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Kristian Ahlmark speaks at Active House Symposium in Toronto, Canada

On September 16, Active House Alliance will host the 7th Active House Symposium “Building Healthy, Living Healthy: A new era in sustainable building design”, an event that addresses and supports the vision of creating buildings that provide healthier and more comfortable lives for people without negatively impacting the climate and environment – thus moving us towards a cleaner, healthier and safer world.


Presented for the first time in North America, the Active House Symposium invited Schmidt Hammer Lassen Partner and Design Director Kristian Ahlmark to open the event. He will speak about “Liveable Cities” and the firm’s approach to building design focused on daylight, the human experience, and urban regeneration.


For more information about the event, program, and registration, visit activehouse.ca.


We are shortlisted to design the new Ibsen Library in Skien, Norway

The Skien municipality shortlisted Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, landscape architect SLA and Rambøll Norge to design a new library that will honor the legacy of famed playwright Henrik Ibsen. In addition to the library, the 7,000-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.


The proposed site, located in the Meierikvartalet neighbourhood close to Henrik 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.


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.


More information about the project can be found here.


Partner Kasper Frandsen speaks at “(RE)CONNECTING – Architecture and city in a new context” in Hamburg

Tomorrow, the renowned magazine AIT will host ACO Architects’ and Planners’ Day 2019 during the international art exhibition NordArt in Hamburg, Germany. The event will include a series of conferences, lectures, and exhibitions on the topic of “(RE)CONNECTING – Architecture and city in a new context”. (RE)CONNECTING will place a special focus on how to intelligently connect cities and redefine urban modules in order to return space and time to their inhabitants.


Partner Kasper Heiberg Frandsen will be the keynote speaker, presenting Schmidt Hammer Lassen projects including Dokk1 and Malmö Live as examples of “People Connections and Urban Interventions.” He will also talk about how smart urban planning and the development of new scenarios lead to innovative solutions for the cities of the future.


For more information (in German) about the event and program, visit www.ait-xia-dialog.de.


Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects lands its first project in Japan

Fukuoka Jisho, a Japanese real estate company, and JFA-Group, a consortium composed of JR Kyushu and Aso Corporation, have been selected in conjunction with Schmidt Hammer Lassen to design a mixed-use complex in Fukuoka, Japan.


Fukuoka Hakata-Higashi is a development combining office, retail, and a mechanical parking tower located in close proximity to Hakata Station, one of the major rail stations in southern Japan and the largest on Kyushu Island.


Fukuoka Hakata-Higashi will become a unifying complex and a versatile reflection of city life contributing to the community development around the station.


The project is scheduled to complete in March 2024.


Architectural leaders discuss the future of materiality in Aarhus

Last Thursday, September 5, our Aarhus studio hosted some of the leading voices in architecture for a panel discussion about materiality as a part of “Aarhus Festuge”, the city’s annual celebration of art, culture, and architecture.


“Nature’s Materials and Architecture” brought together Reiulf Ramstad, Design Director at Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter; Roland Bechmann, Managing Director and Partner at Werner Sobek; Frans Drewniak, Teaching Associate Professor of Architecture and Technology at KAD​K, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts; and Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects Founding Partner Bjarne Hammer for a lively discussion about the role of materials in the future of the building industry. The discussion was moderated by Rasmus Kierkegaard, Partner at Schmidt Hammer Lassen.


“Nature’s Materials and Architecture” was produced in collaboration with some of Denmark’s finest material suppliers including VOLA, Louis Poulsen, Garde Hvalsøe, Dinesen, and Zurface.


Our Fab Knowledge Group will host a talk by Digital Design Unit (DDU)

This Thursday, September 5, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects will host a talk by Digital Design Unit (DDU), an architectural research and teaching branch at the Faculty of Architecture of Technische Universität Darmstadt in Germany.


Our Fab Knowledge Group pushes the boundaries of robotics, automation, physical modelling, and prototyping through testing and research. As part of our Digital Practice knowledge sessions, research fellow and PhD candidate Samim Mehdizadeh will speak about ROTO-FORM, a project that aims to expand the geometric freedom of concrete elements with a resource-efficient casting process.


DDU explores possibilities in architecture through computation, crowdsourcing, gaming, digital fabrication, and robotics. Read more about DDU at ddu-research.com.



We are in the final round to design the new Dordrecht City Hall and Library in The Netherlands

The island city of Dordrecht in The Netherlands advanced Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects to the final round in a competition to design the Huis van Stad en Regio, a municipal building that will become the city’s most prominent public hub.


Housing a library, a citizens’ service center, a city tourism center, and office space for the civil services of the municipality Dordrecht and the Drechtsteden, the new city hall will be the catalyst for further development of the Spuiboulevard area. In addition to the 20,000-square-metre building, the competition includes a proposal for the redevelopment of the surrounding public space, parking, and additional commercial programming.


Our vision for this new urban node looks to the future of learning, working, and engaging in the public realm.


Associate Partner Masahiro Katsume to lecture at JaDAS workshop in Copenhagen

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, will host a workshop series this month.


Associate Partner Masahiro Katsume will serve as a lecturer and guest critic for the students’ project proposals focused on the redevelopment of Refshaleøen, an historic industrial area of Copenhagen implementing innovative urban solutions on a global scale. As an advisor, Masahiro will review the students work, as well as lecture about Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s body of work, Danish design traditions, and the art of free hand sketching.


For more information and lecture updates follow @japananddenmarkarchitecturalstudies on Facebook here.


Christchurch, New Zealand’s new central library wins major national awards

Tūranga has been sweeping the New Zealand award circuit since opening in October 2018. The new central library in Christchurch was recently awarded a New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) Canterbury Architecture Award in the Public and Interior Architecture categories. During the ceremony on June 6, Tūranga also scooped a coveted Colour award. The library will now be considered for the NZIA’s National Architecture Awards programme held in November this year. Read more at www.nzia.co.nz.


Last week, the project also received both the Best in Category (Civic and Arts) and overall Supreme Award at the Property Council of New Zealand Industry Awards. Entered by project managers AECOM, the awards are focused on recognising buildings that provide an outstanding return and delivery of service potential on investment of funds. More information about the prize can be found at www.propertynz.co.nz.


Learn more about Christchurch Central Library here.

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