Bjarke Ingels

Bjarke Bundgaard Ingels (Danish pronunciation: [ˈpjɑːkə ˈpɔnkɒ ˈe̝ŋˀl̩s]; born 2 October 1974) is a Danish architect, founder and artistic associate of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG).

In Denmark, Ingels turned well-known after designing two housing complexes in Ørestad: VM Homes and Mountain Dwellings. In 2006 he based Bjarke Ingels Group, which grew to a employees of 400 by 2015, with famous initiatives together with the 8 Home housing advanced, VIA 57 West in Manhattan, the Google North Bayshore headquarters (co-designed with Thomas Heatherwick), the Superkilen park, and the Amager Useful resource Middle (ARC) waste-to-energy plant – the latter which includes each a ski slope and climbing wall on the constructing exterior.

Since 2009, Ingels has gained quite a few architectural competitions. He moved to New York Metropolis in 2012, the place along with the VIA 57 West, BIG gained a design contest after Hurricane Sandy for bettering Manhattan’s flood resistance.

In 2011, The Wall Avenue Journal named Ingels Innovator of the Yr for structure,[1] and in 2016 Time named him one of many 100 Most Influential Individuals.[2]

Formative years and background

Born in Copenhagen in 1974, Ingels’ father is an engineer and his mom is a dentist.[3] Hoping to develop into a cartoonist, he started finding out structure in 1993 on the Royal Danish Academy of Tremendous Arts, pondering it might assist him enhance his drawing abilities. After a number of years, he started an earnest curiosity in structure.[4] He continued his research on the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura in Barcelona, and returned to Copenhagen to obtain his diploma in 1999.[5] As a third-year pupil in Barcelona, he arrange his first follow and gained his first competitors.[6]

Alongside his architectural follow, Ingels has been a visiting professor on the Rice College College of Structure, the Harvard Graduate College of Design,[7] the Columbia College Graduate College of Structure, Planning and Preservation,[8] and most lately, the Yale College of Structure.[9]


VM Homes in Ørestad, Denmark


From 1998 to 2001, Ingels labored for Rem Koolhaas on the Workplace for Metropolitan Structure in Rotterdam.[10] In 2001, he returned to Copenhagen to arrange the architectural follow PLOT along with Belgian OMA colleague Julien de Smedt. The corporate obtained nationwide and worldwide consideration for his or her ingenious designs.[11] They have been awarded a Golden Lion on the Venice Biennale of Structure in 2004 for a proposal for a brand new music home for Stavanger, Norway.[12]

PLOT accomplished a 2,500 m2 (27,000 sq ft) collection of 5 open-air swimming swimming pools, Islands Brygge Harbour Tub, on the Copenhagen Harbour entrance with particular services for youngsters in 2003.[13] Additionally they accomplished Maritime Youth Home, a crusing membership and a youth home at Sundby Harbour, Copenhagen.[14]

The primary main achievement for PLOT was the award-winning VM Homes in Ørestad, Copenhagen, in 2005. Impressed by Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation idea, they designed two residential blocks, within the form of the letters V and M (as seen from the sky); the M Home with 95 items, was accomplished in 2004, and the V Home, with 114 items, in 2005.[15] The design locations sturdy emphasis on daylight, privateness and views.[16] Relatively than trying over the neighboring constructing, the entire flats have diagonal views of the encircling fields. Corridors are quick and shiny, fairly like open bullet holes by way of the constructing. There are some 80 several types of residence within the advanced, adaptable to particular person wants.[17] The constructing garnered Ingels and Smedt the Discussion board AID Award for one of the best constructing in Scandinavia in 2006.[18] Ingels lived within the advanced till 2008 when he moved into the adjoining Mountain Dwellings.[16]

In 2005, Ingels additionally accomplished the Helsingør Psychiatric Hospital in Helsingør, a hospital which is formed like a snowflake.[19] Every room of the hospital was specifically designed to have a view, with two teams of rooms dealing with the lake, and one group dealing with the encircling hills.[19]


