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Bjarke Ingels

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels designs buildings that fulfill as many functions as possible; whose forms are not excesses of architectural hubris, but open up new possibilities of use; that address and attempt to solve the problems of humanity.


Biography of Bjarke Ingels

Bjarke Ingels was born in Copenhagen on October 2, 1974. From 1993 he studied architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Towards the end of his studies, he spent a year abroad at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona. In Spain he also gained his first practical experience and won his first design competition.

After graduating in 1998, Ingels worked for the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam, founded by Rem Koolhaas. In 2001, Ingels returned to Copenhagen, where he founded the architectural firm PLOT with his OMA colleague Julien de Smedt. Among other projects, the firm realized the Københavns Havnebade, consisting of five open-air pools, in the harbor of the Danish capital in 2003.

Although PLOT only existed until 2005, the firm won several awards, including the Golden Lion at the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale for its design of a concert hall in Stavangar, Norway, and the Forum AID Award for the VM Houses in Copenhagen.

In 2006 Bjarke Ingels founded Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and won first architectural awards

In early 2006, Ingels founded his own office under the name Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). With his new firm, too, the architect soon designed award-winning buildings. In 2008, for example, he won the World Architecture Festival Housing Award for the Mountain Dwellings residential building in Copenhagen.

Between 2006 and 2010, BIG also dedicated itself to the design of 8 House, Scandinavia’s largest private construction project to date. The ten-story building houses a total of 476 apartments on a total area of 61,000 square meters, as well as offices and a green roof. Ingels and his team received another World Architecture Festival Housing Award for 8 House in 2010.

Ingels has been increasingly active internationally since 2009. For example, he designed the Kazakh National Library in Astana, the pyramid-shaped residential building VIA 57 West in New York City, and the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. BIG was also awarded the contract to design the 2 World Trade Center. In his native Denmark, Ingels designed the National Maritime Museum in Helsingør in 2013 and the Lego House in Billund in 2014.

Another project close to his heart was the addition of sports facilities to his former school, Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium in the Hellerup district of Copenhagen. The book “Yes Is More: An Archicomic on Architectural Evolution”, published in 2009, illustrates Ingels’ architectural approach through 30 of his projects using the creative means of comics.

In addition to architecture, Bjarke Ingels devotes himself to design and works as a gas professor

In addition to architecture, Bjarke Ingels also devotes himself to other creative fields. In 2009, for example, he founded the design studio KiBiSi with Lars Holme Larsen and Jens Martin Skibsted, which designs furniture, bicycles and headphones, among other things. In 2015, the Kallista brand launched a range of faucets and other bathroom and kitchen products designed by Ingels.

Ingels has been a visiting professor at various universities, including the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Yale School of Architecture. He is also a welcome guest at future conferences and symposia.

Quotes of Bjarke Ingels

Design our world so that we have positive social and environmental side effects.

- Bjarke Ingels

For me, architecture is the means, not the end. It's a means of making different life forms possible.

- Bjarke Ingels

I almost never listen to the radio.

- Bjarke Ingels

In the big picture, architecture is the art and science of making sure that our cities and buildings fit with the way we want to live our lives.

- Bjarke Ingels

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.

- Bjarke Ingels

Instead of trying to change people, we could change the world.

- Bjarke Ingels

Sustainability can't be like some sort of a moral sacrifice or political dilemma or a philanthropical cause. It has to be a design challenge.

- Bjarke Ingels

Good design is careful, bad design is careless.

- Bjarke Ingels

New York is flat - it's ideal for bicycling.

- Bjarke Ingels

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