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See you in Cannes for MIPIM 2020

The world’s leading property market is gathering the most influential players from all sectors of the international property industry, and we’ll be there for four inspiring days of networking, learning and exchanging ideas with colleagues, clients, and partners.


Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects Partner and Managing Director Sanne Wall-Gremstrup, Partner and Design Director Kristian Ahlmark, and Associate Partner Mads Engel will be in Cannes, France March 10-13. Joining MIPIM’s 2020 call for sustainability and social empowerment, they look forward to connecting with new and familiar faces, and sharing our most recent office, mixed-use, residential, master plan, and other projects.


First look at University of Bristol’s new library

The University of Bristol has submitted a planning application for its landmark new library, which will transform the heart of its Clifton campus and provide an architecturally significant new building for the city, along with improved external public spaces.


The library will accommodate learning and research space with capacity for 2,000 new study seats, 420,000 books, and 70,000 journals. The library forms a key part of the university’s vision and strategy for transforming the Clifton campus, which includes providing new and enhanced facilities, improvements to public spaces and creating a welcoming heart to the university for students, staff, and the community at large.


The library’s design followed three overarching design principles: civic and publicly accessible spaces that invite the city inside, contextually relevant architecture that is closely integrated with its surroundings, and designing a landmark with significant historical, architectural, and cultural meaning.


Bristol City Council is expected to make a decision on the planning application in the spring.


In the meantime, you can learn more about our project at University of Bristol Library.


Stedelijk Knooppunt: A sustainable, human-centred vision for the new House of City and Region in Dordrecht, The Netherlands

Schmidt Hammer Lassen is in the final round of a competition to design the new House of City and Region (Huis van Stad en Regio), a civic building that will become Dordrecht’s most prominent public hub and the future vision of the urban park, the library, and the workplace. Here is a preview of our proposal for the 22,000-square-metre cultural anchor and urban node defining the future identity of the city. The project comprises a citizens’ service centre, library, tourist information centre, and workplaces for the civil services of the municipality Dordrecht and the Drechtsteden.


Our proposal for the new House of City and Region embodies the spirit and identity of Dordrecht as a city on the water. With its unique location between the train station and historic city centre, the project will function as a facilitator of culture, a connector, and an environment for ideas and innovation, co-created with its stakeholders.


Stedelijk Knooppunt is publicly exhibited amongst other proposals through Sunday, February 9 at SpuiLAB210 in Dordrecht, The Netherlands. The project will be rewarded in spring 2020.


Sveinung Chercka-Simonsen speaks Closed Cavity Facades (CCF) at Dansk Byggeri event

Associate and Project Architect Sveinung Chercka-Simonsen will discuss the technology used in the construction of VIA, a mixed-use development that will comprise exclusive shops, high-end offices, and parking facilities in the heart of Oslo at Alufacadesektionens Temadag 2020, an event hosted by Dansk Byggeri today in Middlefart, Denmark.


VIA is the only project in Scandinavia to use high-performance Closed Cavity Façade (CCF), an innovation that responds to the necessity of an optimized building design where the interaction between energy, indoor climate, and daylight availability play a central role. Much like a traditional ventilated double façade, a CCF protects the solar shading to ensure reliability in any wind condition. It goes a step further, however, with a sealed cavity that prevents the introduction of dust and dirt, reducing maintenance costs considerably.


Learn more about VIA, a project scheduled for completion in 2021, here.


And click here for more information about the event.


Happy Chinese New Year

We enter the Year of the Rat with excitement about an array of buildings in China nearing completion and some soontoberevealed project openings. We look forward to showcasing our long-awaited works in the city of Ningbo such as Ningbo New Library, a cultural hub placed next to an ecological park and lake; the new headquarters for Ningbo Daily Newspaper Group which sits at the heart of the new East Town development of the city; and Ningbo Home of Staff, a series of stepped mixed-use building volumes that are linked by a landscape, which rises from a central public park to become accessible green roof terraces.


In Shanghai, China’s largest city and a global financial and innovation hub, CaoHeJing Guigu Creative Headquarters, a centre supporting and nurturing high-tech firms, is targeted to complete this year.


In the Year of the Rat we celebrate the results of years of hard work, enormous talent, and fruitful collaborations.


Cheers to a rewarding Year of the Rat.


We won the latest phase of the new Ibsen Library project in Skien, Norway

Schmidt Hammer Lassen, landscape architect SLA, and engineering and architectural firm Rambøll Norge won the Meierikvartalet site in the competition to design the new Ibsen Library in Skien, Norway. It was announced yesterday evening that our team delivered the winning design for one of two sites being considered for the new library.


