From the biggest challenge comes the greatest potential. Renowned architecture firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group never shies away from a challenge, with a bold design approach that places each project’s key criteria above any aesthetic or stylistic prejudice. The philosophy of information-driven design has been the studio’s main driving force, achieved by examining parameters of everything from culture and climate, to the dynamic changes of contemporary life and the global economy. BIG defines architecture as the art and science of building cities and landmarks that fit the way we want to live, rather than the other way round.
THE ART AND SCIENCE OF DESIGN BY BIG
BIG ON DESIGN
Bjarke Ingels, architect extraordinaire
Founded by visionary architect Bjarke Ingels, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group is one of the world’s most boundary-pushing studios in redefining the urban landscape.
Based in Copenhagen, New York, London, Barcelona, and Shenzhen, BIG brings together architects, designers, urbanists, landscape professionals, interior and product designers, researchers, and inventors from all over the world to promote cultural exchange as design wealth.
The studio’s design stamp can be seen through iconic landmarks, located all over the world. They each share a unique view on innovative theories about contemporary society and lifestyles, and present new forms of architectural and urban organisation.
Steering away from boring boxes, BIG creates designs that are as programmatically and technically innovative as they are cost and resource conscious.
Through an alchemy of conventional considerations such as living, leisure, working, and shopping, with bold plans to help redesign the planet for a more sustainable future, BIG revolutionises architecture to better fit contemporary life forms.
It’s little wonder that their multi-dimensional approach has garnered international recognition for their award-winning portfolio. Their recent accolades include Fast Company’s Design Company of the Year Award, Honourable Mention, 2020; German Sustainability Award, 2019; UniCredit’s Architecture Prize, 2018; and BUILD Design & Build Awards, Recognized Leaders in Architecture and Design, 2021 to name just a few.
CanningHill Piers, Singapore
REDEFINING AN ICONIC RIVERFRONT LANDMARK
True to their design ethos, BIG is set to create waves once again with a stunning new project on the bank of the legendary Singapore River – CanningHill Piers.
As the centrepiece of the rejuvenated Singapore River, CanningHill Piers is poised to be an iconic integrated development that epitomises what riverside city living is all about. It comprises two towers of luxury residences, a new concept hotel, serviced residence and CanningHill Square, featuring F&B and retail shops.
With rare dual frontage of both Singapore River and Fort Canning Hill, its unique location affords residents stunning views of the Central Business District and Marina Bay Financial District, a riverside promenade, access to two MRT lines at Fort Canning and Clarke Quay MRT Stations, and easy connectivity to the historic Fort Canning Park.
The striking facade of CanningHill Piers is artistically draped in an iconic geometric lattice that unifies the various components of the development, with a sculptural form that responds to the functional requirements of the development.
Akin to the lifting of a veil, the continuous drape is cheekily raised at recreational levels to reveal the social life of the towers to the city – and for residents to enjoy the panoramic views of the city, river and hill.
In a nostalgic nod to Singapore River and its historical bridges (but with a contemporary twist), a spectacular sky bridge connects the two residential towers on Level 24, providing inspired amenity spaces for residents, while opening up to unparalleled views.
Drawing inspiration from the verdant Fort Canning Hill, lush green sky terraces and a myriad of amenities will also be introduced at various heights to create inviting social spaces for the residents to enjoy.
PUTTING THEIR DESIGN STAMP ON THE WORLD
From the little red dot that is Singapore to a big open canvas across the world, the internationally lauded portfolio of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group is as diverse and fascinating as their awe-inspiring design philosophy. Let’s marvel at three of their notable works that have captured the hearts and imagination of the world.
Lego House, Billund, Denmark
VIA 57 West, New York, USA
BIG EXPECTATIONS TO COME
While BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group continues to put their signature design stamp all around the globe, the world will keep watching keenly. With all eyes on the highly-anticipated CanningHill Piers, BIG will once again set a new paradigm of city living with this awe-inspiring work of art and science that will be a catalyst for change, rejuvenating the historic Singapore River district.
CanningHill Piers, Singapore