Archinect - News 2017-06-23T22:02:30-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150010473/a-surprisingly-classical-look-for-google-s-london-hq-from-heatherwick-studio-big A surprisingly classical look for Google's London HQ from Heatherwick Studio + BIG Julia Ingalls 2017-06-01T20:14:00-04:00 >2017-06-04T11:43:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gy/gy1kioz352vg93yp.jpg" width="650" height="504" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Back in 2015, the 11-storey, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/69207772allford-hall-monaghan-morris-ahmm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AHMN</a>-designed scheme for Google's headquarters was deemed "too boring" by Google CEO Larry Page. Heatherwick Studio and BIG were brought in to add some pizazz to what was an admittedly fairly straightforward, boxy design. Today's freshly unveiled renderings show a more visually nuanced building than their predecessor, but the structure does not push design boundaries in the overt way that many associate with BIG and Heatherwick.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3q/3qvxuj46lu23axh6.jpg"></p><p>Indeed, the abundance of bordered, angled bay windows creates the effect of a colonnade; viewed from the exterior, the building resembles a kind of Parthenon mash-up. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows and a roof garden quickly place the building in its modern context, but this is a building that takes pains to join a conversation, not start one.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9u/9uqas5swhmzgzx3x.jpg"></p><p>Thomas Heatherwick explained in a statement that "The area is a fascinating collision of diverse building types and spaces and I can't help but love this mix of massive railway stations, roads...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150006829/big-designs-a-new-smart-lock BIG designs a new "smart lock" Nicholas Korody 2017-05-10T13:13:00-04:00 >2017-05-16T12:55:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z8/z8vt8h7tl5enhdii.jpg" width="650" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While Rem Koolhaas <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124276402/rem-koolhaas-on-the-smart-landscape-and-intelligent-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">called</a> smart homes &ldquo;potentially sinister&rdquo;, his former protege Bjarke Ingels seems to have no problem with them. BIG has partnered up with Friday Labs, a smart home product company, to design a smart lock.</p><p>The door lock is connected to your smart phone so you can give access to your house remotely&mdash;say if a friend is visiting from out of town or if you&rsquo;re worried your kids will forget to lock the door on their way out. It&rsquo;s about the size of a coffee cup, the company notes, and its ergonomic, BIG-design is sure to be one of its major selling points. The shell is available in several interchangeable colors.</p><p>Here&rsquo;s hoping hackers can&rsquo;t get access. Or, as Koolhaas warns, that these sleek smart locks don&rsquo;t &ldquo;betray you&rdquo;.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8m/8m6nh51iild79ter.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002488/check-out-the-trailer-for-big-time-a-new-documentary-about-bjarke-ingels Check out the trailer for BIG TIME, a new documentary about Bjarke Ingels Nicholas Korody 2017-04-11T12:31:00-04:00 >2017-04-11T12:31:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ru/rum6ixwag3uv2zlx.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Bjarke Ingels, founder of BIG and master of promotion, is the subject of a new documentary, titled <em>BIG TIME. </em>The filmmakers have released a first trailer, which centers in part around an MRI scan of Ingel&rsquo;s head. Apparently, he suffered a concussion.</p><p>Check it out here:</p><p></p><p><a href="https://vimeo.com/212493249" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG TIME - International Trailer</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/goodcompanypictures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Good Company Pictures</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vimeo</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001138/westbank-purchases-big-s-serpentine-pavilion-plans-to-move-it-to-vancouver Westbank purchases BIG's Serpentine Pavilion, plans to move it to Vancouver Nicholas Korody 2017-04-03T17:11:00-04:00 >2017-04-03T17:15:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rp/rphz4qctnnfamovc.jpg" width="650" height="572" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Canadian luxury residential and mixed-use real estate development company Westbank has announced the purchase of the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149950034/touring-big-s-2016-serpentine-pavilion-and-the-new-summer-houses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serpentine Pavilion designed by BIG</a> last year. Part of the annual Serpentine Pavilion commission, BIG&rsquo;s &ldquo;unzipped wall&rdquo; involved modular, glass fiber rectangular forms stacked into an undulating form.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j5/j57xj18rcy6y4pp5.jpg"></p><p>According to an announcement, Westbank plans to display the BIG pavilion for periods of time in both New York and Toronto before finally installing it permanently in Vancouver. Westbank had also sponsored the pavilion when it was sited in Hyde Park.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b4/b4nxxx847jktygh2.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;Westbank has a well established and growing relationship Bjarke and his team at BIG,&rdquo; states Ian Gillespie, the founder of Westbank. &ldquo;Purchasing the Pavilion was a very natural extension of that partnership and we want to give Bjarke&rsquo;s creation the most interesting afterlife of any of the previous pavilions.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hb/hbmisaypzgfnwgyx.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149996540/big-to-start-its-own-in-house-engineering-unit BIG to start its own in-house engineering unit Nicholas Korody 2017-03-10T12:33:00-05:00 >2017-03-10T19:37:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c6/c6rs51ew5mj4cz4x.jpg" width="650" height="392" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> grows so does their ambition for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/59323/engineering" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">engineering</a> challenges. To help further facilitate their adventures in building design, the Copenhagen and New York-based studio have hired an in-house engineer, Duncan Horswill, the former CCO at S&oslash;ren Jensen Engineers. BIG Engineering, as the unit will be called, with be &ldquo;dedicated to ensuring the structural, mechanical integrity and resilience of BIG buildings globally. Already, the unit is working on projects around the world, from the new NOMA restaurant in Copenhagen to the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71506057/big-s-marknagil-education-center-breaks-ground-on-faroe-islands" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Faroe Islands Education Centre</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;At BIG we practice knowledge-driven design. We have been fortunate to work with some of the best urbanists, landscapers, sociologists, artists and engineers in the world, and will continue to do so. To be able to stretch the boundaries of the physical, financial, regulatory and environmental limits of design, we need to surround ourselves with the best experts in the fields outside our own expertise in architecture, and bring them in-h...