Helsingborg Hospital extension in Sweden restarts construction

Earlier this month, the construction of the Helsingborg Hospital extension in Sweden restarted after a three year hiatus that allowed the building’s facilities to be further developed to meet future medical care requirements.


The extension of Helsingborg Hospital is designed as a single building that houses three areas of activity: an out-patient clinic, laboratories, and a psychiatric ward, all spread from the lower and compact levels of the building to the top level which has a more transparent structure. Key to the whole design has been flexibility, a clear layout, variety, human scale, green courtyards and optimal conditions for daylight.


Learn more about Helsingborg Hospital extension here.


Partners Kim Holst Jensen and Kasper Heiberg Frandsen speak at VOLA 50 years anniversary

In 1968, VOLA made the original modern-day tap, pioneering an iconic design that has remained classic, timeless and desirable ever since. To celebrate 50 years since Arne Jacobsen collaborated with VOLA on the original design, Design Director and Partner Kim Holst Jensen together with Partner Kasper Frandsen were invited to talk about modern architecture at an anniversary celebration held at the new international sailing center at Aarhus Ø in Denmark.


Last week, more than 150 international architects from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, Sweden, Japan and the U.S. were invited to visit the VOLA factory and participate in an architectural tour to Aarhus Townhall, designed by Arne Jacobsen. They also toured the modern architecture of Aarhus Ø, where Kim talked about the award-winning Dokk1, Scandinavia’s largest public library and Kasper lectured about the underground extension of the ARoS Art Museum, an exciting collaboration with world famous American light artist, James Turrell.


Partner Trine Berthold and Architect Waleria Kudera speak at Next Library Berlin 2018

An impressive line-up of inspiring Next Library Igniters awaits at this year’s Next Library conference in Berlin. Amongst them are Partner Trine Berthold and Architect Waleria Kudera who will lead a workshop themed “Transform Libraries: Transform Spaces, Organizations, Cities” on 13 September. The workshop will kick off with a brief PechaKucha presentation that will explore a different angle of transformation based on case studies from Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s recent portfolio including State Library Victoria in Melbourne, Christchurch Central Library in New Zealand and Gellerup Sports and Culture Centre in Denmark.


Moreover, engineer and PhD candidate Andrew Khoudi will present his industrial PhD project supervised by Berthold, “People Behavior: Using Digital Twin of a Smart Building to Attain a Quantitative Understanding and Improvement of the User Experience.” that uses Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Dokk1 as a case for exploring the impact of architecture on user experience.


The purpose of Next Library is to look ahead and explore the continuously evolving nature of the public library in the 21st century with international, forward-thinking professionals, innovators and decision-makers who push boundaries and make changes that support learning.


More information about the workshop can be found here.


Partner Rasmus Kierkegaard speaks at Helsinki Design Week

Helsinki Design Week (HDW), the largest design festival in the Nordic countries, dedicates its 13 September program to architecture, focusing on the relation between a project and its environment, as well as the encounters of history and modern architecture. Partner Rasmus Kierkegaard will speak about “The Balance of Values in Architecture,” paying particular attention to the National Danish Archive in Viborg, a Schmidt Hammer Lassen project designed in collaboration with Graphic Concrete, presenting partner of the HDW Architecture Day.


For more information about HDW Architecture Day and to register to attend, visit helsinkidesignweek.com.


You can also read more about the National Archive in Viborg here.


Drawing of the Year 2018

The Aarhus School of Architecture’s highly anticipated Drawing of the Year competition that invites architectural students from around the world to submit entries that “demonstrate their ability to dream and create drawings that inspire for change” has been announced, and we are proud to be a presenting partner.


Senior Associate and Architect Thomas Bossel will serve as a jury member of the sixth annual international competition boldly themed “Shaping New Realities.” The theme explores the complex web of societal problems that need solving through technology and other means, and architecture’s role in the equation. The competition aims to “continuously explore new tendencies in architecture through architectural drawing and to challenge the use of new techniques and mixed media.” Bold, inspiring, provocative proposals on all scales and in all environments are encouraged.


Drawings can be submitted no later than November 1st 2018 at 12.00 noon (CET).


