Bjarke Ingels: Transforming the Global Skyline
Award-winning architect Bjarke Ingels counts Google’s new Mountain View headquarters, 2 World Trade Center and a clean energy power station with a rooftop ski slope in Copenhagen among his current design projects. Here, the founder of the Bjarke Ingels Group discusses the creative process behind his innovative, barrier-breaking approach to design.
On his early creative talent: "I've always been good at drawing, so I knew that was somehow my 'superpower'. My sister was good at playing piano, my brother was good at playing poker and I was good at drawing. But there was no cartoon academy to apply for, so I went to the [Royal Danish] Art Academy School of Architecture."
On his vision for 2 World Trade Center: "The [World Trade Center] memorial pays tribute to the events of September 11, and the tower around it [acts] like a colony that frames the memorial. We are focused on creating a successful neighborhood again."
On designing the 2016 Serpentine Pavilion in London: "The Serpentine is an institution. As architects, we’re often creating permanent structures…and our agenda can be overpowered by the forces of the surroundings. [With Serpentine], you can create something quite pure."