Happy Chinese New Year

We enter the Year of the Rat with excitement about an array of buildings in China nearing completion and some soontoberevealed project openings. We look forward to showcasing our long-awaited works in the city of Ningbo such as Ningbo New Library, a cultural hub placed next to an ecological park and lake; the new headquarters for Ningbo Daily Newspaper Group which sits at the heart of the new East Town development of the city; and Ningbo Home of Staff, a series of stepped mixed-use building volumes that are linked by a landscape, which rises from a central public park to become accessible green roof terraces.


In Shanghai, China’s largest city and a global financial and innovation hub, CaoHeJing Guigu Creative Headquarters, a centre supporting and nurturing high-tech firms, is targeted to complete this year.


In the Year of the Rat we celebrate the results of years of hard work, enormous talent, and fruitful collaborations.


Cheers to a rewarding Year of the Rat.


We won the latest phase of the new Ibsen Library project in Skien, Norway

Schmidt Hammer Lassen, landscape architect SLA, and engineering and architectural firm Rambøll Norge won the Meierikvartalet site in the competition to design the new Ibsen Library in Skien, Norway. It was announced yesterday evening that our team delivered the winning design for one of two sites being considered for the new library.


In the coming weeks, the Skien municipality will decide whether our design at the Meierikvartalet site or the alternative Kulturkvartalet site will be the ultimate home to a new library that honors the legacy of famed playwright Henrik Ibsen. The Meierikvartalet site, located close to Ibsen’s birthplace, will make the library a cultural highlight of Skien’s town centre and a key driver of its cultural building programming and tourism for years to come.


The 9,800-square-metre building will house exhibition and performance spaces that will allow visitors to experience the work and influence of Henrik Ibsen, as well as a citizens’ service center, tourist information center, and offices.


Like Dokk1, our award-winning mixed-use library in Denmark, Skien Library will join a new generation of modern hybrid libraries that bring citizens and visitors together for knowledge sharing in a multipurpose cultural institution.


The final site will be chosen in March 2020.


For more information, visit: Ibsen Library.


Elif Tinaztepe talks diversity and libraries at the Heimtextil trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany

Heimtextil, the biggest international trade fair for home and contract textiles, invited partner Elif Tinaztepe to speak at Interior.Architecture.Hospitality, a special show that brought together internationally renowned architects and other experts for lectures, exhibitions, and other events in Frankfurt, Germany. Curated by AIT-Dialog, this year’s Interior.Architecture.Hospitality centered on the theme of diversity, which Elif used for the basis of her presentation titled “Learning from Libraries: Capturing the Temporal.”


Elif walked the audience through Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s approach to library transformation, highlighting notable projects including Halifax Central Library in Canada, Sports and Culture Campus Gellerup in Denmark, Christchurch Central Library in New Zealand, Dokk1 in Denmark, and State Library Victoria in Australia.


For more information about Interior.Architecture.Hospitality (in German), visit AIT Dialog.


Redeveloped State Library Victoria opens to the public

State Library Victoria, the oldest, largest library in Australia, has officially reopened its doors to the public, revealing extensively transformed library spaces. The library comprises 23 individual buildings and occupies an entire city block in Melbourne’s city centre.


The newly designed spaces are part of a five-year redevelopment plan aimed at expanding the library’s community outreach and enhancing the visitor experience. Working in partnership, Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Architectus were tasked with rethinking and revitalising the existing spaces of the library in order to unlock possibilities, create connections, and provide a framework for the library’s ongoing and future evolution.


Elif Tinaztepe, Partner at Schmidt Hammer Lassen, said that working on a project of such historical and cultural significance was an exercise in contrasts.


“Our work is deeply contextual, so we dedicated ourselves to studying this historical institution and understanding its important place in the cultural landscape of Melbourne. Our aim with the transformation of State Library Victoria was to allow the heritage spaces to stand out in their raw beauty while complementing them with a strong contemporary design line to help carry this beloved institution into the future. Respecting the authenticity of the spaces and existing design elements was our guiding principle.”


Discover the project here.


“Fremtidens boligpolitik og byudvikling,” a debate about the future of housing and urban development

On Friday, November 29, 2019, from 13:00 to 15:00, our Copenhagen studio will open its doors for “Fremtidens boligpolitik og byudvikling,” a debate held in Danish about the future of housing policies and urban development in Denmark.


Some of the larger Danish cities have evolved from being welfare cities to prosperous urban areas, where fewer people have the opportunity to live. It is a global phenomenon that has hit Denmark and calls into questioning our understanding of the city as a common space. Prosperous cities and the increasing spatial disparities between living standards and welfare have created a heated debate involving citizens, politicians, planners, and architects. There is a broad consensus that a diverse city is best for the cohesion of society, but how do we achieve the creation of diverse cities when prices have skyrocketed in the recent decades? Who is responsible for the urban development and what role do architects play in creating inclusive cities for everyone?


Schmidt Hammer Lassen will add to the conversation around the responsibility of every player in the industry to create a brighter housing policy for future generations, as well as the government’s agenda to promote good and affordable housing for everyone. We have invited Denmark’s Building and Housing Minister, Kaare Dybvad; Marius Møller, Director of Pension Danmark; Camilla Van Deurs, the new City Architect for the City of Copenhagen and previous Masterplan and Landscape Architecture Leader at Gehl; and Anders Bo Bach, Director of Bach Gruppen København to join Kristian Ahlmark, Partner and Design Director at Schmidt Hammer Lassen to debate the issues. Danish Architectural Press Director Kristoffer Weiss, a strong voice in the architectural industry, will moderate the conversation of this dynamic group.


There are a limited number of seats. To confirm your participation, please email [email protected].



Flexible timber office building Framehouse nominated for Årets Arne 2020

Framehouse, the only large-scale, exposed timber structure in greater Copenhagen, has been selected for nomination at the upcoming Årets Arne 2020, a recognition of quality architecture in the Danish capital initiated by the Danish Association of Architects.


Framehouse is a 1,810-square-metre flexible office building located in Dragør, an industrial business area 12 kilometres south of central Copenhagen dotted with repurposed aircraft hangars. 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 two-storey exposed timber structure. The nominated project pushes Denmark forward in the journey towards more sustainable design and advanced timber engineering and construction.


Members of the Copenhagen Architectural Association can cast their vote at Årets Arne 2020 until December 2019. The winner will be announced in January 2020.


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.

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