Over the course of 15 months in 2010 and 2011, Christchurch was devastated by four major earthquakes that toppled a city known for its arts, culture, and surrounding natural beauty. On Friday, 12 October, our newest central library project for the city of Christchurch opened with a full day of events, including a lecture by Founding Partner Morten Schmidt. Together with principal collaborating architectural firm Architectus, and in close collaboration with the local community, we designed Tūranga, one of nine anchor projects identified as vital to the redevelopment of the city centre.
The new central library is a visually stunning symbol of hope, unity, and rebirth that will fundamentally change the way residents and visitors experience Christchurch’s city centre.
“Tūranga is the kind of multi-faceted project that layers architectural interest with significant cultural relevance,” said Morten. “It has been a privilege to design a project that not only fulfills the need for a new central library, but also one whose mission of restoring the soul of the city includes the deep cultural heritage of Ngāi Tūāhuriri, the local Māori people.”
Read more about Tūranga here.
Building Network and Dutch concrete supplier BYLDIS will host Prefab Reality Symposium, an event that addresses freedom of design, high-rise buildings, and the relationship between economic sustainability and prefab construction on October 3 at the Danish Architecture Centre in Copenhagen’s BLOX building. The symposium, which targets contractors and Scandinavian architects, will provide a unique opportunity to learn more about cutting-edge design and exchange knowledge about the latest developments in prefab high-rise buildings. Partner Mads Kaltoft will speak about the challenges of designing a tower in Copenhagen’s burgeoning Carlsberg Byen, and how Schmidt Hammer Lassen seeks to achieve sustainability certification on the construction of an 188-meter-high office tower in Warsaw’s financial district.
For more information about the event and program, visit www.arkitektforeningen.dk.
Monday October 1st marks World Architecture Day and in celebration, we’re taking a look back at some of our biggest project milestones over the past 12 months, and looking ahead at what’s to come. The projects span a wide range of typologies including culture, commercial, civic, adaptive reuse, mixed use and office space. From the first flagship showroom for innovative electric car company NIO in China, to an educational building for HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht in The Netherlands, we’ve helped add a number of high-design buildings to the world map this year.
The past 12 months have been marked by a number of competition-winning proposals including the new Solvay campus in Brussels, Belgium; Kimmel Quarter mixed use redevelopment in Riga, Latvia; and Start-Up City in Copenhagen, Denmark. Looking ahead, Tūranga, the New Christchurch Central Library in New Zealand, will officially open to much fanfare on October 12. The library is one of the anchor projects in the Recovery Plan for the city of Christchurch after the damaging earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. In addition, Monroe Blocks in Detroit, Michigan – our first U.S. project – will soon break ground.
In terms of completed projects, a new educational facility for HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht in The Netherlands opened its doors earlier this month, while our Shanghai office has been busy with a number of openings across China. We designed two NIO House locations, electric car company NIO’s unconventional take on the automotive showroom. Farther north in Beijing’s busy Chaoyang District, Vanke Times Center completed as a new creative urban complex that blends retail shops and offices with grand art installations, a multi-functional exhibition space, and a bamboo meditation garden. And nearly ten years after the completion of our first project in China, two major projects have opened in the coastal city of Ningbo – Ningbo Daily Newspaper Group Headquarters, a 123,000 m² office space home to six newspaper groups and Ningbo Home of Staff, a 104,000 m² mixed-use complex and a second home for Ningbo Labour Union members. Later this year, the 31,500 m² Ningbo New Library located in the heart of Ningbo East New Town, will open on the edge of a new ecological wetland area that will form a new cultural hub of the city.
For more information regarding our work, browse our project pages.
We have been shortlisted, together with Perkins+Will, to design the Brampton Centre for Innovation (BCI), a new joint-use facility that will house a new Brampton City Library branch and an academic library associated with Ryerson University.
Located in the greater Toronto area, the BCI facility will support the university campus and provide significant stimulus at the heart of the city’s downtown area. The city of Brampton expects the building’s design to “provide a positive and engaging user experience both within the building and through its streetscape and urban design.” The city continues: “BCI will serve all Brampton residents as well as university students, providing opportunities for elementary, secondary, post-secondary students to engage with, innovate and collaborate with one another, residents, the business community and industry in a collaborative setting that promotes experiential learning.” The centre will also contain an innovation zone, an event and conference space, an entrepreneurial centre, retail space, and mixed-use functions.
The BCI facility is anticipated to be delivered to coincide with the opening of the university campus in September 2022, pending provincial funding and timing.
