We are shortlisted to design the new Brampton Centre of Innovation in Ontario, Canada

We have been shortlisted, together with Perkins+Will, to design the Brampton Centre for Innovation (BCI), a new joint-use facility that will house a new Brampton City Library branch and an academic library associated with Ryerson University.


Located in the greater Toronto area, the BCI facility will support the university campus and provide significant stimulus at the heart of the city’s downtown area. The city of Brampton expects the building’s design to “provide a positive and engaging user experience both within the building and through its streetscape and urban design.” The city continues: “BCI will serve all Brampton residents as well as university students, providing opportunities for elementary, secondary, post-secondary students to engage with, innovate and collaborate with one another, residents, the business community and industry in a collaborative setting that promotes experiential learning.” The centre will also contain an innovation zone, an event and conference space, an entrepreneurial centre, retail space, and mixed-use functions.


The BCI facility is anticipated to be delivered to coincide with the opening of the university campus in September 2022, pending provincial funding and timing.


Our previous experience delivering higher education and cultural buildings with an open and democratic approach includes the City of Westminster College in London, the CaoHeJing Innovation Incubator in Shanghai, and the University of Bristol Library in the UK, which is currently in development.


We’re shortlisted to design the new Hungarian Museum of Transport in Budapest

The Hungarian Museum of Transport has shortlisted a team lead by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects with Perkins+Will, BuroHappold Engineering and JAC Studios to design its new exhibition and collection venues that will be rebuilt on a historically significant site in Budapest. The shortlist includes some of the world’s most acclaimed architectural practices such as BIG, Lacaton & Vassal, David Chipperfield, Diller Scofidio & Renfro, and Foster & Partners, while the expressions of interest in the invited competition attracted more than 90 valid applications.


The museum’s General Director Dávid Vitézy said the project to transform part of the Northern Maintenance Depot in Budapest would be one of Europe’s most ambitious brownfield regeneration programmes, “offering challenges in the field of architecture, urban development, heritage conservation and landscaping.” The competition jury is expected to announce a winner in February 2019.


More information about the project can be found here.


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.

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