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We are leading the design of the Seaport World Trade Center revitalization in Boston

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects is leading the design of the Seaport World Trade Center, an expansive 68,500-square-metre mixed-use development on Commonwealth Pier in Boston’s vibrant Seaport District. The existing site, once the largest pier building in the world upon its completion in 1901, will transform to include modern, flexible office space; new public amenities, retail, and dining; and dynamic event space. International real estate advisor Pembroke drew upon the design expertise of Schmidt Hammer Lassen along with Boston-based architectural firm CBT for the adaptive reuse project that maintains the site’s historic origins, while introducing new materials, increased daylight, and new points of connectivity.


“The Seaport World Trade Center project is a magnificent historical site with the ambition to become a central component of the rapidly developing Seaport District,” said Partner and Design Director Kristian Ahlmark. “This project is about more than redesigning a building. It becomes a masterplanning task as thousands of people will utilize the building and its surrounding plazas, courtyards and walkways each day.”


Throughout the development, 15,200 square metres of new and enhanced outdoor public space including courtyards, walkways, green rest spaces, and a grand plaza, will invite office workers and the public onto the pier. The new 2,300-square-metre public waterfront plaza located near the southwest corner of the site will become the pier’s central gathering point. The pedestrian experience along Seaport Boulevard will improve with the addition of 4,180 square metres of new retail space across the upper and ground floors of the iconic Headhouse structure, as well as increased connectivity to the upper level of the Seaport World Trade Center.


The Seaport World Trade Center has a sustainability target of LEED Gold certification and is Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s second U.S. project.


Illustration by Cityscape Digital for Pembroke


Kristian Ahlmark speaks at ULI Toronto conference

On March 4, Urban Land Institute Toronto will host “Samarbejde: Partnership – Denmark and Canada’s Path to Innovative Cities,” an event that addresses how the infrastructure and landscape of the Greater Toronto Area will be shaped in a close collaboration with leading Danish and Canadian architects. With opening remarks from HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Partner and Design Director Kristian Ahlmark will present about waterfront revitalization, and the firm’s approach to urban waterfront development, drawing parallels between Copenhagen and Toronto.


Danish and local dignitaries, along with major developers and other architects will participate in a series of lectures and panel discussions at the event, produced in part by the Danish Trade Council in North America. For more information about the event, program and registration, visit www.toronto.uli.org.


Happy Chinese New Year

We welcome the Year of the Pig with a look ahead at our most anticipated Chinese projects of 2019. On the horizon is the completion of the world’s largest waste-to-energy plant in Shenzhen; the official grand opening of Ningbo New Library that sits on the edge of a new ecological wetland; and CaoHeJing Guigu Creative Headquarters, a centre that will support and nurture high-tech firms and act as an accelerator for new technology in China.


Here’s to a fruitful Year of the Pig.


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We are shortlisted to design the new Spritfabrikken Contemporary Art Centre in Aalborg

Ejendomsfonden Artcenter Spritten has shortlisted a team lead by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects to design the new 2,500-square-metre arts centre and exhibition space with a city-connection masterplan as well as an urban flood resilience plan. The project will be part of the largest protected post-industrial building complex in in Denmark, the former De Danske Spritfabrikker.


Our shortlisted team includes landscape architects SLA, engineering firm Rambøll, exhibition designers JAC Studios and heritage expert Mogens A. Morgen.


Located on the former site of De Danske Spritfabrikker, a spirits distillery that closed in 2015, Spritfabrikken Contemporary Art Centre will be an adaptive reuse project on a Danish National Heritage site that will transform this industrial area of Aalborg into a new international cultural hub with artworks from leading international artists. The project will serve as a catalyst for further development of the area.


More information (in Danish) about the project can be found here.


We are shortlisted to design +One, the fourth Gothia Tower at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre in Gothenburg

We have been shortlisted, together with landscape architect SLA and engineering firm Tyréns, to design +One, a new high-rise building that will become the fourth Gothia Tower at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre located at the Korsvägen public square in Gothenburg, Sweden. The mixed-use building will contain restaurants, meeting areas, offices, and 400 hotel rooms, ensuring a lively environment and attracting more visitors to the site.


The project has been named +One as a nod to its addition to the three existing towers. +One will draw a new skyline for Gothenburg and will be a versatile reflection of the urban life by bringing together the diversity of the area.


