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About BIG

BIG is a Copenhagen and New York based group of architects, designers, builders and thinkers operating within the fields of architecture, urbanism, research and development. The office is currently involved in a large number of projects throughout Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East.

BIG’s architecture emerges out of a careful analysis of how contemporary life constantly evolves and changes. Not least due to the influence from multicultural exchange, global economical flows and communication technologies that all together require new ways of architectural and urban organization. We believe that in order to deal with today’s challenges, architecture can profitably move into a field that has been largely unexplored. A pragmatic utopian architecture that steers clear of the petrifying pragmatism of boring boxes and the naïve utopian ideas of digital formalism.

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Architects Team Up to Design Raffles Place Development in Singapore

Architects Team Up to Design Raffles Place Development in Singapore

12 Feb 2018, Singapore – Two architects have teamed up to design a 51-story high-rise development in Singapore’…

San Diego Port to be Transformed by $1.5 Billion Development

San Diego Port to be Transformed by $1.5 Billion Development

11 Jan 2018, San Diego – A $1.5 billion waterside development, officially dubbed Seaport San Diego, will…

New Pixel Project Precinct Makes Splash in Abu Dhabi

New Pixel Project Precinct Makes Splash in Abu Dhabi

7 Dec 2017, Abu Dhabi – An upcoming 76,000-square-meter tower precinct will become the centerpiece of the new…

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Architects Team Up to Design Raffles Place Development in Singapore
12 Feb 2018 – Singapore, Singapore
Two architects have teamed up to design a 51-story high-rise development in Singapore’s financial district. The 276-meter tower, which is under construction, will contain…
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San Diego Port to be Transformed by $1.5 Billion Development
11 Jan 2018 – San Diego, United States
A $1.5 billion waterside development, officially dubbed Seaport San Diego, will transform a group of tourist spots, parking lots, and a fish processing plant into a mixed…
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New Pixel Project Precinct Makes Splash in Abu Dhabi
7 Dec 2017 – Abu Dhabi, United Arabs Emirates
An upcoming 76,000-square-meter tower precinct will become the centerpiece of the new Makers District in Abu Dhabi. Called Pixel, the project will facilitate a range of…
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Air Rights Secured for Spiral Tower in New York City’s Hudson Yards
9 Oct 2017 – New York City, United States
The final air rights have been secured for The Spiral, a 65-story, $3.2 billion new tower set to rise in New York City's Hudson Yards. To date, the project's developer…
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Banking Giant May Be Eyeing Move to NYC’s 2 World Trade Center
6 Sep 2017 – New York City, United States
A German banking giant has sent a request-for-proposals (RFP) to the leaseholder of 2 World Trade Center regarding a possible relocation. The move could help developers…
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New York City “Courtscraper” to Include More Affordable Homes
23 Aug 2017 – New York City, United States
More apartments are being made available at affordable prices in VIA 57 West in New York. Nicknamed the “courtscraper,” the residential tower will host apartments that…
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Plans Revealed for Copenhagen’s IKEA-Adjacent Cactus Towers
10 Aug 2017 – Copenhagen, Denmark
Renderings have been released of a pair of high-rise residential towers with spiky façades, overlooking a new IKEA and hotel in Copenhagen's Vesterbro district. The…
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MULTI Elevator Technology Officially Unveiled in Rottweil
23 Jun 2017 – Rottweil, Germany
Described as the world’s first rope-less horizontal-vertical elevator system, MULTI has been unveiled at a 246-meter test tower in Rottweil. Instead of one cabin per…
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Design Competition Win Revives Aarhus Ø Complex Plans
12 May 2017 – Aarhus, Denmark
Two architecture firms have won a competition to design a new mixed-use development on the harbor front, reviving a project that was proposed in 2014. Called Aarhus Ø,…
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Cladding Continuing to Rise at Telus Sky in Calgary
3 Feb 2017 – Calgary, Canada
Cladding is continuing to rise up the base of Telus Sky in downtown Calgary, where the 59-story tower is set to become a signature piece of the local skyline. If…
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Mixed-Use Concrete Superstructure Proposed for Los Angeles's Arts District
13 Dec 2016 – Los Angeles, United States
Architects have revealed plans for a 242,000-square-meter complex in LA’s burgeoning Arts District. Called 670 Mesquit, the project will take the form of a series of…
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Construction Progresses on the 49-Floor Vancouver House
2 Dec 2016 – Vancouver, Canada
Construction has been moving along at the site of a 49-floor twisting tower, dubbed Vancouver House. Set to complete in 2018, the mixed-use tower is beginning to rise…
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306-Meter Spiral is Moving Forward in New York City
30 Sep 2016 – New York City, United States
Plans were recently filed for The Spiral, which will rise 306 meters when complete. Located at 509 West 34th Street site, the 65-story behemoth will primarily cater to…
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The Grove at Grand Bay Prepares for Opening in Miami
11 Aug 2016 – Miami, United States
Construction on the two-tower Grove at Grand Bay is now complete, becoming a new architectural icon for south Miami. Finishing touches are now being put on the units…
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New York City’s 3 World Trade Center Reaches Supertall Height
31 May 2016 – New York City, United States
The World Trade Center development is beginning to come together. One of the complex’s skyscrapers, 3 World Trade Center, has now reached supertall height, meaning it is…
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New York’s Via 57 West set to Open in March
25 Feb 2016 – New York City, United States
Via 57 West, the tetrahedron-shaped Manhattan apartment tower designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and developed by the Durst Organization, is preparing to welcome its…
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Renderings Revealed for Radical Complex Design in Toronto
24 Feb 2016 – Toronto, Canada
The still-unnamed proposal for a highly sculptural courtyard building comprises about 725,000 square feet (67,355 square meters) of gross floor area, and plans call for…
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Terraced Superall Tower Proposed as Extension to the High Line in New York
