (top four images by BIG + MIR).</em></p> <p> Head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/big_to_design_museum_of_the_human_body_in_montpellier_france/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> to read more.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/86848249/big-s-bl-vand-bunker-museum-to-be-built-in-historic-dune-landscape-in-varde-denmark BIG’s Blåvand Bunker Museum to be built in historic dune landscape in Varde, Denmark Justine Testado 2013-11-18T17:53:00-05:00 >2013-11-18T17:56:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dx/dxutauz2gwozt8ua.jpg" width="514" height="225" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>BIG's latest museum design, the Bl&aring;vand Bunker Museum, will be built in the historic dune landscape of Varde in Denmark after the museum received the necessary funding from the A.P. M&oslash;ller and Chastine Mc-Kinney M&oslash;ller Foundation. The museum will transform a former German WWII bunker into a four-volume museum complex &mdash; all while fully integrated into one of the dunes.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9p/9pigafdk0ftfnrbr.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iu/iu26evgnis07y5op.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/di/dibsynzas3vso57s.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j7/j77mzuul5hlk7bna.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>Images courtesy of BIG.</em></p>