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Halifax Central Library in Canada wins inaugural Maritime Architectural Design Excellence Award

Three years after its opening, Halifax Central Library in Canada, continues generating interest from local residents and attracting national and global attention. This time around Halifax Central Library won the Award of Excellence in the public category at the inaugural Maritime Architectural Design Excellence Awards.


The first ever Maritime Architectural Design Excellence Awards were held on Friday, June 1 in Saint John, New Brunswick in Canada. The awards were presented by the Architect Association of Prince Edward Island, the Architects’ Association of New Brunswick and the Nova Scotia Association of Architects, honouring excellent architectural work across the region. Read more about the awards here.


And learn more about Halifax Central Library here.


“Syn på de 17,” a conversation about the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals

On Tuesday, June 12, 2018, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects’ Copenhagen studio opened its doors for “Syn på de 17,” a conversation about architecture’s role in supporting the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals.


Though the UN’s global objectives are high on the political agenda, they require greater attention from the architectural industry. In the form of a dynamic dialogue meeting, we fostered a discussion focused on the industry’s role in facing the sustainability challenges of the future.


Algreen Arkitekter’s Charlotte Algreen, a leading voice in architectural sustainability, led a panel discussion attended by Kristian Ahlmark, Partner and Design Director Copenhagen at Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects; Martin Lidegaard, member of parliament and former foreign minister and climate and energy minister, as well as co-founder of Concito; Steen Hildebrandt, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at Aarhus University, Adj. Professor at CBS and Aalborg University, author; Hans-Bo Hyldig, Director of the FB-gruppen; and Jakob Brandtberg Knudsen, Head of the School of Architecture at KADK.


The dynamic group sparked a wider discussion about the responsibility of every player in the industry to create change, from politicians, to developers, to architects, to the demands of everyday people. There was common consensus that working in silos leads to stagnation, and that cooperation and communication between different disciplines and actors is the way forward. The panelists and guests also discussed rewriting the rules of global architecture, and touched on how architectural companies can contribute to a more sustainable future by adding the UN’s sustainability goals to their strategy.


At Schmidt Hammer Lassen, the culture of conversation is part of our design philosophy. Our belief that the best architecture is a result of collaboration and shared knowledge was realized with the full house of industry professionals engaged in the compelling discussion and the lively networking that followed.


See photos from “Syn på de 17” on our Facebook page.


We won a competition to design the new sustainable headquarters for the international chemical company, Solvay

Solvay, an advanced materials and chemical company, selected Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects in an international competition to design its new headquarters in Brussels. The new campus signals a shift for Solvay towards a more open, sustainable culture amidst a recent radical transformation of its business portfolio. The new building on the 22-hectare site that has housed many of Solvay’s activities since 1953 will not be a typical corporate office, but rather a fluid, collaborative space where teams and partners can co-create and interact.


Sustainability and resiliency are two key drivers in the design of the new Solvay headquarters. The company’s dedication to its green ambitions are evident throughout the design of the zero carbon footprint, near zero energy building and green campus.


Learn more about the project here.


For more information about Solvay, visit www.solvay.com.


We won a competition to design the Maritime Knowledge Hub at Wirral Waters in Liverpool, UK

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects won an invited competition to design the Maritime Knowledge Hub, a 6,400-square-metre facility dedicated to marine engineering research and development, survival training, business incubation, workspace, and events at the heart of the Wirral Waters redevelopment project in the United Kingdom’s Liverpool City Region. The Maritime Knowledge Hub will create a place for innovation, collaboration, learning, training, and business development in the maritime sectors, and will put Liverpool and the UK on the marine and architectural industries’ global stage.


Peel Land and Property, working on the Hub in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University, Mersey Maritime, and Wirral Council, selected Schmidt Hammer Lassen, together with local firm Ellis Williams Architects, to design the £20 million Maritime Knowledge Hub. The firms will work with Parkinson Inc., the master planner for Wirral Waters. The Hub’s centrepiece is the historic Hydraulic Tower modelled after the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy, that now lies largely derelict, having been bombed in World War II. A second, new building, located adjacent to the tower, will comprise new office, incubation, teaching, and cultural space, and will house a tank for a state-of-the-art Offshore Survival Training Centre.


