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


Holiday greetings 2016 from Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

We would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year! A huge thanks to all who have contributed and shared our good news, making 2016 (our 30th) a truly unforgettable year.


We have compiled a review of our highlights from 2016 on Instagram – take a look here


Image by Beauty & the Bit


SHL wins prestigious competition to design new city library in Shanghai

We have won a two stage international competition to design the new city library for Shanghai. Shanghai is currently the most populous city in the world with nearly 25 million inhabitants, and has a central library system that dates back to 1847. The practice saw off competition from Kengo Kuma, David Chipperfield and Dominque Perrault to the prestigious commission after a 6 month two stage process. The 110,000m² library, located in Pudong District – the area of the city known for its iconic skyline, will sit immediately next to Century Park – the largest park in the city spread over 140 hectares.


Read more about the project here

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