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149994734/new-renderings-of-the-google-campus-revealed New renderings of the Google campus revealed Nicholas Korody 2017-03-01T17:08:00-05:00 >2017-03-10T18:14:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mj/mjr6htcoln4slm4e.jpg" width="650" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Silicon Valley is in the midst of something of a building boom with several of the tech giants commissioning new headquarters from big-name architects. First came Facebook with a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124198433/gehry-s-new-facebook-campus-opens-for-business" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">campus</a> designed by Frank Gehry. Next, Apple got Lord Norman Foster to design a spacecraft-like, donut-shaped&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/148075/apple-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">building</a>, which is currently nearing completion. And then there's Google, who had Heatherwick Studio team up with BIG to design a sprawling campus for megacorporation. After they encountered some trouble with the site, Google traded spaces with LinkedIn and are now inching closer to a groundbreaking.</p><p>Heatherwick Studio and BIG have recently released new renderings of the campus. Major elements include a sprawling tent-like roof that will enclose several discrete structures, regulating the internal climate. A green "loop" lined with cafes and shops will thread through several of these pavilion structures.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9q/9qsord0fvt5547p0.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/v6/v6guq8t7ge240vwn.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0n/0n22dthdr0ff17im.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/96/96w4xcoektrax2t4.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wq/wqtinn26ad53z8um.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gn/gn4veni50g70ms7y.jpg"></p><p>More images in the gallery below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992356/the-big-abstract-a-conversation-with-morgan-neville-director-producer-of-abstract-s-bjarke-ingels-documentary-on-netflix The BIG Abstract; A conversation with Morgan Neville, Director/Producer of Abstract's Bjarke Ingels Documentary on Netflix Paul Petrunia 2017-02-16T19:16:00-05:00 >2017-02-22T07:44:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pj/pjp3wsbfhbymjm6s.jpg" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Unless you've been living under a rock, you've already heard about <a href="https://www.netflix.com/title/80057883" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Abstract</a>, Netflix's incredible new documentary series on design. This week we're talking to Abstract's executive producer, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1365879/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morgan Neville</a>, who also directed the episodes featuring Bjarke Ingels and Christoph Niemann.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/ut/utp24wk7423dst2f.jpg"></p><p>As one of the world's most groundbreaking and talented documentary filmmakers, there's a good chance you have already seen Morgan's work. If you haven't, a&nbsp;good place to start is "<a href="https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/20_feet_from_stardom/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">20 Feet from Stardom</a>", his Academy Award-winning doc that takes a look at the fascinating lives of the often-overlooked backup singers. His documentary on Yo-Yo Ma, "The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble", will be <a href="http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/the-music-of-strangers-yo-yo-ma-and-the-silk-road-ensemble/video/promo.html?autoplay=true" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">premiering on HBO in March</a>. I'm particularly looking forward to his upcoming Mr. Rogers documentary that he mentions in our conversation.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/i3/i3qo7sscygn9wd6f.jpg"></p><p>Yes, Archinect Sessions makes a cameo in the episode, with a clip of us sharing some of Bjarke's harsh criticism from commenters in our forum.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982886/winners-whiners-and-wine-boxes-paul-revere-williams-posthumous-gold-medal-jean-nouvel-s-legal-woes-and-big-s-la-river-project-on-archinect-sessions-92 Winners, Whiners and Wine Boxes: Paul Revere Williams' posthumous Gold Medal, Jean Nouvel's legal woes and BIG's LA River project, on Archinect Sessions #92 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-15T18:16:00-05:00 >2017-01-05T16:01:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3u/3ug8pf225w3vez2a.jpg" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On this episode, we discuss the biggest news items of the past week, covering: the political bent to the AIA's Gold Medal being <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149981855/2017-aia-gold-medal-posthumously-awarded-to-paul-revere-williams-the-first-african-american-recipient" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">awarded posthumously to Paul Revere Williams</a>; Jean <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982133/jean-nouvel-s-court-battle-over-the-philharmonie-continues" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nouvel's legal battle</a> over his "defiled" Paris Philharmonie; and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149981855/2017-aia-gold-medal-posthumously-awarded-to-paul-revere-williams-the-first-african-american-recipient" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG's new proposal</a> for a giant, riverside mixed-user in LA's Arts District.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 92 of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Winners, Whiners and Wine Boxes":</p><ul></ul><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>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-92.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p>The news stories we discussed this week:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982133/jean-nouvel-s-court-battle-over-the-philharmonie-continues" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel's court battle over the Philharmonie continues</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149981855/2017-aia-gold-medal-posthumously-awarded-to-paul-revere-williams-the-first-african-american-recipient" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2017 AIA Gold Medal posthumously awarded to Paul Revere Williams &mdash; the first African-American recipient</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982379/big-proposes-massive-gridded-development-for-the-la-arts-district" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG proposes massive, gridded development for the LA Arts Distri...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982720/inside-big-s-twisted-twin-towered-grove-at-grand-bay Inside BIG's twisted, twin-towered Grove at Grand Bay Julia Ingalls 2016-12-14T13:53:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T21:57:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wb/wb0cdi5s2zfp5nvv.jpg" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At each elevation from the third through 17th floors, the floor plates in Bjarke Ingels Group's new Grove at Grand Bay rotate three feet, creating a twisting set of luxury residential towers that from the ground resemble the splayed bellows of dueling concrete accordions. Indeed, these 20-story sustainable towers, which are expected to attain LEED Gold status, seem to be designed as much for the entertainment value of sweeping aerial flyover shots as actual inhabitation.