02 Aug 2012 • Spaces
Best of: BIG
'Busy' is an understatement when it comes to describing the atmosphere at BIG in recent months. The Danish architectural firm has not only won numerous international competitions, but has also realized a slew of installations and buildings from New York to its native Copenhagen. Here’s a look at six of BIG’s projects and wins from recent months.
Beginning in Vancouver, Canada, ground has broken on BIG's 49-storey skyscraper that will be the city’s fourth tallest building. Forming twists and turns as it rises, cantilevers will offer better views for residents and extend away from a busy road below.
In Bordeaux, France, the Méca cultural centre (to be realized in collaboration with FREAKS freearchitects) will blend contemporary design with the city’s traditional architectural heritage.
Skiers in Levi, Finland, will soon be able to ski from the top of the Koutalaki Ski Village down into the surrounding plaza. The resort will include a series of buildings that radiate from a central square.
Earlier this year, BIG was awarded the AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture for its design of the 8 House in Copenhagen. The structure was Denmark’s largest private development ever constructed it includes shops, restaurant, an art gallery, offices, childcare centre, educational facilities and apartments.
Shortly after snatching up that prize, the studio also won a competition to realize the Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah. The proposed timber structure will be modeled after a log cabin with inverted walls.
Finally, to spread the love on Valentine’s Day, BIG realized an installation in NYC’s Times Square made of 400 transparent acrylic tubes lit by LEDs. The pulsing, heart-shaped result stretched 3m high and grew brighter as people approached a sensor.