Mountain Dwellings

After PLOT was disbanded on the finish of 2005, in January 2006 Ingels made Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) its personal firm.[3] It grew to 400 staff by 2016.[11]

BIG started engaged on the 25-metre-high (82 ft) Mountain Dwellings on the VM homes web site within the Ørestad district of Copenhagen, combining 10,000 m2 (110,000 sq ft) of housing with 20,000 m2 (220,000 sq ft) of parking and parking house, with a mountain theme all through the constructing.[20] The flats scale the diagonally sloping roof of the parking storage, from road stage to eleventh ground, creating a man-made, south dealing with ‘mountainside’ the place every residence has a terrace measuring round 93 m2 (1,000 sq ft).[16] The parking storage comprises spots for 480 vehicles.[21] The house has as much as 16-metre-high (52 ft) ceilings, and the underside of every stage of flats is roofed in aluminium painted in a particular color scheme of psychedelic hues which, as a tribute to Danish Sixties and ’70s furnishings designer Verner Panton, are all precise matches of the colors he utilized in his designs.[22] The colors transfer, symbolically, from inexperienced for the earth over yellow, orange, darkish orange, scorching pink, purple to shiny blue for the sky.[22] The northern and western facades of the parking storage depict a 3,000 m2 (32,000 sq ft) photorealistic mural of Himalayan peaks.[21] The parking storage is protected against wind and rain by big shiny aluminium plates, perforated to let in mild and permit for pure air flow. By controlling the scale of the holes, the sheeting was reworked into the enormous rasterized picture of Mount Everest.[20] Accomplished in October 2008, it obtained the World Structure Competition Housing Award (2008), Discussion board AID Award (2009) and the MIPIM Residential Improvement Award at Cannes (2009).[12] Dwell journal has said that the Mountain Dwellings “stand as a beacon for architectural chance and trendy multifamily dwelling in a dense, design-savvy metropolis.”[16]

8 Home

Their third housing undertaking, 8 Home, commissioned by Retailer Frederikslund Holding, Høpfner A/S and Danish Oil Firm A/S in 2006 and accomplished in October 2010, was the most important personal growth ever undertaken in Denmark and in Scandinavia, combining retail with industrial row homes and flats.[23][24] It is usually Ingels’ third housing growth in Ørestad, following VM Homes and Mountain Dwellings.[25] The sloping, bow-shaped 10-storey constructing consists of 61,000 m2 (660,000 sq ft) of three several types of residential housing and 10,000 m2 (110,000 sq ft) of retail premises and workplaces, offering views over the fields and marches of Kalvebod Faelled to the south. The 476-unit residence constructing kinds a determine 8 round two courtyards.[3] Famous for its inexperienced roof which gained it the 2010 Scandinavian Inexperienced Roof Award, Ingels defined, “The components of the inexperienced roof that stay have been seen by the consumer as integral to the constructing as they’re seen from the bottom. These not solely present the environmental advantages that everyone knows come from inexperienced roofs, but in addition add to the visible drama and enchantment of the sloping roofs and rooftop terrace in between.”[26] The constructing additionally gained the Greatest Residential Constructing on the 2011 World Structure Competition,[27] and the Huffington Submit included 8 Home as one of many “10 Greatest Structure Moments of 2001–2010.”[28]

