Skanderborg Sports and Administration Center, most sustainable public building in Denmark

The new multi-purpose town hall in Skanderborg is the first public building in Denmark to obtain the highest certification in the recognized DGNB standard for sustainability, DGNB Platinum. It houses the administration offices of the Municipality, the department of South-eastern Jutland police and the sport facilities for the local handball league. Green Building Council Denmark awarded the complex for its excellent sustainable measures, such as optimized use of daylight, natural ventilation and an efficient building envelope with green facades and indoor walls.


Congratulations to the City Council and everyone involved in the project!


Read more at the Skanderborg Municipality website (in Danish)


Five emblematic stamps celebrate Aarhus as the European Capital of Culture 2017

We are honoured to be part of the five stamps issued by PostNord to celebrate Aarhus as European Capital of Culture 2017, highlighting some of the most distinctive buildings, in and around the city, such as Dokk1 and ARoS.


Check what is happening this coming weeks in Aarhus and read more about the cultural events here


In the meantime, learn more about our projects Dokk1 and ARoS


Design unveiled for the State Library of Victoria Vision 2020 redevelopment in Melbourne, AUS

On 30th March 2017, the State Library Victoria in Melbourne unveiled designs of its coming $88.1 million redevelopment plan that will transform the library to meet current and future needs and return 40% more space to public use. Together with our local partner Architectus, we have created the new contemporary design line that aims to unlock possibilities, create connections and be a framework for the Library’s ongoing and future evolution.


As the oldest and busiest public library in Australia, attracting 1.8 million visitors and 3.3 million online users each year, the State Library Victoria is a rich and celebrated cultural institution in Melbourne, a space that reaches out to a broad range of users. The architectural design concept puts these users at its centre providing an open, accessible and welcoming experience for all ages and cultural backgrounds.


Read more about the project here


The new Vendsyssel Theatre opens to a sell-out season in Hjørring, Denmark

A successful premiere marked the beginning of a sold out season at Denmark’s first newly built theatre in over a century outside of the Danish capital Copenhagen. The 4,200 m² theatre and culture building is designed as a dynamic and multifunctional complex that includes a Music hall, Black Box, Rehearsal hall and a 430 seat flexible hall which includes an”in-the-round” theatre. In addition, the building houses offices and spacious lobby area with café and backstage area with workshop and dressing rooms. With its central location in the heart of Hjørring, the theatre will become a dynamo for the entire region’s cultural life.


Read more about the project here


Our VIA project scoops major recognition at MIPIM 2017!

We are honoured to receive a Commendation in the Mixed Use category at the 2017 Architectural Review MIPIM Future Project Awards for the VIA project in Oslo, Norway (also known as Ruseløkkveien 26). Many thanks to our client and collaborators.


Learn more about the project here


Our team progresses to the final stage of Børneriget children’s hospital competition

SHL progress to the final phase of the competition to design ‘Børneriget’, the new children’s hospital at Copenhagen’s Rigshospitalet


We are delighted to share that we are into the final phase of the competition to design the new world class children’s hospital at Copenhagen’s Rigshospitalet in central Copenhagen, together with our team MOE, CREO Arkitekter, Tredje Natur, Keingart and Smith Innovation!


Børneriget will become Denmark’s leading hospital for patients needing highly specialized treatment and an international centre of excellence in the provision of care and treatment to children, adolescents and women in childbirth. The hospital will be designed for children and families everyday life and play will be an integral part of the treatment.


The new building will sit on a 17,900 m² site located at the western end of the current Rigshospitalet site in Central Copenhagen and cover a total floor area of approximately 58,660 m², rising to 60 m high.


Find more information at the Børneriget homepage here


See you at MIPIM 2017

Our SHL team will be attending the upcoming MIPIM Conference at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes (FR), where our VIA project in Oslo (NO) will be exhibited in the Oslo Metropolitan Area stand P-1.M50/N51


Founding Partner Morten Schmidt, Senior Partner Kristian Lars Ahlmark, CCO Nathan Smith and Associate Rasmus Duong-Grunnet will represent our studio this year and, they look forward meeting all our colleagues, friends, clients and future collaborators.


See you there!


You can read more about our VIA mixed-use development here


Vote for our City of Westminster College!

We are honoured to be shortlisted with our City of Westminster College for the Westminster City Council first ever People’s Choice Awards!


Our educational project competes against projects from Zaha Hadid, O’Donnell + Tuomey and Eric Parry Architects to name a few. This distinction, intends to celebrate and promote architectural excellence across the London Borough, and engage the public in a debate about what makes a great building.


Deadline for votes is June 30th, so make sure to cast your vote here


In the meantime you can read more about our project here


The extension to Hvidovre hospital officially breaks ground in Denmark

Construction of the new extension to Hvidovre hospital has officially begun. Staff, patients and local dignitaries celebrated during the official ground breaking ceremony. The new 32,000 m² extension will be situated West of the existing complex and scheduled for completion in 2020.


The four-storey extension comprises an emergency ward, pediatrics ward and obstetrics and cardiology departments. The concrete base will become a flexible and respectful new interpretation while maintaining the orthogonal geometry. A unique feature is the new platform for arrival which angles towards the hospital in one smooth movement and leads below the building.


Region Council Chairman Sophie Hæstorp Andersen had the honour of braking the ground and officially launching the construction of the hospitals new extension. “Today we put the shovel in the ground and begin a new era in the hospital’s history,” said Sophie Hæstorp Andersen.


Read more about the project here


Image by Büro Jantzen

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