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22.07.2020

The centerpiece of Prague’s business district transformation

River City Prague (RCP) is an office development located in the attractive and most influential business district in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

RCP will become a workplace of the future, an environment that promotes well-being, boosts employee efficiency and empowers workforce productivity. Moreover, the project’s layout has been tailored to specifically serve various models of operation by accommodating future changes in the tenant’s strategic needs.

 

RCP will be a sustainable workplace targeting LEED Platinum certification. The office space is fully optimised to appeal to the needs of the next generation that seeks a positive work environment and helps tenants attract and retain the brightest young talent.

 

Construction has begun and RCP is expected to complete during 2021. In the meantime, learn more about the project here.

14.07.2020

We’ve designed the world’s first sustainable lighting product range for the circular economy for Fischer Lighting

Lighting fixtures for commercial and public construction are currently designed to suit a linear economy where the solutions have a limited lifespan and cannot be repaired. At the same time, millions of existing light fixtures made of high-quality materials are discarded simply due to the interior electronics being outdated. This results in unsustainable resource expense, which contradicts the goals of the Paris Agreement.

 

Together with Fischer Lighting, we’re introducing the world’s first light fixture line for the professional market. Existing light fixtures from demolition sites are up-cycled and remade with sustainable LED solutions. Not only are the fixtures upgraded with LED technology, but many are redesigned; adapting new forms to the reclaimed parts as new products.

 

These solutions parallel adaptive transformation in architecture and improve functionality, light quality, and energy-saving technology. The product line is a showdown on linear economy products and proves one can construct a sustainable concept that offers great design and cost-competitive solutions.

 

The Fischer Lighting catalogue will launch in the Fall of 2020 at the Building Green conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.

10.07.2020

State Library Victoria takes home three AIA Victorian Chapter Awards

We’re pleased to announce that State Library Victoria has received three Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter Awards in the categories of Heritage and Public Architecture, as well as the acclaimed Melbourne Prize. The Awards honor excellence in architecture and promote examples of extraordinary design contributing to communities across Australia and abroad. Congratulations are due to our partners at Architectus and to our client, State Library Victoria (SLV) for their incredible partnership and vision.

 

Since the project’s redevelopment, State Library Victoria has connected audiences and libraries across the state, widened the relationship with regional Victorians through the digital delivery of programs, and elevated its contribution to the local education economy by supporting the state’s growing number of international students with improved access and spaces.

 

Learn more about State Library Victoria, the fourth most visited library in the world, and one of Victoria’s most important cultural institutions here.

 

Congratulations, State Library Victoria!

23.06.2020

“Hello Denmark” exhibition at the Danish Architecture Center features Greenland’s Ny Anstalt correctional facility

A new exhibition at the Danish Architecture Center in Copenhagen celebrates Danish culture through the lens of architecture. “Hello Denmark” takes visitors on a journey through six fundamental elements central to everyday life in Denmark: relationship to nature; trust in society; hygge; cycling culture; the value of design; and proximity to water.

 

Ny Anstalt, our correctional facility project in Nuuk, Greenland that addresses human rights through design, is used to illustrate the core Danish belief that good design should be afforded to everyone. At Ny Anstalt, where the focus is on rehabilitation as well as punishment, openness, light, views, security, and flexibility are the leading values behind the design.

 

“Hello Denmark” runs until October 18, 2020. For opening hours and more information on the exhibition, click here.

 

The official inauguration of Ny Anstalt is scheduled to take place later this year. In the meantime, learn more about the project here.

22.06.2020

Design for the sustainable mixed-use K8 tower in Norway moves forward with approval from Stavanger City Council

The design for K8, a dynamic scheme for boosting the city of Stavanger’s ambitions for future urban developments, received final approval from the city council last week.

 

The 16-storey, 15,000-square-metre project will create a new benchmark for sustainable and creative work environments while re-envisioning public space as a generously expanded, densely vegetated garden.

 

As a vibrant and highly flexible mixed-use complex housing offices, restaurants, cultural institutions, and exhibition and conference spaces, K8’s development draws upon the local architectural heritage, the activity of the neighbourhood, and the pedestrian connections to the city.

 

K8 introduces innovative ways of reducing energy consumption and the building’s CO2 footprint, targeting a BREEAM NOR Excellent and WELL Gold certification.

 

Learn more about K8 here and read about the developer Base Property’s ambitions for the project (in Norwegian) here.

19.06.2020

Tomorrow marks the fifth anniversary of Dokk1!

The modern hybrid library in Aarhus, Denmark is the kind of project that continues to teach us what a library can be.

 

Since opening its doors on 20 June 2015, the building has stood as an icon in the city, bringing people from all walks of life towards the harbor front. Over the past five years the library, citizen service center, light rail station, office, automated public car park, and outdoor public squares have served more than six million visitors.

 

Through smart programming, Dokk1 is ripe with versatile and adaptable spaces that provide for digital, analog, group, and individual interactions. The project is a place for ‘connection and collection’ where knowledge and cultural exchange happens every day.

 

Congratulations on five years, Dokk1.

 

 

18.06.2020

The new Sports and Culture Campus in Gellerup, Denmark is on the rise

Today Partner Rasmus Kierkegaard gave remarks at the cornerstone laying ceremony for the Gellerup Sports and Culture Campus outside of Aarhus, Denmark. The mixed-use culture campus will comprise six newly-built facilities for a community that is seeing an influx of redevelopment and revitalization. They include community spaces, a library, a civic centre, a city park, and a playful activity house for circus, sports, school, and climbing. Symbolically, a capsule containing relevant community artefacts will be cast into the building’s foundation.

 

Our design presents an inviting building structure that breaks up the city’s existing boxy grid with an open, flowing layout that strengthens community ties, neighbourhood democracy, and cohesion.

 

The cornerstone laying ceremony was hosted by Aarhus Municipality and Brabrand Housing Association. Follow all news related to the campus here.

 

The new Sports and Culture Campus in Gellerup is expected to complete by the end of next year.

27.05.2020

Turning old school buses into COVID-19 mobile labs for underserved communities

In order to make coronavirus testing more accessible to low-income communities across the United States, we’ve developed the COVID-19 mobile lab together with Perkins and Will and in partnership with Arup. The scalable solution increases COVID-19 testing capacity within high-density, high-risk, and underserved neighborhoods by bringing the testing site into the community.

 

Our team identified seven key parameters to guide the design process: equitability, mobility, accessibility, speed, flexibility, ease of implementation, and scalability. School buses – mostly unused while students are learning from home – was a universally relevant solution.

 

Every element of the mobile testing lab, including the generators, HVAC systems, and awnings, is designed to be sourced off-the-shelf from vendors, ensuring easy replicability across communities. In the future, these mobile testing labs could also offer antibody testing, or administer vaccines — once discovered and approved — to society’s most vulnerable populations.

 

Read more about the project in Fast Company’s recent story, “How we could turn out-of-use school buses into low-cost mobile COVID test labs” found here.

20.05.2020

Kristian Lars Ahlmark speaks at JUNG’s virtual lecture series

Save the date! Partner and Design Director Kristian Lars Ahlmark will speak at a virtual lecture series focusing on Nordic architecture on May 26 at 10AM, an event organized by JUNG, the German supplier of modern building technology, and the German Architecture Museum DAM in Frankfurt.

 

The Nordic session will include Kristian’s lecture “(re)Connecting the City” that will address the blurred line between master planning and building design and its influence on connectivity in the public realm.

 

More details can be found here.

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