Jakob Lange

Jakob Lange

Partner

Bjarke Ingels Group

Copenhagen / NYC

Jakob Lange has collaborated with Bjarke Ingels since 2003 and heads up BIG’s technology-driven special projects division BIG Ideas. Through analysis and simulation, BIG Ideas informs BIG’s design decisions with precise data – what Bjarke has coined as information driven design.

Special projects, including the pod and station design for the Californian transportation company Virgin Hyperloop One proposed by Elon Musk, Mars Science City in the Middle-East, a green window farm technology, customized lamps and building systems support the studio’s work from small details to the BIG picture.

Jakob has been instrumental in winning some of BIG’s largest commissions, incl. the design and development of the Mountain residences in Copenhagen (2008), the new Tallinn Town Hall in Estonia, which received a MIPIM Future Award in 2011 and the high-end residential building Stettin 7 in Stockholm, Sweden. Jakob Lange is also a Board member at Virgin Hyperloop One.

About BIG Ideas

BIG IDEAS – Information Driven Design

BIG’s design process always starts by identifying the key criteria of a project: What is the biggest problem – what is the greatest potential? Rather than arbitrary aesthetic or stylistic prejudice, all decisions are based on project specific information – Information Driven Design.

Our effort as architects is sandwiched in the window of opportunity between analysis and implementation. And our influence happens in the translation from information to material. In an attempt to increase our sphere of influence on our built environment, we have established BIG IDEAS.

BIG IDEAS is an internal technology driven special projects unit, expanding the traditional scope of the architect into the realm of information and material. BIG IDEAS explores new intellectual territory in both the digital and material realm through three specific areas.

Articles featuring Jakob Lange

BIG Unveils Oceanix City at the United Nations

As part of UN-Habitat’s New Urban Agenda, floating cities non-profit OCEANIX, the MIT Center for Ocean Engineering, BIG and partners propose a vision for the world’s first resilient and sustainable floating community for 10,000 residents: Oceanix City. The first UN high-level roundtable on Sustainable Floating Cities brought together innovators, explorers, marine engineers and scientists at […]

Jobs in the Digital Era: New Career Opportunities in the Building Industry

The building industry is entering a new era of opportunity and disruption. In today’s digital world, buildings and cities are designed with bits as well as bricks. How will companies of the design and construction industry innovate and evolve in this changing landscape of technological innovation? What are the future job profiles in the digital […]

Architectural Idea Incubators: How 5 Successful Architecture Firms are Fostering Innovation

These five architecture firms show how fostering innovation and creativity through in-house idea incubators and research labs helps them stay ahead of the curve. We recently published a list of must-watch TED talks for archipreneurs, which includes the one delivered by growth specialist and business strategist Knut Haanaes. Looking for reasons why companies fail, Haanaes […]

Build Your Own: 6 Successfully Crowdfunded Architecture Projects

In today’s financial environment archipreneurs have to be creative when it comes to funding. Crowdfunding, the practice of investing in projects through the use of a crowd-supported web based fundraising campaign, has been proven to be successful to get projects off the ground. Last week we shared with you 5 essentials models you should know in […]

17 Inspirational Archipreneur Quotes that will Motivate You in 2017

In our interview series Archipreneur Insights we have spoken with more than 40 Archipreneurs. Experts and entrepreneurs in the field of architecture, building and development have answered our questions and giving us insight into their creative and unusual operations of their businesses and projects. From these interviews we want to share with you the most inspirational […]

Making BIG Ideas Happen through Design with Jakob Lange

Do you want to get an inside look into the minds of the initiators and performers of the architectural community? If so, we heartily welcome you to Archipreneur Insights! In this interview series, we talk to the leaders and key players who have created outstanding work and projects within the fields of architecture, building and […]

Quotes from Jakob Lange

  • "In the architectural profession we mainly think about solutions, and we constantly challenge how things are normally done. I think that’s a rare quality."
  • "I think architects can be used in many different industries as problem-solvers."
  • "…we wanted to try and solve some of the bigger ideas that were hard to conceptualize."
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