Our previous experience delivering higher education and cultural buildings with an open and democratic approach includes the City of Westminster College in London, the CaoHeJing Innovation Incubator in Shanghai, and the University of Bristol Library in the UK, which is currently in development.
We are looking for a well-organized and hardworking intern to join the human resources team located in our Aarhus studio. As our HR intern, you will gain valuable experience within the broad field of human resources. You will get have ownership over various tasks, and you’ll also work on projects in close collaboration with our Head of Human Resources. The position provides a chance to work with 200 dedicated colleagues in an international environment and experience cross-cultural challenges and opportunities.
We are also looking for talented students to join our studios in Aarhus and Copenhagen as Architectural Interns and Architectural Technologist Interns for spring semester 2019. As part of our team, you will have the opportunity to challenge yourself with conceptual development, 3D modelling, sketching, model making, rendering and graphical postproduction, where skilled senior architects will function as tutors and your fellow interns will join you in an internal training program.
We are looking for a Site Supervision Architect or Architectural Technologist to join our one of our Danish offices. The ideal candidate must have solid experience working in major and challenging complex architectural projects with a passion for creating sustainable and innovative architecture.
For more information, job openings and to apply, click here.
The Hungarian Museum of Transport has shortlisted a team lead by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects with Perkins+Will, BuroHappold Engineering and JAC Studios to design its new exhibition and collection venues that will be rebuilt on a historically significant site in Budapest. The shortlist includes some of the world’s most acclaimed architectural practices such as BIG, Lacaton & Vassal, David Chipperfield, Diller Scofidio & Renfro, and Foster & Partners, while the expressions of interest in the invited competition attracted more than 90 valid applications.
The museum’s General Director Dávid Vitézy said the project to transform part of the Northern Maintenance Depot in Budapest would be one of Europe’s most ambitious brownfield regeneration programmes, “offering challenges in the field of architecture, urban development, heritage conservation and landscaping.” The competition jury is expected to announce a winner in February 2019.
More information about the project can be found here.
Earlier this month, the construction of the Helsingborg Hospital extension in Sweden restarted after a three year hiatus that allowed the building’s facilities to be further developed to meet future medical care requirements.
The extension of Helsingborg Hospital is designed as a single building that houses three areas of activity: an out-patient clinic, laboratories, and a psychiatric ward, all spread from the lower and compact levels of the building to the top level which has a more transparent structure. Key to the whole design has been flexibility, a clear layout, variety, human scale, green courtyards and optimal conditions for daylight.
Learn more about Helsingborg Hospital extension here.
In 1968, VOLA made the original modern-day tap, pioneering an iconic design that has remained classic, timeless and desirable ever since. To celebrate 50 years since Arne Jacobsen collaborated with VOLA on the original design, Design Director and Partner Kim Holst Jensen together with Partner Kasper Frandsen were invited to talk about modern architecture at an anniversary celebration held at the new international sailing center at Aarhus Ø in Denmark.
Last week, more than 150 international architects from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, Sweden, Japan and the U.S. were invited to visit the VOLA factory and participate in an architectural tour to Aarhus Townhall, designed by Arne Jacobsen. They also toured the modern architecture of Aarhus Ø, where Kim talked about the award-winning Dokk1, Scandinavia’s largest public library and Kasper lectured about the underground extension of the ARoS Art Museum, an exciting collaboration with world famous American light artist, James Turrell.
An impressive line-up of inspiring Next Library Igniters awaits at this year’s Next Library conference in Berlin. Amongst them are Partner Trine Berthold and Architect Waleria Kudera who will lead a workshop themed “Transform Libraries: Transform Spaces, Organizations, Cities” on 13 September. The workshop will kick off with a brief PechaKucha presentation that will explore a different angle of transformation based on case studies from Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s recent portfolio including State Library Victoria in Melbourne, Christchurch Central Library in New Zealand and Gellerup Sports and Culture Centre in Denmark.
Moreover, engineer and PhD candidate Andrew Khoudi will present his industrial PhD project supervised by Berthold, “People Behavior: Using Digital Twin of a Smart Building to Attain a Quantitative Understanding and Improvement of the User Experience.” that uses Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Dokk1 as a case for exploring the impact of architecture on user experience.
The purpose of Next Library is to look ahead and explore the continuously evolving nature of the public library in the 21st century with international, forward-thinking professionals, innovators and decision-makers who push boundaries and make changes that support learning.
More information about the workshop can be found here.
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