The winning design will be announced at the end of the summer 2019. The detailed planning work for +One will begin in 2020, and the new building is expected to be completed in 2025.


More information (in Swedish) can be found at svenskamassan.se.


Design revealed of mixed-use high-rise development in Carlsberg Byen, Copenhagen

Dahlerups Tower and the surrounding Caroline Hus together make up a 39,800 m² mixed-use development situated close to the famous Elephant Gate in the northwest corner of the new Carlsberg Byen district in Copenhagen, Denmark. The development, which spans a full city block and includes an 80-metre tower, will comprise 17,000 m² of housing, 7,000 m² of offices, 2,000 m² of retail, cafés, and restaurants, and 14,000 m² of basement and parking space. The Carlsberg Brewery production plant closed down in 2008, and this former industrial site renowned for its rich architectural legacy is re-emerging as a new sustainable city district – a dense city structure with attractive urban spaces, public transport, and new buildings that complement the existing historical structures.


Learn more about Dahlerups Tower – Carlsberg Byen here.


The first phase of State Library Victoria’s redevelopment in Melbourne opens to the public

State Library Victoria, a historic Australian landmark and the country’s oldest and largest public library, recently unveiled new spaces that are part of a five-year redevelopment plan aimed at expanding the library’s community outreach and enhancing the visitor experience among other goals. The library comprises 23 individual buildings and occupies an entire city block in Melbourne’s city centre.


Working in partnership with local architectural firm Architectus, Schmidt Hammer Lassen was tasked with rethinking the existing spaces of the library in order to unlock possibilities, create connections, and provide a framework for the library’s ongoing and future evolution. The architectural design concept put users at the centre, providing an open, accessible, and welcoming experience for all ages and cultural backgrounds.


Last week, State Library Victoria, was also proclaimed one of Australia’s most stunning venues, winning “Best New Space” in Concrete Playground’s Best of 2018 Melbourne awards in the Overall and People’s Choice categories. See the full list of winners at concreteplayground.com.


Read more about the project here.


Monroe Blocks, downtown Detroit’s most significant mixed-use development in decades, breaks ground

Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s  first U.S. project – Monroe Blocks, a mix of modern office space, residential units, restaurants, retail, and outdoor public areas – celebrated its official ground-breaking on December 13, 2018. Located on the northeast corner of Detroit, Michigan’s popular Campus Martius Park, the 12,500-square-metre site has lain vacant for a generation until now. The project spans two city blocks and includes the first high-rise office tower to be built downtown in more than 25 years, as well as 4,800-square-metres of public outdoor space.


Campus Martius Park is a popular destination located a few blocks from the Detroit River where people-watching, ice skating, and outdoor concerts take place. Along Monroe Street, one of the major thoroughfares that radiate from the park out towards the surrounding suburbs, lies the masterplan project awarded to Schmidt Hammer Lassen by Bedrock, the largest real estate developer in downtown Detroit. Monroe Blocks is one of the most prominent addresses within Bedrock’s portfolio and a unique addition to Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s portfolio of projects.


This week’s groundbreaking takes place on Monroe Blocks Plot A, a site that represents roughly two-thirds of the project and will be anchored by a 35-storey glass and terracotta office tower offering a combination of large floor plates, tall ceiling heights and access to sunlight currently unprecedented in Detroit. Plot A also comprises a 17-storey, 148-unit residential building and a total of 66,000 square feet of retail space designed to attract signature shops and restaurants.


The Monroe Blocks development is scheduled to complete in early 2022. Read more about the project here.


Dokk1 shortlisted for AR Library Awards 2018

The Architectural Review jury shortlisted Dokk1, Scandinavia’s largest public library, for the 2018 AR Library Awards for its transformative, leading-edge design. Dokk1 is a neo-futuristic heptagonal structure housing space for not only books, but also cultural events, exhibitions, performances, offices, lounges, outdoor art installations, and playgrounds, with sweeping views across the once-industrial harbour. Click here for more information about Dokk1.


AR Awards celebrate creativity, design excellence and innovation related to a building type or subject area. This year the Architectural Review was seeking out the best buildings for books completed anywhere in the world over the last five years. See the full shortlist of 15 exciting and creative libraries at www.architectural-review.com.


The winner will be revealed in the December 2018 / January 2019 issue of Architectural Review.

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