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A Danish in the World

Self-Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Luis Fernández-Galiano 

The dialogue took place on 28 Novemer 2018, and is also published in AV Monographs 211-212

Bjarke Ingels is ecstatic. His son Darwin is now one week old, and both baby and mother, the Spanish architect Ruth Otero, are the main characters in the photographic archive of his cell phone, which shows the boundless happiness of his recent fatherhood. The baby was born in Barcelona, where the couple has lived intermittently for over a year, and it is there that we meet, sharing a botifarra amb seques at the Cuines Santa Caterina, beneath the colorful ceramic vaults of the much-missed Enric Miralles, whose pervasive influence will inevitably come up in the conversation.

Although our interview develops in English, Bjarke speaks excellent Spanish, which he uses with his in-laws and with some local clients, but at home he has committed to communicating with the baby boy in his mother tongue, so that he grows up with a command of three languages. The relationship of BIG’s founder with Spain started fifteen years ago, and has strengthened now thanks to his family ties and the latest commissions to design three major urban projects in Barcelona – confidential for the time being –, which have encouraged him to build a new family home in the city... 

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