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7e/7eezmu0oq7rsrgdh.jpg"></p><p>The interiors do possess a kind of upbeat brutalist vibe; slanted concrete pillars face off against vibrant murals and landscape architect&nbsp;Raymond Jungles' gardens&nbsp;in the common areas, while the residences themselves take in views of the arts community in which it is sited, Coconut Grove.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/05/05z7lbl3kp9zyfog.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;Coconut Grove is a special place with a well-defined soul, so it was important that Grove at Grand Bay respond to its community through a design that was respectful and distinctive,&rdquo; Bjarke Ingels is quoted as saying in a press rel...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982379/big-proposes-massive-gridded-development-for-the-la-arts-district BIG proposes massive, gridded development for the LA Arts District Nicholas Korody 2016-12-12T13:15:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T18:00:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/47/47y9qx2ufzhknplq.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group</a> is the latest big fish to join the development frenzy along the LA River in advance of its rehabilitation. The Gallo family, of vinous fame, has commissioned the Copenhagen/New York-based firm to create a proposal for a city block-sized development in the Arts District. The building, which would comprise two connected buildings reaching 30 stories tall in some places, is for a site along the edge of the LA River not far from the <a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjfneLNoO_QAhVmwVQKHdSzC0YQFggaMAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Farchinect.com%2Fsciarc&amp;usg=AFQjCNHkFil8LiMZWnkE_eiGqkES8j6jUQ&amp;sig2=5fg7kh1aX4RmgzMDfaa_-Q&amp;bvm=bv.141320020,d.cGw" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Southern California Institute of Architecture</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/2145/michael-maltzan-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Maltzan</a>&rsquo;s prone behemoth, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/513794/one-santa-fe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One Santa Fe</a>.</p><p>In total, the project, dubbed 670 Mesquit, would contain nearly 800,000 sq. ft. of office space, two boutique hotels, 250 rental units and a slew of restaurants and shops. Following the strictures of Measure JJJ, which passed by a wide margin in the last election, the building would have 41 affordable units. Additionally, the building would host a small museum or public sculpture park that would connect to a massive &ldquo;deck&rdquo; stretching over the ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149981222/construction-update-big-s-twisted-vancouver-house-tower-rises-above-grade Construction update: BIG's twisted Vancouver House tower rises above grade Alexander Walter 2016-12-02T14:45:00-05:00 >2016-12-10T19:36:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/38/38b1168383547b196c9f00d981508729.jpg" width="650" height="725" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the three months since our last update, progress has been moving along at the site of the Bjarke Ingels-designed Vancouver House. The soon-to-be iconic 49-storey mixed-use tower by Westbank is beginning to rise above grade [...]. Designed in conjunction with Canadian firms Dialog Architects and James KM Cheng Architects, Vancouver House has been described as a "living sculpture," and the tower's signature twist will soon become a staple of the newly minted Beach District neighbourhood.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7f/7f14abd0e54e62a6db6af0606ccc3987.jpg"></p><p><em>Photo of the Vancouver House construction site by <a href="http://skyrisecities.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skyrise Cities</a> forum member mcminsen. Click <a href="http://skyrisecities.com/news/2016/12/vancouver-house-rises-above-grade" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to see more photos.</em></p><p>The tower and other Vancouver-related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/45328468/big-s-490-foot-tall-beach-and-howe-tower-for-vancouver" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG&rsquo;s 490-foot-tall Beach and Howe Tower for Vancouver</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137194843/can-vancouver-break-out-of-its-boring-architecture-mold-with-these-new-ambitious-skyscrapers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can Vancouver break out of its 'boring-architecture' mold with these new ambitious skyscrapers?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149973355/is-vancouver-s-15-tax-on-overseas-buyers-helping-to-cool-the-housing-market" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Vancouver's 15% tax on overseas buyers helping to cool the housing market?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149980907/big-barcode-to-design-terraced-sluishuis-complex-in-amsterdam BIG + BARCODE to design terraced “Sluishuis” complex in Amsterdam Justine Testado 2016-11-30T18:58:00-05:00 >2016-11-30T20:51:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7v/7vyqdz8ifmgn3m0q.jpg" width="650" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> has another terraced building in the works. This time around, the practice led a team with Rotterdam-based <a href="http://archinect.com/barcodearchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BARCODE Architects</a> to design the competition-winning scheme for&nbsp;&ldquo;Sluishuis&rdquo;, a new 46,000 m2 mixed-use development proposed for IJburg Lake at the edge of Amsterdam.&nbsp;</p><p>The residential complex will be a&nbsp;&ldquo;building inside the port, with a port inside the building,&rdquo; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/7054/bjarke-ingels" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a> says.&nbsp;Showing off different silhouettes at various vantage points, the building will also include 380 apartments,&nbsp;about&nbsp;4,000 m2 of commercial and public areas, 240 underground parking spaces,&nbsp;and a water-quality program that the architects say will provide enough room for up to 30 houseboats.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5e/5egol0tsmenteg8f.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y1/y18nct1y4qd60apt.jpg"></p><p>Toward the water, the building block lifts up to create a large opening that allows water from the IJ Lake to flow into the central courtyard as well as bring sunlight and views into the inner apartments of the building. The block then cascades downward and reveals more of itself toward the city.</p><p>A public promenade ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149978603/google-moves-ahead-with-plans-for-a-massive-new-london-hq Google moves ahead with plans for a massive new London HQ Nicholas Korody 2016-11-15T14:21:00-05:00 >2016-11-15T14:53:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1m/1mckv4clv0pblelu.