Bjarke Ingels is a Danish architect and visionary who started his successful architectural company known as BIG, the Bjarke Ingels Group. Bjarke Ingels’ architectural genius is futuristic both in concept and execution. He talked about sustainability ten years before anyone even mentioned it.
He started his firm before he had any clients; it was a heart-racing passion in him. His ideas were part of his genetic makeup, and when something is this certain, it comes with built-in confidence.
Originally, Ingels wanted to be a graphic novelist; perhaps that’s why his buildings have that graphic novel feel. His buildings are like those you would find in a futuristic comic book back in the day. The reason for this is that sustainability is factored into the design of the building. In other words, Bjarke Ingels’ buildings look the way they do because of its solution.
Here are important elements of his architecture:
- The designs must improve the quality of life in the communities
- Must integrate energy and beauty into its design and construction
- Must create designs with minimal waste by using leftover materials in construction
- Create designs that invite the public into its beautiful spaces
- The designs must create a healthy and enjoyable environment
Fast forward to the current time in 2021. Bjarke Ingels is now the 2021 recipient of the very prestigious Pritzker Award, with a slew of buildings worldwide that bear his name and his genius in concept to tackle many of today’s environmental issues.
So it doesn’t come as any surprise that in April 2021, his firm announced they would be avoiding new construction altogether and concentrate on repurposing existing buildings. The reason for this is the goal of minimizing the environmental impacts that new construction would bring while keeping the neighborhoods welcoming and comfortable.
Here’s a comprehensive list of buildings by Bjarke Ingels.
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