IDNY | Bjarke Ingels @ Relative Space
Last Thursday was yet another successful IDNY Meetup, this time hosted by Relative Space on Bond Street. The speaker Bjarke Ingels was witty, intelligent and extremely talented. He held the audiences’ attention through his entire speech and into the conversation continued with the editor of Metropolis, Susan Szenasy.
Here are a few of the projects that Bjarke presented:
The Danish Pavilion in Shanghai EXPO 2010. The concept brought a little Danish culture to China by way of bicycles and the Little Mermaid. Bikes are no longer used heavily in China due to traffic and safety issues, but with this design, you can ride through the entire exhibit in less than 3 minutes on a borrowed bicycle. There are also areas to walk, sit, eat, and even swim. In the pool area sits the original statue of the Little Mermaid from Denmark. The story of the Little Mermaid is well known by almost every child in China, so Bjarke and his team chose to bring this piece of Danish culture to China (on loan of course). So the statue was removed from its waterside perch in Copenhagen (after much Danish protest) and transported to Shanghai for the duration of the Expo.
Eight House is a retail/ residential structure along the Copenhagen Canal. “The apartments are placed at the top, while the commercial program unfolds at the base of the building. As a result the different horizontal layers have achieved a quality of their own: The apartments benefit from sunlight, fresh air and the view, while the office leases merge with life on the street” -BIG