The first phase of State Library Victoria’s redevelopment in Melbourne opens to the public

State Library Victoria, a historic Australian landmark and the country’s oldest and largest public library, recently unveiled new spaces that are part of a five-year redevelopment plan aimed at expanding the library’s community outreach and enhancing the visitor experience among other goals. The library comprises 23 individual buildings and occupies an entire city block in Melbourne’s city centre.


Working in partnership with local architectural firm Architectus, Schmidt Hammer Lassen was tasked with rethinking the existing spaces of the library in order to unlock possibilities, create connections, and provide a framework for the library’s ongoing and future evolution. The architectural design concept put users at the centre, providing an open, accessible, and welcoming experience for all ages and cultural backgrounds.


Last week, State Library Victoria, was also proclaimed one of Australia’s most stunning venues, winning “Best New Space” in Concrete Playground’s Best of 2018 Melbourne awards in the Overall and People’s Choice categories. See the full list of winners at concreteplayground.com.


Read more about the project here.


Monroe Blocks, downtown Detroit’s most significant mixed-use development in decades breaks ground

Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s  first U.S. project – Monroe Blocks, a mix of modern office space, residential units, restaurants, retail, and outdoor public areas – celebrated its official ground-breaking on December 13, 2018. Located on the northeast corner of Detroit, Michigan’s popular Campus Martius Park, the 12,500-square-metre site has lain vacant for a generation until now. The project spans two city blocks and includes the first high-rise office tower to be built downtown in more than 25 years, as well as 4,800-square-metres of public outdoor space.


Campus Martius Park is a popular destination located a few blocks from the Detroit River where people-watching, ice skating, and outdoor concerts take place. Along Monroe Street, one of the major thoroughfares that radiate from the park out towards the surrounding suburbs, lies the masterplan project awarded to Schmidt Hammer Lassen by Bedrock, the largest real estate developer in downtown Detroit. Monroe Blocks is one of the most prominent addresses within Bedrock’s portfolio and a unique addition to Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s portfolio of projects.


This week’s groundbreaking takes place on Monroe Blocks Plot A, a site that represents roughly two-thirds of the project and will be anchored by a 35-storey glass and terracotta office tower offering a combination of large floor plates, tall ceiling heights and access to sunlight currently unprecedented in Detroit. Plot A also comprises a 17-storey, 148-unit residential building and a total of 66,000 square feet of retail space designed to attract signature shops and restaurants.


The Monroe Blocks development is scheduled to complete in early 2022. Read more about the project here.


Dokk1 shortlisted for AR Library Awards 2018

The Architectural Review jury shortlisted Dokk1, Scandinavia’s largest public library, for the 2018 AR Library Awards for its transformative, leading-edge design. Dokk1 is a neo-futuristic heptagonal structure housing space for not only books, but also cultural events, exhibitions, performances, offices, lounges, outdoor art installations, and playgrounds, with sweeping views across the once-industrial harbour. Click here for more information about Dokk1.


AR Awards celebrate creativity, design excellence and innovation related to a building type or subject area. This year the Architectural Review was seeking out the best buildings for books completed anywhere in the world over the last five years. See the full shortlist of 15 exciting and creative libraries at www.architectural-review.com.


The winner will be revealed in the December 2018 / January 2019 issue of Architectural Review.


Business Development & Communications Intern

We are looking for a curious and resourceful full-time intern to join our Business Development and Communications team in Copenhagen. The department is responsible for external relations, press communication, research, and production of materials, and for developing, acquiring and assessing potential projects for Schmidt Hammer Lassen globally. As a member of the Business Development and Communications team, you will be working in a dynamic, international environment in close connection with architects.


For more details about the internship and how to apply, click here.


