We are shortlisted to design CityZen, a new mixed-use complex in Brussels, Belgium

IMMOBEL, Belgium’s largest property developer, and its partners Whitewood and DW Partners have shortlisted Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects to redevelop the Centre Monnaie/ Muntcentrum, a mixed-use building situated in the heart of Brussels adjacent to Place the Brouckere, the Munt theatre, and the most famous shopping street in the country, ‘Rue Neuve’.


The redevelopment aims to become a 62,000-square-metre complex of dwellings, offices, and a hotel by 2024 that will connect with the city, creating porosity and adding spaces to promote gathering, socializing, and interaction. The purpose of the project is not to correct the brutalist implementation of the past, but to embrace the existing building and bring it to new heights, finding the perfect blend of today and tomorrow.


More information about the design competition can be found here.


Image by Sverin Malaud.


Kasper Frandsen on the role of cultural buildings in city regeneration at “The Liveable Cities” conference in Manchester

Manchester has been named the most liveable city in the UK by The Economist, making it the ideal home for this year’s annual “The Liveable City” conference presented by The Royal Danish Embassy and Design Manchester.


Partner Kasper Frandsen participated in the conference session “Culture-Led Regeneration” that explored the role of culture in delivering successful urban regeneration where the physical, economic, and social aspects of culture are integrated and work together. He was joined by Dave Moutrey, Manchester City Council Director of Culture; Peder Baltzer Nielsen, Chief City Architect of Aalborg, Denmark; Thea Behrman, Senior Project Manager, Estuary 2020; and James Heather, Development Director, Mayfield, U+I.


“The Liveable City” is a three-day celebration of architecture and urban planning where central and local government, businesses, politicians, professionals, and the general public take part in talks, seminars, and debates that address the question of how to find new ways in which cities can become better places to live, work, and play.


Kristian Ahlmark and Storebrand deliver keynote at the Building Network Construction Conference

Storebrand, one of Norway’s largest private property management companies, is behind some of the most ambitious mixed-use developments in Oslo. Tore Ulvin, Project Manager at Storebrand, joined Schmidt Hammer Lassen Partner and Design Director Kristian Ahlmark on stage at the Building Network Construction Conference in Copenhagen this week to discuss their joint projects that will help redefine modern Oslo.


The Building Network Construction Conference brings together developers, advisors, and turnkey contractors to discuss future construction projects across Scandinavia. Tore and Kristian opened the day-long conference with a presentation of Eureka Quarter, a masterplan and mixed-use development on a 24,000-square-metre site in Oslo’s Skøyen district, and VIA, a complex of exclusive shops, high-end offices, and parking facilities in the city center.


Read more about our projects with Storebrand here and here.


We’re expanding to New York and San Francisco

Schmidt Hammer Lassen will open a bi-coastal practice in the U.S. in 2020, bringing Danish design within closer reach of clients in North America.


“We have several large-scale projects in progress across the United States and Canada, so it is an excellent time for a North American expansion,” says Managing Director Sanne Wall-Gremstrup. “We’ll be closer to our current clients in Detroit, Boston, San Francisco, and across Canada, and positioned to engage with new ambitious clients throughout the continent.”


New York and San Francisco were chosen for their convenient access to clients and project sites across the continent. This includes the masterplan for UCSF Parnassus Medical Center in San Francisco; Monroe Blocks, downtown Detroit’s most significant mixed-use development in decades; and the Seaport World Trade Center, a prominent 737,300-square-foot mixed-use project in Boston. The expansion is the next step in the realization of a strategic growth strategy since becoming part of one of North America’s largest and most established design practices, Perkins and Will, in 2018.


It is always a big step to enter new markets, but Schmidt Hammer Lassen has done it successfully before; the firm opened a studio in Shanghai in 2013. With the addition of the new North American studios, Schmidt Hammer Lassen will be represented in Copenhagen, Shanghai, New York, and San Francisco.


Digital Fabrication and Computation Intern/ Spring 2020

Our Fabrication Lab offers internships to candidates with an interest in experiencing and developing innovative computational solutions for digital crafting of architecture.


You will contribute to a set of software and hardware investigations specifically for architectural prototyping, manufacturing methods, and physical modeling. You can also master 3Dprinting within design prototyping.


Read more about the internships we offer and apply here.


Environmental Analysis and Simulations Intern/ Spring 2020

Are you competent in using parametric tools for environmental analysis? Do you want to contribute to shifting the paradigm of the current architectural behavior?


And do you get enthusiastic about data-driven and simulation-informed design? We offer internships for mastering building simulations and analysis skills in all stages of design.


Read more about the internships we offer and apply here.


Chris Hardie speaks at Shenzhen Urbanism/Architecture Design Master Forum

Partner and Design Director Chris Hardie will be a keynote speaker at the upcoming 27th Master Series Lecture at Shenzhen Urbanism/Architecture Design Master Forum on November 20 in China.


During his lecture “Contextually Nordic”, Chris will discuss the essence of Nordic design philosophy where “people-oriented thinking, and design space for people” is a leading design principle. Our Shanghai-based Design Director will invite the audience to follow his journey from Scotland to Denmark, Australia, Canada, and finally to China, where he explored, designed and interacted with people and projects in the cities of Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Beijing. He will talk about his personal exploration of different countries and cultures, and how architecture can create a positive impact on people’s daily lives.


The lecture series is organised by the Urban Planning Land and Resources Commission of the Municipality of Shenzhen, a platform for architectural culture exchange that gathers internationally renowned architects to discuss urban architectural design ideas and development trends.


For more information about the event and registration, click here.


Architectural Design Intern/ Spring 2020

As a creative platform for the realization of innovative ideas, we are again looking for talented architecture students with high design ambitions and significant software skills to join our concept and visualization teams.


You will contribute to the development of solutions that create positive change in our societies and the built environment.


Read more about the internships we offer and apply here.


Tūranga wins the 2019 John Scott Award for Public Architecture

Christchurch’s new central library has done it again. Tūranga was awarded the John Scott Award for Public Architecture by Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects at the 2019 New Zealand Architecture Awards.


The library has become a cultural destination after its opening back in 2018 thanks to its welcoming and varied program that celebrates the local community. Tūranga goes beyond the traditional library facility—it is a cultural destination, pushing the boundaries of resilience and functionality.


You can learn more about Tūranga here and read more about the John Scott Award recognition at Architecture Now.

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