Bjarke Ingels Group are proving again to be favourites in composing innovative yet buildable architectural, and in this landscape solutions. The pragmatism of their designs, the powerful graphical style of the comic obsessed Bjarke Ingels, really makes B.I.G stand out to a whole new era of architects.
The Swedish Association of Architects announced a competition to create a 'super-junction' that would become a visual landmark in entering the city of Stockholm. The project was part of a collaboration with engineers Grontmij and Spacescape.
The proposal included a large hovering mirrored sphere that reflected views of the surroundings creating a 180 degree view of the city. The sphere is composed of 30% photovoltaic panels which creates enough energy to keep it floating making it functional and self-sustainable.
view from surrounding neighbourhood- www.designboom.com
The plan is very contextual in terms of the design features and decisions made. The plan includes a slight raising of the land that minimises noise pollution for the surrounding inhabitants. This creates a bowl like area that provides a separation between the neighbourhood and the city creating land for natural wildlife and vegetation, improving the overall aesthetical appearance of the city and its surroundings.
View of the sphere from one of the surrounding public buildings- www.designboom.com
This project combines a variety of architectural and design practices ranging from landscape architecture, urbanism, ecological technology and art. These disciplines create social interaction between the city and resident. This kind of multi-disciplinary project shows the need for designers to be more savvy and open in regards of the disciplines they apply to any project. Being singular in Design can only lead to very contrived and singular looking outcomes, incorporating a variety of disciplines and influences will only make a project more spontaneous and useful for the people who will use this space.
B.I.G Architects create this cacophony of comic-book induced graphical elements that coherently display the actions and reasoning for why certain decisions were made during the process (see images below).
Speaking from a personal point of view Bjarke Ingels have had a very 'B.I.G' influence on myself. Jakob Lange, B>I>g partner and architect, presented at Birmingham City University 2 years ago and their graphical displays, innovative ideas and sheer 'coolness' really spoke to me. This was further recognised when I purchased their 'Yes is More Manifesto' which is bar far one of the best architectural manifestos I have read and is a constant source of easy-reading and inspiration.