BIG’s work is defined by informed design solutions, using the newest technologies and local characteristics to create unique architectural experiences designed for people. “We always try to dig out as much information as possible about a situation before we intervene. What could be the greatest potential or the biggest challenge? I believe it’s all about asking the right questions. When I studied architecture, I was often asked why buildings all look the same. People have the idea that buildings previously came with ornaments and decorations, while today, they have been reduced to container space. Boxy and boring. This happens when we just duplicate what is already there instead of thinking what could happen next”.
Inspired by the movie Inception, Bjarke has been determined to change this duplication through his unique work. The movie revolves around a thief with the rare ability to enter people’s dreams and steal their secrets from their subconscious. The characters design their wildest dreams, without the limitations of the real world. “The architect hero in the movie describes how he and his wife would love to live in a house with a garden at the top of a high rise. In real life, you would have to choose, but in a dream, we can get it as we want”. With Bjarke’s approach to architecture, however, the leap between dream and reality is not an impossible one. “We made a building in Copenhagen called ‘The Mountain’, combining a parking structure and an apartment building. By turning the parking structure into a manmade mountain of cars, we turned what would have been a stack of apartments into a cascade of homes with gardens. Penthouse views and big lawns – our movie character’s dream home”, Bjarke explains.
In BIG, the term Bigamy is used to describe the ability to take multiple desirable elements that might seem mutually exclusive, and merge them together into a new genre. “You don’t have to be faithful to a single idea”, Bjarke emphasises, “you can literally marry multiple ideas into promiscuous hybrids. The beauty is that architecture doesn’t just allow you to dream stuff up, it also allows you to alter the facts”.