Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, together with Australia-based Hames Sharley, is leading the redevelopment of TL Robertson Library at Curtin University in Perth, Australia, an iconic brutalist structure that welcomes two million visits annually. The library, built in 1972, was originally designed with little natural daylight in order to protect the thousands of books and other physical materials in its collection. Schmidt Hammer Lassen aims to create a “living library” by opening up new pathways for visual and physical connectivity throughout the building site, while bringing natural light into the space. The new open, light-filled scheme will support knowledge sharing and connection, and ensure the library meets the needs of future users.
“We were driven by three core principles when designing TL Robertson Library: openness, access and well-being,” said Founding Partner Morten Schmidt. “The redevelopment complements the building’s original features with bold, contemporary architectural interventions that focus on warm, natural materiality, and contrast the current structure with open lightness.”
The TL Robertson Library, Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s second library project in Australia, will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2022, the year the project is scheduled to complete.
The Danish Cultural Institute in Warsaw, together with Rising Culture and Business/Denmark and the Municipality of Aarhus, will host “Future Living”, an exhibition at the newly opened ZODIAK Warsaw Pavilion of Architecture in Poland. The exhibition will address several of the UN’s 17 global goals for sustainable development, with a focus on the major global challenges posed by urbanisation, climate, and welfare.
On March 8, 2019 Partner Rasmus Kierkegaard will present two Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects projects on exhibition — Dokk1 and Gellerup’s Sports and Culture Campus. They are examples of how we can rethink the future and contribute to the sustainable development of our society.
For more information about the event and program, visit www.dik.org.pl.
Aarhus City Council has appointed Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, together with developer A. Enggaard A/S, AART Architects, Labland Architects, Rum3 Studio and ATP Ejendomme, to design two plots at Sydhavnskvarteret, a new 65,000-square-metre urban development along the southern harbour of Denmark’s second largest city.
Sydhavnskvarteret will become a unifying urban development icon and a versatile reflection of city life. The plan will combine the diversity of the existing settlement with a new connection to the city’s waterfront. The project will comprise a hotel, cafes, retail, offices, art installation spaces, workshops, and recreational urban spaces.
More information (in Danish) about the project can be found here.
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects is leading the design of the Seaport World Trade Center, an expansive 68,500-square-metre mixed-use development on Commonwealth Pier in Boston’s vibrant Seaport District. The existing site, once the largest pier building in the world upon its completion in 1901, will transform to include modern, flexible office space; new public amenities, retail, and dining; and dynamic event space. International real estate advisor Pembroke drew upon the design expertise of Schmidt Hammer Lassen along with Boston-based architectural firm CBT for the adaptive reuse project that maintains the site’s historic origins, while introducing new materials, increased daylight, and new points of connectivity.
“The Seaport World Trade Center project is a magnificent historical site with the ambition to become a central component of the rapidly developing Seaport District,” said Partner and Design Director Kristian Ahlmark. “This project is about more than redesigning a building. It becomes a masterplanning task as thousands of people will utilize the building and its surrounding plazas, courtyards and walkways each day.”
Throughout the development, 15,200 square metres of new and enhanced outdoor public space including courtyards, walkways, green rest spaces, and a grand plaza, will invite office workers and the public onto the pier. The new 2,300-square-metre public waterfront plaza located near the southwest corner of the site will become the pier’s central gathering point. The pedestrian experience along Seaport Boulevard will improve with the addition of 4,180 square metres of new retail space across the upper and ground floors of the iconic Headhouse structure, as well as increased connectivity to the upper level of the Seaport World Trade Center.
The Seaport World Trade Center has a sustainability target of LEED Gold certification and is Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s second U.S. project.
Illustration by Cityscape Digital for Pembroke
On March 4, Urban Land Institute Toronto will host “Samarbejde: Partnership – Denmark and Canada’s Path to Innovative Cities,” an event that addresses how the infrastructure and landscape of the Greater Toronto Area will be shaped in a close collaboration with leading Danish and Canadian architects. With opening remarks from HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Partner and Design Director Kristian Ahlmark will present about waterfront revitalization, and the firm’s approach to urban waterfront development, drawing parallels between Copenhagen and Toronto.
Danish and local dignitaries, along with major developers and other architects will participate in a series of lectures and panel discussions at the event, produced in part by the Danish Trade Council in North America. For more information about the event, program and registration, visit www.toronto.uli.org.
We welcome the Year of the Pig with a look ahead at our most anticipated Chinese projects of 2019. On the horizon is the completion of the world’s largest waste-to-energy plant in Shenzhen; the official grand opening of Ningbo New Library that sits on the edge of a new ecological wetland; and CaoHeJing Guigu Creative Headquarters, a centre that will support and nurture high-tech firms and act as an accelerator for new technology in China.
Here’s to a fruitful Year of the Pig.
Image by Beauty and the Bit.
Ejendomsfonden Artcenter Spritten has shortlisted a team lead by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects to design the new 2,500-square-metre arts centre and exhibition space with a city-connection masterplan as well as an urban flood resilience plan. The project will be part of the largest protected post-industrial building complex in in Denmark, the former De Danske Spritfabrikker.
Our shortlisted team includes landscape architects SLA, engineering firm Rambøll, exhibition designers JAC Studios and heritage expert Mogens A. Morgen.
Located on the former site of De Danske Spritfabrikker, a spirits distillery that closed in 2015, Spritfabrikken Contemporary Art Centre will be an adaptive reuse project on a Danish National Heritage site that will transform this industrial area of Aalborg into a new international cultural hub with artworks from leading international artists. The project will serve as a catalyst for further development of the area.
More information (in Danish) about the project can be found here.
We have been shortlisted, together with landscape architect SLA and engineering firm Tyréns, to design +One, a new high-rise building that will become the fourth Gothia Tower at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre located at the Korsvägen public square in Gothenburg, Sweden. The mixed-use building will contain restaurants, meeting areas, offices, and 400 hotel rooms, ensuring a lively environment and attracting more visitors to the site.
The project has been named +One as a nod to its addition to the three existing towers. +One will draw a new skyline for Gothenburg and will be a versatile reflection of the urban life by bringing together the diversity of the area.
The winning design will be announced at the end of the summer 2019. The detailed planning work for +One will begin in 2020, and the new building is expected to be completed in 2025.
More information (in Swedish) can be found at svenskamassan.se.
Dahlerups Tower and the surrounding Caroline Hus together make up a 39,800 m² mixed-use development situated close to the famous Elephant Gate in the northwest corner of the new Carlsberg Byen district in Copenhagen, Denmark. The development, which spans a full city block and includes an 80-metre tower, will comprise 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. The Carlsberg Brewery production plant closed down in 2008, and this former industrial site renowned for its rich architectural legacy is re-emerging as a new sustainable city district – a dense city structure with attractive urban spaces, public transport, and new buildings that complement the existing historical structures.
Learn more about Dahlerups Tower – Carlsberg Byen here.