New fatherhood has not slowed down the Danish architectural superstar, who signed on to judge this year’s Awards despite being on paternity leave. His practice continues to grow in international reach – recently topping out Vancouver House, a sort of supercharged take on the Flatiron building; completing its first skyscraper in Asia (home to Shenzhen Energy Company); and winning commissions as far afield as Tirana, Albania and Quito, Ecuador.

Its greatest triumphs, though are still in its home base of Copenhagen: the opening of the new Noma, last February, showed that Ingels is equally adept at finesse as he has been at grand statements, while an autumn exhibition at Kunsthal Charlottenborg (through 13 January) showcased creative collaborations with the likes of Ai Weiwei, Es Devlin and Lars von Trier, firmly installing BIG in our cultural firmament. §

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As originally featured in the February 2019 issue of Wallpaper* (W*239)