Bjarke Ingels: The Architect of the Future!

Sep 20, 2022

One of the biggest and leading names in the architecture and construction field, Bjarke Ingels Group, is well known for their fascinating and different genre of work in architecture.

Starting with Copenhagen, the architect has achieved so much in such a short period. Bjarke Ingels Group has spread its offices over 4 countries and Bjarke Ingels architecture in more than 10 countries.

At offices at prime location like Copenhagen, New York , London, Barcelona  Bjarke Ingels Architecture is an inspiration for Architecture enthusiast across the world.

Bjarke Ingels Design Philosophy is all about finding the problem and understanding the greatest potential of the project rather than just focusing on the aesthetics. Some of the Bjarke Ingels design principles and philosophies that we can see in his buildings are:

  • Bjarke Ingels’s definition for architecture is “The art of translating all the immaterial structures of society- social, cultural, economical and political- into physical structures."
  • He believes in sustainability. Twisting and sloping elements can always be prominently seen in most of Bjarke Ingels’ works.
  • The architect believes in big ideas and designs which he describes as ‘Bigamy’. His idea is to take multiple elements that do not fit together and merge them to create a new genre of design. This is the secret of “out of the box” Bjarke Ingels projects.
  • He treats the environment with a perspective to explore, shape, and reinvent it. He quotes, “If we can change the climate of the world by accident, imagine what we can achieve by trying”.
  • Bjarke Ingels believes in bringing fictional designs to reality. He builds what one can only dream. His designs seem impossible until it takes their shape and that’s how unique Bjarke Ingels buildings come into form.
  • His idea about buildings is that they should respond to the local materials and climate. Buildings should make a conversation about human life.
  • Bjarke Ingels has a philosophy “Yes is more”, which he believes is bringing the fantastic in his works.
  • The architect brought a concept of ‘Hedonistic Sustainability’ which he describes as “Suddenly sustainability actually becomes the more fun, the more enjoyable alternative to what we know”.

Some of his major projects include Mountain Dwellings & Copenhill at Copenhagen, Denmark, Google Headquarters in the US, and Lego House at Denmark.

1. MOUNTAIN DWELLINGS, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK:

This residential project consists of 80 apartments. They are designed above a multi-story car parking, arranged on a sloppy hillside. The project consists of 2/3 parking spaces whereas only 1/3 residential apartments.

The concept was to place terraced housing above the parking area rather than making them two separate buildings. The structure can accommodate 480 cars. They can reach up to the top level through the sloping elevator that moves along the inner walls of the mountain. Through this building, we can now understand the philosophy of Bjarke Ingels of how he mixes two totally opposite elements.

2. COPENHILL, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK:

Copenhill surely seems like a fictional project brought into reality by this Danish Architect. It is a waste-to-energy power plant. Its façade has been designed in such a way that it hides the serious image of a factory building. One of the main design elements of this building is the bursting smoke rings. Smoke emitted from the factory comes out in a beautiful ring shape.

Another surprising functionality of this boring factory building is the artificial ski slope from the top of the building. Ingels believed functionality cannot come in the way of creating beauty, it does not have to be either; it can be both.During summer, the rooftop is like an activity park for visitors with facilities like hiking trails, playgrounds, climbing walls, etc. Also, during winters, it becomes a ski slope. It provides amazing views of the city in every season.

3. GOOGLE HEADQUARTERS, CALIFORNIA, U.S:

Set in a Mountain View campus, the new building for Google is under construction. A beautiful white tent-like roof will highlight this building. Creating a ripple effect with a slight dip in the middle, it is planned with a series of panels. The floor and the roof plan do not line up with each other. The roof has been planned like a canopy. It will create semi-open outdoor rooms at the corners. These corners are beautifully merged with the landscape. Also, these spaces are designed for sculpted gardens or hangout spaces.

4. LEGO HOUSE, BILLUND, DENMARK:

Shaping the exhibition space and public squares, the building is seen in the architectural scale of LEGO blocks. All the spaces have been designed keeping in mind the concept of LEGO. 21 overlapping blogs frame the 2000 square meters of LEGO square. They are placed on top of them like buildings.  The building manifests the infinite possibilities of LEGO blocks and becomes a fun place for all age groups.

Conclusion:

Bjarke Ingels architecture is not only about buildings, but also about the environment. He believes architecture should evolve as per the changing lifestyle of humans and that’s what he tries to achieve with his buildings. “Buildings should respond to the local environment and climate in a sort of conversation to make it habitable for human life.”

For this purpose Ingels invests a lot of his energy on sustainable designs and renewable energy concepts.