Archinect - News 2015-10-10T07:08:38-04:00 Get a glimpse of these hacked IKEA kitchens by BIG, Henning Larsen, and NORM Architects Justine Testado 2015-08-11T14:15:00-04:00 >2015-08-19T07:47:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Here comes another product collaboration between famous architects and affordable-brand giants. Pretty soon, consumers worldwide can add a hint of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Henning Larsen Architects</a>, or <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NORM Architects</a> into their everyday kitchen space. Danish furniture brand <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reform</a>, whose <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">concept</a> focuses on hacking IKEA kitchen-cabinet fronts with their own customized designs, collaborated with the big-name architects in envisioning the new collection of kitchen cabinets. The kitchens will make their public debut at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">northmodern</a> trade show on August 13-15 and will be on sale starting September 1 (promotional video below).</p><p>The cabinets already have the on-trend sleekness and minimalism down, but stamping on the names of famous architecture firms ups the chic factor effortlessly. The cabinets by the one and only Bjarke Ingels Group&nbsp;&mdash; who is <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">no stranger to designing home products</a>&nbsp;&mdash; are available in white and oak or stainless steel, with a composite table top and composite wash. The cabinets come with ha...</p> 2 World Trade Center Could Be the Most Expensive Office Tower in the World Dana Schulz 2015-08-06T13:25:00-04:00 >2015-08-06T14:48:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Construction of the Bjarke Ingels-designed 2 World Trade Center will come with a $4 billion price tag. The 2.8 million-square-foot downtown tower will top out at 1,340 feet, just 28 feet shy of One World Trade Center, which currently holds the title of the world&rsquo;s most expensive office building with construction costs coming in at $3.8 billion.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Larry Silverstein, developer of 2 World Trade Center, is looking for&nbsp;$500 million in financing to fund the $4 billion tower&rsquo;s completion. If all goes according to plan, a lease could be signed by the end of the year and construction could start next year with a 2020 completion date.</p> There is nothing so stable as change: Nick Taylor, director of BIG's 2WTC video, and McShane Murnane of Project M Plus on Archinect Sessions #34 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-18T18:22:00-04:00 >2015-07-08T10:13:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Easily the biggest news of last week, and probably of this year, was the unveiling of BIG's design for 2WTC. For a project of such status, on such a highly charged site, representation must be handled with expert care &ndash; so to dig a bit deeper into <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the splashy video introducing&nbsp;2WTC</a>, we spoke with Nick Taylor, co-founder of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Squint/Opera</a> and director of the BIG video. We cover Squint/Opera's historied relationship with architects and how creative vision is managed across many powerful stakeholders.</p><p>Paul and Amelia also sat down with McShane Murnane, architecture director and co-founder of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Project M Plus</a>, a husband-wife creative studio out of Los Angeles' Silver Lake. Often viewed as a case-study for gentrification in LA, Silver Lake has established a highly specific aesthetic within the Californian sensibility, that has its pros and cons &ndash; we speak with Murnane about how he's dealt with issues of developmental displacement head-on.</p><p>And in the news, we discuss how&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando</a>&nbsp;is faring am...</p> Last week today, June 8-15 2015: BIG projects, big opinions Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-15T18:33:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T14:50:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Friday, June 12:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="The new OMA-designed Garage Museum opens in Moscow" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The new OMA-designed Garage Museum opens in Moscow</a>: On the design, Koolhaas has been quoted with&nbsp;"not restoring the building, but preserving its decay". The original Soviet-era building used to be a restaurant.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Thursday, June 11:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Stargazing with Patrik Schumacher: Episode 33 of Archinect Sessions" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stargazing with Patrik Schumacher: Episode 33 of Archinect Sessions</a>: Patrik Schumacher discusses <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">his recent op-ed for Archinect</a>.</li><li><a title="The Cooper Union turmoil continues: President Jamshed Bharucha resigns" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Cooper Union turmoil continues: President Jamshed Bharucha resigns</a>: In the midst of student protests and five trustees resigning, President Bharucha also stepped down last week. This came after the Cooper Union's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Board had already voted not to renew </a>Bharucha's contract as president next year.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, June 10:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Five Cooper Union trustees just resigned" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Five Cooper Union trustees just resigned</a>: Among them were Daniel Libeskind,&nbsp;Mark Epstein (the board&rsquo;s former chairman), Vassar College president Catharine Bond Hill, Francois de Menil (the board&rsquo;s vice chairman), and investment banker Monica Vachher.</li><li><a title="Locals welcome The 606, a.k.a. Chicago's &quot;High Line&quot;, but anxiety for its future remains" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Locals welcome The 606, a.k.a. Chicago's "High Line", but a...</a></li></ul> Is Thomas Heatherwick designing Google's London HQ? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-15T14:03:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T19:31:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Google's ambitious &pound;1 billion King's Cross development, which will be the technology giant's European headquarters, has faced repeated delays since it was first announced back in 2013. The project currently has "no target completion date."