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Architecture firm BIG wins competition to build S.Pellegrino’s new home

BIG S.Pellegrino

Today, Copenhagen/New York-based architecture firm, Bjarke Ingels Group, has been declared the winner of the hotly-contested competition to build S.Pellegrino’s new home on the site of its original plant in Northern Italy, where the natural mineral water has been bottled since 1899.

The announcement was the culmination of an international-scale tender to secure a truly innovative project that not only conveys an artistic vision, but also sets new standards in terms of efficiency and compliance to environmental sustainability, all while providing an optimal working environment. Four world-renowned architecture firms were shortlisted in the tender, each known for their inventive and futuristic projects.

Founded by Bjarke Ingels and Julien De Smedt in 2001, BIG is an award-winning group of international architects, designers, builders and thinkers, operating within the fields of architecture, urbanism, interior, landscape and product design, as well as research and development.

The firm is famous for its modern VIA 57 West building in New York, the Serpentine Gallery in London (2016), and the Shanghai Expo Danish Pavilion, as well as the 2 World Trade Centre building in New York, currently under construction.

BIG partner Bjarke Ingels explains that the project “inherits its narrative structure from the landscape of the Brembana valley. Like an aquatic equivalent of a wine cellar, the repeating archways expand and contract to create the narrative framework for the purity and clarity of the mineral water, in an environment characterised by lightness, openness and transparency.”