Development work on the Danish Maritime Museum

In 2007, Ingels exhibited on the Storefront for Artwork and Structure in New York Metropolis and was commissioned to design the Danish Maritime Museum in Helsingør. The present museum is positioned on the UNESCO World Heritage Website of close by Kronborg Fort.[29] The idea of the constructing is ‘invisible’ house, a subterranean museum which continues to be in a position to incorporate dramatic use of daylight.[30] In launching the $40 million undertaking, BIG needed to reinforce an deserted concrete dry dock on the location, 150 metres (490 ft) lengthy, 25 metres (82 ft) broad and 9 metres (30 ft) deep, constructing the museum on the periphery of the bolstered dry dock partitions which is able to kind the facade of the brand new museum.[30][31] The dry dock may even host exhibitions and cultural occasions all year long.[30] The museum’s inside is designed to simulate the ambiance of a ship’s deck, with a barely downward slope. The 7,600 m2 (82,000 sq ft) exhibition gallery is to accommodate an in depth assortment of work, mannequin ships, and historic tools and memorabilia from the Danish Navy.[30] Ingels is collaborating with consulting engineer Rambøll, Alectia for undertaking administration, and E. Pihl & Søn and Kossmann.dejong for development and inside design.[29] Some 11 completely different foundations are funding the undertaking. Development started on the museum in September 2010 and it’s scheduled for completion by the summer season of 2013.[30] In September 2012, the Kronborg and Zig-Zag Bridge elements to the constructing have been shipped in from China.[30]

2009–current: worldwide scope

Exterior of Denmark’s Pavilion on the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai

Ingels designed a pavilion within the form of a loop for the Danish World Expo 2010 pavilion in Shanghai. The open-air 3,000 m2 (32,000 sq ft) metal pavilion has a spiral bicycle path, accommodating as much as 300 cyclists who expertise Danish tradition and concepts for sustainable city growth.[32] Within the centre, amid a pool of 1 million litres (264,172 gallons) of water, is the Copenhagen statue of The Little Mermaid, paying homage to Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen.[32]

In 2009, Ingels designed the brand new Nationwide Library of Kazakhstan in Astana positioned to the south of the State Auditorium, stated to resemble a “large metallic doughnut”.[33] BIG and MAD designed the Tilting Constructing within the Huaxi district of Guiyang, China, an modern leaning tower with six facades.[16] Different initiatives included the town corridor in Tallinn, Estonia, and the Faroe Islands Training Centre in Torshavn, Faroe Islands.[11] Accommodating some 1,200 college students and 300 lecturers, the power has a central open rotunda for conferences between employees and pupils.[34]

In 2010, Quick Firm journal included Ingels in its listing of the 100 most inventive folks in enterprise, mentioning his design of the Danish pavilion.[35] BIG initiatives turned more and more worldwide, together with accommodations in Norway, a museum overlooking Mexico Metropolis, and changing an oil business wasteland right into a zero-emission resort on Zira Island off the coast of Baku, Azerbaijan.[36] The 1,000,000 m2 (11,000,000 sq ft) resort began development in 2010, and represented the seven mountains of Azerbaijan. It was cited as “one of many world’s largest eco-developments.”[37] The “mountains” have been lined with photo voltaic panels and supply for residential and industrial house. Based on BIG, “The mountains are conceived not solely as metaphors, however engineered as total ecosystems, a mannequin for future sustainable city growth”.[37]

In 2011, BIG gained a contest to design the roof of the Amagerforbrænding industrial constructing, with 31,000 m2 (330,000 sq ft) of ski slopes of various talent ranges.[38] The roof is put ahead as one other instance of “hedonistic sustainability”: designed from recycled synthetics, aiming to extend vitality effectivity by as much as 20 p.c.[39] In October 2011, The Wall Avenue Journal named Ingels the Innovator of the Yr for structure,[40] later saying he was “turning into one of many design world’s rising stars” in mild of his portfolio.[41]

In 2012, Ingels moved to New York to oversee work on a pyramid-like residence constructing on West 57th Avenue,[3] a collaboration with actual property developer Durst Fetner Residential.[42] BIG opened a everlasting New York workplace, and have become dedicated to additional work in New York. By mid-2012 that workplace had a employees of fifty, which they used to launch different initiatives in North America.[41][43][44][45][46] In 2014 Ingels’s design for an built-in flood safety system, the DryLine, was a winner of the Rebuild By Design competitors created by the Division of Housing and City Improvement within the wake of Hurricane Sandy.[47] The DryLine will stretch Manhattan’s shoreline on the Decrease East Aspect, with a landscaped flood barrier in East River Park, enhanced pedestrian bridges over the FDR drive, and everlasting and deployable floodwalls north of East 14th Avenue.[48]