8 Feb 2016 – New York City, United States
At the northern end of the High Line, Tishman Speyer is aiming to extend the park’s natural beauty 65 stories into the air with a 306-meter high-rise featuring cascading…
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Grove at Grand Bay, a Pair of Twisting Towers, Nears Completion in Miami
5 Feb 2016 – Miami, United States
The Grove at Grand Bay, a pair of twisting 20-story towers, is currently nearing completion in the Coconut Grove section of Miami. All of the apartments in the building…
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New Renderings Revealed for BIG’s 76 Eleventh Avenue in New York City
14 Jan 2016 – New York City, United States
In November 2016, the first renderings were released for 76 Eleventh Avenue. Now a new set of images are available for the project that show major tweaks to the former…
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Port Authority Approves Subsidies for 2 World Trade Center in New York
11 Dec 2015 – New York City, United States
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey approved subsidies to help expedite the construction of lower Manhattan’s 2 World Trade Center. The subsidies will help the…
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Pair of Slanting Towers Proposed Along the High Line in New York City
25 Nov 2015 – New York City, United States
A pair of slanting towers has been proposed by Bjarke Ingels Group along the High Line in New York City. The project will total nearly 800,000 square feet (74,000 square…
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Tower With Shifting Floor Plates Proposed in Frankfurt
2 Jul 2015 – Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has won a competition to design a 185-meter skyscraper with floor plates that will be shifted at the base and the center of the tower to mark…
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New Designs Revealed for New York’s 2 World Trade Center
9 Jun 2015 – New York City, United States
New renderings have been revealed for 2 World Trade Center, which has been redesigned by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). The new stacked design will incorporate prominent…
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BIG Inverts the Traditional Skyscraper with Kuala Lumpur Proposal
2 Mar 2015 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has designed a unique tower that creates a visual counterpoint to the city's existing structures. The tower steps out as it rises, effectively…
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BIG’s Curvaceous Calgary Skyscraper Breaks Ground
17 Feb 2015 – Calgary, Canada
Construction is now underway on the 66-story Telus Sky Tower in Calgary. The 70,000-square-meter skyscraper, which was first unveiled by BIG in 2013, broke ground the…
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The Durst Organization Tops-Out Bjarke Ingels’ 137-Meter West57
7 Nov 2014 – New York City, United States
The Durst Organization has topped out construction on 625 West 57th Street (West57). A final bucket of structural cement was hoisted to the top of the 450-foot (137-meter…
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Plans Released for Aarhus Island Promenade
16 Sep 2014 – Aarhus, Denmark
Plans have been presented for a public promenade to be built in Aarhus, stretching along the harbor of Denmark’s second largest city. Construction on-site is scheduled to…
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Bjarke Ingels' Hudson River Pyramid Growing on New York's 57th Street
25 Jun 2014 – New York City, United States
The so-called “courtscraper“—a marriage of the European courtyard block and the American skyscraper—by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) is rapidly rising on New York City‘s…
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Forgotten Space Beneath Tower-Adjacent Bridge Transformed into Public Showcase
18 Feb 2014 – Vancouver, Canada
The development space under Granville Street Bridge, which includes the 150-meter Beach and Howe Street Tower, is to be brought to life as a vibrant public space that…
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BIG's Twisting Canadian Tower Unanimously Approved
28 Oct 2013 – Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver City Council has unanimously approved an iconic, twisting tower for the corner of Beach and Howe streets. The 52-story Beach and Howe Street tower development…
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Major Tenant for 3WTC Means Construction Can Continue
10 Jul 2013 – New York City, United States
Developer Larry Silverstein is on the verge of landing another major tenant, one that will allow his company to complete construction of the Three World Trade Center…
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TELUS Launches Sky Tower by BIG
9 Jul 2013 – Calgary, Canada
TELUS, one of Canada's largest telecommunications companies, is set to begin construction on a 58-story tower in Calgary's downtown core. The TELUS Sky tower, designed by…
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One World Trade Center Tops Out
10 May 2013 – New York City, United States
The final crowning piece has been attached to the roof of One World Trade Center in New York, bringing to a symbolic close a decade-plus process of politics, healing,…
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Beacon Rises on One World Trade Center
2 May 2013 – New York City, United States
Today crews are installing the final two sections of the One World Trade Center's 408-foot (124-meter) crowning structure, wihch will bring it to its final architectural…
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BIG's W57 Tower Approved
20 Feb 2013 – New York City, United States
The New York City Council has granted final approval to the Bjarke Ingels Group-designed West 57th Tower in Manhattan. After disputing the affordable housing options in…
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BIG Phoenix Observation Tower
20 Dec 2012 – Phoenix, United States
Developer Novawest has commissioned Bjarke Ingels Group to design a 420-foot observation tower, in an attempt to created an architectural symbol for the city of Phoenix.…
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BIG Towers Coming to Miami
12 Dec 2012 – Miami, United States
Denmark-based Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), in collaboration with a series of local designers, has produced a pair of 20-story towers for the city of Miami. The Grove at…
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Top Firms Compete to Redevelop Australia Site
30 Oct 2012 – Sydney, Australia
Five international architecture firms, including Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), are vying for the chance to provide master planning…
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Advertisers Consider Moving into 3WTC
4 Oct 2012 – New York City, United States
GroupM, an advertising and media company, is reportedly in preliminary negotiations with developer Silverstein to become anchor tenant of Three World Trade Center. The…

