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.

8 House

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

Construction of 8 House is almost complete, after being slowed by the poor economy.

Current neighbors are a humorous contrast during construction. New architectural neighbors are not far behind.

Yes is More

"Yes is More" is an Archicomic about Architectural Evolution.

Photos from the event: IDNY MeetupRelative Space

Seated on ErgoErgo stools, waiting to begin the talks. (I brought home two Ergo stools that night, and they are amazing to sit and work at a desk all day).

Designer Pages co-founder Jacob Slevin (far right) and Jenny Rector (also of DP) with Bjarke Ingels and Susan Szenasy.

Szenasy and Ingels discuss Bjarkes work and Architecture's role in society today.

(from left) Designer Page's Keith Gould, architect Chelsea Lipham, Designer Zachary Feltoon, Interior Designer Michala Monroe (me), and Designer Pages co-founder Avi Flombaum