The first pilot project
BIG has designed four Revit projects in Denmark, and is now working on four projects using ARCHICAD. The first pilot project with ARCHICAD is a residential building project at the DONG site in Copenhagen, an unusual task on many levels. It sets out to promote a strong design concept in the shape of residential boxes stacked one on top of another -- clearly, an unconventional approach. There are five stories incorporating prefabricated wooden elements. Apartments will have large glass partitions and one or more balconies each -- another highly individual architectural design on the part of BIG.
The combination of wooden elements and split stories for each residential box means that it is hard to discern all the junctions in the building and its fundamental construction is less evident. From the beginning, there is a requirement for close cooperation between architects and engineers, as is the case in MOE, a Danish engineering company. The necessary collaboration between the consultants, coupled with the complexity of construction, makes BIM the perfect tool for programming this specific type of construction. However, it is BIG’s long term goal to migrate all their planning and documentation to BIM in ARCHICAD.
Jakob Andreassen is already finding that architects take much more easily to ARCHICAD than Revit, and this makes working with BIM easier. BIG sees BIM software as a promising means of collating all project information and making it easier to concentrate on the architecture in future BIG projects.
BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group – is a large, international, conceptual architectural firm based in Copenhagen and New York. In recent years, BIG has garnered global recognition for several architectural accomplishments, including the award-winning “8 House” in Copenhagen; the Danish Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo; and the “West 57” tower project near the Hudson River in Manhattan, which combines Danish qualities with American grandeur. It is not surprising that Bjarke Ingels and BIG enjoy star status in architectural circles.
BIM Equity is a company dedicated to making BIM a robust option for the Danish construction industry. The members are BIM enthusiasts with a background in the architectural and construction industries. BIM Equity enables Danish consultants, contractors, and builders to consider BIM as a working method that strengthens their skills, efficiency, and businesses. The firm has the necessary experience and tools to inspire, advise, implement, and deliver technology and services for all phases of construction projects.
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