Danish architecture promise in the Netherlands

16 November 2006

In the context of the exhibition New Faces in European Architecture, major European avant-garde architects Bjarke Ingels and Bjarne Mastenbroek spoke about their personal views on urban issues of the future.

With his Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG, the Danish architect Bjarke Ingels initiated an interdisciplinary project that transcends traditional ideas about architecture. The group of fifty designers, thinkers and builders that constitute BIG pushes the boundaries of architecture by linking pragmatic building to innovative designs. BIG creates this innovation by involving the experience and knowledge of specialists from other disciplines in its projects. At the NAi Maastricht, Ingels explains how this vision translates into the construction of a dozen mega-projects, from Denmark to China.

In collaboration with some forty international architects and employees, Dutch architect Bjarne Mastenbroek of bureau SeARCH develops architecture, urban plans and landscape architecture. He also researches new products and materials. SeARCH is current work includes the Dutch embassy in Ethiopia and the Rozendaal museum complex in Enschede.