BIG designed the Lego Home that started development in 2014 in Billund, Denmark. Ingels stated of it, “We felt that if BIG had been created with the one objective of constructing just one constructing, it might be to design the home for Lego.”[49] Designed as a village of interlocking and overlapping buildings and areas, the home is conceived with similar proportions to the toy bricks, and might be constructed one-for-one in miniature. Additionally they designed the Danish Maritime Museum in Elsinore, Denmark, and a grasp plan for the brand new Smithsonian Establishment south campus in Washington, D.C. That is a part of a 20-year undertaking that may start in 2016.[50][51]

Ingels additionally designed two extensions for his former Excessive College in Hellerup, Denmark — a handball court docket, and a bigger arts and sports activities extension. The handball court docket, in homage to the architect’s former math trainer, sports activities a roof with curvature that traces the trajectory of a thrown handball.[52]

In 2015, Ingels started engaged on a brand new headquarters for Google in Mountain View, California with Thomas Heatherwick, the British designer. Bloomberg Businessweek hailed the design as “Probably the most bold undertaking unveiled by Google this yr …” in a characteristic article on the design and its architects.[53] Later that yr, BIG was chosen to take up the design of Two World Commerce Middle, one of many towers changing the Twin Towers. The work had initially been entrusted to the British agency Foster and Companions, however was revoked and given again to Foster in 2019. [54][55][56]

Ingels was thought-about for the Hudsons Yard undertaking.[57] In late 2016, the undertaking turned official.[58]

Different initiatives

Mannequin for West 57, New York

In 2009, Ingels turned a co-founder of the KiBiSi design group, along with Jens Martin Skibsted and Lars Larsen. With its deal with city mobility, architectural illumination and private electronics, the corporate designs bicycles, furnishings, family objects and plane, turning into one in all Scandinavia’s most influential design teams.[59] KiBiSi designed the furnishings for Ingels’ Danish Pavilion at EXPO 2010.[60]

Ingels’s first e book, Sure Is Extra: An Archicomic on Architectural Evolution,[61] catalogued 30 initiatives from his follow. Designed within the type of a comic book e book, which he believed was the easiest way to inform tales about structure, he later stated that the medium contributed to the notion that a few of his initiatives are cartoonish.[4][62] A sequel, Sizzling to Chilly: An Odyssey of Architectural Adaptation, explored 60 case research by way of a climatic lens, to look at the place and the way folks stay on the planet, working from the warmest areas to the coldest. The e book was designed by Grammy Award-winning designer Stefan Sagmeister, and accompanied by an exhibition of the identical identify on the Nationwide Constructing Museum in Washington D.C. The e book featured well-known initiatives equivalent to VIA (West 57th), Amager Bakke, 8 Home, Gammel Hellerup Excessive College, Superkilen, The Lego Home and the Danish Maritime Museum, amongst others.[63]

In 2009, Ingels spoke at a TED occasion in Oxford, UK.[64] He introduced the case research “Hedonistic sustainability” in a workshop on managing complexity on the third Worldwide Holcim Discussion board 2010 in Mexico Metropolis, and was a member of the Holcim Awards regional jury for Europe in 2011.[65]

In 2015, a division of the Kohler Firm, Kallista, launched a brand new line of tub and kitchen merchandise designed by Ingels. Named “taper”, the fixtures featured minimalist and mid-century Danish design.[66]

In 2016, he was a keynote speaker on the management convention Aarhus Symposium, wherein he addressed the function of creativity and empowerment in management.[67]


Ingels was solid in My Playground, a documentary movie by Kaspar Astrup Schröder that explores parkour and freerunning, with a lot of the motion happening on and round BIG initiatives.[68]

He was additionally a part of the documentary movie Style de Vie, about bicycles, cities and private consciousness. It appears at desired house and our personal impression to the method of it. The movie paperwork city life empowered by the simplicity of the bicycle.

