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New details revealed for ARoS Next Level

New details have been revealed for the extension of ARoS Art Museum in Aarhus, Denmark. In collaboration with World famous American artist James Turrell, we have designed an expansion project including a new 1,400 m² underground gallery and two site-specific installations, The Sphere and The Dome, that represent the artist’s largest museum project to date.


Named The Next Level, the project begins on the ground level of the museum, extending downward beneath the adjacent Officerspladsen plaza. The addition has been designed to work naturally with the flow of the existing building, which already serves as a bridge between the Aarhus River and the nearby Aarhus Music Hall. A 120-meter-long hallway will stretch down into the Earth connecting visitors the larger of the two Turrell installations, The Dome.


Erlend G. Høyersten, Director of the ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, said: “We are delighted to unveil plans for The Next Level and to be working on this ambitious project with James Turrell. At ARoS, we know that art is indispensable to a lot of people and suspect that still more could benefit from it, because of its potential to impact a person’s outlook as well as their thinking. The Next Level will merge art and architecture and will make the journey through the museum an engaging and enriching experience for the public. I like to think of the museum as a mental fitness centre and this extension will expand upon this idea.”


Read the full press release at aros.dk


And learn more about ARoS Next Level here


Morten Schmidt lectures in Australia and New Zealand

Founding Partner Morten Schmidt lands in Australia and New Zealand for a week of keynotes speeches, lectures and talks.


Starting on Wednesday, October 18th,  Morten is in Sydney for a keynote lecture part of the Design Speaks Symposia 2017 Old School/ New School. You can hear Morten speak about “The Future of Education: Design as a Platform for Social Interaction” at the Warrane Theatre, Museum of Sydney, where he will present some of SHL’s educational designs drawing parallels to his approach to designing libraries of the future. See full program and read more about Design Speaks here


On Thursday, October 19th, The NSW State Library in Sydney is hosting the “Library spaces – bringing people together” building seminar in the Metcalfe Auditorium where Morten will give a lecture about “Libraries of the Future/ Social Meeting Places”. He will focus on the State Library Victoria redevelopment plan which will transform the library to meet current and future needs and return 40% more space to public use. More information about the event can be found here


Traveling to Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday 20th October, Morten will be participating at the Building Knowledge Speaker Series hosted by Southbase Construction supported by the Christchurch Foundation at the Crowne Plaza. Delivering a “Collection to Connection” keynote talk, he will present our Christchurch Central Library as an example of an inspiring space for discovery and learning, bringing iconic and transformative value to the community it will serve.


Finally, on October 24th, Morten’s journey will take him to Auckland (NZ), where he will give a free public lecture at the Auckland University organized by New Zealand Institute of Architects Incorporated. Read more here


Illustration Credit: Stats NZ


The new Shanghai East Library breaks ground

We are happy to reveal the latest visuals for the new Shanghai East Library marking the project ground breaking. Back in 2016, we won a three-stage international competition to design the new public library that will sit adjacent to Century Park in the east part of the city. The project officially broke ground on Wednesday 27 September. The 115,000m² library, located in Pudong District – the area of the city known for its iconic skyline, will sit immediately next to Century Park -the largest park in the city spread over 140 hectares.


“Creating a building of this size is an enormous challenge,” said Partner Chris Hardie. “The complexity of program spaces required in a new modern library such as this goes far beyond being simply a container for physical books. As we always believe a new modern library should be, we envisage this will become a “living room” for Shanghai’s citizens bringing them new learning and cultural experiences binding them closer to their own city and the world.”


The completed library is expected to be open to the public by the end of 2020. Read more about the project here


Kolding Hospital receives Award for Best Architecture

Following Denmark’s Architecture Day celebrations, our Kolding Hospital extension has received the City’s Architecture Award from The Municipality of Kolding. A significant honor praising good architecture.