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BIG at CTBUH

CTBUH Israel’s Tel Aviv Regional Conference

13-15 Nov 2017, Event Report – The city of Tel Aviv was honored to host the CTBUH Tel Aviv Regional Conference…

VIA 57 West: Challenging Building Form and Urban Development

9 Jul 2015, Event Report – At the Bank of America Tower in New York City, more than 200 professionals attended…

Inaugural Japan Symposium Rises to the Occasion in Tokyo

22 May 2015, Event Report – CTBUH held its inaugural Japan Symposium at the Academy Hills lecture hall of the…

BIG at CTBUH

CTBUH Israel’s Tel Aviv Regional Conference
13-15 Nov 2017, Tel Aviv – Event Report
The city of Tel Aviv was honored to host the CTBUH Tel Aviv Regional Conference in collaboration with the annual IACIE conference and CTBUH Israel.
VIA 57 West: Challenging Building Form and Urban Development
9 Jul 2015, New York City – Event Report
At the Bank of America Tower in New York City, more than 200 professionals attended “VIA 57 West: Challenging Building Form and Urban Development in Manhattan.”
Inaugural Japan Symposium Rises to the Occasion in Tokyo
22 May 2015, Tokyo – Event Report
CTBUH held its inaugural Japan Symposium at the Academy Hills lecture hall of the Mori Tower in Roppongi Hills, bringing together leading experts
Miami Grows Up
16-20 Feb 2015, Miami – Tour Report
Daniel Safarik, CTBUH China Office Director & Journal Editor, visited Miami to engage with firms, welcome new members, and gain a understanding of a fast growing tall building market.

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Bjarke Ingels

Bjarke Ingels

CTBUH Annual Conference, Keynote Speaker, 2015
New York City, United States

Kai-Uwe Bergmann

Kai-Uwe Bergmann

CTBUH Annual Conference, Speaker, 2015
New York City, United States

CTBUH Resources Involving BIG

Award Winners & Finalists

The CTBUH Awards recognize projects and individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and that achieve sustainability at the highest and broadest level.

