Bjarke Ingels started the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) in Copenhagen in 2005 after working at Rem Koolhaas’ firm OMA in Rotterdam. Recent acclaimed projects include the West 57 housing development in New York and the Danish Pavilion at the Shanghai World’s Fair. He was named The Wall Street Journal’s “Innovator of the Year” and is described as “rapidly becoming one of the design world’s rising stars”. Ingels was also included in the “Top 100 Most Creative People in Design” by Fast Company and was awarded a Golden Lion from the Venice Biennale, along with two American Institute of Architecture awards, the World Architecture Festival award for Housing, and numerous other prestigious accolades. His accomplishments also include multiple teaching opportunities at Harvard, Yale, and Columbia, as well as being a frequent speaker for Wired, TED, and the World Economic Forum.
One Year with Bjarke Ingels
Abitare Being BIG tells the story of a group of young architects. Today, BIG is one of the most prominent international studios for architecture. This story is told through its founder, Bjarke Ingels. Following him for numerous months, Abitare has observed his ways of interacting with others, attempting to nestle in the space between his “gesture” and the responses of his various interlocutors. The result is a polyphonic work that reflects BIG’s communal reality. With its stories, this issue aims to describe the manner in which this collective-studio (possibly a “tribe”!) thinks, grows, interacts, is organized and publicized. Abitare’s work, which began almost a year ago, involved inquiring on and following Ingels in various contexts, in order to get to the heart of his relationships and strategies, and this, with the help of some observers.
Abitare Magazine, December 2012