Framehouse, a flexible timber office building, completes in Dragør, Denmark

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects expands its portfolio of timber projects with the opening of Framehouse, a 1,810-square-metre flexible office building in Dragør, Denmark. The industrial business area 12 kilometres south of central Copenhagen is dotted with repurposed aircraft hangars, and new construction influenced by their form. While the simple building volumes of Framehouse are a nod to the local context, the building is a rare gem in Denmark — a sustainable and innovative exposed timber structure.


“The design of Framehouse was inspired by the simple construction of traditional wooden barns and their exposed frames,” said John Lassen, Founding Partner at Schmidt Hammer Lassen. “We gave it a modern twist, layering in sustainable innovation that meets the needs of the office tenants while supporting Denmark’s ambitious green goals.”


Read more about Framehouse here.


We co-authored the first complete IFC Guide for sharing and exchanging BIM data

Building Information Modelling (BIM) has become the new standard in the architectural process by delivering construction and design coordination improvements, quality assurances, and cost savings. The demand for sharing and exchanging data has increased in recent years at our firm and throughout the industry.


Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects’ ICT & BIM Manager Nicklas Verdier Østergaard, in collaboration with BIM Equity, buildingSMART, and Molio, have developed an IFC Guide as the ultimate BIM resource. IFC is an open file format developed for the exchange of BIM across disciplines and software applications, and can ensure the quality of projects via consistency and checks. The new guide details how to export IFC files from their BIM program and how to ensure that the IFC file is of satisfactory quality. The advantage of the neutral standard is that it can be used independently of the IT system and platform.


IFC is a requirement for major public building projects and is the most common format for BIM submissions globally. Our studio has been the initiator and main author of the new guide that shares best practice procedures, concrete examples, and detailed explanations that can help architects create high quality IFC files.


For more information (in Danish) about the guide, visit molio.dk.


Bjarne Hammer speaks at ”Bygge- og Boligpolitisk Netværk” conference in Copenhagen

On May 22, Samuelsen, Denmark’s leading provider of professional and political networks will host “Bygge- og Boligpolitisk Netværk”, an event that addresses architecture in times of terror and how to integrate security aspects into a living urban space. A line-up of notable speakers and community leaders will convene at the IDA Meeting Centre in Copenhagen to discuss the increased focus on security in Western cities, urban planning, infrastructure, and resilience. Founding Partner Bjarne Hammer will share his experience leading the design of The International Criminal Court in The Hague, The Netherlands and the impact of security on its design. Though one of the world’s most highly-secure buildings, the ICC relates to the human scale with the aim of communicating trust, hope and – most importantly – faith in justice and fairness.


For more information about the event and program, visit www.samu.dk.


In the meantime, you can learn more about The International Criminal Court here.


Business Development Manager Christina Boysen speaks at “The Viz Business” event in Budapest

On May 10, the Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre – KÉK and architectural visualization company Brick Visual will host “The Viz Business: Architectural visualization as competitive advantage”. The event will include a series of conferences, workshops, and exhibitions for sharing best practices, tools, and strategies to help architectural offices thrive. “The Viz Business” will place a special focus on business development and the benefits of architectural visualization.


Business Development Manager Christina Boysen will talk about the value of business development throughout the entire project cycle, and how strong visuals are a key marketing driver at Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects.


For more information about the event and program, visit The Viz Business.


Mads Kaltoft speaks at Byens Ejendom’s high-rise building conference

On May 2, Byens Ejendom will host “Højhusbyggeri: Krav, løsninger og projekter”, an event that addresses the construction of high-rise buildings in Copenhagen and beyond. A line-up of speakers will convene in the Nordhavn district to discuss Copenhagen’s future skyline, urban planning and infrastructure, smart technology, resilience, and climate change. Partner Mads Kaltoft will speak about our projects in Carlsberg Byen, including Dahlerups Tower and the surrounding Caroline Hus, a 39,800 m² mixed-use development and a 80-metre tower, comprising 17,000 m² of housing, 7,000 m² of offices, 2,000 m² of retail, cafés, and restaurants, and 14,000 m² of basement and parking space.