Drawing of the Year is a collaboration between Aarhus School of Architecture, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, VOLA and the Danish Arts Foundation. Read more information about the Drawing of the Year 2018 competition here.


Elif Tinaztepe talks architecture and libraries at the Living Well with Books conference in Bristol, UK

Associate Partner and Senior Project Architect Elif Tinaztepe talks architecture and libraries as democratic knowledge centres that blend physical books and media with artefacts and resources for the information age. She will deliver the keynote speech tomorrow September 6th at the Living Well with Books conference in the Centre for Material Texts at the University of Bristol, UK.


Library design lives in our DNA. Over the past 30 years, we have become global leaders and award-winning experts in the design and building of libraries, with 15 around the world and counting.


For more information visit: Books at Bristol


Vanke Times Center in Beijing opens with art installations and a meditation garden

Located in Beijing’s busy Chaoyang District, Vanke Times Center is a new creative urban complex 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 Architects for its first complete renovation project — the revitalization of a former shopping mall into a vibrant hub for the city. Now complete, 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.


The original building consisted of four levels on a rectangular plane with a modest central atrium created primarily for circulation purposes — a design typical of a 1990s large-scale shopping mall. In order to bring more light into the building, we created a series of three atriums — two that aim to increase connection and natural light to the deep floor plan, and one carved from the street facade, creating a clear main entrance. Three office clusters, topped with penthouse office space and lush roof gardens, surround the three atriums.


“Our design of the Vanke Times Center redevelopment was influenced by the trend of businesses wanting a more dynamic, well-rounded office environment for their employees,” said Chris Hardie, Partner at Schmidt Hammer Lassen. “In addition to opening up the atriums and bringing a Scandinavian sensibility to the design, we pushed for the inclusion of artistic and creative spaces that both the public and tenants could enjoy.”


Read more at Vanke Times Center.


Associate Partner Masahiro Katsume lectures at JaDAS workshop in Copenhagen

Associate Partner and Senior Project Manager Masahiro Katsume will lecture at a workshop series for Japan and Denmark Architectural Studies (JaDAS), a project offering Japanese and Nordic architectural students an opportunity to learn and exchange social backgrounds and architectural cultures between Denmark and Japan. The lectures will take place at Nørrebro Theatre on August 23rd and 30th, 2018.


Masahiro will focus his talks on design process and free hand-sketching as a presentation tool. His advisory role to the Japanese students will include enhancing skills and work methods to promote hand-sketching as an instrument to maintain creativity in today’s practices.


For more information and lecture updates follow @japananddenmarkarchitecturalstudies here.


Since joining Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects in 2001, Masahiro Katsume has managed important architectural assignments across Europe and China. He has led and been involved in a number of projects, including VIA, a new 58,500 m² office and retail space in central Oslo, Norway; Hästen 21, a 45,600 m² mixed-use development in Stockholm, Sweden; the 42,000 m² Amazon Court Offices in Prague, Czechoslovakia; calling center masterplans for the world’s largest mobile phone operator China Mobile in mainland China; and the 50,000 m² Green Valley Offices in Shanghai.


*Hand-sketch of a Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects project in Fukuoka, Japan


Shortlisted to design the new Høje-Taastrup City Hall in the Copenhagen Metropolitan Area

We have been shortlisted to design the new city hall premises for Høje-Taastrup, a municipality in the Copenhagen metropolitan area, along with a team consisting of ISC Engineering and 1:1 Landscape Architects.


This city hall of the future will be a modern and well-functioning workplace for the municipality’s employees in need of a flexible set up with opportunity for collaboration and knowledge sharing across the entire organization. It will also serve as an attractive meeting place that is democratic, open and accessible to all citizens. As the first construction project in the new district of Høje Taastrup C, the new city hall will stand as a strong candidate for the ambitious urban development of the area.


Construction is expected to start in early 2020, with completion expected by the end of 2021.


More information (in Danish) about the announcement can be found here.


Our previous experience delivering modern and democratic citizen service centres in Denmark includes the highly sustainable Skanderborg Sports and Administration Centre and the citizen service centre at Dokk1.

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