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Bjarke Ingels Group – BIG….how they do it?

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From  eliinbar’s sketchbook 2012 – the “conscious inspiration method”

In my last post I tried to find out if  BIG’s architecture is based on the principles of “conscious inspiration”.

In this post I will elaborate this issue through the following example….

In 2003 Snohetta Architects designed the Oslo Opera House shown in the next image.

A building with unique architectural characteristic.

A Kind of a new experience….a building that’s simply allows people to enjoy walking on it….

Snohetta Architects Oslo Opera House Norway 2003-2007

From 2010 to 2011 BIG Architects designed three unique buildings.

Buildings that’s allow people to enjoy their  morphology…. For purposes Such as skiing on the roof slope of the Amagerforbraending – waste treatment plant, or Cycling on the Curved roofs of the Danish-Pavilion in Shanghai Expo-2010. (these buildings are shown in the next images)

Their guiding design principle, I guess, is inspired consciously from the Snohetta’s Oslo Opera House .

BIG are not intimidated to get inspired from Snohetta’s Oslo Opera House. Once they develop their dsign tools, it leads them to high quality and creative architecture.

And this is “conscious Inspiration”…. see the following projects design by BIG ….for you to judge….

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 Amagerforbraending – waste treatment plant and ski run

Copenhagen published 2011

BIG Architects

Musée National des Beaux-Arts

du Québec published 2010

You can read more about  BIG’s Design tools for this project  in Archdaily 

BIG Architects


Shanghai Expo-2010

I often mention the need for developing design tools as an important stage in our planning strategy….

The next images describe BIG’s design tools strategy.

This strategy is also common in other BIG’s projects.

See also BIG’s video in my previous post.

I call  this strategy …. the “Augmented reality strategy”

In other words emphasizing the building’s morphology planning given the weather conditions, looks at the view, traffic systems, etc.

BIG’s design tools strategy

Step One – Choose an existing structure as your inspiration source.

Step Two – Develop your appropriate design tools strategy ( In this case BIG’s “Augmented reality strategy)

Third phase– plan pragmatic utopian architecture” .

BIG  Architects

 Koutalaki Ski Village published 2011

You can read more about the Koutalaki Ski Village by BIG



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“Conscious Inspiration” the ultimate inspiration methodology

I invite you all to contribute in developing the attitude and tools towards the viability of the “Conscious Inspiration” Method.

The abundance of information in the Web affects us all, as I illustrate in my posts.

I believe that designing is a process formed from three main phases:  knowledge, tools and invention.

Knowledge”:  as many said, and wrote before – Knowledge is the foundation for all designing process. We architects and designers are obliged to be informed about everything that was designed in the past and on a daily basis….

Tools”:  develop tools to analyze buildings and “Understand” them,  tools that will cope with the abundance of architectural information… tools that encourage your planning process….tools matching your skills
and generating your creative process….

(You are invited to visit  earlier posts of  mine showing  leading architects  tools…. )

Invention”:  with the methodology of “conscious Inspiration” , we don’t need to be intimidated to get inspired from relevant buildings.  Once we develop our tools, it will lead us to high quality and creative architecture.