Public lecture by Bjarke Ingels

Nordic Perspectives lecture series 4 November

You have the unique opportunity to experience a heavyweight in Danish architecture when architect Bjarke Ingels joins us as part of the international lecture series Nordic Perspectives. Bjarke Ingels will give the lecture Social Infrastructure.

When: Friday 4 November at 9.30
Where: Aarhus School of Architecture, Main Auditorium, Nørreport 22, 8000 Aarhus C

The lecture is public and free of charge.

About Bjarke Ingels

Bjarke Ingels (born 1974) is beyond comparison Denmark’s most celebrated contemporary architect. After his graduation from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, in Copenhagen, 1998, he worked three years for Rem Koolhaas at the OMA office in Rotterdam.

Bjarke Ingels(374x360)

Bjarke Ingels

Together with his OMA colleague Julien de Smedt, he returned to Copenhagen in 2001 to establish the architectural office PLOT. The couple gained rapid recognition with a series of open-air swimming pools in Copenhagen Harbour, but their major breakthrough came in 2005 with the VM housing project for Copenhagen Ørestad, inspired by Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation concept.

After PLOT split in 2005, Bjarke Ingels established his own office Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). The first achievement was the highly recognised The Mountain in Ørestad Copenhagen, combining a giant parking house with a 10,000 m2 terraced housing project. The Mountain was followed by the controversial 8 House, built nearby from 2006 to 2009: more than 60,000 m2 residential building with the character of an elevated low dense township, shaped like a bent figure eight.

VM The Mountain in Copenhagen 2009

The Mountain in Copenhagen, 2007.

VM The Mountain in Copenhagen 2009

The Mountain in Copenhagen, 2007.

8 House in Copenhagen 2010

8 House in Copenhagen, 2009.

8 House in Copenhagen 2010

8 House in Copenhagen, 2009.

The Big U in lower Manhattan (under construction)

The Big U in lower Manhattan (under construction).

Via 57 West building in New York 2011

Via 57 West building in New York, 2010.

In 2011 Bjarke Ingels opened a permanent office in New York, in connection with the construction of VIA 57 West, a high rise, pyramid-like residential building at the edge of the Hudson River. Due to a number of big scale assignments, the New York office has been growing rapidly. In 2015 BIG was appointed to construct the second World Trade Centre tower at Ground Zero. Today, BIG employs nearly 400 people in Copenhagen, New York and London.

Driven by the personal statement “architecture is about trying to make the world a little more like our dreams”, Bjarke Ingels has a fundamental humanistic approach to architectural conception which seems to colour even the biggest structures from the office.