Artworks by 10 Prominent Artists for the Shanghai Library East Unveiled!

The public art program for the new Shanghai Library East designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects was officially unveiled to the public, featuring works by ten artists from China and abroad. The program curated by art collaborator UAP seeks to celebrate the art of literature and promote the popularisation of art within an engaging and inspiring architectural space.


The project’s central curatorial theme ‘Mediums: The Development of Writing’ was inspired by the existing Shanghai Library’s reputation as an iconic city landmark, famous for its use of digital media to conserve ancient archives and many collections, including genealogical records. Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects participated in UAP‘s curation of the artworks that amalgamate the contemporary and avant-garde while deeply rooted in tradition.


Artists whose works are showcased within the program of public artworks include Emily Floyd, Gu Wenda, Simon Ma , Mia Liu, Ni Youyu, Shen Fan, Plummer & Smith, Xu Bing, Yang Zhenzhong and Zheng Chongbin.


The 115,000 m² Shanghai Library East is located in Pudong District – the area of the city known for its iconic skyline, and sits immediately next to Century Park – the largest park in the city spread over 140 hectares. Shanghai Library East is the largest library in China with a single building. After opening, it can receive 4 million visitors and provide over 200 lectures and thousands of academic activities every year.


For more information regarding both the library and the art, stay tuned!


We have been appointed by the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust to deliver a new state-of-the-art hospital in central Leeds

The appointment follows a competition held by the Trust in 2021 to find an architect to design its “Hospitals of the Future” project—one of 40 new hospitals that the U.K. government has committed to build by 2030 as part of its New Hospital Programme (NHP).


Patient care and well-being is at the heart of the design, and we have commenced staff and patient engagement sessions gathering inputs and ideas to support the next stage of the design development.


The building will house two unique hospitals – one for adults and one for children – including a maternity and neonatal unit. Adults, children, young people, parents, carers and clinicians from across the region will be instrumental in helping to shape how the facility might look and feel in these early designs.


Our approach to the design emphasizes special attention to the future users of the hospital – patients and visitors as well as staff. Research shows that our physical environment effects our mental and physical wellbeing. Orientation toward the outdoors maximizes exposure to daylight and good views and green communal spaces feature throughout, offering places for recreation, play and contemplation.


The new hospital is a collaboration between Schmidt Hammer Lassen, Penoyre & Prasad and Perkins&Will.

Visuals by Brick Visuals


Read more about the project here


UBC Gateway awarded Canadian Architect Award of Excellence

UBC Gateway, an inclusive and highly sustainable university building, received an Award of Excellence in the 2021 Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence competition.


The awards jury commented: “There’s a lot of thought put into its sustainability strategies and material choices, from its mass timber structure to its prefabricated wall panels and terracotta cladding. The quality of its materiality, rational planning, and expression result in an endurance-oriented design befitting of a gateway.”


The Canadian Architect Awards Of Excellence is an annual national awards program recognising future projects. This year, the program received 174 professional entries, and the jurors bestowed 5 Awards of Excellence and 7 Awards of Merit.


UBC Gateway is a collaboration between Perkins&Will and Schmidt Hammer Lassen.


View UBC Gateway’s award profile here.

Read the full jury comments here.

See a full list of award winners here.

Access an online PDF version of Canadian Architect’s December 2021 magazine here.


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.


To know more about this news, please click here.


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.



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