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Pre-qualified to design new Østre Landsret, Denmark’s Eastern High Court

We have been pre-qualified to design the new court house premises for Østre Landsret, one of Denmark’s two high courts, along with a team consisting of KPC Copenhagen A/S, Newsec Datea, Oluf Jørgensen A/S and Bertelsen & Scheving Architects.


A new highly architectural, sustainable and secure building able to communicate trust, hope and – most importantly – faith in justice and fairness will replace the existing Østre Landsret located in downtown Copenhagen. The future 16,000m2 premises will be located in Nordhavn, the new waterfront city district in Copenhagen, transformed from an active industrial port into a modern residential and business quarter. Construction on the building is expected to start in summer 2019, with completion expected by the end of 2021.


Our previous experience delivering highly secure buildings with an open and democratic approach includes The ICC – The International Criminal Court in The Hague (NL) and the Malmö Court of Appeal (SE). While both projects and their architecture are impressive and grand in scale, they relate to people and the human scale. Read more about the ICC here.


See you in Cannes for MIPIM 2018

Four members of our senior team will attend the upcoming MIPIM Conference at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes (FR) from March 13-16, 2018.


Founding Partner Morten Schmidt, Senior Partner Kristian Lars Ahlmark, CCO/ Head of Global Business Development Nathan Smith (+45 23 65 76 08; nps@shl.dk) and Associate/ Global Business Development Rasmus Duong-Grunnet (+45 20 30 24 56; rdg@shl.dk) will represent our studio this year. They look forward meeting colleagues, clients and future collaborators, and sharing our most recent mixed-use, library and urban development projects.


Region Midtjylland announces prequalified teams for Forum hospital building at The New University Hospital in Aarhus (DNU)

Together with A. Enggaard and Cowi, we have been pre-qualified to design Forum, a new 675-million-Danish-kroner hospital building in Skejby, a region of Denmark’s second-largest city of Aarhus. The 21,500 m² landmark project for The New University Hospital in Aarhus (DNU) will accommodate the Steno Diabetes Center, a patient hotel, research facilities for the Department of Clinical Medicine (under Aarhus University), a pharmacological department, and areas for faith and contemplation. Forum is expected to be completed in the summer of 2022.


The New University Hospital in Aarhus (DNU) is currently the largest construction project in Northern Europe. More information about DNU can be found here.


Image by DNU.


The New Correctional Facility in Nuuk wins the  WAN Future Projects Civic Award 2017

World Architecture News celebrated the finalists and winners of the 2017 WAN Awards at a gala in London where Founding Partner Morten Schmidt and Project Architect Jette Birkeskov Mogensen accepted the  Future Projects Civic Award for the New Correctional Facility project in Nuuk, Greenland.


World Architecture News awarded the New Correctional Facility in this new category because it pushes its typology forward and has proven a holistic and effective approach. The project matches its unique and beautiful surroundings and supports the focus of the Danish Prison and Probation Service on the balance between punishment and rehabilitation. Openness, light, views, security and flexibility are the leading values behind the design of the first such facility in the capital of Greenland. Learn more about the New Correctional Facility in Nuuk here.


Congratulations to the partners on this project Friis & Moltke, Møller & Grønborg and Rambøll A/S!


The opening of NIO House in Shanghai reinvents the automotive showroom

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has reinvented the traditional car showroom with the opening of NIO House, a new design-centric concept for innovative electric car company NIO. A global start-up based in China, NIO designs and develops high-performance, premium electric and autonomous vehicles.


This month’s opening is the first of two phases of NIO House, a new kind of automotive showroom located in Shanghai’s high-end Taikoo Hui shopping mall. The car manufacturer’s ES8 and EP9 models are on display in an environment that allows the consumer to understand and experience the philosophy of the brand through the space and its materiality.