Ingels was profiled within the first season of the Netflix docu-series Summary: The Artwork of Design.[69]

Design philosophy

Structure appears to be entrenched in two equally unfertile fronts: both naively utopian or petrifyingly pragmatic. We imagine that there’s a third manner… A practical utopian structure.

—Bjarke Ingels.[70]

In 2009, The Architectural Assessment stated that Ingels and BIG “has deserted Twentieth-century Danish modernism to discover the extra fertile world of bigness and baroque eccentricity… BIG’s world can also be an optimistic imaginative and prescient of the long run the place artwork, structure, urbanism and nature magically discover a new form of stability. But whereas the rhetoric is loud, the underlying messages are severe ones about international warming, group life, post-petroleum-age structure and the youth of the town.”[71] The Netherlands Structure Institute described him as “a member of a brand new era of architects that mix shrewd evaluation, playful experimentation, social duty and humour.”[72]

In an interview in 2010, Ingels offered quite a lot of insights on his design philosophy. He defines structure as “the artwork of translating all of the immaterial buildings of society – social, cultural, economical and political – into bodily buildings.” Structure ought to “come up from the world” benefiting from the rising concern for our future triggered by dialogue of local weather change. In connection along with his BIG follow, he explains: “Buildings ought to reply to the native atmosphere and local weather in a kind of dialog to make it liveable for human life” drawing, particularly, on the assets of the native local weather which might present “a manner of massively enriching the vocabulary of structure.”[4]

Luke Butcher famous that Ingels faucets into metamodern sensibility, adopting a metamodern perspective; however he “appears to oscillate between trendy positions and postmodern ones, a sure out-of-this-worldness and a particular down-to-earthness, naivety and knowingness, idealism and the sensible.”[70] Sustainable growth and renewable vitality are necessary to Ingels, which he refers to as “hedonistic sustainability”. He has stated that “It is not about what we give as much as be sustainable, it is about what we get. And that may be a very enticing and marketable idea.”
[73] He has additionally been outspoken towards “suburban biopsy” in Holmen, Copenhagen, brought on by rich older folks (the grey-gold era) dwelling within the suburbs and wanting to maneuver into the city to go to the Royal Theatre and the opera.[74]

In 2014, Ingels launched a video entitled ‘Worldcraft’ as a part of the Way forward for StoryTelling summit, which launched his idea of making structure that focuses on turning “surreal desires into inhabitable house”.[75] Citing the facility of alternate actuality applications and video video games, like Minecraft,[76] Ingels’s ‘worldcraft’ is an extension of ‘hedonistic sustainability’ and additional develops concepts established in his first e book, Sure Is Extra. Within the video (and essay by the identical identify in his second e book, Sizzling to Chilly: An Odyssey of Architectural Adaptation) Ingels notes: “These fictional worlds empower folks with the instruments to remodel their very own environments. That is what structure must be …” “Structure should develop into Worldcraft, the craft of constructing our world, the place our data and know-how would not restrict us however fairly allows us to show surreal desires into inhabitable house. To show fiction into reality.”[77]

Private life

In 2015, Ingels purchased an residence in New York’s Dumbo neighborhood. In 2016, Ingels met his girlfriend, Spanish architect Ruth Otero, at Burning Man.[62]

Notable initiatives

For a full listing of initiatives, see Bjarke Ingels Group#Accomplished initiatives
  • Islands Brygge Harbour Tub, Copenhagen (accomplished 2003)
  • VM Homes, Ørestad, Copenhagen (accomplished 2005)
  • Mountain Dwellings, Ørestad, Copenhagen (accomplished 2008)
  • Danish Maritime Museum, Helsingør, Denmark (u/c, completion mid-2013)
  • 8 Home, Ørestad, Copenhagen (accomplished 2010)
  • Superkilen, a public park in Copenhagen (accomplished 2011).[78]
  • Amager Bakke, incinerator energy plant and ski hill (2017 completion)
  • Europa Metropolis, Paris
  • Two World Commerce Middle New York Metropolis, workplace constructing (On maintain, Larry Silverstein is in talks with Information Company and twenty first Century Fox to create a joint headquarters.)[citation needed]

