Week 11 – Bjarke Ingels

An architect

Welcome to another week and another person of interest. This week we´d like to draw your attention to a  man who keeps amazing the world with his ideas and creations. His name is Bjarke Ingels.

Bjarke who?

When reading about Danish architects you will easily recognize some great names who created some iconic buildings. Think of the Sydney Opera House by Jørn Utzon, the extension of the Malmö Library by Henning Larsen or the beautiful design works by Arne Jacobsen. Our man is no exception to this.

The Wall Street Journal named him Inovator Of The Year in 2011 for achitecture. And in 2016 Time Magazine decided that he was amongst the 100 Most Influential People.

Now when Bjarke Ingels entered the stage he quickly became famous for his surprising works. In an interview he described architecture as “the art of translating all the immaterial structures of society – social, cultural, economical and political – into physical structures“. To understand his words you may want to have a closer look at Islands Brygge Harbour Bath in Copenhagen or Via 57 West in New York City. One of the buildings he created is also one of my personal favourite ones. I first had the pleasure of visiting it two years ago:

The LEGO House

If you´re reading this blog it is probably because you have a favour for a certain Danish toy. Bjarke Ingels is the architect who designed and built the LEGO House in Billund, Denmark. Should you choose to join us for this year´s toy safari you will be visiting the Home of the Brick with us in a way that you probably never will again. But more on that fantastic opportunity in a future post.

Time For Your Visions

What kind of photo will you choose for #SiPgoes53 and #SiP_Bjarke_Ingels ? Will it be a portrait of an architect amongst bricks? Or will you be leaving your comfort zone and create a building inspired by Mr. Ingels?

If you need a little more inspiration I can highly recommend two shows from Netflix: Abstract- The Art Of Design and LEGO House- Home Of The Brick.

And if you´re not on Netflix hop on over to TED talks and see him over there. Again, very inspiring.

We´re looking forward to your ideas.

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Tomasz Lasek
1 year ago

haha, this is easy one!
actually it’s not.

but I will figure out something!
Great choice!

1 year ago
Reply to  Tomasz Lasek

It’s indeed really not an easy one… I guess it will be the first week I will miss :D

1 year ago
Reply to  Maëlick

LEGO Architecture comes to mind.

1 year ago
Reply to  Maëlick

I have been very classic for this. I tried different ways, but none of them satisfaying, regarding the result.
Week after week, there is an idea growing: when the challenge is over, it may be interesting to produce one more time the images, using the things learnt over the year.

Tomasz Lasek
1 year ago
Reply to  Maëlick

Phew, finally shot and posted my picture. I don’t have any architecture set, the weather didn’t allow me to shoot my Duplo version of Lego House and in the meantime different idea appeared. I’m happy for this one.
But next week! This will be challenge!

1 year ago

I was quite happily surprised to “discover” that Ingels is the architect of one of the emblematic metro stations for the new lines in Paris, the “Pont de Bondy” station.
Why happy? Because my company is in charge of the metro project for the part of the line including this station.
So, this week’s theme is partly loaded with great feelings, as I worked on the tender which lead to the attribution of project to my company.