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>More than three years ago, Google announced plans to build a massive &ldquo;landscraper&rdquo; headquarters in London. But after switching architects from <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/69207772allford-hall-monaghan-morris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AHMM</a>&mdash;whose plans were deemed &ldquo;too boring"&mdash;to <a href="http://archinect.com/heatherwick" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a>, and following the chaos of <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/774965/brexit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brexit</a>, the plans were up in the air. Now, <em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/nov/15/google-commits-to-massive-new-london-hq" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Guardian</a></em> reports that Google&rsquo;s chief executive Sundar Pichai has announced that plans were going ahead.</p><p>The headquarters will be built in London&rsquo;s King&rsquo;s Cross, in between King&rsquo;s Cross station and St. Pancras. Like with the plans for Google&rsquo;s new Silicon Valley headquarters, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group</a> will collaborate with Heatherwick Studio on the design.</p><p>"From the beginning, the project to give Google a new home in King's Cross has been extraordinary. Rather than impose a universal style on Google&rsquo;s buildings in the UK and the USA, we have tried to create an interestingness that fits the scale and the community of King&rsquo;s Cross,&rdquo; BIG and Heatherwick Studio <a href="http://www.big.dk/#news" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">state</a> in a joint press statement. &ldquo;The Silicon Valley star...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149971387/big-designed-the-spiral-hudson-yards-tower-is-inching-closer-to-becoming-reality BIG-designed "The Spiral" Hudson Yards tower is inching closer to becoming reality Alexander Walter 2016-09-30T13:47:00-04:00 >2016-12-11T17:20:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jr/jrrcud0wez3rp95r.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Everything is spiraling into place for Tishman Speyer. The developer officially filed plans Thursday for the Spiral, an&nbsp;office skyscraper that is slated to cost $3.2 billion. [...] It is being designed by Bjarke Ingels , the Danish architect behind the 2 World Trade Center redesign and VIA57.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ck/ckgu6b4m13llnwlh.jpg"></p><p>The (hotly debated) project previously in the Archinect news:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147663869/big-s-concept-for-a-spiraling-landscape-tower-in-nyc-s-hudson-yards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG's concept for a spiraling-landscape tower in NYC's Hudson Yards</a></p><p>Related stories:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149970030/introducing-bjarke-ingels-floating-student-housing-urban-rigger" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Introducing Bjarke Ingels' floating student housing, "Urban Rigger"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968706/play-arkinoid-arcade-on-big-s-website" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Play "Arkinoid" arcade on BIG's website</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968533/bjarke-ingels-gets-the-rolling-stone-treatment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels gets the Rolling Stone treatment</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149968706/play-arkinoid-arcade-on-big-s-website Play "Arkinoid" arcade on BIG's website Julia Ingalls 2016-09-15T12:54:00-04:00 >2016-09-18T22:36:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7n/7n5k67sag6vdbi4p.jpg" width="650" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a throwback to arcade games, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/7054/bjarke-ingels" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a>' firm BIG has created an Arkanoid version of their <a href="http://arkinoid.big.dk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website called Arkinoid</a>, where you can earn points by hitting the firm's projects with a black paddle ball:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/6r/6rakad1p4181atab.gif"></p><p>Don't think it will be easy to claim the top score, however: "Ben Devine!" is currently in the lead with 9223372036854775807 points, making one wonder about his <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">employment status</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8r/8rkwew1bfq6c61ef.jpg"></p><p>For more on architecturally-related games:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961519/kids-play-with-virtual-skyscrapers-in-new-app" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kids play with virtual skyscrapers in new app</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149963555/a-tour-of-experiential-magical-realism-games-from-the-triennale-game-collection" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A tour of experiential magical realism games from the Triennale Game Collection</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149966365/better-than-simcity-how-architects-benefit-from-games-ft-special-guest-quilian-riano-on-archinect-sessions-79" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Better than SimCity: how architects benefit from games, ft. special guest Quilian Riano on Archinect Sessions #79</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956094/designing-around-sea-level-rise-in-new-york Designing around sea-level rise in New York Nicholas Korody 2016-07-05T17:56:00-04:00 >2016-07-31T16:15:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mh/mhr6ad1gu77plmxw.jpg" width="650" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Building walls around a city is an idea that is as old as cities themselves. In the Middle Ages, walls were built to keep out invading armies. Now they are built to keep out Mother Nature. [...] As far as walls go, the Big U is designed to be a nice one ("a wall with benefits," as one urban designer puts it). It was one of the winning proposals in Rebuild by Design, a $930 million competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development...</p></em><br /><br /><p>The article describes New York as having more at stake when it comes to sea-level rise than any other city in the world. A bunch of islands in a coastal estuary, New York is uniquely at risk. And, as the largest financial hub in the world with some of the most expensive real estate in the country, the costs of losing entire neighborhoods, such as that around Wall St., are unfathomable.</p><p>For more responses to the risks posed by sea-level rise to New York, check out these links:</p><ul><li><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">BIG's winning proposal for Rebuild By Design</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129173441/rebuild-by-design-wins-innovation-award" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rebuild by Design Wins Innovation Award</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102558685/relocation-or-adaptation-creating-resilience-against-natural-disaster" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Relocation or Adaptation: Creating resilience against natural disaster</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100960550/u-s-department-of-hud-announces-the-rebuild-by-design-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Department of HUD announces the Rebuild By Design winners</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956014/check-out-this-big-designed-bouncy-castle-beer-pavilion Check out this BIG-designed bouncy castle beer pavilion Nicholas Korody 2016-07-05T13:40:00-04:00 >2016-07-14T22:14:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rz/rz79xou3f8v70s9l.