Bjarke Ingels Will Make You Believe in the Power of Architecture

by Valentina Ieva
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The first ever Wired by Design "live magazine" kicked off at the Skywalker Ranch in California bringing together some of the world´s most creative minds to celebrate how good design shapes our futures. The live magazine event, that went down last month, hosted Bjarke Ingels to talking about the 'power of architecture'.


 Watch the full video of Ingels' presentation by clicking on his Wired avatar above!

At WIRED by Design Ingels told about his office, his design team, and he shared several projects by BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group, such as the Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium, the Superkilen masterplan, the Danish National Maritime Museum.

A few years ago, the city of Copenhagen invited architects to submit their ideas for the design of an important new facility—a power plant that will use trash to generate electricity. To call Bjarke Ingels’ proposal outlandish would be an understatement.

His firm, BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group, pitched a concept in which the plant took the form of a giant artificial ski slope. To Ingels’ surprise, it was selected as the winning submission. Now, it’s under construction, slated for completion in 2017.

The firm’s plan, dubbed The Big U, calls for a series of clever community-enhancing deployments that double as protective infrastructure. A curving bank of public seating, for example, will serve as a storm wall when the water level rises.

As Ingels put it, these projects give us a sense of the true power of architecture.

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    • Valentina Ieva

      Valentina Ieva


      Bari / Italy

      Laureata in Ingegneria edile-architettura, giornalista per professione, web writer per diletto. Amante di architettura, design, fotografia e libri di carta. Dipendente dai social, Instagram e InstaStories su tutti. Affamata di vita, viaggi e storie da scoprire. Qualunque forma d'arte mi affascina da sempre e non posso pensare una vita senza: emozioni forti, immaginazione, buona musica, cucina pugliese, sole e gatti. Per dirla con le parole di Battiato, non potrei vivere senza: ‘un soffio al)

    Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium 89

    Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium

    Hellerup / Denmark / 2013

    Superkilen masterplan 235

    Superkilen masterplan

    Copenhagen / Denmark / 2012

    Danish National Maritime Museum 194

    Danish National Maritime Museum

    Elsinore / Denmark / 2013