Join BIG for ‘HOT TO COLD: An Odyssey of Architectural Adaptation’


Photo by Matthew Carbone


Photo by Matthew Carbone


Photo by Matthew Carbone


At the National Building Museum in Washington D.C., you can experience sixty of BIG’s latest projects from around the world in the exhibition: ‘HOT TO COLD: An Odyssey of Architectural Adaptation’.

The exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to gain an insight into BIG’s design process and how this adapts to handle variations in location, culture, and extremes of climate, such as designing for buildings in the Arabian Desert, where you have to consider how they can be used to create shade from the sun, to designing for the extreme conditions of the freezing cold in Finland.

“Architecture never occurs in isolated surroundings – on the contrary – it always responds to a number of existing circumstances: location, culture, scenery and the climate. The climate is the one circumstance that we as architects can never really avoid, and therefore the buildings have to be adapted accordingly. HOT TO COLD is a colourful voyage of discovery of how architecture is developed according to its context and climate, and is an artistic representation of how life reacts on the frames that architecture creates for us. I cannot imagine a better place than the National Building Museum for this journey, which looks back on the transformation of BIG’s work from the last six years on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean”, says Bjarke Ingels, Founder and Partner with BIG.

Twenty of the projects that you can see in the exhibition are revealed for the first time. HOT TO COLD is open until 30 August 2015.

Washington Building Museum
401 F Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001

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