Studio Malmö nominated for Swedish Building of the Year Award 2018

Studio Malmö is nominated for the 2018 Building of the Year Award (Årets Bygge). Studio is a 22,000m² mixed-use harbour development located in central Malmö, a vibrant city in southern Sweden. The 14-storey building accommodates an eclectic mix of offices, conference and event spaces, restaurants, cafés and retail outlets, in addition to a hotel and sky bar. As a catalyst for the ongoing regeneration of the Malmö harbour area, the building will become a dynamic focal point and new landmark buzzing with activity day and night, enriching the life of Sweden’s third largest city.


Winners will be announced on March 19 in Stockholm.


Read more about the nomination at Årets Bygge.


In the meantime, you can learn more about Studio Malmö here.


Collaboration with the Danish School of Media and Journalism

In 2016 we began a joint collaboration with the students from the Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX) in Copenhagen to inspire the next generation of photographers. This year we’re continuing our work together with the Innovation and Photography students on their final project assignment portraying buildings such as The Royal Library, Nykredit HQ, The Crystal, The Spinning Mills, Carlsberg Byen and Tjuvholmen Housing. Under the title “UNDER OVERFLADEN”/ “UNDER THE SURFACE”, the students used a method of scratching the surface and investigated things from within, breaking with stereotypical representations and looking to innovate an image ethic that adds contemporary nerve and edge to their photos. Through studies, research and methods, they came closer to a sensation and the atmosphere surrounding Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s architecture, which they expressed through their photography and films.


The results were extraordinary and we look forward to sharing some of their work. Huge thanks to all students and DMJX: Fotografisk Kommunikation for their fantastic efforts and a fruitful collaboration.


Schmidt Hammer Lassen joins Perkins+Will

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has joined global architectural firm Perkins+Will in a strategic partnership that extends Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s international reach and reinforces Perkins+Will’s commitment to sustainability and design excellence.


In addition to a shared vision and purpose, we have symbiotic market strategies. Perkins+Will aims to diversify its global talent, expand its cultural and civic practice, and reinforce the caliber of its design portfolio. At the same time, we at Schmidt Hammer Lassen aim to expand into new geographic markets, grow our client base, and apply groundbreaking design research to practice. The union of Perkins+Will and Schmidt Hammer Lassen is supported in large part by both firms’ legacies of, and commitments to, design excellence. Additionally, both firms are known leaders in sustainability, and through our high-performing, environmentally-responsive designs, we will contribute significantly to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change, and to the improvement of human and ecological health. The partnership is also a celebration of differences in culture, customs, language, and heritage—and of the design innovation that occurs when those differences interplay.


Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects is unequivocally rooted in Scandinavian architectural traditions, which are based on values of democracy, welfare, sustainability, light, openness, and social responsibility. We see the coming together of design cultures, aesthetics, and sensibilities as a positive force that leads to better, more thoughtful and more inclusive architecture. Perkins+Will appreciates and celebrates our Danish design legacy, and we look forward to the many ways it will positively influence our collective body of work.


SHL to design new campus complex for the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute in Oslo

NGI – Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Norway’s largest geotechnical specialist community and a leading centre of research and consultancy in engineering-related geosciences, selected Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects to design a new, contemporary campus. The approximately 30,000-square-metre new complex will not only create a knowledge axis in northern Oslo, but also introduce indoor and outdoor spaces for the public in an area that will see increased pedestrian and bicycle traffic in the coming years.


The campus complex will comprise two new buildings linked by a common entrance area across two levels, and will make room for up to 300 employees. The new NGI campus aims to create sustainable and flexible frameworks for staff, partners and clients, and attract start-up companies both inside and outside of the geoscience industry. The new buildings will serve as an open, dynamic meeting place for visitors and residents.


