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SHL wins University of Bristol Library

Together with British architecture studio Hawkins\Brown and engineering firm BuroHappold, we have been appointed to design the new £80 million University of Bristol Library, a landmark project for the university’s revitalization of its Clifton Campus.


The winning proposal integrates with the local built environment, capitalises on the location and views, and extends the landscaping from the Royal Fort Garden throughout the entire precinct. There is an ambition to include exhibition spaces, reading rooms and a café for the public to enjoy. The new library may also include a cultural collections centre to give access to the University’s world-class collections of historic books, art and theatre artefacts.


“Libraries make a difference in people’s lives. Not only for scholars, researchers and students, but for all citizens. They bring people and communities together – and they release potential. This building will be a beacon of knowledge and it will play a vital part in the life and experience of the University of Bristol and the city of Bristol itself.  It will be a sustainable, contemporary, welcoming, and fun place to be – while remaining in harmony with the rich traditions and history of its surroundings.” said Founding Partner Morten Schmidt.


We are hiring: Architectural Interns Spring 2018

We are looking for talented architectural students to join our studios in Aarhus and Copenhagen for the upcoming Spring semester. As part of our team, you will have the opportunity to challenge yourself with conceptual development, 3D modeling, 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.


Read more about the internship and apply here


Morten Schmidt talks at AIA Hampton Roads in Norfolk, Virginia

On Nov 16 Founding Partner Morten Schmidt will be at the AIA Hampton Roads in Norfolk, Virginia, for the 25th Annual Speaker Forum to talk about our global experience in the design of libraries and other public and cultural landmark buildings. He will also present some of our on-going projects from Detroit, to Melbourne and Shanghai which have attracted the attention of the global media.

When/ Nov 16th, 6:30-9:30PM
Where/ Slover Library, 235 East Plume Street, Norfolk, VA, 23510, United States

For more information, see aiahr.org


Partner Chris Hardie lectures about “Democratic Architecture” at BAU Congress China 2017

This year, BAU Congress China 2017 is being held at the Shanghai New International Expo Center where Partner Chris Hardie will talk about “Democratic Architecture in China” under the key theme of “Projects for China”.


The congress will focus on future-oriented urban developments, the latest technological solutions in architecture and sustainable projects that have been implemented in China. More details can be found here


When/ 09:30AM – 10:15AM, November 10th
Where/ Shanghai New International Expo Center (Room N2-1)


Partner Chris Hardie talks at AIA Shanghai NEXT ARCH-SERIES 2017

Tomorrow November 9th, Partner Chris Hardie will be talking at the AIA Shanghai NEXT ARCH-SERIES 2017 about some of our cultural work in China.


NEXT ARCH-SERIES 2017 is a series of 6 half-day events to showcase cutting-edge ideas, projects and practices that will impact the next generation of architecture and design profession as well as the future of the built environment. More details can be found here


When/ 1:00 PM
Where/ JingAn Kerry Centre, Shanghai, China


Christchurch’s New Central Library has its official name — Tūranga

The City Council recently approved the name, which was gifted by Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga and reflects the relationship with Whitireia, the traditional name for Cathedral Square.


“In oral tradition Whitireia was the name of the house of Paikea, the ancestor who travelled here on the back of a whale,” says Carolyn Robertson, Head of Libraries and Information. “Tūranga was where his house was located, so the name honours the Māori tradition while reflecting the library’s new location in the heart of the city.”


Tūranga is scheduled to open mid-next year and will be the flagship for the Christchurch City Libraries network, supporting 19 community, digital, and mobile libraries which last year hosted 3.7 million visits and issued almost 4.5 million items. More information can be found here


And discover Tūranga at shl.dk/christchurch-central-library


SHL Head of Business Asia, Mavis Lian, speaks at the Shanghai World Creative Economy Summit

On this coming Friday 27th, October 2017 Shanghai World Creative Economy Summit (SWCES) will be held at Nanxiang Town of Jiading District in Shanghai, where SHL Head of Business Asia Mavis Lian will speak about “Building communities around culture – Danish architecture in Shanghai”.


2017 SWCES is designed to discuss the excavation and utilization of traditional cultural resources, focusing on China’s creative economy development across regions and borders. The aims of 2017 SWCES are to pool international resources, to share city governance experience of China and international creative cities, to join hands with domestic and foreign creative economy experts and scholars, to promote cooperation, innovation, and development from the perspectives of East and West, and to boost culture confidence through sharing ideas.


Shanghai East Library exhibited at Shanghai Urban Space Art Season (SUSAS) 2017

This year, our Shanghai East Library is being exhibited at the Shanghai Urban Space Art Season. SUSAS 2017 will focus on the Waterfront Connection of the Huangpu River and the improvement of urban space quality, using the theme “connecting thisCONNECTION: sharing the future of public space”.


Shanghai Urban Space Art Season is a major urban space art exhibition event held every two years. Adhering to the concept of “culture Enriched City, Art Enlightens Space”, SUSAS is designed to establish a brand in urban space art events that feature “internationality, publicity, and practicality”, in turn, improves the quality of urban space and elevate the city’s appeal. The main venue of SUSAS 2017 is the silo of 80,000 tons at Minsheng Port, Pudong New Area and surrounding open spaces. The event lasts three months from 15 October 2017 to 15 January 2018.


Time/ 10:30 – 17:00 (Tue. – Sun.), Closed on Mondays (Except National Holidays)
Last Entry/ 16:30
Location/ No.3 Minsheng Road
Host/ Shanghai Sculpture Committee
Organizer/ Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Planning & Land Resources/ Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture, Radio, Film & TV/ People’s Government of Pudong New Area


Read more about SUSAS 2017 exhibition here


And discover our Shanghai East Library at shl.dk/shanghai-east-library


Christchurch New Central Library and Katuaq Cultural Centre at Indigenize Montréal exhibition

If you are in Montréal, Canada, come and discover the Indigenize Montréal exhibition about a future metropolis of Reconciliation through Indigenous design and architecture including our Christchurch New Central Library in New Zealand and the Katuaq Cultural Centre in Greenland.


In collaboration with the Society for the Celebrations of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary, Indigenize Montréal is a public exhibition that takes place during the World Design Summit from October 16-25, 2017 and, it explores how to ensure the presence of Indigenous culture in the public space of the city.


The theme of the exhibition, “Elsewhere and Here”, provides an opportunity to develop a new facet of urban indigenous identity. We are proud to be included with two of our projects that integrate Indigenous culture into their architecture. The Christchurch Central Library Library is designed with strong references to the Ngai Tahu´s social and cultural traditions (principal Māori iwi tribe of the southern region of New Zealand). And our Katuaq Cultural Centre has become a dynamic meeting place for Inuits (indigenous people inhabiting the Arctic regions from all over the northern hemisphere).


Discover here our Christchurch New Central Library and Katuaq Cultural Centre


More information and full program can be found at 375 Montréal and World Design Summit

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