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Architecture firm BIG adds in-house engineering department

Dive Brief:

  • Denmark-based Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has started its own engineering division, according to Dezeen.
  • BIG Engineering, the company said, will allow technology to be introduced into the design process from the beginning rather than midstream from an outside source.
  • Adding engineers to the BIG team will also help streamline a connection between architects and engineers. Ingels said the firm had already seen positive results by adding the technical perspective early on.

Dive Insight:

BIG is nothing if not innovative, so there's no doubt the architecture firm will be able to amp up its edgy creations with the addition of an in-house engineering unit. BIG said the new division will also work with its BIG Ideas research group, which helped develop the concept behind Copenhagen's Bakke Waste-to-Energy Plant

BIG has also made an impact on U.S. architecture. The firm is behind the 670 Mesquit high-density project in Los Angeles — one that developers were trying to push through in case voters passed the failed Neighborhood Integrity Initiative, which would have placed a two-year moratorium on the zoning required to build those megadevelopments. Now that Los Angeles residents have rejected the measure, the two-skyscraper development in the L.A. Arts District has a smoother approval path in front of it

On the East Coast, BIG is behind one of the 26-acre Hudson Yards towers, The Spiral. The $3.2 billion mixed-use skyscraper draws its name from the winding landscaped terraces that will encircle the structure starting at the seventh floor. The building will offer almost 3 million square feet of space, including 27,000 square feet of retail on the lower floors.

BIG has also designed a new Washington Redskins stadium, although the team has years to go before its FedEx Field lease is up and has not selected a new location (see a video of the design here). The architecture firm's reimagining of an NFL stadium features a semi-transparent gameplay area and a moat surrounding the entire venue, allowing year-round visitors to kayak, surf or ice skate depending on the weather.

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