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Bjarke Ingels Group designed an inflatable beer pavilion for the Roskilde Music Festival in Denmark. The 120 square meter, portable pavilion can be inflated in seven minutes and is equipped with purple LED lights.</p><p>Nicknamed FOAM, the pavilion will travel to a series of festivals around Denmark over the course of the year. Next year it will travel to Aarhus in celebration of the city being named the European Capital of Culture 2017.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ra/ratciugyu3umk7jn.jpg"></p><p>"The idea of using a bouncy castle came about because one can create any kind of structure with this type of material,&rdquo; BIG partner Jakob Lange was quoted as saying in an <a href="http://www.cladglobal.com/CLADnews/architecture-design/Bjarke-Ingels-Group-Roskilde-Music-Festival-Tuborg-Carlsberg-architecture-design-pavilions/325169?utm_campaign=digest&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=app" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">article</a> for CLAD Global. "Producing it turned out to be much more difficult though than we had initially expected. The first manufacturer completely gave up and we were under enormous time pressure.</p><p>"But the end-result is the most beautiful thing you could imagine.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/h5/h5tz4vqd0ie95cvy.jpg"></p><p>For more news about BIG, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953927/inga-saffron-calls-big-s-new-navy-yard-building-mesmerizing-reminiscent-of-a-richard-serra-sculpture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inga Saffron calls BIG's new Navy Yard building "mesmerizing", "reminiscent of a...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149953927/inga-saffron-calls-big-s-new-navy-yard-building-mesmerizing-reminiscent-of-a-richard-serra-sculpture Inga Saffron calls BIG's new Navy Yard building "mesmerizing", "reminiscent of a Richard Serra sculpture" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-24T17:39:00-04:00 >2016-07-06T12:17:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cv/cv3yxgfpzxqgfwxa.jpg" width="650" height="505" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A spec office is not how a superstar usually makes a debut. [...] Ingels hasn't reinvented the form with 1200 Intrepid, but he does manage to inject it with an impressive level of pizzazz, imagination, and even refinement. [...] The optical effects are mesmerizing. If you stand at the corner and look across the breadth of the facade, the front wall appears to be tumbling to the ground like a collapsing row of dominos. The curves are reminiscent of a Richard Serra sculpture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Inside Bjarke Ingels' Serpentine Pavilion: &quot;The work becomes a pure manifestation of that architect.&quot;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950561/inside-bjarke-ingels-serpentine-pavilion-the-work-becomes-a-pure-manifestation-of-that-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inside Bjarke Ingels' Serpentine Pavilion: "The work becomes a pure manifestation of that architect."</a></li><li><a title="Bjarke Ingels Group + AECOM join forces with Hyperloop" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944742/bjarke-ingels-group-aecom-join-forces-with-hyperloop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group + AECOM join forces with Hyperloop</a></li><li><a title='"The first major architect who disconnected the profession completely from angst": Rem on Bjarke' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941747/the-first-major-architect-who-disconnected-the-profession-completely-from-angst-rem-on-bjarke" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The first major architect who disconnected the profession completely from angst": Rem on Bjarke</a></li><li><a title="BIG unveils moat-encircled stadium design for D.C." href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935095/big-unveils-moat-encircled-stadium-design-for-d-c" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG unveils moat-encircled stadium design for D.C.</a></li><li><a title='BIG is proposing this "pixellated"-module housing project in Toronto' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148749401/big-is-proposing-this-pixellated-module-housing-project-in-toronto" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG is proposing this "pixellated"-module housing project in Toronto</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149950793/inside-barkow-leibinger-s-serpentine-pavilion-summer-house Inside Barkow Leibinger's Serpentine Pavilion Summer House Ellen Hancock 2016-06-10T15:06:00-04:00 >2016-06-16T01:21:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qi/qiphsyypkuninqzx.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"For us it's a prototype. For us, a prototype means it will have another life,&rdquo; &ldquo;Right now, our summer house operates at a scale of something maybe like furniture or something like a small building, but a prototype is something that has a resonance, it's something that lives beyond its four months here, that will occur on a different scale, in a different place.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Barkow Leibinger's &nbsp;Summer House is constructed with four structural bands made from plywood and timber. The piece is grounded by a bench, then strengthened by three central curves with a double layered free flowing cantilevered roof.&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/v9/v9677l4456ta7012.jpg"></p><p>The duo known for their research-led process and playful style pay tribute to the similarly playful William Kent structure that once stood on a nearby manmade hill. When in use the small structure provided panoramic views of the park while at the same time mechanically rotating 360 degrees.&nbsp;</p><p>The Summer House equally provides innumerable views and is particularly expressive in the changing light; continually offering new lines and shapes with the recast shadows. The surging curves are expressively fluid and trace the movements of something reminiscent of an initial sketch. An idea paused in time.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7v/7v37ys3ixhfvw5fa.jpg"></p><p>Sitting within the structure you feel part of the architectural process; a structure Frank Barlow described as, &ldquo;a dialogue and a continuation&rdquo;.</p><p>Archinect's U.K ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149950420/twists-and-turns-big-s-serpentine-pavilion-and-the-new-summer-houses-on-archinect-sessions-67 Twists and Turns: BIG's Serpentine Pavilion and the new Summer Houses on Archinect Sessions #67 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-09T15:51:00-04:00 >2016-06-13T23:48:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c2/c24b8vshgqs3c9np.jpg" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This year's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147811744/big-to-design-2016-serpentine-pavilion-alongside-smaller-summer-houses-by-kunl-adeyemi-barkow-leibinger-yona-friedman-and-asif-kahn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">winning Serpentine Pavilion, designed by BIG</a>, came with an architectural posse&mdash;for the first time in the Serpentine Pavilion's history, the annual competition also featured four "Summer Houses" designed by other international architects. The pavilion and summer houses open to the public tomorrow on the Serpentine Galleries' lawn in London's Royal Kensington Gardens, and we discuss our initial take on their at once surprising and familiar elements.