Fast-expanding serviced office space provider WeWork has appointed Bjarke Ingels as its chief architect
Ingels (pictured right with WeWork chief Adam Neumann) will still remain creative director at the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) which he founded in 2006.
In his global role for WeWork, the Danish architect will advise and help develop the firm’s design vision and language for its facilities across the world.
Ingels said: ‘As WeWork takes on larger and more holistic urban and architectural challenges, I am very excited to contribute with my insights and ideas to extend their community-oriented vision to ground-up buildings and urban neighbourhoods.
‘BIG and I are incredibly thrilled to take an advisory role in WeWork’s evolution as a company and as a design culture.’
WeWork is quickly expanding in cities across the world after being founded in New York in 2010.
Ingels said: ‘WeWork was founded at the exact same time as when I had arrived to New York. In that short amount of time – the blink of an eye at the time scale of architecture – they have accomplished incredible things and they are committed to continuing their trajectory to places we can only imagine.’
Last year, WeWork snapped up 120,000m² of space in central London – a record annual acquisition for a single company, according to commercial real estate specialist CBRE.
The firm has a design team of around 65 based in London, according to a recent AJ interview with Andy Heath, who leads the WeWork Europe, Israel & Australia WeWork design team.
Heath described WeWork as ‘an international firm with a local playbook’,which created ‘workspaces to create interaction and a home from home’ with furniture ‘placed face-to-face to start conversations and create links with someone you haven’t met before’.
WeWork co-founder and chief executive Adam Neumann said: ‘Bjarke caught my attention because he’s changing the way we think about architecture. His designs inspire as much as they surprise.’
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