</p></em><br /><br /><p>This news came to <em>Business Insider</em>&nbsp;via&nbsp;"a source close to Heatherwick", although neither Google nor Heatherwick has commented on it at this time. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Heatherwick</a> is already pinned to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">expansion of Google's Mountain View headquarters</a>, along with Bjarke Ingels of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>. Previous designs by local firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AHMM</a> were rejected by Google earlier this year, but it's unclear whether they'll still play a role in the design process.</p> Googleplex expansion pivots BIG and Heatherwick design onto new site Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-01T20:35:00-04:00 >2015-06-03T22:02:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Google already had building rights for a fifth site overlooking Charleston Park, just east of the current Googleplex [...] A 2007 lease agreement allows Google to build up to 595,000 square feet of office and commercial space there. [...] The new plans feature the same futuristic designs by European architects Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick that were part of the larger plan debated by the city this year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For some background on the Googleplex expansion plans:</p><ul><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google loses to LinkedIn in Silicon Valley HQ pitch</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Critical response to Googleplex expansion focuses on suburban development, not architecture</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Unveils BIG + Heatherwick Studios Collaboration for New Campus Master Plan</a></p></li></ul> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A closer look into &ldquo;The BIG U&rdquo;, BIG&rsquo;s winning proposal for Rebuild By Design</a></p> 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="" 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="" 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=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></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=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></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> Session 14: His bjark is BIGger than his bjite – A chat with Bjarke Ingels at the opening of BIG's "Hot to Cold" exhibition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-29T15:25:00-05:00 >2015-02-16T10:50:39-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This episode is a doozy. Paul and Amelia left the temperate sunshine of Los Angeles for Washington, DC's frigid monumentality, to interview Bjarke Ingels on the eve of his "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hot to Cold" exhibition at the National Building Museum</a>. The 40-year old architect shared some quick-won wisdom about scaling a business, the Danish condition, and the indispensability of humor and play in architecture.</p><p>Donna and Ken joined Paul and Amelia to speak with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lian Chang</a>&nbsp;about her&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently published visualizations</a>&nbsp;of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Salary Poll</a>&nbsp;for the ACSA, in charming emoji-based data sets. The Sessions co-hosts also discuss <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aaron Betsky's new appointment as the head of the deeply troubled Taliesin West</a>, and what <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thom Mayne's demolition of Ray Bradbury's house</a> means for architecture preservation and sentimentality.</p><p>And for another climatological analogy, Paul and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brian Newman</a>, <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Session</a></strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>s</strong></a>'s legal correspondent,&nbsp;poke at the tip of the iceberg concerning issues of copyright in architecture. &nbsp;</p><p>A remind...</p> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group</a>&rsquo;s &ldquo;<a href="" 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=""></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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently assigned to the massive Smithsonian renovation project</a>, and hot on the heels of their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG Maze</a> at the s...</p> 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="" 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="" 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> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; BIG is coming back to the National Building Museum just a few months after their popular Maze installation <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this past summer</a>.</p><p><strong>Learn more about the exhibition on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</strong></p> 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="" 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=""></p><p>Head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> for more details.</p> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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=""></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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>Related: <a title="Gehry and Foster selected to design Phase 3 at Battersea Power Station" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry and Foster selected to design Phase 3 at Battersea Power Station</a></p> Bjarke Ingels' "World Craft" explains how architecture can turn fiction into reality Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-10T21:00:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T16:27:46-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>World-renowned architect Bjarke Ingels challenges himself and all of us to think beyond the status quo and dream big. Why shouldn&rsquo;t you be able to ski down a power plant? He refers to his projects as &ldquo;promiscuous hybrids&rdquo;&mdash;they combine seemingly disparate elements and turn fiction into fact.