In the design world, the field of architecture is perhaps one of the most venerated disciplines that the most innovative and forward-thinking architects are akin to rock stars for their vanguard creations. Think boldfaced luminaries such as Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, I.M. Pei, Oscar Niemeyer, Daniel Libeskind, and Rem Koolhaas. And from the new generation of architects who are shaping the world as we know it today, there is perhaps no bigger rock star than Danish wunderkind, Bjarke Ingels. What is remarkable about Ingels’ work is his unconventional approach to designing buildings that fuse modernism with sustainability. He has managed to produce a robust and progressive body of work at such a young age that most veteran architects or even his contemporaries could only dream of accomplishing.
What separates Ingels from his peers in the world of architecture is his fearless approach to empty spaces and confronting challenges by envisioning spatial solutions that work with the natural landscape rather than against it. His work possesses an extraordinary idealism that has a distinctive avant-garde edge but it also embodies humanistic elements that people can interpret as practical, playful, and universally accessible. Ingels’ design maxim of “Yes Is More” perfectly encapsulates the look and feel of his completed structures, as well as his future projects. In a time where most architects would play it safe with their designs, Ingels is one of the rare few visionaries who is unafraid to change the skylines of the world while making the lives of people everywhere be more conscious with the environment.