“Sure Is Extra”, Copenhagen, 2009


  • 2007 BIG Metropolis, Storefront for Artwork and Structure, New York[79]
  • 2009 Sure is Extra, Danish Structure Centre, Copenhagen[80][81]
  • 2010 Sure is Extra, CAPC, Bordeaux and WECHSELRAUM, Stuttgart
  • 2015 Sizzling to Chilly: An Odyssey of Architectural Adaptation, Nationwide Constructing Museum
  • 2019-2020 BIG presents FORMGIVING, Danish Structure Centre, Copenhagen


For a extra detailed listing of awards, see Bjarke Ingels Group#Awards
  • 2001 and 2003 Henning Larsen Prize[82]
  • 2002 Nykredit Structure Prize
  • 2004 ar+d award for the Maritime Youth Home[83]
  • 2004 Golden Lion for greatest live performance corridor design, Venice Biennale of Structure (for Stavanger Live performance Corridor proposal)
  • 2006 Discussion board AID Award, Greatest Constructing in Scandinavia in 2006 (for VM Homes)
  • 2007 Mies van der Rohe Award Touring Exhibition – VM Homes
  • 2008 Discussion board AID Award for Greatest Constructing in Scandinavia in 2008 (for Mountain Dwellings)
  • 2009 ULI Award for Excellence (for Mountain Dwellings)[84]
  • 2010 European Prize for Structure[85]
  • 2011 Dreyer Honorary Award
  • 2011 Danish Crown Prince Couple’s Tradition Prize[86]
  • 2011 French Academy of Structure, Prix Delarue Award
  • 2011 The Wall Avenue Journal Architectural Innovator of the Yr Award
  • 2012 American Institute of Architects Honor Award for 8 Home, deemed to raise the standard of architectural follow.[87]
  • 2013 Den Danske Lyspris (for Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium)
  • 2013 Worldwide Olympic Committee Award, Gold Medal (for Superkilen)[citation needed]
  • 2013 American Institute of Architects Honor Award, Regional and City Design (for Superkilen)
  • 2014 European Prize of Structure Philippe Rotthier (for the Danish Maritime Museum)
  • 2014 City Land Institute, 40 Beneath 40 Award
  • 2015 World Holcim Awards for Sustainable Development, Bronze (for The DryLine resiliency undertaking)[88]
  • 2017 C.F. Hansen Medal[89]
  • 2019 The Nationwide German Sustainability Award (Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis) Honor Award,[90]


  • Bjarke Ingels, Sure is Extra: An Archicomic on Architectural Evolution (exhibition catalogue), Copenhagen, 2009,

    ISBN 9788799298808[81]

  • BIG, Bjarke Ingels Group Tasks 2001–2010, Design Media Publishing Ltd, 2011, 232 pages. ISBN 9789881973863.
  • BIG, BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, Archilife, Seoul, 2010, 356 pages. ISBN 9788996450818
  • BIG, BIG: Latest Mission, GA Edita, Tokyo, 2012. ISBN 9784871406789
  • BIG, Abitare, Being BIG, Abitare, Milan, 2012.
  • BIG, Arquitectura Viva, AV Monograph BIG, Arquitectura Viva, Madrid, 2013. ISBN 9788461655922
  • BIG, Topotek & Superflex, Barbara Steiner, Superkilen, Arvinius + Orfeus, Stockholm, 2013, 224 Pages. ISBN 9789187543029
  • BIG, Bruce Peter, Museum within the Dock, Arvinius + Orfeus, Stockholm, 2014, 208 pages. ISBN 9789198075649
  • Bjarke Ingels, Sizzling to Chilly: An Odyssey of Architectural Adaptation (exhibition catalogue), Taschen, New York and Köln, 2015, 712 pages. ISBN 9783836557399[63]

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