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Our partner group doubles with the appointment of seven new partners

With an eye toward future development and growth, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects strengthens its leadership group with the appointment of seven new partners. Trine Berthold, Bente Damgaard, Kasper Frandsen, Mads Kaltoft, Rasmus Kierkegaard, Tiago Pereira, and Nathan Smith join founding partners Bjarne Hammer, John Lassen, and Morten Schmidt, along with Kim Holst Jensen, Kristian Lars Ahlmark, Chris Hardie, and Rong Lu to form a robust new partner group.


The announcement comes three months after joining international architecture and design firm Perkins+Will in a strategic partnership that expands Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s geographic reach, and adds world-class design research, advanced digital technology, and an even broader base of interdisciplinary talent to its arsenal of global resources.


“When Morten, John, and I established the firm 32 years ago, our vision was to create an internationally-recognized architectural studio known for high design with a strong Scandinavian ideology,” says Bjarne Hammer. “We realized that vision with the help of an extraordinary group of architects and professionals, many of whom are now poised to lead the firm into the next generation. Now that we are part of Perkins+Will, we can aptly recognize their achievements, while also giving them new tools and resources needed to take the company to even greater heights.”


Schmidt Hammer Lassen also promoted five architects to associate partner roles. They are Nuno Cruz, Mads Engel, Masahiro Katsume, René Nedergaard, and Elif Tinaztepe.


Operations Director, Shanghai Interns, Shanghai Architects, Shanghai Senior Architects and Shanghai/ Beijing Interior Designers

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 experienced Architects, Senior Architects and a Senior Interior Designer to join our studio in Shanghai, as well as Interior Designers to join our team and work out of the city of Beijing. Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects currently has 20 active projects in mainland China and Asia across various typologies including libraries, museums, theatres, office buildings, interiors, education buildings, and masterplans. The candidates must have a proven record of accomplishment in designing and delivering world-class projects. Experience working in China and/or with projects in Asia is a major plus.


Last but not least, we are recruiting talented architectural interns to join our dynamic studio in Shanghai for a period of six months in 2018. In China, we are well-known for our significant international architectural projects with a Scandinavian approach. As part of our team, your assignments will span concept development, project development, sketching assignments, 3D modeling, rendering and physical model making where partners and skilled senior architects will function as tutors.


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


We won a competition to design the historic Kimmel Quarter of Riga, Latvia

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects won a competition to design Kimmel Quarter, an 11,500-square-metre area that assumes nearly an entire city block in Riga’s Central District. Kimmel Quarter is the former home of Brewery Kimmel, a 19th-century beer brewery that in its wake left an industrial complex filled with buildings that, while now mostly abandoned, are rich with history. The project called for a design that realizes the vision of a vibrant new city block with deep historic roots.


The winning proposal aimed to revive the brewery site by transforming it into an office building and hotel with public facilities such as a public gym, child care centre, café, spa, food court and convenience store on the ground floor that will bring new life to the area. It proposed restoring facades and strengthening the inherent spatial qualities while shaping the building volumes in a composition that respects the urban scale of the area. By creating beautiful, inviting courtyards and plazas that connect old and new, the overall design will create a strong urban expression with a timeless, classic appearance that is also uniquely modern.


Riga is a city with ambitions of transitioning into a sustainable city with long and short-term strategies that start with the first step of reaching the European Union’s 2020 climate & energy package goals. Kimmel Quarter will become a leader in applying these measures from day one. Moreover, having an unflinching sustainability strategy with BREEAM as the driving force, Kimmel Quarter has the potential to become an example for the future development of the city of Riga over the next 20 years.


Read more about Kimmel Quarter here.


CNN features Ny Anstalt, The New Correctional Facility in Nuuk

Ny Anstalt, The New Correctional Facility in Nuuk, Greenland, is at the centre of a CNN feature story about humane prisons. Launched on the site’s front page over the weekend, CNN portrays the Greenlandic institution as “more than an architectural accomplishment for the country. It hopes to end a human rights issue that has haunted the island nation for decades.”


The story goes on to say, “…when it opens in 2019, Ny Anstalt will not be a normal penitentiary. It will be a ‘humane prison’ — a correctional facility that emphasizes rehabilitating criminals through positive design, rather than punishment.” Moreover, the belief that the physical surroundings have an important impact on human behaviour and the will to collaborate has motivated the client to initiate a project of high architectural quality.


The New Correctional Facility is under construction in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland located 265 kilometres (165 miles) south of the Arctic Circle.


Read the full article at cnn.com.


More information about the project can be found here.


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.

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