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HOT TO COLD: BIG on exhibition at the National Building Museum

By RICCARDO BIANCHINI - 2016-08-30

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From January 24, 2015 the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. houses the exhibition “HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation featuring the recent works by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group.

The exhibition presents the most recent designs by the Copenhagen and New York-based architectural firm, through 60 scale models, suspended at the balconies of the famous Great Hall of the museum, a series of photos by Iwan Baan, films by Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine and a catalog, published by Taschen, designed by Grammy Award-winning graphic artist Stefan Sagmeister.

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Exhibition views, photos by Matthew Carbone and main concept diagram, courtesy of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

“Through the scorching heat of the Arabian Desert to the unforgiving chill of the Finnish tundra, HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation takes visitors on a journey across the globe to explore the forces that shape our cities and buildings. BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group’s first North-American exhibition runs at the National Building Museum from January 24th , 2015 – August 30th, 2015, and is accompanied by a 700-page catalogue from Taschen.”

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Exhibition views, photos by Matthew Carbone

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From top to bottom: New Waste to Energy Plant plus Ski Slope, rendering courtesy BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group; Smithsonian Institution by BIG; Greenland National Gallery of Art, image by Big&Glessner; BIG Partners, image by Dean Kaufman

Hot to Cold will explore how BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, one of the most exciting design firms around, has dealt with designs for the most diverse places in the world and “takes visitors from the hottest to the coldest parts of our planet and explores how BIG´s design solutions are shaped by their cultural and climatic contexts”. Indeed BIG is renowned for its approach which combines environmental responsibility with expressiveness in what its founder Bjarke Ingels define an “hedonistic sustainability”; a philosophy that makes building in different physical and cultural environments and intriguing challenge.

HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation
From January 24 to August 30, 2015
National Building Museum
401 F Street NW, Washington D.C.
http://www.nbm.org/exhibitions-collections/exhibitions/hot-to-cold.html
http://www.big.dk/

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From top to bottom: Audemars Piguet Museum in Bern, image by BIG; Gammel Hellerup Sporthalle, photo by Jens Lindhe ; Danish Expo Pavilion 2010, image by Iwan Baan; West 57th Street; rendering courtesy BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group.

All images courtesy of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group


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