Cityzen, a sustainable landmark for the 21st century

Cityzen is a redevelopment of the existing Centre Monnaie, a mixed-use building situated in the historic heart of Brussels, Belgium.


Our design proposal, Papillon, includes a mix of functions— dwellings, workplaces, a hotel and an apartment hotel— combined in a tightly choreographed unity that provides a clear and powerful visual identity on the city skyline. By embracing the existing building and enhancing its inherent qualities and potential, we bring it to new heights, finding the perfect blend of today and tomorrow. Cityzen will become a destination for living, working, and playing, creating a green, sustainable landmark for the 21st century.


The project is a celebration of a new landscape in a contemporary “state-of-the-art” environment and provides valuable bonds between the brand, its stakeholders and the citizens of Brussels.


Learn more about our Cityzen proposal here.


Framehouse nominated for Office Building of the Year 2020

Framehouse,  a 1,810-square-metre flexible office building in Dragør, Denmark and the only large exposed timber structure in greater Copenhagen, has been nominated as one of the four projects to win the award for Office Building of the Year (Årets Kontorbyggeri) 2020.


While the simple building volumes of Framehouse are a nod to the local context, the building is a rare gem in the country — a sustainable and innovative exposed timber structure. Sustainability and resiliency were two key drivers in the design.


The voting period is open to the public until April 16. Click here to cast your vote.


The winner will be revealed on April 22, 2020. In the meantime, learn more about Framehouse here.


At Schmidt Hammer Lassen we’re conducting business as usual

Late Wednesday evening, the Danish Prime Minister held a press conference in response to the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Denmark. In line with guidelines from the government to keep our colleagues and the greater public safe, we are working differently — many from home or with limited hours in the office — but with just as much commitment to the success of our projects as ever.


Call or email any one of our colleagues as you normally would. At Schmidt Hammer Lassen we’re conducting business as usual.


We are hiring: Experienced Architectural Technologist

We’re looking for an ambitious and skilled architectural technologist open to working on international and large-scale design projects in our Copenhagen studio. As an architectural technologist, you’ll help us develop projects across a variety of typologies and scales – from interior design to masterplans, and from adaptive reuse to cultural to large commercial buildings. Together with experienced architects, you will work on complex projects where challenging constructional solutions and innovative architecture will be the focal point of your daily responsibilities.


Read more about the positions we offer and apply here.


Sydhavnskvarteret, a new urban neighborhood in Aarhus’ South Harbour District

Aarhus City Council has approved a masterplan aiming to develop the South Harbour District in Aarhus, Denmark’s second-largest city.


Our team, led by developer A. Enggaard A/S, Schmidt Hammer Lassen, AART Architects, RUM 3Studio and LABLAND, will design a unifying 75,000-square-metre urban development icon drawing a new skyline and a versatile reflection of city life by combining the diversity of the existing settlement as well as creating a connection to the city’s newly developed waterfront.


The vision for the new development is threefold: to provide a strongly defined framework for urban life based on a qualitative interaction with existing structures such as the historically significant former coal transport structure “Kulkransporet”, to create new culturally attractive neighborhoods, and to connect the entire area to main transportation nodes.


Planned construction of Aarhus’ South Harbour District will begin in 2021.
Learn more about Sydhavnskvarteret, here.


UPDATE: MIPIM 2020 is cancelled this year

The world’s leading property market is gathering the most influential players from all sectors of the international property industry, and we’ll be there for four inspiring days of networking, learning and exchanging ideas with colleagues, clients, and partners.


Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects Partner and Managing Director Sanne Wall-Gremstrup, Partner and Design Director Kristian Ahlmark, and Associate Partner Mads Engel will be in Cannes, France March 10-13. Joining MIPIM’s 2020 call for sustainability and social empowerment, they look forward to connecting with new and familiar faces, and sharing our most recent office, mixed-use, residential, master plan, and other projects.


First look at University of Bristol’s new library

The University of Bristol has submitted a planning application for its landmark new library, which will transform the heart of its Clifton campus and provide an architecturally significant new building for the city, along with improved external public spaces.


The library will accommodate learning and research space with capacity for 2,000 new study seats, 420,000 books, and 70,000 journals. The library forms a key part of the university’s vision and strategy for transforming the Clifton campus, which includes providing new and enhanced facilities, improvements to public spaces and creating a welcoming heart to the university for students, staff, and the community at large.


The library’s design followed three overarching design principles: civic and publicly accessible spaces that invite the city inside, contextually relevant architecture that is closely integrated with its surroundings, and designing a landmark with significant historical, architectural, and cultural meaning.


Bristol City Council is expected to make a decision on the planning application in the spring.


In the meantime, you can learn more about our project at University of Bristol Library.


Stedelijk Knooppunt: A sustainable, human-centred vision for the new House of City and Region in Dordrecht, The Netherlands

Schmidt Hammer Lassen is in the final round of a competition to design the new House of City and Region (Huis van Stad en Regio), a civic building that will become Dordrecht’s most prominent public hub and the future vision of the urban park, the library, and the workplace. Here is a preview of our proposal for the 22,000-square-metre cultural anchor and urban node defining the future identity of the city. The project comprises a citizens’ service centre, library, tourist information centre, and workplaces for the civil services of the municipality Dordrecht and the Drechtsteden.


Our proposal for the new House of City and Region embodies the spirit and identity of Dordrecht as a city on the water. With its unique location between the train station and historic city centre, the project will function as a facilitator of culture, a connector, and an environment for ideas and innovation, co-created with its stakeholders.


Stedelijk Knooppunt is publicly exhibited amongst other proposals through Sunday, February 9 at SpuiLAB210 in Dordrecht, The Netherlands. The project will be rewarded in spring 2020.


Sveinung Chercka-Simonsen speaks Closed Cavity Facades (CCF) at Dansk Byggeri event

Associate and Project Architect Sveinung Chercka-Simonsen will discuss the technology used in the construction of VIA, a mixed-use development that will comprise exclusive shops, high-end offices, and parking facilities in the heart of Oslo at Alufacadesektionens Temadag 2020, an event hosted by Dansk Byggeri today in Middlefart, Denmark.


VIA is the only project in Scandinavia to use high-performance Closed Cavity Façade (CCF), an innovation that responds to the necessity of an optimized building design where the interaction between energy, indoor climate, and daylight availability play a central role. Much like a traditional ventilated double façade, a CCF protects the solar shading to ensure reliability in any wind condition. It goes a step further, however, with a sealed cavity that prevents the introduction of dust and dirt, reducing maintenance costs considerably.


Learn more about VIA, a project scheduled for completion in 2021, here.


And click here for more information about the event.

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