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.


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.


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.


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.

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