Construction has begun on the redesign of Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center, an expansive mixed-use development on historic Commonwealth Pier in the city’s Seaport District. Designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen, the adaptive reuse project will introduce new ways to explore and engage with the waterfront. These include a public plaza, an enhanced Harborwalk, retail, and first-class Seaport Hotel event and meeting spaces, as well as a unique, flexible workplace.
International real estate developer Pembroke turned to Schmidt Hammer Lassen, along with Boston-based architectural firm CBT, to honor the site’s historic integrity while also introducing new materials, increasing daylight, and providing new points of connectivity. Commonwealth Pier was built more than 100 years ago and was once the largest of its kind in the world. The revitalization project, which is targeting LEED Gold Certification, incorporates advanced design strategies for resilience and sustainability to ensure the pier’s continued enjoyment for generations to come.
“In our approach to the Commonwealth Pier’s transformation we have tried to be mindful and meticulous,” said Kristian Ahlmark, Partner and Design Director at Schmidt Hammer Lassen. “We approached the place with curiosity and precision, and carefully assessed what we found important to preserve – both architecturally and culturally. We engaged in a continuous conversation with the building throughout the process, which was done in close collaboration with Pembroke and the many great consultants that have been a part of this journey.”
Construction of Commonwealth Pier is expected to complete in 2024. In the meantime, you can learn more about the project here.
Partner and Design Director Chris Hardie will lecture and also participate in a panel discussion in the session “New Generation of Library Buildings” of the 10th Shanghai International Library Forum (SILF) held at the Shanghai Library, October 16th.
The session aims to study the design highlights of the new modern library. Under the theme “Libraries in Transformation”, Chris Hardie will introduce a series of library projects completed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen in recent years and share the Shanghai Library East’s construction process, which is expected to complete in 2021.
SILF is an internationally renowned professional and academic forum attracting attention at home and abroad. The event has become one of the most influential platforms for communicating librarianship development in Shanghai and China. This year, the forum will conduct extensive discussions on library services and management innovation, the new generation of library buildings and much more.
Follow the forum’s live streaming here (simultaneous interpretation included).
Our team, along with Perkins & Will New York and Slyde Innovations, have created TOTem, a sleek, portable caddy that allows easy transport and storage of personal items at work, where there’s no assigned seating.
The TOTem mobile office solution is a compartmentalized PET felt tote that allows the user to easily transport work and personal items to anywhere they prefer to work. TOTem is made from a felt-lined durable recycled plastic base with an adjustable nylon hand and shoulder strap to allow for easy portability.
Today marks the 16th annual World Architecture Day and the International Union of Architects (UIA) has chosen the theme “Toward a better urban future”. In celebration, we’re looking at some of our most recent projects which contribute to the urban environment, the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, and the Sustainable Development Goals — specifically goal 11, “to make cities and human settlements safe, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable”.
From the new House of the City and Region in Dordrecht aiming to become a cultural anchor, an urban node and The Netherlands’ most prominent public hub, to Framehouse, the first flexible office with a large exposed timber structure in greater Copenhagen, we’ve helped add several high-design buildings to the world map this year.
The past months have been marked by a global pandemic but nevertheless, we have kept the spirits high and we celebrated events such as the ground-breaking of both River City Prague, a sustainable workplace targeting LEED Platinum certification in the Czech Republic; and the new Sports and Culture Campus in Gellerup, Denmark; the topping-out of both VIA in Oslo, Norway – the only project in Scandinavia to use high-performance Closed Cavity Façade (CCF); and Scanport Glasværk in Kastrup, Denmark.
Looking ahead, the financial and political backing to the ARoS Museum of Art extension project The Next Level is entering the next phase with generous donations from Salling Fondene and the New Carlsberg Foundation and aims to start construction in the near future and open in 2023. Watch here a short movie on the ambitious expansion plan which will bring the museum into the world elite of modern art museums.
For more information regarding our work, browse our project pages.
