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BIG launches in-house engineering division

Serpentine 2016

Innovative architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) is to create its own “silo-shattering” engineering division to assist with increasingly technically ambitious projects.

BIG Engineering will work on the structural and mechanical integrity of BIG buildings, bringing architecture and engineering closer. It will be led by Duncan Horswill, former chief operating officer at Søren Jensen Engineers.

The new division will also work alongside research department BIG Ideas, which explores architectural innovation thorugh digital and material research and special projects. For example BIG Ideas created the idea of emitting quirky smoke rings from a Copenhagen Power plant. 

“At BIG we practice knowledge-driven design. We have been fortunate to work with some of the best urbanists, landscapers, sociologists, artists and engineers in the world, and will continue to do so. To be able to stretch the boundaries of the physical, financial, regulatory and environmental limits of design, we need to surround ourselves with the best experts in the fields outside our own expertise in architecture, and bring them in-house,” said BIG founder Bjarke Ingels.

“Having engineers join our group of architects, product designers and landscape architects is the inevitable next step towards providing the silo-shattering interdisciplinary design innovation that we want to bring to the world.”

BIG is involved with a number of groundbreaking projects, including designs for Dubai’s Hyperloop One, the super high speed transportation system which uses low pressure pods. Last year’s Serpentine Pavillion in London’s Hyde Park was also desgined by BIG.

BIG will continue to work with external engineering firms after its internal division is in place.

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