MateriAttiva, the multisensory experience and temporary showroom presented on the occasion of the Milan Design Week 2019 by the Iris Ceramica Group in collaboration with the SOS - School of Sustainability and Mario Cucinella Architects, served as a perfect backdrop and location for the première of the new documentary film of the The Architects Series.
The eighth episode of the exhibition format, presented by The Plan for the brands of the Iris Ceramica Group, in fact took place on April 9 in the heart of the Brera Design District and not in the usual SpazioFMGperl'Architettura showroom in the Tortona district, where it will return next week. The new episode features BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, founded by architect Bjarke Ingels in Copenhagen in 2005. Today, the firm has offices in Copenhagen, London and New York and more than 500 employees from around the world. The documentary film offers a “behind the scenes” glimpse into the firm’s New York office, located in the DUMBO neighbourhood in Brooklyn.
Architect Kai-Uwe Bergmann, partner and one of the eight founders of BIG’s New York office, welcomes the audience virtually and accompanies them in the tour of the studio’s premises, together with founder Bjarke Ingels. The documentary unfolds through the rooms of the influential architectural studio: from the offices and workspaces to the common areas that promote relaxation and the sharing of ideas and the lab where models are created, an essential place of passage for all of BIG’s architects. The narrative of the spaces is complemented by a look at the firm’s projects, ranging from urban planning to architecture, from industrial and interior design to landscape architecture, without forgetting its various avant-garde and experimental architecture projects.
A selection of projects, from “small” to “big” in which the firm is currently engaged was the subject of the lecture given by architect Kai-Uwe Bergmann, who on April 9 attended the première of the documentary film The Architects Series – A documentary on: BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group.
The architect’s brief excursus captured the attention of the audience, particularly in relation to futuristic projects such as Hyperloop, the magnetic supersonic train that is at the base of the autonomous transport system designed for the city of Dubai (UAE). The project, being developed by BIG with Hyperloop One concerned a feasibility study and the design of the Hyperloop One Portals and Hyperloop One Pods. The new infrastructure will carry passengers from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in only 12 minutes, compared to the two hours currently needed to make the journey.
The video shown by architect Kai-Uwe Bergmann, during the lecture highlighted the possible integration between the new infrastructure and the urban and long-distance network, virtually transporting the audience into a possible future. The architects have designed a system that brings together the needs of commuter transport with the needs of the individual. The "pods" are the units in which passengers travel, in groups of up to 6 people at a time, which are contained within a so-called "transporter". This is the structure that can travel at speeds of up to 1100 km/h, carrying the pods from one portal to another.
The pods, which have been designed to be small, while offering a high rate of arrivals and departures, are independent from the transporters and once the planned portal has been reached, can switch to the traditional traffic routes to take passengers to their final destination. This design makes it possible to reduce delays and waiting times, increasing the travel comfort and convenience for all types of commuters.
From April 17 The Architects Series – A documentary on: BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group will be screened in the usual SpazioFMGperl'Architettura showroom in Via Bergognone 27, in Milan’s Tortona district.