The Serpentine Pavilion: Unzipped by Bjarke Ingels

Getting the opportunity to design a structure for the Serpentine Pavilion is like the Super Bowl of architecture. I had the pleasure of visiting last year’s pavilion designed by Francis Kere and was so amazed and moved by the space that I honestly could have stayed there for days. 

What I find impressive about the programming is done by the Brits, is that they are always looking for ways to innovate and collaborate on a large scale. 

In 2016, Bjarke Ingels was invited to design the serpentine pavilion which is situated in the middle of Hyde Park in London. “The serpentine gallery is an icon for miniature architectural manifestos and 2/3rds of the architects who have designed the pavilion are Pritzker Prize-winning architect,” as he describes the honour it is to be chosen to design on Netflix’s Abstract: The Art of Design.

Now, we are lucky to have the opportunity to have this structure in our very own backyard. It’s not every day we get to this type of experience. Like most high profile exhibitions, this one is timed and although it seems you can just ‘walk off the street’ you have to buy tickets to see it.

The interior programming of the space has been changed from a bar/performance area to an exhibition space that allows the visitor to learn more about the architect and the proposed condo that is to curtain the street. This was the first time I was aware that we were to have a BIG building in Toronto and immediately registered. Finally, a building that reflects the type of lifestyle I want to live in that is not a ‘glass tower’.

As you approach the entrance to the pavilion, the cavernous form invites you into the structure where you are invited into the mind of Bjarke Ingels. The movement created by the fiberglass grid-like skeleton almost expands and contracts as if it is breathing as you explore and discover the many projects by BIG architects. As grandiose as it appears, it is a very intimate space and when you look up, the ‘unzipped’ feeling emerges. When you exit and get the chance to walk around the pavilion, the shape undulates to mimic a rolling hill and false natural landscape within the dense fabric is it located in.

What can I say, I’m a fan and can’t wait for us to have a truly, unique and innovative building in Toronto.

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The BIG little house

Have you ever wanted to know what it was like to live in a home designed by a starchitect? Well, this is your chance to live in a tiny home designed by world-renowned architect Bjarke Ingles of BIG.

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Danish National Maritime Museum by BIG Architects

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For 100 years, the town of Helsingør was one of the greatest shipyards of the Danish ship building nation. It covered the whole area between the town to the historic Kronborg Castle. After the industrial era ended, the town redefined itself with an ambitious project: Cultural harbor Kronborg.

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Within this revitalization, sits the Danish National Maritime Museum designed by BIG Architects. The building carves itself into the 60 year old dock walls to create a place that is unique in history and spatial context.

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Like a subterranean museum in a dry dock, the galleries are placed below ground and are arranged in a continuous loop around the walls – making the dock the centerpiece of the exhibition. An open, outdoor area where visitors experience the scale of ship building.

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A series of three double-level bridges span the dry dock, serving both as an urban connection, as well as providing visitors with short-cuts to different sections of the museum. The harbor bridge closes off the dock while serving as harbor promenade; the museum’s auditorium serves as a bridge connecting the adjacent Culture Yard with the Kronborg Castle; and the sloping zig-zag bridge navigates visitors to the main entrance.

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All floors connect exhibition spaces with the auditorium, classroom, offices, café and the dock floor within the museum which slopes gently creating exciting and sculptural spaces.

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This bridge unites the old and new as the visitors descend into the museum space overlooking the majestic surroundings above and below ground. The long and noble history of the Danish Maritime unfolds in a continuous motion within and around the dock, 7 meters (23 ft.) below the ground.

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Photos by Rasmus Hjortshoj and Luca Santiago Mora

Europa City by BIG Architects

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A master plan with a scale typical to the massive developments in China, BIG Architects has won the international competition to design Europa City. Located in the Greater Roissy, the new Triangle Gonesse district, is a unique suburb of Paris, France. The metropolis will mix cultural, recreational and commercial on 80 acres, to form an exchange of leisure and commercial activities.

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The plan has been designed to meet the needs of a European culture and lifestyle.
This territory was chosen because of its great potential, as one of the main economic centers, characterized by a young population. The project aims to triple support the economic development, opening the territory to external audiences, and bring new inhabitants to the territory. It will be served by the Grand automated metro Paris Express and extension of the RER D (rapid transit system).

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The landscape architecture will create a new urban typology combining open and dense surroundings. BIG’s first approach is to overlay the urban frame with agricultural land. The surfaces of the program are organized along
a main road that focuses around the central square, inviting those to discovery EuropaCity.

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The project includes several urban expressions to diversify the public spaces such as a park, the circular boulevard, accessible modes of transport, places designed to accommodate event-activities, the streets are inspired by the Parisian walkways.

The multifunctional roof is symbolic of the importance given to public space and nature in the project. It is designed in synergy with activity spaces it houses, such as, entertainment, shopping, culture, restaurants, hotels.

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The overall geometry is determined based on the site’s connections and constraints specific to the territory. To the north, the station of the Grand Paris Express, and the A1 and A3 motorways, to the south, the RD370 service. From its center, Europa City stretches to as close as possible to each of these structural elements. Its volume is carved to fit the context urban and landscape by providing visual identifications. The roof, largely vegetated generates a large green open space, extending the green corridor that runs through the Triangle Gonesse.

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Projection information:

Location:
19 km from Paris, France

Scope:
€ 2 billion of private investment
More than 30 million visitors expected annually
12,500 direct jobs (6,300 indirect jobs) generated during the four-year phase
11,500 direct jobs (5,900 indirect jobs) generated during the operational phase

Offer:
50,000 M2 of Cultural Space which includes:
two theaters of 2000 seats and 500 seats
a vast area of ​​international exhibitions
a 360 ° room for contemporary circus
a resource center and library
an artists’ residence
a cultural center for children

150 000 M2 of Leisure space which consists of:
a water park
an amusement park
a snow park
an adventure park combining extreme sports, sports, urban sports
a set of equipment wellness and fitness
an educational farm with gardens gathering and cooking workshops

20,000 M2 of Restaurants

230,000 M2 OF Commerce which includes:
flagship stores
concept stores
pop-up stores
temporary boutiques department stores
a wide and varied range of large brands stores, with the integration of web technology at the point of sale
showroom, workshop creation and production of European and international artists markets
local events enabling a shared experience between residents and visitors

100,000 M2 of Public Spaces that consists of:
major recurring events, specific and exclusive – festivals and carnivals
ephemeral installations
exhibitions
performances
street theater and circus shows
major national and international events
sporting events
music festivals

20,000 M2 of Congress and Seminars

110 000 M2 of Hospital spaces
ten hotels or 2,700 rooms

80,000 M2 of Local Technical and Administrative Spaces

Cross # Towers

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‘The Cross # Towers constitute a three-dimensional urban community of interlocking horizontal and vertical towers. Three public bridges connect two slender towers at different levels – underground, at the street and in the sky.’ 
– Bjarke Ingels