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The three cultural organisations are set around a flexible public space

THE BIG TEAM - Jakob Sand

Bjarke Ingels credits BIG’s enormous success to the creative team he has built around him, and the studio now has partners spread across the world. Each brings something markedly different to the table, as Kim Megson and Magali Robathan find out
Jakob Sand left his native Denmark in the early 2000s to work in Paris, first with Odile Decq and then with Dominique Perrault. Eventually he returned to Copenhagen, where mutual
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The towers’ punched window openings reference the area’s historic industrial buildings

THE BIG TEAM - Thomas Christoffersen

Bjarke Ingels credits BIG’s enormous success to the creative team he has built around him, and the studio now has partners spread across the world. Each brings something markedly different to the table, as Kim Megson and Magali Robathan find out
Christoffersen was Ingels’ student at the Art Academy in Copenhagen back in the PLOT days, and he also became the firm’s first intern. He was involved in the early projects,
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Flotsam & Jetsam was created using 3D printed bamboo

Living for the moment

Designing temporary architecture gives architects the freedom to experiment, be flexible and have a little fun. Christopher DeWolf takes a look at a few intriguing projects
After a week of miserable weather in Montreal, the sun has finally returned and the Village au Pied-du-Courant is filling up. Visitors park their bicycles and make their way past
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VIA 57 West’s residential units surround a central courtyard garden

THE BIG TEAM - Beat Schenk

Bjarke Ingels credits BIG’s enormous success to the creative team he has built around him, and the studio now has partners spread across the world. Each brings something markedly different to the table, as Kim Megson and Magali Robathan find out
Beat Schenk started out working for Frank Gehry’s office in Los Angeles, before moving to Europe. He first met with Ingels when both were working under Rem Koolhaas at OMA,
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The museum consists of four galleries, built into the surrounding sand dunes

THE BIG TEAM - Finn Norkjaer

Bjarke Ingels credits BIG’s enormous success to the creative team he has built around him, and the studio now has partners spread across the world. Each brings something markedly different to the table, as Kim Megson and Magali Robathan find out
Finn Norkjaer came onto the scene back in 2001, when Bjarke Ingels and Julien De Smedt had just won their first competition, for the Aquatic Center in Aalborg, Denmark. Norkjaer
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The Panda House features separate spaces for the male and female pandas

THE BIG TEAM- David Zahle

Bjarke Ingels credits BIG’s enormous success to the creative team he has built around him, and the studio now has partners spread across the world. Each brings something markedly different to the table, as Kim Megson and Magali Robathan find out
Zahle joined BIG as an intern in the early days, and helped win the practice its first major commission when he met the Danish developer Per Hopfner in his friend’s
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Kazakhstan’s National Pavilion, designed by Smith and Gill, formed a centrepiece at the Expo

Astana Expo

Astana Expo 2017 said goodbye to the last of its four million guests in September. So was it successful? Christian Lachel, creative director for the United States Pavilion, shares his highlights
Kazakhstan moved its capital from Almaty to Astana in 1998, and embarked on a fiendishly difficult task that has defeated many city planners: building a visionary, futuristic city that incorporates
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Wellness communities are designed to encourage physical activity

Living well

A backlash against suburban sprawl, an interest in healthier living and plenty of land have fuelled a growing demand for wellness communities in the US. Jane Kitchen investigates
Around the world, wellness communities are on the rise, with real estate firms, investors and the public seeing the benefits of creating and living in areas dedicated to health. Perhaps
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Theatre specialists Charcoalblue were founded in 2004 and have offices in the UK, US and Australia

5 KEY TRENDS - Theatre design trends

With the 2017 World Architecture Festival celebrating ‘Performance’ as its theme, Kim Megson delves into the innovative world of theatre design, with the help of Charcoalblue founder Andy Hayles
Andy Hayles has worked in the world of theatre consultancy and design for the best part of two decades, and was a theatre electrician and lighting designer before that. He
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part of the wider Genesis complex