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2016 Awards - Session 3 Q&A

3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"
Chair: Antony Wood, CTBUH

Best of Both Worlds: VIA 57 WEST

3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"
Alexander Durst, The Durst Organization; Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Bjarke Ingels Group

Interview: VIA 57 WEST

3 Nov 2016 – 2016 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews
Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Bjarke Ingels Group; Alexander Durst, The Durst Organization

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Engineering Without Engines

26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City
Bjarke Ingels, Bjarke Ingels Group

The Promise of Public Realm: Urban Spaces in the Skyscraper City

26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City
Stephan Reinke, Stephan Reinke Architects

Structural Challenges of Twisting Towers

26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City
Vincent DeSimone, Luis Ramirez & Abdul Mohammad, DeSimone Consulting Engineers, PLLC

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Videos

2016 Awards - Session 3 Q&A
3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"; Chair: Antony Wood, CTBUH
Alexander Durst, Chief Development Officer, The Durst Organization; Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Partner, Bjarke Ingels Group; Jianping Gu, General Manager, Shanghai Tower C&D; Grant Uhlir, Managing Director, Principal, Gensler; Dakis Joannou, Businessman and…
Best of Both Worlds: VIA 57 WEST
3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"; Alexander Durst, The Durst Organization; Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Bjarke Ingels Group
By incorporating the social sustainability of a mid-rise structure with the efficiency and density of a high-rise, the distinctive massing and appearance of VIA 57 WEST draw a through-line between the often competing forces that dictate the eventual…
Interview: VIA 57 WEST
3 Nov 2016 – 2016 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Bjarke Ingels Group; Alexander Durst, The Durst Organization
Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Partner, BIG, and Alexander Durst, Chief Development Officer, The Durst Organization, are interviewed by Chris Bentley regarding VIA 57 WEST, New York City, the 2016 CTBUH Best Tall Building Americas Winner and 2016 CTBUH Best Tall…
Monthly Video: Bjarke Ingels
15 Apr 2016 – Monthly Video Series; Bjarke Ingels, BIG
Bjarke Ingels, BIG, discusses new building parameters and how they have influenced the design of two of New York City's most unique projects, 2 World Trade Center and VIA 57 West.
Social Infrastructure
27 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Bjarke Ingels, Bjarke Ingels Group
With the rise of technological solutions, the practice of architecture is often divorced from the cultural, social, and environmental contexts where we build. Buildings have become closed systems, connected to life-support machinery that compensates…
New York 2050
27 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Bjarke Ingels Group
Scott Frank, Jaros, Baum & Bolles
Russel Unger, Urban Green
Tom Wright, Regional Plan Association

Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Bjarke Ingels Group; Scott Frank, Jaros, Baum & Bolles; Russel Unger, Urban Green; and Tom Wright, Regional Plan Association, discuss the future of New York City and answer audience questions at the 2015 New York Conference Session…
Interview: Bjarke Ingels
27 Oct 2015 – 2015 New York Conference Interviews; Bjarke Ingels, Bjarke Ingels Group
Bjarke Ingels of Bjarke Ingels Group is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2015 CTBUH New York Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York. Bjarke discusses the design process for buildings in construction and the future of design.

Papers/Research

Engineering Without Engines
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Bjarke Ingels, Bjarke Ingels Group
With the rise of technological solutions, the practice of architecture is often divorced from the cultural, social, and environmental contexts where we build. Buildings have become closed systems, connected to life-support machinery that compensates…
The Promise of Public Realm: Urban Spaces in the Skyscraper City
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Stephan Reinke, Stephan Reinke Architects
This paper will reveal the importance of integrating the Ground Plane, Mid-Level and Rooftop Urban Public Spaces in the City. We will explore the NYLON New York/London axis of Urban Design, with London now emerging as a 21st C skyscraper city with…
Structural Challenges of Twisting Towers
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Vincent DeSimone, Luis Ramirez & Abdul Mohammad, DeSimone Consulting Engineers, PLLC
This paper investigates challenges of designing buildings to accommodate challenging twisting architecture. The foremost challenge is to resist the torsion generated due to twisting geometry Grove at Grand Bay feature two towers rising 20 stories…
Perspectives on the Skyscraper City
Oct 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue IV; New York 2015 Conference Special
To commemorate the CTBUH 2015 International Conference, some of the most prominent voices in the New York tall building industry today – all of whom are speaking at the conference – offer their perspectives on the big issues that have emerged as the…
One of the Architecture World’s Fast Rising Stars has BIG Plans for Designing Tall Buildings
Dec 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue IV; Bjarke Ingels, Bjarke Ingels Group
OMA alumnus Bjarke Ingels has made a name for his Bjarke Ingels Group with innovative, paradigm-busting projects that blend nature and functionality with new twists on traditional forms.

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