We have joined the Architects Declare movement

Climate change and the loss of biodiversity are two of the most crucial crises of our time and the architecture and construction industries have a role to play to combat the most serious problems facing humanity. Buildings and other structures play a major role in the climate crisis, accounting for almost 40% of the energy-related CO2 emissions, while also having a significant impact on our natural surroundings.


In order to take positive action in response to climate breakdown and biodiversity collapse, we have joined the international movement Architects Declare. We are uniting forces with our fellow architectural practices to declare our support in the effort to develop and design buildings, cities, and infrastructures as an underlying part of a larger, constant regeneration and self-driving sustainable system.


Learn more about the Architects Declare movement at dk.architectsdeclare.com and constructiondeclares.com.


ICT & BIM Manager Nicklas Verdier Østergaard speaks at Molio Conference 2019

The intelligent 3D model-based process, most commonly known as Building Information Modelling (BIM), has become the standard tool that connects architecture, engineering, and construction.


Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects’ ICT & BIM Manager Nicklas Verdier Østergaard recently developed an IFC Guide for sharing and exchanging BIM data in collaboration with BIM Equity, buildingSMART, and Molio. The guide helps industries to work more effectively and collaboratively. Niklas will re-visit the now completed and updated BIM resource on November 5 at the 2019 Molio Conference in Middelfart, Denmark.


IFC is currently a requirement for major public building projects and is the most common format for BIM submissions globally. Nicklas will focus his talk on the significance of the import of IFC files, which is most often overlooked in current guidelines, but is a vital subject that leads to good collaboration, easing the process from design through construction to handover.


For more information (in Danish) about the conference, visit www.molio.dk/kurser/molio-konferencen-2019.


To read more about the IFC Guide, visit www.molio.dk.


The Black Diamond turns 20

More than 25 years ago our young firm submitted one of 179 proposals in an open European competition to design an extension to the Royal Danish Library in Copenhagen. During the competition, one of the jury members asked during a deliberation, “but did you see the Black Diamond?” It was in that moment that Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s glittering black gem began its journey to igniting the regeneration of the Copenhagen harbour front.


This year, The Black Diamond celebrates its 20th anniversary. The project is an initiative by the Danish Ministry of Culture and the Royal Danish Library that chose a group of pioneers to design a mixed-use cultural space in 1993, a time when the concept of a library as a culture house and gathering space was not as evident as it is today.


Since then, we have gone on to design more than 15 libraries around the world and counting.


Learn more about the Royal Library here.


Ali Mirakbari speaks at “Digital Practice: Emerging possibilities in a shifting architectural profession”

Digital tools have changed the process of design thinking. Physical prototyping of design, traditionally the domain of crafts, has been particularly influenced by a broad usage of digital fabrication methods. This means that the knowledge of the craftsman must be translated into machine-readable data. Yet, depending on the skill of the craftsman, the transition between digitally-produced design drawings and the physical prototype involves several manual, time-consuming, and repetitive procedures.


Following the topic of replication of crafts in digital prototyping workflows and showcasing the research and development of open-source software plugin Fab Toolbox, our Fabrication Lab Manager Ali Mirakbari will speak today at “Digital Practice: Emerging possibilities in a shifting architectural profession”, an event hosted by the Technical University of Graz in Austria.


The implementation of the Fab Toolbox has significantly improved the in-house fabrication workflows through facilitating the preparation of documents, reducing material consumption, and reliably building bridges between innumerable design and prototyping iterations.


For more information about the event and program, visit http://digitalpractice.arena-architecture.eu.


Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Canadian city officials meet during the C40 World Mayors Summit 2019

Partner and Design Director Kristian Lars Ahlmark and Partner Nathan Smith will participate in the Danish-Canadian Business Roundtable, an event that brings together a small group of Danish business leaders with Canadian city officials and business leaders for an afternoon focused on leadership in innovation and sustainable city solutions. The meeting takes place today as a part of the C40 World Mayor’s Summit in Copenhagen where the world’s megacity leaders convene to address and discuss climate change.


At the Danish-Canadian Business Roundtable, Kristian and Nathan will meet with Her Excellency Emi Furuya, Ambassador of Canada to the Kingdom of Denmark, as well as delegates from Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver to share perspectives and experience working in Canada.


Read more about the C40 summit and see the full event program at www.c40.org.


Morten Schmidt speaks at Architects, not Architecture

On October 10, Founding Partner Morten Schmidt will be a keynote speaker at the second Copenhagen edition of “Architects, not Architecture”, an event series that focuses on the people behind the projects.


Morten, along with COBE founder Dan Stubbergaard and Sheila O’Donnell, founder of O’Donnell+Tuomey, will participate in a panel discussion that will provide a glimpse into their intellectual biography and architectural influence. For more information about the event and registration, visit www.architectsnotarchitecture.com.


World Architecture Day at Schmidt Hammer Lassen

Today marks the 15th annual World Architecture Day and the International Union of Architects (UIA) has chosen the theme “Architecture… housing for all”. In celebration, we’re looking at some of our most recent projects which contribute to the realisation of housing for all, 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 Bodø Masterplan in Norway aiming to draw city life to the area where green parks meet the waterfront, to Start-Up City Frederiksberg, one of Europe’s most attractive hubs for innovators in the heart of Copenhagen, mixing housing, flexible office spaces and educational facilities, we’ve helped add a number of high-design buildings to the world map this year.


The past 12 months have been also been marked by the ground-breaking of Monroe Blocks in Detroit, Michigan – our first U.S. project –  combining downtown Detroit’s first high-rise office tower in a generation with more than 480 residential units; and the completion of The Beach Promenade residential complex in Svanemøllen, a picturesque beach destination located just north of Denmark’s capital.


Looking ahead, the distinctive design of Kulgrunden Residential Complex in Middelfart, focuses on the harbour’s potential as a residential and recreational urban space. In addition, both of our projects located in the famous Carlsberg Byen district in Copenhagen – Dahlerups and Vogelius Towers – are taking shape.


For more information regarding our work, browse our project pages.


Image by Huda Gharandouqa (Jordan)/ International Union of Architects (UIA).


Elif Tinaztepe talks the role of libraries in modern society at the International Library Summit in Venice

Over the past decade, we have witnessed an unprecedented library renaissance. While still providing access to media, a space between the home and the workplace, and a hub for innovation, libraries are taking on even more diversified roles, responding to the challenges and opportunities facing our societies.


Partner Elif Tinaztepe will join fellow architects, librarians, academics, and other thought leaders at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice, Italy this Friday to discuss this and other issues at the International Library Summit. Her lecture will explore the role of libraries in modern society as democratic knowledge centres that blend physical books, resources for the information age, and space for collaboration and gathering. She will also join a panel discussion about national libraries and the status of knowledge.


Elif leads Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s library specialist work, a typology for which we are perhaps best known.


For more information about the International Library Summit, visit: msaofuturefoundation.com.


Shanghai Library East celebrates topping out

The construction of the 115,000-square-metre Shanghai Library East has been rapidly advancing in order to meet its completion deadline next year, and last week celebrated its topping out. The 50-meter-high building will have nine floors, including two underground. Its 3D-printed colored glass walls with different levels of transparency will imitate marble, a more eco-friendly alternative to using real stone.


Chinese President Xi Jinping stated that “the library is an important symbol of the level of national cultural development, and an important place to nourish the national soul and cultivate cultural self-confidence.”


For more information about the Shanghai Library East, visit www.shl.dk/shanghai-east-library.

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