MAY 13TH, 2022 - BIG TO ADVANCE GASTRONOMIC SCIENCE & INNOVATION WITH NEW FOOD AND TECH HUB IN SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN

BIG’s design proposal for the new 9,000 m2 Gastronomy Open Ecosystem (GOe) for the Basque Culinary Center at the heart of San Sebastian bridges science, gastronomy, and nature to promote culinary research, innovation, and enjoyment. The Basque Culinary Center, a pioneering gastronomic institution, launched the international design competition for the new food innovation hub GOe in 2021 with the mission to bring food start-ups, researchers, and chefs under one roof. GOe will continue the development of alternative proteins, agricultural robotics, prevention of food waste, and much more from their new BIG-designed building, a proposal selected among five invited architects including OMA, Snøhetta, 3XN and Toyo Ito & Associates.

 

We have had the great pleasure of collaborating with one of the most brilliant minds in modern gastronomy with our design for Rene Redzepis NOMA in our native Copenhagen. We are more than excited to take our architectural exploration of the world of Gastronomy to the next level with the work for The Gastronomic Open Ecosystem in San Sebastian. Conceived as an architectural extension of the dramatic landscape and cityscape of San Sebastian, our proposed design liberates the ground and provides parks on the roof to invite the public life of the city to engage with the art and science of gastronomy. Located on the heralded Camino de Santiago de Compostela – we believe that this architectural fusion of gastronomy and technology, city and landscape, building and park has the potential to become a destination in its own right for culinary pilgrims from around the world.  said Bjarke Ingels, Founder and Creative Director, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group. 

APR 27TH, 2022 - OCEANIX BUSAN REVEALED

OCEANIX Busan – the world’s first prototype of a resilient and sustainable floating community – is unveiled at The United Nations HQ by partners UN-Habitat, the Busan Metropolitan City of the Republic of Korea, OCEANIX, BIG, and SAMOO. Designed by BIG alongside local architects SAMOO, OCEANIX Busan aims to provide breakthrough technology for coastal cities facing severe land shortages that are compounded by climatic threats.

APR 7TH, 2022 - BIG WINS DESIGN COMPETITON FOR NEW RESEARCH CENTER IN SEVILLA

Located at the former EXPO ´92 Sevilla site, in Isla de la Cartuja, the new 9900 m2 building for the European Commission, ties into the City of Sevilla’s goal to become a global benchmark for sustainability by 2025 and the local vision of the eCitySevilla project to decarbonize and transition Isla de la Cartuja to 100% renewable energy sources. The JRC building will house 12 research units and supporting functions as well as public and private outdoor spaces. The international design competition kicked off in 2021 with 66 offices competing for the project, expected to break ground in 2024. 

“With our design for the Joint Research Centre in Sevilla, more than anything, we have attempted to allow the sustainable performance of the building to drive an architectural aesthetic that not only makes the building perform better but also makes it more inhabitable and more beautiful – a new Andalusian environmental vernacular, said Bjarke Ingels. Having started my studies as an architect in Andalusia and later returning to ETSAB in Barcelona, to now having a 50person BIG office in Barcelona, this project feels like coming full circle. 

MAR 18TH, 2022 - Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet Wins MIPIM 2022 Award

The BIG-designed Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet has been awarded “Best Cultural and Sports Infrastructure” Award at MIPIM’s 31st iteration! This year, in addition to the usual criteria, the jury also looked at how the project adapts to the consequences of the pandemic on the way people live, work, sho, and entertain themselves.

MAR 24TH, 2022 - BIG’s London-based Canada Water Masterplan Approved

The BIG-designed Canada Water Masterplan has been given outline consent by Southwark Council. BIG will work on detailed designs for the tallest building, a 110m-tall waterside tower, which is set to be made of five vertical blocks which twist around a central core, creating terrace spaces overlooking Canada Water.

MAR 15TH, 2022 - BIOMIMETIC ARCHITECTURE: BIG DESIGNS NEW CENTER FOR NEUROSCIENCE AND PSYCHIATRICS

The first of its kind in the world, a new Neuroscience Center designed by BIG will bring together psychiatry and neuroscience under one roof to combine groundbreaking science and treatment of physical and mental brain diseases, spinal cord and nervous systems. BIG’s 20 000 m2 design proposal for Aarhus University Hospital mimics the gyrification of the human brain to utilize the limited site area most efficiently while creating synergies between the different disciplines within the hospital.

“The brain is the most complex organ in the human body. Our design for the new Danish Neuroscience Center in Aarhus, replicates the most essential feature of the brain – the gyrification – to create more connections and space within limited confines. The building folds bring light, lots of new pathways and green pockets into the hospital making nature and biodiversity part of the hospital’s research and the healing journey of its patients. ” said Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner & Creative Director.

Established in 2009, The Danish Neuroscience Center (DNC) has become a world-class research and treatment facility for understanding and treating the most complex, efficient and adaptive organ in our body – the brain. A new building for DNC, set to open in 2026, will connect directly with the existing campus of Aarhus University Hospital and seeks to intensify the hospital’s unique approach combining healthcare, education and scientific research to collaborate and inspire each other.

MAR 8TH, 2022 - BIG CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY BY UNVEILING A SCULPTURAL TAKEOVER OF KING’S SQUARE

In honor of International Women’s Day, BIG, Charlottenborg Kunsthal, and Golden Days Festival unveil a sculptural takeover of Copenhagen’s iconic King’s Square. The exhibition, ’50 Queens’, featuring notable women in Danish history, will grace the public square – temporarily renamed Queen’s Square starting September 2022 – to bring more diversity to the city’s many (male) statues and celebrate our fearless women.

 

MAR 1ST, 2022 - BIG SUPPORTS UKRAINE

BIG joins the international community in solidarity with the Ukrainian people, our Ukrainian and Russian colleagues, friends, and families in the region. BIG is not engaged in any projects in Russia or for the Russian government anywhere and our support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, democracy, human rights, and territorial integrity is unwavering.

FEB 19TH, 2022 - DANISH DAILY BERLINGSKE CELEBRATES BIG TALENT IN ANNUAL TOP100 TALENT LIST

The largest daily newspaper in Denmark has published it’s esteemed annual Talent list including BIG Sustainability expert Alexander Matthias Jacobson and BIG Barcelona Business Development lead Aina Medina Girones amongst 415 nominees. Berlingske has held the award since 2004, featuring BIG Founder Bjarke Ingels and CEO Sheela Sogaard alongside other business leaders.

FEB 8TH, 2022 - BIG BARCELONA SHORTLISTS FOR BASQUE CULINARY INNOVATION HUB

BIG Barcelona shortlisted for the Basque Culinary Innovation Hub which will be the world’s first education center focused exclusively on food, gastronomy sciences and the food ecosystem.