“To see abstract ideas turn into concrete reality is what it’s all about. We want to give the world something that the world has not yet seen.”
Big Time charts the life and work of one of the world’s most prolific and renowned architects, Bjarke Ingles. Driven by a spirit of extreme innovation, as well as creating Utopian and livable spaces, Ingles' multi-award winning firm BIG combines architecture, urbanism, interior, product and landscape design. Shot over six years, Danish director Kaspar Astrup Schröder documents Ingles on the precipice of untold success and pressure, with his firm expanding into North America and the construction of two major New York landmarks, the W57 skyscraper and 2 World Trade Center.
With enormous personal access to Ingles, Big Time offers viewers an intimate view into the immense creativity that goes into Ingles' work. When faced with a clean roll of butcher's paper and a thick black marker, the star architect lights up like a child, creating fantastical shapes into high concept environments. The results speak for themselves: public ski-slopes on the top of futuristic power stations to luxury apartments that impossibly bend metal to create wondrous, unseen shapes.
In 2016 Ingles was named one of Time Magazine's most influential people. The renowned architect Rem Koolhaas wrote, “Bjarke is the first major architect who disconnected the profession completely from angst. He threw out the ballast and soared. With that, he is completely in tune with the thinkers of Silicon Valley, who want to make the world a better place without the existential hand-wringing that previous generations felt was crucial to earn utopianist credibility.”