Dokk1 wins IDA Design Awards

Dokk1 was awarded the IDA 2017 Gold Award in the architectural category of Urban Design at the 11th annual International Design Awards (IDA).


The international jury selected Dokk1, Scandinavia’s largest public library located in Denmark’s second largest city, for its high design standards, and its visionary design that takes a creative leap and leads the way into the future.


The competition, one of the leading design awards in the US, attracted more than 3,100 designs from 95 countries in the categories of architecture, interior, graphic, product, and fashion design.


The International Design Awards (IDA) exists to recognize, celebrate and promote legendary design visionaries and to uncover emerging design talent. Farmani Group assembled IDA in 2007, and it has since become one of the leading design awards in America, awarding and promoting hundreds of designers each year.
See the full list of winners at idesignawards.com.


And click here for more information about Dokk1.


Project Architect, ICT Manager, Architectural Technologist and Architectural interns

We are looking for an ambitious and competent Project Architect to join our studio in Aarhus. The ideal candidate must have experience working in the UK and be able to manage complex international projects.


We are looking for an ICT Manager to join our Copenhagen office. The ideal candidate must be an experienced designer or architect with a passion for creating sustainable and innovative architecture.


We are recruiting an experienced Architectural Technologist who wants to be challenged with the development of complex international projects to join our Copenhagen office. The ideal candidate must have exceptional BIM and Revit skills.


For the upcoming fall semester, we are recruiting talented architectural interns to join our studios in Aarhus and Copenhagen. As part of the Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects design team, you will work with skilled colleagues on ambitious, complex projects and challenge yourself with conceptual development, 3D modeling, sketching, model making, rendering and graphic postproduction.


For more information, job openings and to apply, click here.


Ningbo Daily Newspaper HQ and The Cloud Pavilion win China Real Estate Design Award

Two Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects projects— Ningbo Daily Newspaper Group Headquarters in Ningbo, China and The Cloud Pavilion in Shanghai—were selected as winners among a total of 658 projects in the Mixed-Use Development and Culture categories, respectively. The China Real Estate Design Award is one of the most influential awards for architecture, interior and landscape design works in China, and is judged by leading Chinese developers and architecture professors among other industry leaders.


Read more about Ningbo Daily Newspaper HQ here and The Cloud Pavilion here.


Halifax Central Library in Canada wins 2018 Halifax Urban Design Award

Halifax Central Library, the most significant public building built in Halifax in a generation, won the Award of Excellence in the category for Urban Architecture at the 2018 Halifax Urban Design Awards.


The award honours quality in urban design and celebrates its many important contributions to the community and residents of the Halifax Regional Municipality. Learn more about the Halifax Central Library here.


Fowler Bauld & Mitchell, our local architect and prime consultant, attended the ceremony held at the library’s O’Regan Hall, and accepted the award on behalf of the entire design team.


Shortlisted to design the new Ottawa Public Library in Canada

We have been shortlisted, together with firms KPMB Architects and Hobin Architecture Inc., to design the new CA$168 million central branch of the Ottawa Public Library, a joint facility with Library and Archives Canada.


After a nearly year-long request for qualifications process, the city of Ottawa announced five finalist teams suited to design the “iconic” “landmark institution” that will be located at 557 Wellington Street just east of the LeBreton Flats neighbourhood.


Having designed public, state and academic libraries across the globe such as Halifax Central Library in Canada, The Royal Library of Denmark, and University of Bristol Library currently in development, we are adept at solving complex issues amidst the evolving demands of the modern library. Though no two libraries we design are alike, every one offers diverse spatial experiences and flexibility without compromising the architectural originality that inspires people to return again and again.


More information about the announcement can be found at Ottawa.ca.

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