State Library Victoria receives Urban Design Award from the City of Melbourne

The State Library Victoria Vision 2020 Redevelopment received the prestigious Urban Design Award from the City of Melbourne.


State Library Victoria is Australia’s oldest and largest public library and the fourth most visited library in the world. Created as “the people’s university, a place of learning and discovery,” the library takes up an entire city block and is comprised of 23 buildings that have evolved over the last 160 years.


Together with Architectus, we rethought and redeveloped the existing library spaces to unlock possibilities, create connections, and provide a framework for the library’s ongoing and future evolution. The new elements are bold yet refined and elegant, with robust detailing and natural materials that will stand the test of time. The modern aspects complement and contrast the existing spaces, adding an inspiring and poetic layer to the building’s design heritage.


Read more about the project here.


Read more about the 2021 Urban Design Award here.


Shanghai Studio Selected for 2021 Architectural Digest’s China AD100 List

We’re delighted to announce that our Shanghai studio has been selected for the 2021 China AD100—Architectural Digest’s Top 100 architecture and design firms in China!


This year’s China AD100 award have been given to The Ningbo New Library, our first completed library project in China. The project’s exemplary achievements also lead to nominations such as ‘Public Library of the Year’ by the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA).


In recent years we have also been awarded the AD100 twice; where our Cloud Pavilion and NIO House West Lake have been selected for the award in 2017 and 2019 respectively. We are looking forward to complete Shanghai Library East in the near future, which will be our second completed library project in China.


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We have been selected as one of five multidisciplinary teams for the Centrale Bibliotheek Rotterdam (CBR) design competition

We have been selected as one of five multidisciplinary teams for the Centrale Bibliotheek Rotterdam (CBR) design competition as announced by the municipality of Rotterdam. The Central Library Rotterdam, one of the largest and most iconic libraries in the Netherlands built in 1983 by Van den Broek en Bakema, will be renewed.


Our team Combination KCAP Architects&Planners/ Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects/ Drees & Sommer with DGMR, IMd Raadgevende Ingenieurs and Traject, and Johanna van Doorn and Vincent Taapken looks forward to working on the library’s transformation that will have an important cultural and social impact for the city of Rotterdam.


Read more about the competition here (in Dutch).


Photo: René Castelijn


We are participating at COP26 in Glasgow

The COP26 – UN Climate Change Conference is taking place in Glasgow, UK from 31 October – 12 November 2021.


Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects is participating as part of the Danish representation at the conference to share solutions, inspire change and build partnerships within finance, renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable cities, and hard-to-abate sectors.


As part of the conference Enlai Hooi, Head of Innovation will host four different talks on the topics of Adaptive Transformation, Circular Cities, Regenerative Buildings, and Urban Food Waste Systems.


Watch the talk on Adaptive Transformation here.

Watch the talk on Buildings as Waste here.

Watch the talk on Food in the City here.

Watch the talk on Regenerative Buildings here.

Watch the Nordic Council talk here.

Watch the talk on Materials here.


Get an overview of the activities and side events with the representatives at the Danish Pavilion.


Shenzhen East Waste-to-Energy Power Plant gets official name: Energy Ring

After public consultation, which attracted almost 1,000 votes, the Shenzhen East Waste-to-Energy Power Plant received a new name: Energy Ring


The project is expected to be completed in 2022. Read more about the project here.


Chris Hardie invited to join 2021 AIA Shanghai / Beijing Design Award Jury

AIA Shanghai / Beijing has unveiled the International Master Jury for its 4th annual Design Excellence Awards Program. We are pleased to announce that Chris Hardie has been invited to this year’s distinguishing jury panel, with other leading figures from around the world, to pick China’s best design and designers. The Awards offers an opportunity to showcase innovation in architecture, interior architecture, and urban planning in Mainland China.


To know more about Chris Hardie’s work please visit here.


To know more about AIA Shanghai / Beijing Design Awards 2021 please click here.




