27: denmark bjarke ingels group
27: denmark   bjarke ingels group 27: denmark   bjarke ingels group
may 17, 2011

27: denmark bjarke ingels group

bjarke ingels with the 27 project team in copenhagen, denmark image © LAN architecture, undo-redo

in the second instalment of ‘27: a journey through contemporary architecture in europe‘, paris-based studio LAN architecture, FATCAT films and french graphic designers undo-redo visits bjarke ingels of internationally-renowned BIG. designboom brings you the exclusive first look at the team’s meeting with the young architect as they explore the rich backdrop of copenhagen and to discuss the distinct characters and values of danish architecture.

27 DENMARK Bjarke Ingels from FatCat Films on Vimeo.

since establishing his own practice in 2006, bjarke ingels (copenhagen, denmark, 1974) has gained world-wide recognition for his playful yet practical approach to the built environment. often being driven by evolutions, typologies, user experience and social elements, BIG’s work sets a new standard for contemporary architecture in its clear formal reading of multiple functions and coherent space.

‘as an architect, I am interested in the real world and its mechanisms,’ says ingels. ‘I think it is not possible to start working on a project without considering the references that already exist; instead of focusing on different aspects, it is important to work on the elements present in the setting in order to be able to inject innovation to the project.’

‘mountain dwellings’ by bjark ingels and julien de smedt in copenhagen, denmark (2008) image © LAN architecture, undo-redo

image © LAN architecture, undo-redo

while denmark is considered today to be a thriving and lively location for contemporary architecture, the country had a very limited range of typologies and buildings as early as ten years back. ‘but somehow the provincial bubble burst and the alternative propositions started to be accepted and taken into consideration,’ says ingels. ‘at around that time, we won three competitions in 6 months… it was a new architectural danish renaissance.’

since then, the principles and primary expressions of danish architecture – the importance of public space, social issues, the tangible link between function and form, coherent geometry and proportions – have been exhibited and recognized on a world-wide platform.

‘VM house’ by bjarke ingels and julien de smedt in copenhagen, denmark (2005) image © LAN architecture, undo-redo

image © LAN architecture, undo-redo

highly pragmatic in nature and style, ingels believes that architecture is the result of a collective give-and-take between the architect, the institution, the investors and – perhaps most importantly – the people. this focus has led to a very recognizable method of presentation that the practice utilizes to communicate its main concepts and ideas. consisting of simple logos, schemes, and diagrams, the context of each project is made legible, making their architecture open and comprehensible for the public mass. ‘it is very crucial that we are able to transmit our own ideas within the team and with all the consultants,’ ingels says about this practice. ‘as a result, advertisement is created within the project itself through a process that is both theoretical and practical… our projects are accessible to everybody because everybody can understand them.’

‘8 house’ by BIG in orestad, copenhagen (2010) image © LAN architecture, undo-redo

image © LAN architecture, undo-redo to see more images of ‘house 8’, click here for our previous coverage on the project

‘tietgenkollegiet’ by lundgaard & tranberg in copenhagen, denmark (2005) image © LAN architecture, undo-redo

image © LAN architecture, undo-redo

interior view of a unit image © LAN architecture, undo-redo

image © LAN architecture, undo-redo

‘bagsvaerd church’ by jorn utzon in copenhagen, denmark (1976) image © LAN architecture, undo-redo

interior view of ‘bagsvaerd church’ image © LAN architecture, undo-redo

‘concert hall’ by jean nouvel in copenhagen, denmark (2006) images © LAN architecture, undo-redo

facade image © LAN architecture, undo-redo

’round tower’ commissioned by king christian IV in copenhagen, denmark (1642) image © LAN architecture, undo-redo

outside the BIG office image © LAN architecture, undo-redo

behind the scenes image © LAN architecture, undo-redo

film still image © LAN architecture, undo-redo

image © LAN architecture, undo-redo

dinner with the team in copenhagen image © LAN architecture, undo-redo

bjarke ingels image © LAN architecture, undo-redo

remember to check out 27’s website for more images and behind-the-scenes look of their visit with bjarke ingels.

to read more on ’27: a journey through contemporary architecture in europe’, click through to our article on the project’s scope here.

  • I’m not exactly a fan of this kind of national labels. Is ‘Danish’ the new ‘Dutch’? Come on guys. The evolution from Internationalist Modernism to National Liberalism is just a sign of ideological decline. In the beginning of the trailer BI says that architecture is all about economy. Yes, AND POLITICS. In that light the language of this project is too patriotic for my taste.

    niloufar tajeri says:
  • In Copenhagen, great architecture
    In Italy something like popular houses
    …and then…
    A triangular balcony?
    Come on!
    The architecture is for people not for architecte’s ego
    He is a great manager , not a great architect for me

    mah says:
  • I agree, architecture is for people. but concerning the ego issue: I guess here it’s not as much about the architect’s ego than it is about the investor’s pocket. The architect here is just playing his role in marketing the objects of desire.

    I’m wondering how the shapes of these buildings reflect the economic interests of the investors. Striking for me for example is the residential building of LAN architects who designed fundamentally different lighting conditions for the tenants. This condition renders some flats more favorable and some less favorable. To me this sounds like a market-oriented calculation that tries to expand the price range of the apartments that are for sale – they must be for sale because the building doesn’t exactly look like social housing to me. Speaking of which. Where are the social housing projects of today, dear architects? Drowned by the liberal agenda of which today’s architects are the ‘artistic’ representatives?

    Back to the financial interest of investors. Architects to help expand the price range, and investors can justify price differences by means of design. This is of course of interest for investors, who always strive for more diversification of commodity. This way they expand their reach right? This way they don’t just reach the upper class but also the upper middle class. In short: they can sell more.

    When I studied architecture my fundamental understanding was shaped towards designing fair and equal spaces. Not spaces that enforce social class structure – the buildings here are exactly that: an expression of a liberal market.

    They don’t even come close to what Aravena has achieved in Iquique. Not ethically, let alone in terms of architecture, which is still much more than just design, material, budget and marketing.

    niloufar tajeri says:
  • sorry, I meant the residential building by lundgaard & tranberg and not by LAN architects.

    niloufar tajeri says:
  • the ‘Danish Renaissance’ pictured is mostly in ørestad, with windswept, empty spaces, hard to sell apartments and basically no tourists. In fact, most buildings and spaces there are just too BIG. Even the shopping mall there is struggling. Interesting that they chose to eat in the trendy Vesterbro – an old district of Copenhagen, with re-used buildings and small spaces, rather than where the ‘rennaissance’ is happening.

    simg says:

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