In the coming weeks, the Skien municipality will decide whether our design at the Meierikvartalet site or the alternative Kulturkvartalet site will be the ultimate home to a new library that honors the legacy of famed playwright Henrik Ibsen. The Meierikvartalet site, located close to Ibsen’s birthplace, will make the library a cultural highlight of Skien’s town centre and a key driver of its cultural building programming and tourism for years to come.


The 9,800-square-metre building will house exhibition and performance spaces that will allow visitors to experience the work and influence of Henrik Ibsen, as well as a citizens’ service center, tourist information center, and offices.


Like Dokk1, our award-winning mixed-use library in Denmark, Skien Library will join a new generation of modern hybrid libraries that bring citizens and visitors together for knowledge sharing in a multipurpose cultural institution.


The final site will be chosen in March 2020.


For more information, visit: Ibsen Library.


Elif Tinaztepe talks diversity and libraries at the Heimtextil trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany

Heimtextil, the biggest international trade fair for home and contract textiles, invited partner Elif Tinaztepe to speak at Interior.Architecture.Hospitality, a special show that brought together internationally renowned architects and other experts for lectures, exhibitions, and other events in Frankfurt, Germany. Curated by AIT-Dialog, this year’s Interior.Architecture.Hospitality centered on the theme of diversity, which Elif used for the basis of her presentation titled “Learning from Libraries: Capturing the Temporal.”


Elif walked the audience through Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s approach to library transformation, highlighting notable projects including Halifax Central Library in Canada, Sports and Culture Campus Gellerup in Denmark, Christchurch Central Library in New Zealand, Dokk1 in Denmark, and State Library Victoria in Australia.


For more information about Interior.Architecture.Hospitality (in German), visit AIT Dialog.


Redeveloped State Library Victoria opens to the public

State Library Victoria, the oldest, largest library in Australia, has officially reopened its doors to the public, revealing extensively transformed library spaces. The library comprises 23 individual buildings and occupies an entire city block in Melbourne’s city centre.


The newly designed spaces are part of a five-year redevelopment plan aimed at expanding the library’s community outreach and enhancing the visitor experience. Working in partnership, Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Architectus were tasked with rethinking and revitalising the existing spaces of the library in order to unlock possibilities, create connections, and provide a framework for the library’s ongoing and future evolution.


Elif Tinaztepe, Partner at Schmidt Hammer Lassen, said that working on a project of such historical and cultural significance was an exercise in contrasts.


“Our work is deeply contextual, so we dedicated ourselves to studying this historical institution and understanding its important place in the cultural landscape of Melbourne. Our aim with the transformation of State Library Victoria was to allow the heritage spaces to stand out in their raw beauty while complementing them with a strong contemporary design line to help carry this beloved institution into the future. Respecting the authenticity of the spaces and existing design elements was our guiding principle.”


Discover the project here.


“Fremtidens boligpolitik og byudvikling,” a debate about the future of housing and urban development

On Friday, November 29, 2019, from 13:00 to 15:00, our Copenhagen studio will open its doors for “Fremtidens boligpolitik og byudvikling,” a debate held in Danish about the future of housing policies and urban development in Denmark.


Some of the larger Danish cities have evolved from being welfare cities to prosperous urban areas, where fewer people have the opportunity to live. It is a global phenomenon that has hit Denmark and calls into questioning our understanding of the city as a common space. Prosperous cities and the increasing spatial disparities between living standards and welfare have created a heated debate involving citizens, politicians, planners, and architects. There is a broad consensus that a diverse city is best for the cohesion of society, but how do we achieve the creation of diverse cities when prices have skyrocketed in the recent decades? Who is responsible for the urban development and what role do architects play in creating inclusive cities for everyone?


Schmidt Hammer Lassen will add to the conversation around the responsibility of every player in the industry to create a brighter housing policy for future generations, as well as the government’s agenda to promote good and affordable housing for everyone. We have invited Denmark’s Building and Housing Minister, Kaare Dybvad; Marius Møller, Director of Pension Danmark; Camilla Van Deurs, the new City Architect for the City of Copenhagen and previous Masterplan and Landscape Architecture Leader at Gehl; and Anders Bo Bach, Director of Bach Gruppen København to join Kristian Ahlmark, Partner and Design Director at Schmidt Hammer Lassen to debate the issues. Danish Architectural Press Director Kristoffer Weiss, a strong voice in the architectural industry, will moderate the conversation of this dynamic group.


There are a limited number of seats. To confirm your participation, please email [email protected].


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