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Bjarke Ingels is the most influential architect you've never heard of. The Googleplex & Two World Trade Center are proof

Kaushik Ramaswamy @kaushikramaswa1

Bjarke Ingels couldn't have known, when he started a small design firm and ironically named it BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group - that one day the word might fall short of his achievements.

Yet Ingels, barely 41, already has the 'Starchitect' tag to his name - a tag that typically doesn't arrive till a few decades further into the future; others who hold the unofficial title include Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas, Tadao Ando and Zaha Hadid, the youngest among them being 65.

And this week, with the public submission of plans for the new Googleplex, Ingels is back in the news as millions pore over the drawings in envy, both at his skill and audacity.

The Googleplex is hardly Ingels' only big-ticket project on the block either - he's currently working on an insane 60 international projects, and none of them are lower down the publicity ladder, either.

There's Two World Trade Center, one of the towers replacing the Twin Towers. It's hard enough to design that building without knowing that you were replacing Foster and Partners - headed by legendary starchitect Sir Norman Foster.

But if Ingels is intimidated, he's too cool to show it.

Cool enough, also, to design a rare icon if ever there was one: the LEGO Museum in his home country of Denmark, for which he revealed plans in 2013.

Other projects include the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, the Danish Maritime Museum, the National Library of Kazakhstan, and a host of creative residential projects in New York, Malaysia, Vancouver and a host of other world cities that turn design paradigms on their head.

He's disruptive, that's for certain; his sensibility can range from Danish modern to baroque, but sustainability is important to him. His work constantly throws up surprises, and is often called surreal - yet, it's surrealness in aid of function, rather than fantasy for its own sake.

In that, Ingels lives up to his company's name more than he could ever have dreamed he would. Because while his buildings are big, it's his dreams that are even bigger.

Kaushik Ramaswamy

Kaushik Ramaswamy @kaushikramaswa1