The 32,000m² extension is based on a careful analysis of the surrounding landscape, the existing buildings and the infrastructural conditions. The design relocates the main entrance to the west of the existing hospital giving the space a whole new identity, visible and clear to patients and relatives.  At the same time, the internal flow of the hospital is maintained and reinforced, while the entire hospital will be perceived as a complete structure where buildings and nearby surroundings complement each other. Our focus within this project is how quality of the architecture can contribute to the well-being of the patients and the staff alike.


Learn more about our recently opened Hospital here


Vendsyssel Theatre awarded with Hjørring Architecture Prize

Today, October 2nd, we celebrate Architecture Day in Denmark. A day when people have the opportunity to experience architecture and come closer to the architects’ daily work. This day, our Vendsyssel Theatre has been awarded by The Municipality of Hjørring with the city’s Architecture Prize for its successful architecture and functional frameworks.


The building opened to a sell-out season earlier this year becoming Denmark’s first newly built theatre in over a century outside of the Danish capital Copenhagen. The 4,200 m² theatre and cultural space is designed as a dynamic and multifunctional complex that includes a Music hall, Black Box, Rehearsal hall and a 430 seat flexible hall which includes an “in-the-round” theatre. In addition, the building houses offices and spacious lobby area with café and backstage area with workshop and dressing rooms. With its central location in the heart of Hjørring, the theatre has become a dynamo for the entire region’s cultural life.


Read more about the project here


Shanghai Library Lecture

Partners Chris Hardie and Rong Lu will lecture at the Shanghai Library this coming Sunday 24th September at 9.30am, showing a selection of our Library projects around the world and culminating with revealing the latest designs for Shanghai’s new library, a 110,000 m² building located in Pudong District , due to break ground at the end of the month.


More information on how to book a place and come along if you are in town can be found here


And learn more about the new Shanghai Library at shl.dk/shanghai-library


Monroe Blocks at Detroit Design 139 Exhibition

If you’re in Detroit, drop by the Detroit Design 139 exhibition showcasing innovative architecture happening within the city. Our Monroe Blocks development and first US project is displayed and open to the public until the end of October. Because of its strong design legacy and international influence, Detroit was recently awarded the first UNESCO City of Design designation in the United States, joining a worldwide network of cities committed to utilizing design as a driver for sustainable urban development, social inclusion, and cultural vibrancy.


As a follow-up to the DD 139 show, Senior Partner Kristian Lars Ahlmark will give a lecture on Wednesday, October 11 at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture. For more information on his talk and the exhibition, visit DD139


Learn more about the Monroe Blocks here 


Image by Detroit Design 139


The new CaoHeJing Guigu Creative Headquarters breaks ground in Shanghai, China

Our design for the new CaoHeJing Guigu Creative Headquarters in Shanghai has broken ground on Monday 18th September. Developed by government backed CaoHeJing Hi-Tech Park, the project is aimed as CaoHeJing’s platform for innovation. The new Centre will support and nurture high-tech firms, and connect local and overseas university graduates and enterprises and act as an accelerator for new technology in China.


The project sits on the edge of Shanghai Caohejing Hi-Tech Park, a state level economic and technological development zone covering an area of 14.5 km2 east of downtown Shanghai, and home to some 1200 domestic and overseas hi-tech companies. The project is our third collaboration with CaoHeJing and is expected to complete in 2020.


Learn more about CaoHeJing Guigu Creative Headquarters here



Prequalified to design CBS’ Student & Innovation House in Copenhagen

We are happy to share that we have been prequalified to design Copenhagen Business School’s Student & Innovation House together with Søren Jensen Engineering and White Noise + Rune Fjord Studio.


CBS has acquired a noteworthy building located right next to the main CBS Campus, which served as a police station between 1920 to 2012. The building is designed by famed Danish architect Hack Kampmann with well-preserved spacious and historic rooms including former prison cells in the basement. Schmidt Hammer Lassen will lead the multidisciplinary team in the design for the redevelopment of the building as well as a vision for how the CBS students can use their new home to create a safe environment for sharing ideas, innovative thinking and application of academic skills – or, as the CBS students put it in their vision statement, a house that can change the world.


More information about the project can be found here

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