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Architectural Bigamy

The Bjarke Ingels Group is an architectural practice that is BIG by name, and BIG by aspiration. Mountain House, 80 penthouse apartments atop a multi-storey carpark, and Power Station Copenhagen, a waste-to-energy power plant that blows smoke rings and doubles as a ski slope, are just two of the ambitious projects conceived by founder Bjarke Ingels and his team, whose self-confessed ‘archtectural bigamy’ has caused quite a stir.

“You can take multiple desirable elements that might not fit together, or even seem mutually exclusive like the garden home and the high-rise, and merge them together into a new genre. You don’t have to remain faithful to a single idea, you can literally marry multiple ideas into promiscuous hybrids,” says Ingels.

“The beauty is that architecture not only allows you to dream stuff up. It also allows you to alter the facts. Architecture must become ‘Worldcraft’, the craft of making our world, where our knowledge and technology doesn’t limit us but rather enables us to turn surreal dreams into inhabitable space.”

Bjarke Ingels images: Bjarke Ingels Group