</p><p>Get briefed on the pavilion and the summer houses with Robert Urquhart's coverage <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149950034/touring-big-s-2016-serpentine-pavilion-and-the-new-summer-houses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 67 of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Twists and Turns":</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>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-67.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><strong>Shownotes:</strong></p><p>Donna's endorsement: The <a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/149949339/not-another-architect-movie/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"not another a...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149950561/inside-bjarke-ingels-serpentine-pavilion-the-work-becomes-a-pure-manifestation-of-that-architect Inside Bjarke Ingels' Serpentine Pavilion: "The work becomes a pure manifestation of that architect." Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-09T13:22:00-04:00 >2016-06-16T01:26:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y3/y3t0te5y94iic9ci.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I think when an artist exhibits in a gallery that is sometimes a white cube or a former power plant or warehouse, they have a lot of freedom to focus on the manifestation of their work. You can almost see the Serpentine Pavilion as exactly that: it&rsquo;s a small pavilion in a gigantic park. The work becomes a pure manifestation of that architect.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Opening to the public tomorrow, BIG's Serpentine Pavilion has been likened to pixels, Minecraft, Gehry, and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950016/possibly-the-serpentine-s-most-impressive-pavilion-yet-olly-wainwright-on-big-s-serpentine-pavilion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"a wall that has enjoyed a good lunch."</a>&nbsp;Made from stacks of fiberglass boxes, the strikingly tall pavilion creates a light-filled canopy in its interior meeting space.</p><p><img alt="" src="https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CkWDY8lXAAAAFAw.jpg"></p><p>The structure was purchased by developer Westbank and will be disassembled to tour the U.S. and Asia once the Serpentine's Summer Architecture Programme ends, on October 9. As pointed out by <em>The&nbsp;</em><em>Guardian</em>'s&nbsp;architecture critic&nbsp;Oliver Wainwright on <a href="https://twitter.com/ollywainwright/status/740210577335844864" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, the design greatly resembles BIG's 2008 residential proposal for Ansan, South Korea.</p><p><img alt="" src="https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CkWDYstXEAAPsyi.jpg"></p><p>For more Serpentine Pavilion coverage:</p><ul><li><a title="Inside Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi's Serpentine Pavilion Summer House" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950556/inside-kunl-adeyemi-s-serpentine-pavilion-summer-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inside Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi's Serpentine Pavilion Summer House</a></li><li><a title="Inside Yona Friedman's Serpentine Pavilion Summer House" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950330/inside-yona-friedman-s-serpentine-pavilion-summer-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inside Yona Friedman's Serpentine Pavilion Summer House</a></li><li><a title="&quot;Possibly the Serpentine's most impressive pavilion yet&quot;: Olly Wainwright on BIG's Serpentine Pavilion" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950016/possibly-the-serpentine-s-most-impressive-pavilion-yet-olly-wainwright-on-big-s-serpentine-pavilion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Possibly the Serpentine's most impressive pavilion yet": Olly Wainwright on BIG's Serpentine Pavilion</a></li><li><a title="Construction of Serpentine Pavilions begins" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944944/construction-of-serpentine-pavilions-begins" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction of Serpentine Pavilions begins</a></li><li><a title="What's the Big Deal&#8253; &ndash; Assemble, Serpentine and YAP winners, and BIG controversy on Archinect Sessions #52, with special guest co-host Will Galloway" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147831854/what-s-the-big-deal-assemble-serpentine-and-yap-winners-and-big-controversy-on-archinect-sessions-52-with-special-guest-co-host-will-galloway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What's the Big Deal&#8253; &ndash; Assemble, Serpentine and YAP winners, and BIG controversy on Archi...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149950016/possibly-the-serpentine-s-most-impressive-pavilion-yet-olly-wainwright-on-big-s-serpentine-pavilion "Possibly the Serpentine's most impressive pavilion yet": Olly Wainwright on BIG's Serpentine Pavilion Nicholas Korody 2016-06-07T13:51:00-04:00 >2016-06-19T22:14:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/h8/h8513y0n9cji3qfw.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A teetering stack of fibreglass blocks has landed in Kensington Gardens, rising above the Serpentine Gallery in a stepped wall, before billowing out to form a cave-like space within... From one side, it looks like a wall that has enjoyed a good lunch. The blocks stretch outwards in a swollen bulge, like a snake devouring its gallery-going prey. From the other, it looks caught in a stiff breeze, a pixelated curtain rippling in the wind.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"In keeping with the best-observed-from-a-distance nature of other BIG buildings, the detailing is also a bit clunky, with each fibreglass frame bolted and bracketed in rather heavy-handedly, due to time constraints," writes Oliver Wainwright. "Still, the interior remains a stunning space, a shape-shifting cathedral that is possibly the Serpentine&rsquo;s most impressive pavilion yet."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944944/construction-of-serpentine-pavilions-begins Construction of Serpentine Pavilions begins Nicholas Korody 2016-05-13T05:30:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T00:50:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t1/t1cno0m3gazi8xd2.jpg" width="650" height="507" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Construction of the 2016 Serpentine Pavilion and Summer Houses has started. For the first time, the Serpentine Galleries has expanded its annual architecture programme to include four Summer Houses, located a short walk from the Gallery in Kensington Gardens, in addition to the 16th Pavilion on the Gallery lawn. For the fourth year running AECOM, in collaboration with David Glover, is delivering technical advisory services for the project...</p></em><br /><br /><p>This is the first year that the main Serpentine Pavilion &ndash; designed by BIG this time &ndash; will be accompanied by a series of smaller "summer pavilions." Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi of NL&Eacute;, Barkow Leibinger, Yona Friedman and Asif Khan have each designed a pavilion for the nearby Kensington Gardens.</p><p>The pavilions will open to the public in June.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/07/075e2k9at9zlmezh.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vr/vr560c8lqmzdtrnn.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uu/uucmtyetr1cdgju5.