If you like images of striking buildings, then you’ve probably come across the work of the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). The firm creates eye-catching projects like a waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen that also serves as a ski slope, a Toronto tower that transforms from a triangle at its base to a rectangle at the top, and similar unorthodox designs.
NPR recently caught up with Ingels, whose star has been rising quickly within the world of architecture. Notes NPR’s Dan Bobkoff:
If trademark design elements don’t bind his projects, it may be an idea: that a building should be built to its environment, not dropped from outer space, and that being green can be fun and desirable, an idea he calls “hedonistic sustainability.”
Ingels puts it this way:
“What defines [architects’] style is the sum of all their inhibitions. And I think we try to put ourselves in a position where we can be free to choose any weapon of choice in each and every case to match the context, the culture [and] the climate in the best possible way.”
So far, it’s a winning combination. To read or hear the full NPR interview with Ingels, click here.
Images: Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)/The Durst Organization (West 57th Street); 51arch.com (Danish Maritime Museum).