BIG’s Serpentine Pavilion and summer houses

There is a delicate neo-classical building on a little hill in the middle of Kensington Gardens nestled in thick grass and wild flowers and with views over the Long Water. You can see Henry Moore’s Arch across the water from here. I often run in Kensington Gardens stopping briefly by this romantic summer house. There is an old tree to its right – the trunk is a good size and perfect for a hand stand. Upside-down, the summer house is even more... Read More

Hot to Cold: an odyssey of architectural adaptation

More than sixty three-dimensional architectural models, mock-ups and prototypes by Danish architect BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group dramatically suspend from the second-floor of the National Building Museum’s historic Great Hall. Hot to Cold: an odyssey of architectural adaptation guides visitors on quite a journey, from the scorching heat of the Arabian desert to the unforgiving chill of the Finnish tundra. The idea is to explore the cultural and... Read More

Lego House by BIG

These are images of the playful experience centre for Lego in Billund, Denmark designed by one of DT’s favourite architecture practices BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group. Inspired by the modularity of the Lego brick, when it opens in 2016 it will offer a series of engaging installations that highlight the values of Lego. ‘The House will appear like a cloud of interlocking Lego bricks that form spaces for exploration and exhibition for its visitors... Read More

Love in the city: BIG ? NYC

Completely hijacked by commercialism, it is difficult to fall in love with anything that references or represents Valentine’s Day but this interactive heart installation in New York’s Times Square put a smile on our faces. The work of young Danish firm Bjarke Ingels Group, BIG?NYC is a ten feet tall glowing heart sculpture made of 400 transparent LED lit acrylic tubes refracting the lights of Times Square, and creating a cluster of lights... Read More

Interview: Stefan Sielaff on Audi design

Stefan Sielaff joined German carmaker Audi in 1990 becoming head of design in 2006, and apart from a brief spell at Mercedes-Benz interior studio near Lake Como in Italy, he has largely worked within the Volkswagen Group. Here he discusses the marque’s involvement with architecture and urbanism through the Audi Urban Future Awards, and his thoughts on electric car design. Read the full interview published in Wallpaper*. Since the interview... Read More

BIG’s magical portal connects neighbourhoods

This magical bowl-shaped structure acts as a portal to the city of Stockholm and reconnects the fragmented communities that live around the intersecting highways north of the Swedish capital where the giant Hjulsta super-junction is being built. Danish architect BIG’s Energy Valley aims to join these communities through a continuous circular bike and pedestrian loop aligned with public buildings and functions, including a shopping and sports... Read More

BIG’s Bjarke Ingels talks clean cities

‘Urban space and urban movement coexist in a constant feedback loop where each part is evolving to adjust to the other.’ So says Bjarke Ingels, founder of the Danish architecture firm BIG. In his vision for the ideal future urban environment, mobility will be automated with the driverless car ultimately changing the dynamics of the urban space. BIG proposes for an ‘elastic’ city, a flexible urban environment to replace the current... Read More

BIG’s 21 century urban living

Last century’s modern thinkers founds new ways to house city dwellers – admittedly the solutions not always sucecssful in the long terms. How to house twenty first-century urban inhabitants was at the heart of Danish architect Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)’s 8 House scheme just completed on the outskirts of Copenhagen. #gallery-9 { margin: auto; } #gallery-9 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align:... Read More

In talk with J Mayer H’s Jürgen Mayer

Back in June carmaker Audi sponsored a group of progressive architects from around the world to conceive of a cityscape for 2030 where urban planning, building design, wireless digital technology and vehicle design work together for sustainable mobility. Berlin practice J Mayer H has won the Audi Urban Future Awards for his clever and practical vision for such a utopia. In this 2030 urban setting, founder Jürgen Mayer has concentrated on utilising... Read More

Urban mobility concepts for 2030

Sustainable mobility by its very nature requires a supportive infrastructure – and a globally united one at that – for real value. With this in mind, Audi has sponsored six international avant-garde architects to design a future urban landscape for 2030 that will examine how urban planning and architecture can support green mobility . #gallery-11 { margin: auto; } #gallery-11 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top:... Read More