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Meet the World’s Most In-Demand Architect, Bjarke Ingels

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Danish architect Bjarke Ingels poses by the newly installed Serpentine gallery Pavilion designed by Ingels on June 7, 2016 in London. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/Getty Images)
Danish architect Bjarke Ingels poses by the newly installed Serpentine gallery Pavilion designed by Ingels on June 7, 2016 in London. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/Getty Images)

 

Move over, Frank Gehry. The world has a new “starchitect.”

His name is Bjarke Ingels, he’s 42, and he’s from Denmark.

Rolling Stone has published a rather enjoyable profile of him, written by Mark Binelli, who spent quite a bit of time with the great Dane. What’s more, this article comes hot on the heels of profiles of Ingels in Vanity Fair magazine and on 60 Minutes. So there’s basically no denying it: Ingels is the hottest architect on the planet.

What is perhaps most interesting about the Rolling Stone piece is its description of how quickly Ingels has risen from a promising young architect in Copenhagen to the man behind some of the most exciting projects in the world (and in particular, Manhattan).

Bjarke Ingels (L) attends 2016 Time 100 Gala, Time's Most Influential People In The World red carpet at Jazz At Lincoln Center at the Times Warner Center on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Bjarke Ingels (L) attends 2016 Time 100 Gala, Time’s Most Influential People In The World red carpet at Jazz At Lincoln Center at the Times Warner Center on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

 

When he started out, he had one partner and they lived and worked in the same apartment. His first major buildings were affordable-housing complexes in Copenhagen (one of them wrapped around its two courtyards in the shape of a huge figure eight, which could be traversed by bike) and a waste-to-energy plant.

Today, his firm, Bjarke Ingels Group, aka BIG, has 100 employees in Copenhagen and 150 in New York.

Here are some of the 40 projects he has in the works: Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California; a redesign of the southern campus of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC; 2 World Trade Center, the last of the new towers slated to rise from Ground Zero; and a new stadium for the Washington Redskins (which will be surrounded by a moat instead of a fence).

So what is his style? Binelli describes it as “a blend of an inclusive, at times madcap playfulness with a serious devotion to sustainability and innovation.”

You can read the full Rolling Stone profile here.

Keep scrolling to view images from a few of Ingels’ projects.

The Denmark Pavilion, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (View Pictures/Getty Images)
The Denmark Pavilion in Shanghai, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group. (View Pictures/Getty Images)
Bjarke Ingels Group's Pyramid
Ground view of the mixed-use area in the latest New York design (Bjarke Ingels Group & Glessner Group)
Bjarke Ingels Group's Pyramid
VIA, one of BIG’s latest construction in New York City (Bjarke Ingels Group & Glessner Group)
Bjarke Ingels Group's Pyramid
The VIA project, built on West 57th Street in New York City (Bjarke Ingels Group and Glessner Group)
Bjarke Ingels Group's Pyramid
View of Via from the Hudson River (Bjarke Ingels Group & Glessner Group)
A design for the forthcoming Washington Redskins stadium. (Bjarke Ingels Group)
Proposed designs for the new Redskins Staidum (Bjarke Ingels Group)
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BIG’s pitch for the Redskins new home (Bjarke Ingels Group)
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BIG’s envisioned the Washington stadium would be mixed-use (Bjarke Ingels Group)