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The extension to Hvidovre hospital officially breaks ground in Denmark

Construction of the new extension to Hvidovre hospital has officially begun. Staff, patients and local dignitaries celebrated during the official ground breaking ceremony. The new 32,000 m² extension will be situated West of the existing complex and scheduled for completion in 2020.


The four-storey extension comprises an emergency ward, pediatrics ward and obstetrics and cardiology departments. The concrete base will become a flexible and respectful new interpretation while maintaining the orthogonal geometry. A unique feature is the new platform for arrival which angles towards the hospital in one smooth movement and leads below the building.


Region Council Chairman Sophie Hæstorp Andersen had the honour of braking the ground and officially launching the construction of the hospitals new extension. “Today we put the shovel in the ground and begin a new era in the hospital’s history,” said Sophie Hæstorp Andersen.


Read more about the project here


Katuaq Cultural Centre of Greenland turns 20

This week, the Katuaq Cultural Centre of Greenland in Nuuk celebrates its 20th anniversary. When opened in 1997 the building provided for the first time a cultural and artistic meeting place for both locals, the international Inuit community and visitors from all over the world. Built to last and survive Greenland’s unforgiving climate, the cultural centre still stands today as a dynamic meeting point catering for a diversity of activities from concerts, cinema, theatre performances, conferences, exhibitions to public events.


Read more about the project here


On site in New Zealand

Christchurch’s new Central Library is starting to take shape. The new library will be a world leader in seismic design and construction techniques. It has been designed to a strict set of performance criteria that significantly exceeds standard building code level performance.


Pre-cast concrete panels, weighing up to 133 tonnes, were placed to create the western core of the building during December and January. The one-piece construction of the panels provides a superior structural solution. These panels were lifted by a 400-tonne crawler crane due to their size and weight and, some of them contain up to 60 cubic metres of concrete!


Once the pre-cast panels are in place the structural steel framework will begin with the library due for completion in mid-2018.


In the meantime, read more information about the project here


Opening of Aarhus, European Capital of Culture 2017

Tomorrow, we celebrate the grand opening of Aarhus, European Capital of Culture 2017 – a historic year devoted to culture and great experiences across places and people in Denmark’s 2nd city.


Schmidt Hammer Lassen is a member of The Architecture Project who is primary driver for architecture events featured in the Capital of Culture program.


Have a look at the Capital of Culture program 2017 here


Morten Schmidt lectures in Ottawa, Canada

On Monday January 23rd at 6PM, Morten Schmidt will lecture about our recent works and the future of libraries in Ottawa (Ontario), as part of Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism Forum Lecture Series at The Carleton University. The event will be held in the Canadian Museum of History. The lecture series invites citizens to engage in emerging ideas and celebrate the architectural profession.



Vendsyssel Theatre opens in Northern Denmark

This weekend 14 – 15th January marked a festive opening of our Vendsyssel Theatre in northern Denmark, the first new-built theatre outside the capital of Copenhagen in over a century! The 4,200 m2 theatre and culture building aims to become a vibrant hub for the region’s rich cultural life – and judging from the many people who took part in the opening celebrations during the weekend, the new centre is off to a fantastic start.


Watch this space for more images soon… In the meantime have a look at the opening video and read the story here


Come meet us at BAU 2017

Jette Birkeskov and Jörn Hendrik Fischer will talk at the “Meet & Greet with @SHLArchitects” event at MUCA Munich as part of BAU 2017 next Monday, January 16.  The innovative and sustainable design of our Dokk1 in Aarhus will be discussed together with our soon to be open Central Auditorium for Research and Learning (CARL) in Aachen. Don’t miss out!


More information about the event can be found here


And discover here more about our project Dokk1.


Ningbo Library Topping Out

We are happy to celebrate the topping out of our first library project in China — the new Ningbo Library. In 2013, we won the international competition to design the 240 million RMB (€ 29 million) library in the heart of the Ningbo East New Town,which consists of 31,405 m². The new library will hold a collection of 1.5 million books, contain 1,800 permanent work spaces and seats, and provide various spacious open areas. Completion is scheduled at the end of 2017.


Read more about the project here


Dokk1 & Malmö Live nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2017

Excited that two of our projects, Dokk1 in Aarhus (DK) and Malmö Live in Malmö (SE), have been nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2017! Congratulations to everyone involved in each one of the nominated projects!


Explore here Dokk1 and Malmö Live


Read more about the award at miesarch.com

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