The newest building for HU University of Applied Sciences (NL) plays with color and connectivity

Until four years ago, the HU University of Applied Sciences, a school founded in 1995 through the merger of several previously independent institutions, was spread across some 30 buildings in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The university prioritized consolidating its footprint into five adjacent buildings on its Utrecht Science Park campus, and Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects’ new structure is the last of the four to be completed. The 22,310-square-metre Heidelberglaan 15 building is home to eight educational institutes in the economics, management, information communication and technology, and media and communication sectors.


The building opened to students and staff on September 3 in time for the start of the fall 2018 semester, and is located on the campus amongst world-known architectural building designs by OMA, UN Studio, Wiel Arets and Mecanoo. The recently opened building completes the existing ‘Kasbah’ master plan and provides space for over 5,800 students, staff and visitors.


Read more about HU University of Applied Sciences here.


The new flagship NIO House erases boundaries between the car and the user

The second NIO House automotive showroom designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects opened recently in Hangzhou, China overlooking the West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is one of the most beautiful sights in the country. As with our first NIO House, which opened in Shanghai in February, NIO House West Lake is a design-centric take on the traditional car showroom for innovative electric car company NIO. A global start-up, NIO designs and develops high-performance electric and autonomous vehicles, while taking an unconventional view of the industry and redefining what premium service means for a car company.


“The West Lake is an intense confluence of different natural atmospheres that inspired the design of NIO House West Lake and the feeling of the space,” said Chris Hardie, Partner and Design Director Shanghai. “The interior design also reflects the form and materials of NIO models like the ES8 and EVE by using clean lines and pushing material boundaries.”


Read more about NIO House Hangzhou West Lake here.


Ningbo Daily Newspaper Group HQ wins Gold Award for Best Design at Innovative China

The headquarters for Ningbo Daily Newspaper Group recently won the Gold Award for Best Design at the 2018 Innovative China Space Design Competition held by the China Building Decoration Association (CBDA). The new headquarters for Ningbo Daily Newspaper Group sits at the heart of the new East Town development of the city, immediately north of the main government centre that forms the core of the new master plan. The building will become home to six newspaper groups, with a dedicated international conference centre, leisure facilities, library and archives, and a VIP administration and entertainment level.


The second annual competition, part of Beijing’s Design Week, celebrated design innovation and design excellence all over the country.


Read more about the project here.


Studio Malmö wins LEED Building of the Year Award

Studio Malmö was named the 2018 LEED Building of the Year by the Swedish Green Building Council (SGBC) at the Building Sustainability Conference earlier this week.


The SGBC selected Studio Malmö, a 22,000m² mixed-use harbourside development located in southern Sweden, for its high design standards, elaborate design, and pleasant indoor environment that contributes positively to the urban environment. SGBC also cited Studio Malmö as an excellent example of collaborative sustainability work.


The Swedish Green Building Awards recognize, celebrate and promote positive contribution to sustainable building and property development, and it has become one of the leading sustainability design awards in Scandinavia, awarding and promoting entrepreneurs, developers and architectural projects each year. More information can be found at www.kungsleden.se.


And click here for more information about Studio Malmö.


Chen Chao and Mavis Lian lecture at Sina Dichan conference in China

Senior Associate, Architect and BIM Manager Chen Chao and Associate and Head of Business Asia Mavis Lian will present a keynote lecture at the Sina Dichan conference in China on Thursday, 25 October. Addressing our approach to the regeneration of new urban complexes at all scales, Chao and Mavis will talk about the recently completed Beijing Vanke Times Centre shopping centre renovation that blends retail shops and offices with grand art installations, a multi-functional exhibition space, and a bamboo meditation garden.


Vanke, one of the country’s largest residential property developers, commissioned Schmidt Hammer Lassen for its first complete renovation project — the revitalization of a former shopping mall into a vibrant hub for the city. Now complete and located in Beijing’s busy Chaoyang District, Vanke Times Center is home to a host of retail shops on the basement and ground floors, while upper floors will house offices, green spaces and events.


More information about Beijing Vanke Times Center can be found here.


Image by Yuzhu Zheng.

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