BIG opens London office on back of Google HQ

Elizabeth Hopkirk

Bjarke Ingels

Source: Stephen Voss

Hirings include RSHP and Heatherwick architects

BIG has opened a London office and hired former Rogers Stirk Harbour partner and Cheesegrater lead Andy Young as technical director.

Lisa Melvin, who was signed up from Heatherwick Studio, is the operations director.

The office, in King’s Cross, has 16 staff. Of the 13 listed on the firm’s website, most are architects or designers.

The move comes on the back of BIG winning – with Heatherwork – the joint redesign of AHMM’s Google HQ at King’s Cross. The office is also working on a Sellar job at Canada Water and public realm at Battersea Power Station.

Bjarke Ingels, who was made an international fellow of the RIBA last year, announced the news as he celebrated the opening of his first built project in the UK, the 2016 Serpentine Pavilion. Read Ike Ijeh’s verdict here.

BIG’s two other offices are in New York and Copenhagen, where it was founded in 2005.

Ingels said he had no plans to open any more offices for now. He opened the New York office on the back of a big project and opportunities followed. London was likely to be the same, he predicted.


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