For more information about the event, registration and program, visit byensejendom.dk.


Beijing Vanke Times Center and NIO House Hangzhou West Lake win at China Real Estate Design Awards

Two Schmidt Hammer Lassen projects — Beijing Vanke Times Center in the busy Chaoyang District, and NIO House Hangzhou West Lake located on a UNESCO World Heritage site — were shortlisted as finalists for the China Real Estate Design Award from a pool of 1,117 submissions from 323 companies. Today, we are happy to share the news that both projects have been recognized by one of the most influential awards for architecture, interior, and landscape design works in China. Beijing Vanke Times Center and NIO House Hangzhou won a Gold Award in the Urban Renewal category and Silver Award in the Commercial and Office Real Estate Project category respectively. The awards were held at a dinner gala celebrated in the modern Chinese city of Shanghai.


More information about the awards and the list of winners can be found at www.djser.com.


Read more about Beijing Vanke Times Center here and NIO House Hangzhou West Lake here.


Our leadership group expands with the appointment of a new managing director and new partner roles

Sanne Wall-Gremstrup has been named Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects’ new Managing Director, bringing decades of global leadership experience to the firm. Sanne, who will also serve as a partner, has more than 15 years of experience as a chief executive officer, having most recently served as the CEO of The Danish Architectural Press, a commercial foundation with the purpose of promoting Danish architecture in Denmark and abroad. Prior to that, she spent seven years as the Country Manager and CEO for Denmark and Finland at global marketing services company McCann WorldGroup. She also has extensive experience serving as a board member and executive board chairperson over the past 20 years for organizations that include a global architectural firm, a Danish communications agency, and start-up companies. Known for balancing high caliber creative output with financial performance, she brings strong change management, professional services, and marketing skills to the position.


Schmidt Hammer Lassen has promoted an additional three architects to partner and associate partner roles. Elif Tinaztepe, who leads library specialist work, has been named partner after 14 years at the firm. Her thoughtful, analytical approach to design, coupled with her passion for client collaboration and the transformative power of architecture, has led to a timeless body of work that spans continents and character.


In addition, Operations Director Jake Spruit and Aarhus Office Director Philip Brinch Sørensen join the Associate Partner group.


Christchurch Central Library receives Fast Company World Changing Ideas Awards honorable mention

Christchurch Central Library, the new library project identified as vital to the redevelopment of the earthquake-damaged city of Christchurch in New Zealand, has received an honorable mention in the Spaces, Places, and Cities category as part of Fast Company magazine’s 2019 World Changing Ideas Awards. The honored project was selected by the jury from a pool of more than 2,000 entries as a symbol of rebirth and hope, offering an innovative solution to the issues facing humanity.


World Changing Ideas is one of Fast Company’s major annual awards programs and is focused on social good, seeking to elevate finished products and brave concepts that make the world better. More information about the awards and selected winners can be found at www.fastcompany.com.


Read more about Christchurch Central Library here.


Head of Communications Kristen Tate moderates the Women in Architecture panel at AIA Europe’s Spring 2019 Conference

On Friday, April 12, Head of Communications Kristen Tate will moderate a panel discussion titled “Women in Architecture: Turning Designers into Leaders,” which is part of the upcoming American Institute of Architects Europe Spring Conference on Architecture and Urbanism in Copenhagen, Denmark. She will lead a dialog with partners, CEOs and directors from some of Denmark’s other leading architectural firms.


The AIA Europe conference will focus on livability, and will explore Copenhagen’s response to key factors that affect many European cities including sustainability, work/life balance, the cycling culture, designing with acoustics, lighting and water, and public and private space. For more information about the event and program, visit www.aiaeurope.org.

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