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.


Ladybug Workshops in Aarhus and Copenhagen

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects will host the upcoming Ladybug software workshop series in Copenhagen and Aarhus September 7-11, 2018 and September 13-17, 2018, respectively. The workshops will focus on using Ladybug Tools plugins to support a performance-based design process. Attendees will learn how to perform simulation and produce customized, interactive visualizations for environmentally-informed designs.


Ladybug Tools is a collection of free computer applications that support environmental design and education. Of all the available environmental design software packages, Ladybug Tools is among the most comprehensive, connecting 3D Computer-Aided Design (CAD) interfaces to a host of validated simulation engines.


Seats are limited and will be reserved on a first come, first served basis. See the full program and register here.


Ladybug Workshop in Copenhagen
September 7-11, 2018
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Njalsgade 17A, Pakhus 2, 2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark


Ladybug Workshop in Aarhus
September 13-17, 2018
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Hack Kampmanns Plads 10, Pakhus 13, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark


Partner Chris Hardie appointed Visiting Professor at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture in Aberdeen

Chris Hardie, Partner and Design Director, Shanghai, has been appointed Visiting Professor at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland. His advisory role to the school will include using innovative tools and work methods to promote architecture to wider audiences, and participating in lecture series and events focused on interdisciplinary approaches to great design.


Chris Hardie joined Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects in 2008 to lead the design of projects within the London office, alongside founding partner Morten Schmidt. He became an Associate Partner in 2011, and was promoted to Partner in 2014. In 2010 Chris relocated to Shanghai and founded Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Shanghai office where he currently leads the studio’s operations in Asia.


He has been involved in and led a number of projects, including a new 100,000m2 headquarters for Ningbo Daily Newspaper Group, the 113,000 m2 Shenzhen Waste to Energy Plant, the new 125,000 m2 cultural home for Ningbo Labour Union known as the “Home of Staff,” the new Ningbo Central Library due to open in 2018, a new 1,800 seat musical theatre for DreamWorks in Shanghai, a creative innovation hub project in CaoHeJing Hi-tech Park, and China’s largest library in Shanghai set to complete in 2020.


The New Aalborg University Hospital in Denmark tops out

Today, the City of Aalborg, Region Nordjylland, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, and design partners Creo and Link arkitektur celebrate the topping out of the highest beam on the New Aalborg University Hospital structure.


The New Aalborg University Hospital in Northern Jutland, which is expected to complete in 2020, comprises a 330.000 m² masterplan with a hospital complex and a faculty of health science for Aalborg University. The overall architectural approach is to design the hospital with specific attention to the individual user, creating optimal conditions to support the comfort of both patients and visitors. The surroundings are less formal, less institutional and less impersonal than the typical hospital. The idea is to enhance the characteristics of the landscape and to create synergy between the different hospital functions. Read more about the project here.


Photo by Region Nordjylland


Halifax Central Library in Canada wins inaugural Maritime Architectural Design Excellence Award

Three years after its opening, Halifax Central Library in Canada, continues generating interest from local residents and attracting national and global attention. This time around Halifax Central Library won the Award of Excellence in the public category at the inaugural Maritime Architectural Design Excellence Awards.


The first ever Maritime Architectural Design Excellence Awards were held on Friday, June 1 in Saint John, New Brunswick in Canada. The awards were presented by the Architect Association of Prince Edward Island, the Architects’ Association of New Brunswick and the Nova Scotia Association of Architects, honouring excellent architectural work across the region. Read more about the awards here.


And learn more about Halifax Central Library here.

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