Enzo Enea

ENZO ENEA
Swiss landscape architect, Enzo Enea, has designed more than 1,000 gardens for hotels, spas and museums, as well as privately for the Queen of Bahrain and Prince Charles. He talks to Kath Hudson about saving trees, creating outdoor rooms and working with Zaha Hadid
What inspired you to become a landscape architect? My love of nature began as a child, when I spent summers at my grandfather’s farm in Italy. I used to help
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BIG’s design for Google’s Charleston East Campus aims to foster a sense of community

THE BIG TEAM - Daniel Sundlin

Bjarke Ingels credits BIG’s enormous success to the creative team he has built around him, and the studio now has partners spread across the world. Each brings something markedly different to the table, as Kim Megson and Magali Robathan find out
“I’ve always been interested in visual communication on one hand, and in issues of social consciousness on the other hand,” says Sundlin, who joined BIG as an intern in 2008.
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Mars Science City will explore the practical challenges of living on Mars

Bjarke Ingels

“If BIG had been founded for one project, it would have been Lego House,” says Ingels
As the Lego House opens in Denmark, BIG founder Bjarke Ingels talks to Magali Robathan about his love of Lego, his change of focus and the role of the collective in getting BIG to the top
We’re in a car with Bjarke Ingels. It’s almost midnight, and the Danish countryside can’t be seen in the pitch black outside. Heavy rain lashes against the windscreen. We pull
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The stadium has 13,000 extra seats, boosting ticket sales so far

Antonio Cruz

Antonio Cruz
Founder Cruz y Ortiz
Project: Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid The striking new home for Spanish football side Atletico Madrid has hosted its first match – a 1-0 win over La Liga side Malaga. The club
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The BIG U high water barrier is 16km long, and incorporates community facilities

THE BIG TEAM - Kai-Uwe Bergmann

Bjarke Ingels credits BIG’s enormous success to the creative team he has built around him, and the studio now has partners spread across the world. Each brings something markedly different to the table, as Kim Megson and Magali Robathan find out
When Bergmann first met Ingels at the Venice Biennale in 2004, the two seemed destined to collaborate as Bergmann was planning his move to Copenhagen that same year. They met
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Passengers could travel from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 12 minutes

THE BIG TEAM - Jakob Lange

Jakob Lange
Bjarke Ingels credits BIG’s enormous success to the creative team he has built around him, and the studio now has partners spread across the world. Each brings something markedly different to the table, as Kim Megson and Magali Robathan find out
“I’ve always been a bit of an inventor type,” says Jakob Lange, head of BIG Ideas, BIG’s technology-driven special projects unit. Lange founded BIG Ideas in 2014, when BIG’s plan
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Guest rooms at Tegernsee have been designed to offer a place of refuge

Christoph Ingenhoven

Christoph Ingenhoven has championed sustainable architecture for more than 30 years. He is Super Jury member at this year’s World Architecture Festival
Experience as a guest of the Lanserhof Lans medical spa meant Christoph Ingenhoven had a deep understanding of the challenges of designing for the European spa group. He talks to CLAD editor, Liz Terry
How did you get involved in the Lanserhof project? Thirteen or 14 years ago, I went to the Lanserhof in Lans to do the detox programme with a group of
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Marcel Wanders leads a multidisciplinary team of 40.

Marcel Wanders

Marcel Wanders leads a multidisciplinary team of 40. The studio is based in Amsterdam
The multi-disciplinary Dutch designer tells Kim Megson why he rejects minimalism and embraces chaos
In 1996, Marcel Wanders started life as a designer of furniture, lighting and tableware, before entering the world of interior design in the early 2000s. These days, he and designer
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“Meaningful and hopeful”: Libeskind had to keep the Kurdistan Museum project under wraps for seven years

Daniel Libeskind

Daniel Libeskind has designed a number of public spaces that deal with difficult or painful historical events
Renowned architect Daniel Libeskind met Kim Megson in London to reflect on some of his career-defining projects, discuss his latest commissions, and share his passion for music
The renowned paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey is planning to build a museum like no other, located on the remote shores of Lake Turkana in northern Kenya. The site is not far
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