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Are you interested in developing innovative products for the built environment with a focus on sustainability and the circular economy? Do you want to be part of a team with talented designers and architects who focus on challenging existing methods of production and consumption? Our design team is looking for an intern to help design research-based innovative products for the architectural built environment.


Read more about the position we offer and apply here.


“Hello Denmark” exhibition at the Danish Architecture Center features Greenland’s Ny Anstalt correctional facility

A new exhibition at the Danish Architecture Center in Copenhagen celebrates Danish culture through the lens of architecture. “Hello Denmark” takes visitors on a journey through six fundamental elements central to everyday life in Denmark: relationship to nature; trust in society; hygge; cycling culture; the value of design; and proximity to water.


Ny Anstalt, our correctional facility project in Nuuk, Greenland that addresses human rights through design, is used to illustrate the core Danish belief that good design should be afforded to everyone. At Ny Anstalt, where the focus is on rehabilitation as well as punishment, openness, light, views, security, and flexibility are the leading values behind the design.


“Hello Denmark” runs until October 18, 2020. For opening hours and more information on the exhibition, click here.


The official inauguration of Ny Anstalt is scheduled to take place later this year. In the meantime, learn more about the project here.


Design for the sustainable mixed-use K8 tower in Norway moves forward with approval from Stavanger City Council

The design for K8, a dynamic scheme for boosting the city of Stavanger’s ambitions for future urban developments, received final approval from the city council last week.


The 16-storey, 15,000-square-metre project will create a new benchmark for sustainable and creative work environments while re-envisioning public space as a generously expanded, densely vegetated garden.


As a vibrant and highly flexible mixed-use complex housing offices, restaurants, cultural institutions, and exhibition and conference spaces, K8’s development draws upon the local architectural heritage, the activity of the neighbourhood, and the pedestrian connections to the city.


K8 introduces innovative ways of reducing energy consumption and the building’s CO2 footprint, targeting a BREEAM NOR Excellent and WELL Gold certification.


Learn more about K8 here and read about the developer Base Property’s ambitions for the project (in Norwegian) here.


Tomorrow marks the fifth anniversary of Dokk1!

The modern hybrid library in Aarhus, Denmark is the kind of project that continues to teach us what a library can be.


Since opening its doors on 20 June 2015, the building has stood as an icon in the city, bringing people from all walks of life towards the harbor front. Over the past five years the library, citizen service center, light rail station, office, automated public car park, and outdoor public squares have served more than six million visitors.


Through smart programming, Dokk1 is ripe with versatile and adaptable spaces that provide for digital, analog, group, and individual interactions. The project is a place for ‘connection and collection’ where knowledge and cultural exchange happens every day.


Congratulations on five years, Dokk1.




The new Sports and Culture Campus in Gellerup, Denmark is on the rise

Today Partner Rasmus Kierkegaard gave remarks at the cornerstone laying ceremony for the Gellerup Sports and Culture Campus outside of Aarhus, Denmark. The mixed-use culture campus will comprise six newly-built facilities for a community that is seeing an influx of redevelopment and revitalization. They include community spaces, a library, a civic centre, a city park, and a playful activity house for circus, sports, school, and climbing. Symbolically, a capsule containing relevant community artefacts will be cast into the building’s foundation.


Our design presents an inviting building structure that breaks up the city’s existing boxy grid with an open, flowing layout that strengthens community ties, neighbourhood democracy, and cohesion.


The cornerstone laying ceremony was hosted by Aarhus Municipality and Brabrand Housing Association. Follow all news related to the campus here.


The new Sports and Culture Campus in Gellerup is expected to complete by the end of next year.


Turning old school buses into COVID-19 mobile labs for underserved communities

In order to make coronavirus testing more accessible to low-income communities across the United States, we’ve developed the COVID-19 mobile lab together with Perkins and Will and in partnership with Arup. The scalable solution increases COVID-19 testing capacity within high-density, high-risk, and underserved neighborhoods by bringing the testing site into the community.


Our team identified seven key parameters to guide the design process: equitability, mobility, accessibility, speed, flexibility, ease of implementation, and scalability. School buses – mostly unused while students are learning from home – was a universally relevant solution.


Every element of the mobile testing lab, including the generators, HVAC systems, and awnings, is designed to be sourced off-the-shelf from vendors, ensuring easy replicability across communities. In the future, these mobile testing labs could also offer antibody testing, or administer vaccines — once discovered and approved — to society’s most vulnerable populations.


Read more about the project in Fast Company’s recent story, “How we could turn out-of-use school buses into low-cost mobile COVID test labs” found here.


Kristian Lars Ahlmark speaks at JUNG’s virtual lecture series

Save the date! Partner and Design Director Kristian Lars Ahlmark will speak at a virtual lecture series focusing on Nordic architecture on May 26 at 10AM, an event organized by JUNG, the German supplier of modern building technology, and the German Architecture Museum DAM in Frankfurt.


The Nordic session will include Kristian’s lecture “(re)Connecting the City” that will address the blurred line between master planning and building design and its influence on connectivity in the public realm.


More details can be found here.


We won our first university project in North America: the Gateway Building at the University of British Columbia

In collaboration with Perkins and Will, we have been selected to design the new Gateway Building, a transformational project at The University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada.


The Gateway Building will co-locate the School of Nursing, School of Kinesiology, Integrated Student Health Services, and other of UBC health programs in a building that will facilitate interaction and synergy, and contribute to students’ and faculty’s health and wellbeing. Supporting collaboration between programs, the Gateway Building will convey UBC as a place that leads research and forward-thinking ideas in health science.


As the principal point of entry and historical arrival route to UBC, the building will play a critical role in creating an academic gateway experience and is an opportunity to express the university’s identity and values.


Ningbo New Library, an elegant blend of cultural functions, completes in China

After opening our Shanghai studio more than 12 years ago, we have realized our first library project in China, the 31,800-square-metre Ningbo New Library. Located 200 kilometres south of Shanghai at the centre of Ningbo, China’s new cultural hub, the library is a vital element in the ongoing development of the city.


Founded in 1927, the original Ningbo City Library held the largest collection of historic and ancient books in the region and attracted three to four thousand daily visitors. The new library, with its open, accessible architecture, aims to double the number of daily visitors and become the cultural heart of the community.


“We first came to Ningbo seven years ago when the Eastern New Town area of Ningbo was just beginning to slowly redevelop,” said Chris Hardie, Partner and Design Director Shanghai at Schmidt Hammer Lassen. “To see the library completed and part of not only the new ecological wetland landscape, but also the fabric of the local culture, is a rewarding milestone for our team.”


Read more about Ningbo New Library here.

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