BIG Unveils Design of Urban Fashion Village in Portugal

BIG has teamed up with Farfetch, a global platform for luxury fashion and Castro Group, a Portuguese real estate developer, to create “Fuse Valley”, an urban fashion village built on the slopes the Leca River in Porto. The newly revealed HQ will include 12 interconnected buildings, each representing different parts of the company’s structure. It is expected to begin construction in early 2023 and be completed by 2025.

This project is located within BIG’s Fuse Valley masterplan of 24 buildings, which will be home to various startups and tech companies. The art-filled 178,000 square meter site will include plazas and parks as well as landscaped courtyards. The buildings are situated on a series green terraces connecting the main road to the Leca River. Many public programs and amenities are located along the riverfront to make the most of this natural resource.

© Lucian R, courtesy of BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group

The buildings’ roofs are designed to extend the hillside into a man-made extension. This creates slopes and terraces which provide visitors and employees with large open spaces for recreation. The roofs are connected to the landscape by natural paths that allow people to move around the complex from various locations. The ground floor facades are receding, chamfered at the corners to create additional spaces for the public.

Farfetch’s FUSE VALLEY future home will not be a corporate office building. It will be an urban ensemble that brings together every creator, customer, and collaborator in the city’s most exciting new neighborhoods. FUSE VALLEY will be able to expand and grow organically through the urban fabric, much like a natural village. — Bjarke Ingels, Founder & Creative Director, BIG

Each building is designed to complement its particular program. This creates a dynamic interior architecture experience. Each structure has atelier-like attics that have higher ceilings and open mezzanines that extend to the ground. This creates visual and physical connectivity between all floors. The interior and exterior create a biophilic environment which increases productivity and well-being.

© Lucian R, courtesy of BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group
© Lucian R, courtesy of BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group
© Lucian R, courtesy of BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group

Bjarke Ingels Group released images of a 150,000-acre masterplan, which would be constructed from scratch in a desert area in the Western United States. The project is called Telosa and aims to “create a new American city that sets a global standard in urban living, expands the human potential, as well as a blueprint for future generations.” With a vision to become the most sustainable city on the planet, the project will house more than 5 million people within the next 40-years.

© Lucian R, courtesy of BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group