Learn more about the project here


For more information about the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, visit www.ngi.no


Vendsyssel Theatre and CaoHeJing Creative HQ selected for Archilovers Best Projects 2017

Two Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects projects—Vendsyssel Theatre in Hjørring (DK) and CaoHeJing Guigu Creative Headquarters in Shanghai (CN)—have been selected as two of the “Best on Archilovers 2017” and the most ‘loved’ out of the 50,000 projects published last year. The worldwide network praises our projects for their high standards for aesthetics, functionality and creativity.


See Archilovers’ full list


Read more about Vendsyssel Theatre here and CaoHeJing Guigu Creative Headquarters here


SHL wins Sports and Culture Campus in Gellerup, Aarhus (DK)

We have won the competition to design the Sports and Culture Campus in Gellerup (Aarhus, DK). The multi-use community project is a key component of the revitalisation of the Gellerup district, and will become an inspiring, welcoming and open destination for city residents and visitors.


A jury commissioned by Aarhus Kommune and Brabrand Boligforening selected our collaborative team that includes MASU Planning ApS, Loop Architects and COWI A/S to design the new Sports and Culture Campus located in a community in western Aarhus that is seeing an influx of redevelopment and revitalisation. The sprawling Gellerup Sports and Culture Campus will comprise a library, facilities for local residents, a playful activity house for circus, soccer, school and climbing – and potentially a unique public swimming pool. The campus is expected to attract more than 600,000 visitors annually.


Learn more about the project at Sports and Culture Campus in Gellerup


HeartFelt™: Best Architectural Finish of the Year

Architectural Record has awarded HeartFelt™ linear felt wall and ceiling panels Best Architectural Finish of the Year. After AR’s annual review of the best architectural products of the year, a competition that attracted more than 250 entries, the jury selected HeartFelt™ for its unique design and sustainable qualities. The panels are made with Cradle to Cradle-certified felt, a natural and soft material with a warm appearance and excellent acoustic properties.


HeartFelt™ was developed in collaboration with Hunter Douglas and previously won Best of the Best for product design at the Red Dot Design Awards in Germany, and is Cradle to Cradle Bronze- and Greenguard Gold-certified.


More information about the product can be found here


People Behavior: an industrial PhD project

In partnership with engineering firm Søren Jensen, we present industrial PhD project “People Behavior: Using Digital Twin of a Smart Building to Attain a Quantitative Understanding and Improvement of the User Experience.” Engineer and PhD candidate Andrew Khoudi will explore the impact of architecture on user experience using Dokk1, Scandinavia’s largest public library, as a case, and SHL’s Associate Partner Trine Berthold will act as industrial supervisor.


Innovationsfonden and Realdania—who jointly offer funding for business research projects within Smart Buildings and Smart Cities—approved the “People Behavior” industrial PhD project, which will give Khoudi access to partnerships and education in BLOXHUB among other resources.


Dokk1, Aarhus School of Architecture, Aarhus University, and the University of Bath are all partners on the project.


More info can be found here (link in Danish)


And learn more about Dokk1 here


SHL wins University of Bristol Library

Together with British architecture studio Hawkins\Brown and engineering firm BuroHappold, we have been appointed to design the new £80 million University of Bristol Library, a landmark project for the university’s revitalization of its Clifton Campus.


The winning proposal integrates with the local built environment, capitalises on the location and views, and extends the landscaping from the Royal Fort Garden throughout the entire precinct. There is an ambition to include exhibition spaces, reading rooms and a café for the public to enjoy. The new library may also include a cultural collections centre to give access to the University’s world-class collections of historic books, art and theatre artefacts.


“Libraries make a difference in people’s lives. Not only for scholars, researchers and students, but for all citizens. They bring people and communities together – and they release potential. This building will be a beacon of knowledge and it will play a vital part in the life and experience of the University of Bristol and the city of Bristol itself.  It will be a sustainable, contemporary, welcoming, and fun place to be – while remaining in harmony with the rich traditions and history of its surroundings.” said Founding Partner Morten Schmidt.

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