Image: ARoS Next Level
State Library Victoria, Australia’s oldest and busiest public library and one of Victoria’s most important cultural institutions designed in collaboration with Architectus, has been shortlisted in the Heritage and Public Architecture categories of the Australian Institute of Architects 2020 National Architecture Awards.
The State Library Victoria Vision 2020 Redevelopment has become one of Melbourne’s most loved institutions which earlier this year took out three awards during the AIA VIC Chapter awards program, including an award for Heritage and Public Architecture, and the acclaimed Melbourne Prize.
To learn more about State Library Victoria, visit www.shl.dk/state-library-victoria.
Consolidating its services in the Digital Practice and technology solutions, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects welcomes Ryan Hughes to lead the Digital Practice discipline for the firm globally. Coming from a PhD that focused on the development of interactive design environments for the design and robotic manufacturing of complex timber structures, Ryan will establish an R&D unit focusing on advanced computational analytics, design-decision support and visualization workflows.
Working closely with clients, industry leaders and academia, he approaches each project by combining cutting-edge technological solutions with an in-depth understanding of the firm’s business strategy. With experience in sustainability engineering, complex geometry and software development, he will work closely with other specialists within Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Perkins & Will on complex challenges within the built environment.
Applying data-driven practice toward the extraction of actionable insight, Ryan will assist our clients with knowledge, guidance and creative thinking, helping them to make smarter decisions, improve their performance and better manage their assets. He begins on October 1.
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 “celebrate the art and skill of traditional representation methods” has been announced, and we are proud to be a presenting partner.
Partner Kasper Heiberg Frandsen will serve as a jury member of the eighth annual international competition themed “Hand Me A Drawing.” The theme demands for handmade sketches and drawings seen as the bones of any architectural design, expressing and combining the interaction between the architect’s mind, hands and eyes. The competition aims to “explore how artistic drawing continues to advance and qualify the art of architecture today.” In the light of the global Corona crisis, proposals that not only revive the hand drawing but also contribute to knowledge on how the world moves on from here are encouraged.
Drawings can be submitted no later than November 1st 2020 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 2020 competition and the jury here.
Sketch: Dokk1 in Aarhus, Denmark by Partner and Design Director Kim Holst Jensen
Christchurch’s Central Library has become one of a few public buildings in New Zealand to be awarded a top environmental building award. The 9,500-square-metre modern library located in Christchurch’s historic Cathedral Square has been awarded a five-star Green Custom Design Certified Rating from the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC). This recognition praises the building’s eco-friendly design, the project’s excellence of energy and water use, its indoor environmental quality, the reduced environmental impact during its construction process and the sustainable materials used in its creation.
Some of the sustainable features of the project include a 72% reduction in energy use (127kWh/m²/annum), an estimate of 20% reduction in water use, a 73% lighting power reduction, a three-Green star rating for thermal comfort and an efficient daylight utilization achieving maximum energy efficiency among others.
Christchurch City Council has set itself the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030. It has a resource efficiency and greenhouse gas emission policy, as well as a programme of work to help achieve that goal. Christchurch Central Library is an example of the Council’s commitment to being energy efficient and to reducing operational greenhouse gas emissions.
Read more about the visually stunning symbol of hope, unity, and rebirth that has fundamentally changed the way residents and visitors experience Christchurch’s city centre here.
How do we as architects respond to the challenges of waste generation and reduction?
Head of Innovation Enlai Hooi will be a keynote speaker joining fellow architects, designers, and other thought leaders at the upcoming [email protected] exhibition and seminar in Copenhagen, Denmark next Wednesday, September 9 at 11:30 AM.
Enlai’s lecture will explore three aspects of waste tied to the modern architectural profession such as the building industry, engineering and construction, the architecture’s role in the cultural narrative and how quality is better achieved through a process rather than excess labour.
For more information about the event, visit [email protected].
For more than two decades, we have integrated wood in the design of cultural, civic, commercial, and educational buildings the world over. Our approach to timber construction is rooted in a culture of sustainability, functionality, aesthetic and beauty, and smart business – we believe that timber exists where these four notions intersect.