Ningbo New Library Nominated for the Public Library of the Year award 2021

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects’ first completed library project in China—Ningbo New Library, is China’s first library to be nominated for International Federation of Library Associations’ (IFLA) “Public Library of the Year”.


This is the third time the work of SHL has been nominated for the “Public Library of the Year” by IFLA. In 2016, SHL’s Dokk1 in Aarhus, Denmark won the award; In 2019, Tūranga, Christchurch Central Library in New Zealand, was nominated; this year, the Ningbo New Library won the favor of the judges again.


2021 IFLA “Public Library of the Year” award is exceptionally competitive. Affected by the epidemic, IFLA cancelled the award in 2020. This year, IFLA celebrates libraries built both in 2019 and 2020. The jury has narrowed 32 libraries down to five nominees in the quest for this year’s winner. The other four finalists come from very different parts of the world, including Marrickville Library (Australia), Oslo Public Library (Norway), Het Predikheren (Belgium), Forum Groningen (Holland). Nominated libraries are distinguished by sustainable recycling of materials, natural daylight incorporated into the buildings, and many unique, architectural details. The winner will be announced in August 2021.


To know more about 2021 IFLA ”Public Library of the Year” award, please click here.


UBC Gateway – university’s first zero carbon building puts inclusivity, sustainability, and well-being at the forefront

As our fifth Canadian project, the Gateway building at the historic entrance to the University of British Columbia’s Point Grey campus will reflect UBC’s reputation as a world-class university. Designed in collaboration with Perkins&Will, the 25,000-square-metre health science academic and research building will symbolize the university’s commitments and transform the arrival experience for students, staff, and visitors.


Targeting completion in 2024, the building integrates the university’s commitments to supporting inclusivity and health and well-being. The design considers diverse needs by incorporating clear and accessible circulation paths, inclusive washrooms, and comfortable spaces open to the public. A central daylight-filled six-story atrium with large interconnecting stairs reaching from the basement to the upper floors encourages physical activity. Acting on UBC’s commitment to Indigenous reconciliation, the project takes inspiration from traditional Musqueam building materials and considers site-specific ecology.


The Gateway building also embodies UBC’s sustainability goals, aiming to be the university’s first to meet the Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC) Zero Carbon Building Standard. The structure incorporates passive design strategies such as a high-performance envelope, high-efficiency mechanical systems, and reduced embodied carbon.


Mobile Testing Lab and Pop-Up Care Unit selected for Honorable Mention in the Pandemic Response category as part of Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards

In response to COVID-19, our Head of Innovation, Enlai Hooi, teamed up with colleagues from Perkins&Will and Arup pursuing the delivery of safe, equitable, and accessible healthcare to underserved communities in New York.


When the mobile testing unit was first launched in April 2020, global cases of COVID-19 had already reached 1.3 million and continued to grow. As more of the US population was exposed to the virus, the CDC indicated there would be increased instances of community spread, leading to elevated rates of hospitalizations that caused a devastating strain on an already overloaded healthcare system. Experts agreed that our public response relied heavily on how quickly and thoroughly countries could implement widespread testing as a key measure to trace and control the spread of the virus.


The team responded to the challenge of the pandemic by mobilizing New York City’s 9,500 idle school buses to provide urgent COVID-19 testing in underserved communities experiencing outbreaks.


Primarily based in New York, the team identified five key parameters that define the success of the testing process: mobility, accessibility, speed, flexibility, ease of implementation and scalability. Under this framework, they created a two-part solution that would have retrofitted school buses into on-the-go testing centers and deployed portable, folding, “pop-up” care booths for healthcare workers to engage with community members in a safe, meaningful way.


These design solutions are easily replicated across the world as a low-tech, DIY system that can be quickly adopted by underserved communities, enhancing equity, empathy, and public safety. These deployable healthcare units respond in real-time, gathering essential geolocation and test-result data, allowing a real-time data feedback loop to help authorities with strategic decision-making.

We are very proud that this project received an honorable mention from Fast Company. You can read more about the project here. 


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