Film draws a picture of architect behind new Vancouver House tower

The new twisty tower that is quickly rising at the foot of Howe Street is certainly attention-grabbing and, according to the documentary Big Time, that is what the architect behind the 59-storey Vancouver House skyscraper is all about.

In theatres now, Big Time, from director Kaspar Astrup Schröder, lets viewers in on architect Bjarke Ingels’ methods, and some might say his madness, as the 40-year-old from Copenhagen designs well outside the box.

For instance, if you Google-image search him, you’ll see the enormous “experience space,” called Lego House, in Billund, Denmark, where Lego was first invented. The building is a series of connected blocks topped by a giant replica of the iconic block.

Then there’s the Amager Bakke waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen. It turns trash into power and has a 600-metre ski run on the roof. Not yet completed, the plant was to have the smokestack blow smoke rings. Because smoke rings are just cooler than a column of steam, right?

The film shows Ingels meeting and looking at a smoke-ring device with designer/inventor Peter Madsen. However, the smoke-ring technology hasn’t been perfected and that might have something to do with the fact that Madsen is currently charged with murdering Swedish journalist Kim Wall on his submarine.

That weird story aside, the story of Ingels is that of a kid who loved to climb on roofs and wanted to create comic books to a man striving to leave his mark firmly on the world.

“There’s nothing greater than building buildings,” says Ingels in the film.

“Big Time” New York Premiere
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 27: Film subject, architect Bjarke Ingels attends the “Big Time” New York premiere at The Landmark at 57 West on November 27, 2017 in New York City.

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Architect Bjarke Ingels is the focus of the documentary Big Time.

Legacy looms large for Ingels, and that is clear as he talks about the deaths of a few of the giants of modern architecture. Ingels’ own health scare (he was accidentally hit in the head with a baseball bat) puts an even finer point on his quest for legacy.

“You really need to lay some bricks while you’re here because the building you’re working on could be your last,” says Ingels, who landed on Time magazine’s 2016 list of the 100 most influential people on the planet.

With that in mind,

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment

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