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Bjarke's video is part of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future of Storytelling summit</a>, which takes place in New York this October.</p> NIMBYs go to court over "modern" home; Zaha gets an apology; global warming rages on: News Round-Up for August 25, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-02T20:07:00-04:00 >2014-09-02T22:16:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em><strong>Friday, August 29:</strong></em></p><ul><li><p><a title="MIT's MindRider helmet draws mental maps as you bike" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT's MindRider helmet draws mental maps as you bike</a>: The prototype is currently being used to create a mental-map and guidebook for NYC, and an upcoming Kickstarter campaign will attempt to fund the project for commercial sale.</p></li><li><p><a title="In Beirut, a grassroots push for more grass" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Beirut, a grassroots push for more grass</a>: Lebanon's fifteen-year civil war made much of Beirut's green space inaccessible or dysfunctional. The Beirut Green Project is trying to bring at least a modicum of green space back to the city's residents.</p></li></ul><p><em><strong>Thursday, August 28:</strong></em></p><ul><li><a title="Norwegian artists plan to open art academy in North Korea" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norwegian artists plan to open art academy in North Korea</a>: Nothing's final yet, but the school is committed to its disbelief in sanctions or boycotts on art.</li><li><a title="Alvar Aalto gets a close look from Google's Cultural Institute" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvar Aalto gets a close look from Google's Cultural Institute</a>: Google's cameras go inside the famous Finnish architects studio, as well as a selection of his works, for a curated photo-exhibition.</li></ul><p><em><strong>Wednesday, August 27:</strong></em></p><ul><li><a title="China considering drastic ban on coal" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China considering drastic ban on coal</a>: Chinese news outlets claim that work is underway to ban coal in Bei...</li></ul> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG is named winner of the Kimball Art Center Transformation Project Design Competition</a></p> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design for LEGO House, designed by BIG, unveiled today</a></p> 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="" 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> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previous mention</a> of the maze, here's a little more detail behind it:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Check out a time-lapse video of the maze's construction below.</p> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Dig into the details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> 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="" 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=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Read more about the proposal on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> BIG + KILO launch "BIG Cities" tableware for Rosenthal's Gropius-inspired collection Justine Testado 2014-05-22T14:38:00-04:00 >2015-08-13T12:52:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's all in the details with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> + <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KILO</a>'s newly launched "BIG Cities" tableware collection. The longtime Danish collaborators worked with major porcelain manufacturer <a href="" 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=""></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=""></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=""></p><p>Dinner and charger plates are available six different variants each, while all other pieces in the collection com...</p> 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="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>, in collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HKS Architects</a> and <a href="" 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=""><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=""><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=""><br><br>"Bjarke Ingels: 'Our design is driven by an effort to maximize the enjoyment of the abundant natural qualities of Al...</p> 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="" 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="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <em>Images courtesy of BIG.</em></p> BIG in Arquitectura Viva's "Monographs" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-11-06T18:03:00-05:00 >2013-11-13T10:11:44-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="636" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> It seems as if BIG will stop at nothing short of world domination. As the subject of Arquitectura Viva&rsquo;s 162nd monograph, the sheer volume and span of projects from Bjarke Ingels Group since its founding in 2005 is staggering. After breaking away from OMA and then his partnership with&nbsp; Julien De Smedt of PLOT to form BIG, Bjarke Ingels has consistently spewed out (mostly unbuilt) large-scale international projects, while also establishing a momentous array of icons.</p> <p> Within the Danish context, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> is a loud firm -- in presence, perspective, and popularity. Conceptually, the projects blend Danish sensibilities of high-minded idealism and humbled, matter-of-fact rationalism with social-democratic values and no small seasoning of pomo gimmickry. A maritime museum &ldquo;docked&rdquo; in the landscape? A waste-energy treatment plant that blows smoke rings? A multi-use Chinese hotel complex, shaped like the character for &ldquo;the people&rdquo;? But in their graphical representation, through promotional mat...</p> Design for LEGO House, designed by BIG, unveiled today Archinect 2013-06-05T13:30:00-04:00 >2014-08-21T14:16:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The LEGO Group today revealed the design of the experience center &ldquo;The LEGO House&rdquo;. The center, which will be built in Denmark, illustrates the systematic creativity of LEGO bricks and is expected to attract 250,000 visitors annually.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>UPDATE:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lego House in Billund, Denmark, begins construction by laying giant Lego brick&ndash;shaped foundation stones</a></p>