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944742/bjarke-ingels-group-aecom-join-forces-with-hyperloop Bjarke Ingels Group + AECOM join forces with Hyperloop Julia Ingalls 2016-05-11T19:32:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T23:14:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hp/hp46rkws7hwz0alp.jpg" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Not content to merely redefine <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149580668/a-closer-look-at-big-s-west-57th-street-courtscraper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">skyscrapers</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935095/big-unveils-moat-encircled-stadium-design-for-d-c" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">football stadiums</a>, and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132566360/architects-are-not-the-creators-of-the-city-but-the-midwives-says-bjarke-ingels" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the agency of the architect</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group</a> is now leaping into the realm of transportation, joining up with Hyperloop to "transform the future of public infrastructure."&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8p/8pwl9wtb85yt1jnr.jpg"></p><p>Bjarke explained it thusly:&nbsp;"Traditionally, the work of an architect is to design buildings for the same known program - a residence or a workplace - and try to squeeze in a marginal improvement here or an elegant design solution there. With Hyperloop we are not only designing a futuristic station or a very fast train - we are dealing with an entirely novel technology with the potential to completely transform how our existing cities will grow and evolve - &nbsp;and how new cities will be conceived and constructed."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jj/jjmtxlnl8b2ent7s.jpg"></p><p>For its part, AECOM will focus on improving the freight end of the transportation system, focusing its highly trained teams on the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.&nbsp;"AECOMs partnership with Hyperloop One has the potential to transform ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941747/the-first-major-architect-who-disconnected-the-profession-completely-from-angst-rem-on-bjarke "The first major architect who disconnected the profession completely from angst": Rem on Bjarke Nicholas Korody 2016-04-21T13:08:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:41:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nz/nzrcvrn24ypv5te9.jpg" width="600" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Contrary to many, maybe including himself, I do not consider Bjarke Ingels the reincarnation of this or that architect from the past. On the contrary, he is the embodiment of a fully fledged new typology, which responds perfectly to the current zeitgeist. Bjarke is the first major architect who disconnected the profession completely from angst. He threw out the ballast and soared.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"With that, he is completely in tune with the thinkers of Silicon Valley, who want to make the world a better place without the existential hand-wringing that previous generations felt was crucial to earn utopianist credibility," writes Rem Koolhaas for <em>TIME</em>'s&nbsp;2016 list of the "100 Most Influential People".</p><p>"We are friends," Koolhaas continues. "Once, during lunchtime, I used his office to prepare a competition presentation. (We lost.) On the menu that day was quiche. Wow, I wondered, so you can do great architecture without violating anyone&rsquo;s comfort zone?"</p><p>Ingels once worked for Koolhaas at OMA before starting BIG. Since then, they've competed against each other for commissions. Ingels once described their dynamic as "oedipal" in regards to a competition for a project in Miami.</p><p>For more on BIG and OMA, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941601/a-tour-of-oma-s-pierre-lassonde-pavilion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A tour of OMA's Pierre Lassonde Pavilion</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147813356/big-in-paris-bjarke-ingels-to-design-for-galeries-lafayette-on-champs-lys-es" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG in Paris: Bjarke Ingels to design for Galeries Lafayette on Champs-&Eacute;lys&eacute;es</a></li><li><a href="http://Shohei%20Shigematsu%20of%20OMA%20transforms%20the%20Met%20for%20the%20spring%20Costume%20Institute%20exhibit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shohei Shigematsu of OMA transforms the Met ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938084/shortlist-for-new-museum-of-london-revealed Shortlist for new Museum of London revealed Ellen Hancock 2016-04-04T10:43:00-04:00 >2016-04-09T22:40:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fg/fglpa0td2vzey9hp.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Caruso St John, Stanton Williams with Asif Khan, and BIG in a team with Hawkins\Brown have been shortlisted to design the Museum of London&rsquo;s new home in Smithfields. The shortlisted teams saw off 80 entries from more than 140 practices and were chosen based on their relevant skills and experience, in particular of significant cultural projects. The competition will create a &pound;150 million new base for the Museum of London in the historic West Smithfield market.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Also selected:</p><ul><li>Lacaton &amp; Vassal Architectes with Pernilla Ohrstedt Studio</li><li>Diener &amp; Diener Architekten with Sergison Bates Architects, East Architecture and Graphic Thought Facility</li><li>Studio Milou architecture with RL&nbsp;&amp; Associ&eacute;s, Axis Architects and Alan Baxter Associates</li></ul><p>Read more articles relating to the chosen practices here:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138497951/damien-hirst-s-surprisingly-restrained-gallery-space-opens-in-london-today" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Damien Hirst's surprisingly restrained gallery space opens in London today</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127595087/get-a-glimpse-of-the-2015-riba-regional-london-awards-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Get a glimpse of the 2015 RIBA regional London Awards winners</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935801/sparc-grimshaw-big-foster-partners-and-mjma-are-among-this-week-s-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SPARC, Grimshaw, BIG, Foster + Partners, and MJMA are among this week's winners</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/145288644/new-year-new-you-how-a-few-uk-firms-are-switching-up-their-game" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New year, new you: how a few UK firms are switching up their game</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149935095/big-unveils-moat-encircled-stadium-design-for-d-c BIG unveils moat-encircled stadium design for D.C. Julia Ingalls 2016-03-16T20:26:00-04:00 >2016-03-18T01:15:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/h3/h3ge13fp7y33clig.jpg" width="650" height="464" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The one thing that everybody's sort of excited about is this idea that the stadium is designed as much for the tailgating, the pre-game, as for the game itself,&rdquo; Ingels says in the 60 Minutes promo.</p></em><br /><br /><p>When sports fans think football, they think...moats? Although the proposed stadium for the still-offensively-named Washington Redskins hasn't officially found a site, team owner Dan Snyder is pushing for it to be located next to the&nbsp;Anacostia River, which would provide context for Ingels' moat, although this juxtaposition still leaves the purple moon unexplained.