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The BIG CPH Experiment: 7 New Architectural Species from the Danish Welfare State
Bjarke Ingels Group
DEC 06, 2007 - MAR 22, 2008

THE BIG CPH EXPERIMENT presents projects that are all specific urban experiments conducted in Copenhagen since January 2001 by Bjarke Ingels Group.* At different stages of realization, they portray a new breed of urban life forms, both locally specific and generally applicable, introducing residential diversity, programmatic alchemy, urban ascension, modular mania, and political pro-action into the architectural species of the Danish welfare state. The projects in the exhibition are the VM Houses, the Mountain Dwellings, the Scala Tower, Kløverkarréen, the LEGO Towers, the Battery, and Escher Tower.

*VM completed by Plot/Bjarke Ingels & Julien De Smedt 2001-2005


Bjarke Ingels Group is a Copenhagen based group of over 80 architects, designers, builders and thinkers operating within the fields of architecture, urbanism, research and development. BIG’s architecture emerges out of a careful analysis of how contemporary life constantly evolves and changes. In their projects, BIG tests the effects of size and the balance of programmatic mixtures on the triple bottom line of the social, economical and ecological outcome. Like a form of programmatic alchemy, they create architecture by mixing conventional ingredients such as living, leisure, working, and shopping. 


Installation views, Graham Foundation, Madlener House, Chicago, 2008. Photo copyright Michelle Litvin