‘Bjarke Ingels Group’ (BIG), founded in 2005, by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels (b.1974), currently holding headquarters in Copenhagen (Denmark) and New York (USA). Who is Bjarke Ingels? The Wall Street Journal recently said that he ‘rapidly
become one of the design world’s biggest stars’.
His name recently appeared in TIME’S 100 Most Inﬂuential People featuring a few words writen by both a colleague and friend, Rem Koolhaas (b.1944) — among the most world-renowned contemporary architects. Ingels found success early on in his career and Big Time follows Bjarke Ingels over a period of 6 years while he is struggling to complete his largest projects yet, the New York skyscraper W57 (2016) and 2 World Trade Center (construction on hold), both in Manhatan. The New York skyscraper W57, is Ingels’ first concluded building in the US. Curiously enough, located right across it, Portuguese architect Siza Vieira (b.1933), was commissioned his first US project, a luxury condo tower (construction has started in May 2016 and is expected to be concluded in late 2018). The 2 World Trade Center, also know by ‘200 Greenwich
Street’, is intended to replace the original tower, destroyed in the September 11 attacks. The foundations were laid out in 2009 and concluded in 2013 and initially, the project being built had been designed by British architect Norman Foster’s (b.1935), ‘Foster and Partners’ (London based). But in 2014, on request by the property’s developer ‘Silverstein Properties’, Ingels was asked to redesign it. The reason was that initially the project was thought to have as occupants
financial forms but because at some point the aim was to attract media tenants instead (who have been the leading tenants of the new WTC towers) the project needed to be redesigned.
Ingels was the chosen architect. The project is expected that it will be concluded in 2020.