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wj/wji5cw5dkx43lv2a.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sz/sz3px4tqhlouavzz.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p2/p2rcl301a602g0ds.jpg"></p><p>More BIG news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934618/60-minutes-profiles-bjarke-ingels-the-starchitect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">60 Minutes profiles Bjarke Ingels, the "Starchitect"</a>&nbsp;</li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149425610/albright-knox-gallery-announces-short-list-of-firms-for-80m-expansion-sn-hetta-big-oma-why-allied-works" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Albright-Knox Gallery announces short list of firms for $80m expansion: Sn&oslash;hetta, BIG, OMA, wHY, Allied Works</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148885108/serpentine-unzips-bjarke-ingels-pavilion-and-4-summer-houses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serpentine unzips Bjarke Ingels' Pavilion and 4 Summer Houses</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149934618/60-minutes-profiles-bjarke-ingels-the-starchitect 60 Minutes profiles Bjarke Ingels, the "Starchitect" Alexander Walter 2016-03-14T18:16:00-04:00 >2016-03-15T16:18:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/52/52eeabd5cedab19798cad38348aabdef.jpg" width="650" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The culture at BIG is intense but in off-hours, blowing off steam dressed as your favorite comic book hero isn't uncommon. That's the boss armed with a gun full of tequila. Bjarke Ingels: The way we work is maybe unlike certain architects that have a very particular style where it is the auteur. It has to be the design principal who makes the strokes of genius. I don't have to come up with the best idea. It is my job to make sure that it is always the best idea that wins.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Looking for even BIGger news on Archinect? Here are a few recent stories to begin with:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149580668/a-closer-look-at-big-s-west-57th-street-courtscraper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A closer look at BIG's West 57th Street "courtscraper"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148885108/serpentine-unzips-bjarke-ingels-pavilion-and-4-summer-houses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serpentine unzips Bjarke Ingels' Pavilion and 4 Summer Houses</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147813356/big-in-paris-bjarke-ingels-to-design-for-galeries-lafayette-on-champs-lys-es" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG in Paris: Bjarke Ingels to design for Galeries Lafayette on Champs-&Eacute;lys&eacute;es</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149425610/albright-knox-gallery-announces-short-list-of-firms-for-80m-expansion-sn-hetta-big-oma-why-allied-works Albright-Knox Gallery announces short list of firms for $80m expansion: Snøhetta, BIG, OMA, wHY, Allied Works Nicholas Korody 2016-03-02T12:51:00-05:00 >2016-03-16T00:06:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7b/7bs8k30weryhfjqe.jpg" width="650" height="395" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Albright-Knox Art Gallery wants to create a public space that could rival Canalside while expanding and remaking one of the city&rsquo;s most recognizable institutions. And gallery officials are looking to some of the most respected architects in the world to make it happen. They have narrowed the list of potential architects for the gallery&rsquo;s upcoming expansion project to five firms with experience building in challenging urban environments.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Located in the historic, Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Delaware Park, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is one of the major cultural hotspots of New York State's second largest city. Now, the contemporary and modern art gallery plans a major expansion of its facilities, which originally opened in 1905 and later gained an addition designed by Gordon Bushaft of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.</p><p>The Albright-Knox Gallery announced a preliminary list of prominent designers, with a plan to select one by mid-June. The firms are:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/snohetta" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Sn&oslash;hetta</strong></a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Bjarke Ingels Group</strong></a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/382/oma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>OMA</strong></a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/77378666/why" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>wHY</strong></a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/895/allied-works-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Allied Works Architecture</strong></a></li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/25/25lxfk3tyzoin81k.jpg"></p><p>Unlike with other architectural competitions, the Albright-Knox Galley has not asked the firms to submit a near-finalized design. Instead, they've incorporated a yearlong period into the planning process, in order to foster close collaboration with the chosen architects.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re not in a design competition to choose a design and then build it. We&rsquo;re in a process of choosing a partner,&rdquo; Albright-Knox director Janne Sir...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/148885108/serpentine-unzips-bjarke-ingels-pavilion-and-4-summer-houses Serpentine unzips Bjarke Ingels' Pavilion and 4 Summer Houses Julia Ingalls 2016-02-24T13:21:00-05:00 >2016-02-27T16:01:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7g/7gije2j7n54wyizc.jpg" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a>' unfurling wall-based pavilion joins four summer houses&mdash;designed by Asif Khan, Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/704/barkow-leibinger" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barkow Leibinger</a>, and&nbsp;Yona Friedman&mdash;to create this year's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147811744/big-to-design-2016-serpentine-pavilion-alongside-smaller-summer-houses-by-kunl-adeyemi-barkow-leibinger-yona-friedman-and-asif-kahn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serpentine Architecture Program</a>. Each of the four summer houses riffs on the adjacent Queen Caroline's Temple designed in 1734, while BIG's Serpentine Pavilion appears to have been inspired by the desire to, according to an interview with Ingels in the Standard, "use rationality and rigour to create the extraordinary out of the ordinary.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lu/lu92bf82o618z8kl.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve played with one of the most basic elements [of a building] &mdash; the wall,&rdquo; Ingels explains. &ldquo;Typically, walls are made from stacked identical elements. When you see it you can sense how it fits into our general way of thinking. We are playing with the idea of bigamy &mdash; you don&rsquo;t have to choose between box or blob.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a4/a4fnycet3i8n7bdg.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mk/mkkkmdhlfu8qvvh7.jpg"></p><p>According to the Serpentine Pavilion's website, Asif Khan's summer house was designed in part to mimic the Queen Caroline Temple's orientation toward the Serpentine Lake, ...</p>