Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

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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BIG at CTBUH

CTBUH Berlin Event 2019: Urban Densification

18 Sep 2019, Event Report – The latest CTBUH Berlin Event addressed the question of how architects and…

Skybridges Research: CTBUH / IIT Studio Visit

11 Apr 2019, Event Report – As part of the Skybridges research project, CTBUH and IIT College of Architecture…

CTBUH Chief Executive Officer Conducts Speaking Tour of London

CTBUH Chief Executive Officer Conducts Speaking Tour of London

6 Dec 2018, Event Report – CTBUH CEO Antony Wood traveled to his native UK for a speaking and listening tour,…

BIG at CTBUH

CTBUH Berlin Event 2019: Urban Densification
18 Sep 2019, Berlin – Event Report
The latest CTBUH Berlin Event addressed the question of how architects and designers can manage urban densification, while at the same time ensuring high standards of quality.
Skybridges Research: CTBUH / IIT Studio Visit
11 Apr 2019, New York City – Event Report
As part of the Skybridges research project, CTBUH and IIT College of Architecture traveled to NYC for presentations, workshops, and meetings regarding Skybridge designs.
CTBUH Chief Executive Officer Conducts Speaking Tour of London
6 Dec 2018, London – Event Report
CTBUH CEO Antony Wood traveled to his native UK for a speaking and listening tour, including a keynote address and several dinners with key figures of the tall building industry.
CTBUH UK Chapter Hosts: Geometry of Tall Buildings
29 Jan 2018, London – Event Report
The CTBUH UK Chapter recently hosted a conversation between architects and engineers on the geometry of tall buildings and its impact on the design trends of the future.
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, 2019
New York City, United States

Kai-Uwe Bergmann

Kai-Uwe Bergmann

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2019
New York City, United States

Brian Yang

Brian Yang

CTBUH Innovation Conference, Speaker, 2019
New York City, United States

CTBUH Resources Involving BIG

Award Winners & Award of Excellence Recipients

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.

Winner

BIG Designs Pleated Skyscraper for Shenzhen Energy Company

10 Apr 2019 – CTBUH 2019 Shenzhen Tall + Urban Conference
Fang Ping, Shenzhen Energy Company; Brian Yang, Bjarke Ingels Group

"Geometry of Tall Buildings" - a CTBUH United Kingdom Chapter Event

29 Jan 2018 – Other Videos
Patrik Schumacher, Zaha Hadid Architects; Anil Hira, BuroHappold Engineering; Kai-Uwe Bergman, Bjarke Ingels Group, [i]et al.[/i]

2016 Awards - Session 3 Q&A

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

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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

BIG Designs Pleated Skyscraper for Shenzhen Energy Company
10 Apr 2019 – Presentation at CTBUH 2019 Shenzhen Tall + Urban Conference; Fang Ping, Shenzhen Energy Company; Brian Yang, Bjarke Ingels Group
The Shenzhen Energy HQ is based on an efficient and well-proven floor plan, enclosed in a skin specifically modified and optimized for the local subtropical climate. The building includes the headquarters for Shenzhen Energy Company on the topmost 13…
"Geometry of Tall Buildings" - a CTBUH United Kingdom Chapter Event
29 Jan 2018 – Other Videos; Patrik Schumacher, Zaha Hadid Architects; Anil Hira, BuroHappold Engineering; Kai-Uwe Bergman, Bjarke Ingels Group, [i]et al.[/i]
The London Committee of the CTBUH United Kingdom Chapter recently hosted [i]Geometry of Tall Buildings[/i], a conversation between leading architects and engineers on the geometry of tall buildings and its impact on the design trends of the future.…
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…
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.
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…

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.

Tall Buildings Involving BIG

1   The Spiral 2021 317 m New York City
2   CapitaSpring 2021 280 m Singapore
3   Telus Sky 2019 222 m Calgary
4   Shenzhen Energy Headquarters North To… 2017 218 m Shenzhen
5   OMNITURM 2019 190 m Frankfurt am Main
6   Strata Tower 2022 168 m New York City
7   Vancouver House 2019 150 m Vancouver
8   VIA 57 WEST 2016 142 m New York City
9   Amager Bakke Waste-to-Energy Plant 2017 124 m Copenhagen
10   The XI West Tower 2019 123 m New York City
  Completed   Arch. Topped Out   Struct. Topped Out   Under Constr.