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BIG's Design for a Mosque Within a Cultural Complex in Albania PDF Print Email
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Tuesday, 10 May 2011 08:52

A design consortium including BIG won the international design competition for a new 27.000 m2 cultural complex in Albania, consisting of a Mosque, an Islamic Centre, and a Museum of Religious Harmony.
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The capital Tirana is undergoing an urban transformation which includes the restoration and refurbishment of existing buildings, the construction of a series of new public and private urban structures, and the complete reconceptualization of Scanderbeg Square. This important square is the site of the new cultural complex.

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BIG's West57 Residential Building in New York PDF Print Email
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Tuesday, 08 February 2011 08:03
Danish Architecture firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group have designed this new project called West 57 located on West 57th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues in New York.
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BIG has taken a step back to survey the rules of the system in Manhattan and is introducing what they describe as “a European typology: the perimeter block”. With an efficient layout and a sense of intimacy, the perimeter block would meet demands for density and security. “In this project, we have married it to the traditional Manhattan high-rise, creating a unique shape which combines the advantages of both:  the compactness of a courtyard building with the airiness and the amazing views of a skyscraper. The form of the building shifts depending on the viewer’s vantage point. From the West Side Highway, it appears to be a pyramid; from West 58th, a dramatic glass spire.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2011 11:02
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BIG's 8 House Mixed-Use development in Copenhagen PDF Print Email
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Monday, 25 October 2010 08:43
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The third project that BIG has developed in the maturing neighborhood of Orestad, the construction of the 61,000 m2 8 House has come to an end, allowing people to bike all the way from the street up to its 10th level penthouses alongside terraced gardens where the first residents have already moved in.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 November 2010 07:38
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Big + Fugére Architectes Musée National des Beaux-Arts Expansion Proposal PDF Print Email
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Tuesday, 20 April 2010 09:51

Earlier this month, we featured OMA's winning project to the expansion of the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ). Another proposal that we found quite interesting was developed by BIG jointly with Fugère Architectes.
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The Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec houses extensive collections of historic and contemporary art and hosts major traveling exhibitions from across the globe. At present, the museum is located in three existing structures of varied history, purpose and architectural expression, but its small size has limited the scope of exhibitions it can mount.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2011 10:48
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BIG’s proposal for the PS1 – MoMA Young Architects Program PDF Print Email
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Monday, 15 February 2010 07:45


The finalists of the annual PS1 Young Architects Program, curated by The Museum of Modern Art and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, were asked to present designs for temporary urban landscapes that incorporate elements of shade, water, seating, and bar areas for the expansive courtyard entrance of P.S.1. The competition program focused on designs which address sustainability, recycling, and reuse. The winning scheme by SO-IL Archtiects was selected January 22, 2010.
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Last Updated on Thursday, 18 February 2010 12:38
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BIG wins competition for The World Village of Women Sports PDF Print Email
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Wednesday, 28 October 2009 07:40

BIG, in collaboration with AKT, Tyréns and Transsolar are awarded first place in a design competition in Malmo, Sweden for a 100.000m2 first of its kind sports facility.
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The World Village of Women Sports seeks to create a natural gathering place for the research, education and training in all areas connected to the development of women’s sports. Located in the centre of Malmo, the 100.000 m2 facility will create a regional landmark and new attraction for the area. The winning design was chosen among five submissions by a jury, comprised of the founder and main financier of the World Village of Women Sports, Kent Widding Persson, the co-founder and entrepreneur Maarten Hedlund, City of Malmo Architect,Ingemar Graahamn and Architects Mats Jacobson and Cecilia Hansson together with representatives from the City of Malmo.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2011 11:00
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Bjarke Ingels of BIG on TED Talks: 3 Warp Speed Architecture Tales PDF Print Email
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Friday, 18 September 2009 08:00
TED Talks - Danish architect Bjarke Ingels rockets through photo/video-mingled stories of BIG’s eco-flashy designs. BIG’s buildings not only look like nature -- they act like nature: blocking the wind, collecting solar energy -- and creating stunning views.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 September 2009 08:24
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BIG to design a Sustainable Skyscraper in Shenzhen, China. PDF Print Email
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Tuesday, 08 September 2009 14:04

BIG, in collaboration with ARUP and Transsolar, was awarded first-prize in an international competition to design Shenzhen International Energy Mansion, the regional headquarters for the Shenzhen Energy Company.
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The purpose of the international design competition was to find a sustainable and efficient solution for the Shenzhen Energy Company office headquarters. Located in the centre of Shenzhen, the 96,000 square meter project will be integrated with the surrounding environment and designed to withstand the tropical climate of the city. BIG’s winning proposal was selected by the jury experts from Shenzhen Municipal Planning Bureau chaired by Alejandro Zaera-Polo and client representatives.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 November 2009 10:51
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BIG to design Kazakhstan’s new National Library in Astana PDF Print Email
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Wednesday, 26 August 2009 08:33


Invited as one of five pre-selected architect led teams, BIG was awarded first prize in an open international design competition which included 19 entrants among others Lord Norman Foster and Zaha Hadid.

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The new National Library, named after the first President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, encompasses an estimated 33.000m2. The winning proposal was chosen by the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan K. Masimov together with Astana’s akim I.Tasmagambetov and a council of architects. The design was hailed as being both modern and rational and anchored in a classical vocabulary of traditional libraries. The circular organisation of the archive at its inner core combines the clarity of a linear organisation with the convenience of an infinite loop.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 November 2009 10:51
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BIG's the Mountain receives the Award of Excellence Urban Land Institute PDF Print Email
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Wednesday, 05 August 2009 07:22

Undoubtedly, BIG's the Mountain housing project stands out for its originality. The architects had overcome the restrictions that usually bind the housing developments to propose a set of buildings that are quite unique.
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It is therefore not surprising to see the project getting the recognition that it deserves. he Mountain has been selected as a winner of an Urban Land Institute (ULI) 2009 Award for Excellence: Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) competition. The Awards for Excellence competition is widely regarded as the land use industry’s most prestigious recognition program. The awards recognize the full development process of a project, not just its architecture or design. The criteria for the awards include leadership, contribution to the community, innovations, public/private partnership, environmental protection and enhancement, response to societal needs, and financial success.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 August 2009 08:36
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BIG's Zira Island Master Plan PDF Print Email
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Friday, 30 January 2009 07:09

BIG_Zira_Island_03.jpg Central Asia’s first Carbon Neutral Master Plan in Azerbaijan.

Zira Zero Island is a 1.000.000 m2 master plan for a carbon neutral resort and residential development on Zira Island located along the Caspian Sea. As a young post-soviet democracy, Azerbaijan is rediscovering its national identity by imagining Zira Island as an architectural landscape based upon the country’s dramatic natural setting. Located within the crescent shaped bay of the capital city Baku, Zira Island includes the Seven Peaks of Azerbaijan which is envisioned by its designers BIG Architects and the engineers Ramboll to be a sustainable model for urban development, and an iconographic skyline recognizable from the city’s coastline.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 February 2009 09:06
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