“NIO has a strong company culture and we wanted to bring that company DNA into the space,” said German Roig, Senior Architect and Project Lead at Schmidt Hammer Lassen. “They are much more than a car company and we set out to design more than a car showroom for them. Using some of their key brand pillars such as discovery, exploration, and influence, we envisioned a place car buyers can go to be surprised and inspired, to touch and feel.”


Read more about NIO House here.


Studio Malmö nominated for Swedish Building of the Year Award 2018

Studio Malmö is nominated for the 2018 Building of the Year Award (Årets Bygge). Studio is a 22,000m² mixed-use harbour development located in central Malmö, a vibrant city in southern Sweden. The 14-storey building accommodates an eclectic mix of offices, conference and event spaces, restaurants, cafés and retail outlets, in addition to a hotel and sky bar. As a catalyst for the ongoing regeneration of the Malmö harbour area, the building will become a dynamic focal point and new landmark buzzing with activity day and night, enriching the life of Sweden’s third largest city.


Winners will be announced on March 19 in Stockholm.


Read more about the nomination at Årets Bygge.


In the meantime, you can learn more about Studio Malmö here.


Operations Director, Digital Artist and Computational Design Intern

We are looking for an Operations Director for our Danish offices who will play a key role in ensuring an effective management of our business operations. The ideal candidate will be based in Copenhagen and will focus on finance, staff development, project management and business growth.


We are also looking for a Digital Artist to join our busy and expanding studio in Shanghai. As a Digital Artist, you will work on cutting-edge visuals, animation, art direction, VR and multimedia for a variety of ongoing and upcoming cultural projects.


Last but not least, we are recruiting a Computational Design Intern with a profound interest in developing open source knowledge in the field of digital crafting to be a part of our Copenhagen Model Workshop.


For more information and to apply, click here.


Collaboration with the Danish School of Media and Journalism

In 2016 we began a joint collaboration with the students from the Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX) in Copenhagen to inspire the next generation of photographers. This year we’re continuing our work together with the Innovation and Photography students on their final project assignment portraying buildings such as The Royal Library, Nykredit HQ, The Crystal, The Spinning Mills, Carlsberg Byen and Tjuvholmen Housing. Under the title “UNDER OVERFLADEN”/ “UNDER THE SURFACE”, the students used a method of scratching the surface and investigated things from within, breaking with stereotypical representations and looking to innovate an image ethic that adds contemporary nerve and edge to their photos. Through studies, research and methods, they came closer to a sensation and the atmosphere surrounding Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s architecture, which they expressed through their photography and films.


The results were extraordinary and we look forward to sharing some of their work. Huge thanks to all students and DMJX: Fotografisk Kommunikation for their fantastic efforts and a fruitful collaboration.


Schmidt Hammer Lassen joins Perkins+Will

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has joined global architectural firm Perkins+Will in a strategic partnership that extends Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s international reach and reinforces Perkins+Will’s commitment to sustainability and design excellence.


In addition to a shared vision and purpose, we have symbiotic market strategies. Perkins+Will aims to diversify its global talent, expand its cultural and civic practice, and reinforce the caliber of its design portfolio. At the same time, we at Schmidt Hammer Lassen aim to expand into new geographic markets, grow our client base, and apply groundbreaking design research to practice. The union of Perkins+Will and Schmidt Hammer Lassen is supported in large part by both firms’ legacies of, and commitments to, design excellence. Additionally, both firms are known leaders in sustainability, and through our high-performing, environmentally-responsive designs, we will contribute significantly to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change, and to the improvement of human and ecological health. The partnership is also a celebration of differences in culture, customs, language, and heritage—and of the design innovation that occurs when those differences interplay.


Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects is unequivocally rooted in Scandinavian architectural traditions, which are based on values of democracy, welfare, sustainability, light, openness, and social responsibility. We see the coming together of design cultures, aesthetics, and sensibilities as a positive force that leads to better, more thoughtful and more inclusive architecture. Perkins+Will appreciates and celebrates our Danish design legacy, and we look forward to the many ways it will positively influence our collective body of work.

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