The new flagship NIO House erases boundaries between the car and the user

The second NIO House automotive showroom designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects opened recently in Hangzhou, China overlooking the West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is one of the most beautiful sights in the country. As with our first NIO House, which opened in Shanghai in February, NIO House West Lake is a design-centric take on the traditional car showroom for innovative electric car company NIO. A global start-up, NIO designs and develops high-performance electric and autonomous vehicles, while taking an unconventional view of the industry and redefining what premium service means for a car company.


“The West Lake is an intense confluence of different natural atmospheres that inspired the design of NIO House West Lake and the feeling of the space,” said Chris Hardie, Partner and Design Director Shanghai. “The interior design also reflects the form and materials of NIO models like the ES8 and EVE by using clean lines and pushing material boundaries.”


Read more about NIO House Hangzhou West Lake here.


Ningbo Daily Newspaper Group HQ wins Gold Award for Best Design at Innovative China

The headquarters for Ningbo Daily Newspaper Group recently won the Gold Award for Best Design at the 2018 Innovative China Space Design Competition held by the China Building Decoration Association (CBDA). The new headquarters for Ningbo Daily Newspaper Group sits at the heart of the new East Town development of the city, immediately north of the main government centre that forms the core of the new master plan. The building will become home to six newspaper groups, with a dedicated international conference centre, leisure facilities, library and archives, and a VIP administration and entertainment level.


The second annual competition, part of Beijing’s Design Week, celebrated design innovation and design excellence all over the country.


Read more about the project here.


Studio Malmö wins LEED Building of the Year Award

Studio Malmö was named the 2018 LEED Building of the Year by the Swedish Green Building Council (SGBC) at the Building Sustainability Conference earlier this week.


The SGBC selected Studio Malmö, a 22,000m² mixed-use harbourside development located in southern Sweden, for its high design standards, elaborate design, and pleasant indoor environment that contributes positively to the urban environment. SGBC also cited Studio Malmö as an excellent example of collaborative sustainability work.


The Swedish Green Building Awards recognize, celebrate and promote positive contribution to sustainable building and property development, and it has become one of the leading sustainability design awards in Scandinavia, awarding and promoting entrepreneurs, developers and architectural projects each year. More information can be found at www.kungsleden.se.


And click here for more information about Studio Malmö.


Chen Chao and Mavis Lian lecture at Sina Dichan conference in China

Senior Associate, Architect and BIM Manager Chen Chao and Associate and Head of Business Asia Mavis Lian will present a keynote lecture at the Sina Dichan conference in China on Thursday, 25 October. Addressing our approach to the regeneration of new urban complexes at all scales, Chao and Mavis will talk about the recently completed Beijing Vanke Times Centre shopping centre renovation that blends retail shops and offices with grand art installations, a multi-functional exhibition space, and a bamboo meditation garden.


Vanke, one of the country’s largest residential property developers, commissioned Schmidt Hammer Lassen for its first complete renovation project — the revitalization of a former shopping mall into a vibrant hub for the city. Now complete and located in Beijing’s busy Chaoyang District, Vanke Times Center is home to a host of retail shops on the basement and ground floors, while upper floors will house offices, green spaces and events.


More information about Beijing Vanke Times Center can be found here.


Image by Yuzhu Zheng.


Tūranga, the new Christchurch central library opens in New Zealand

Over the course of 15 months in 2010 and 2011, Christchurch was devastated by four major earthquakes that toppled a city known for its arts, culture, and surrounding natural beauty. On Friday, 12 October, our newest central library project for the city of Christchurch opened with a full day of events, including a lecture by Founding Partner Morten Schmidt. Together with principal collaborating architectural firm Architectus, and in close collaboration with the local community, we designed Tūranga, one of nine anchor projects identified as vital to the redevelopment of the city centre.


The new central library is a visually stunning symbol of hope, unity, and rebirth that will fundamentally change the way residents and visitors experience Christchurch’s city centre.


“Tūranga is the kind of multi-faceted project that layers architectural interest with significant cultural relevance,” said Morten. “It has been a privilege to design a project that not only fulfills the need for a new central library, but also one whose mission of restoring the soul of the city includes the deep cultural heritage of Ngāi Tūāhuriri, the local Māori people.”


Read more about Tūranga here.


Partner Mads Kaltoft speaks at Prefab Reality Symposium 2018

Building Network and Dutch concrete supplier BYLDIS will host Prefab Reality Symposium, an event that addresses freedom of design, high-rise buildings, and the relationship between economic sustainability and prefab construction on October 3 at the Danish Architecture Centre in Copenhagen’s BLOX building. The symposium, which targets contractors and Scandinavian architects, will provide a unique opportunity to learn more about cutting-edge design and exchange knowledge about the latest developments in prefab high-rise buildings. Partner Mads Kaltoft will speak about the challenges of designing a tower in Copenhagen’s burgeoning Carlsberg Byen, and how Schmidt Hammer Lassen seeks to achieve sustainability certification on the construction of an 188-meter-high office tower in Warsaw’s financial district.


For more information about the event and program, visit www.arkitektforeningen.dk.


World Architecture Day at Schmidt Hammer Lassen

Monday October 1st marks World Architecture Day and in celebration, we’re taking a look back at some of our biggest project milestones over the past 12 months, and looking ahead at what’s to come. The projects span a wide range of typologies including culture, commercial, civic, adaptive reuse, mixed use and office space. From the first flagship showroom for innovative electric car company NIO in China, to an educational building for HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht in The Netherlands, we’ve helped add a number of high-design buildings to the world map this year.


The past 12 months have been marked by a number of competition-winning proposals including the new Solvay campus in Brussels, Belgium; Kimmel Quarter mixed use redevelopment in Riga, Latvia; and Start-Up City in Copenhagen, Denmark. Looking ahead, Tūranga, the New Christchurch Central Library in New Zealand, will officially open to much fanfare on October 12. The library is one of the anchor projects in the Recovery Plan for the city of Christchurch after the damaging earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. In addition, Monroe Blocks in Detroit, Michigan – our first U.S. project – will soon break ground.


In terms of completed projects, a new educational facility for HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht in The Netherlands opened its doors earlier this month, while our Shanghai office has been busy with a number of openings across China. We designed two NIO House locations, electric car company NIO’s unconventional take on the automotive showroom. Farther north in Beijing’s busy Chaoyang District, Vanke Times Center completed as a new creative urban complex that blends retail shops and offices with grand art installations, a multi-functional exhibition space, and a bamboo meditation garden. And nearly ten years after the completion of our first project in China, two major projects have opened in the coastal city of Ningbo – Ningbo Daily Newspaper Group Headquarters, a 123,000 m² office space home to six newspaper groups and Ningbo Home of Staff, a 104,000 m² mixed-use complex and a second home for Ningbo Labour Union members. Later this year, the 31,500 m² Ningbo New Library located in the heart of Ningbo East New Town, will open on the edge of a new ecological wetland area that will form a new cultural hub of the city.


For more information regarding our work, browse our project pages.


We are shortlisted to design the new Brampton Centre of Innovation in Ontario, Canada

We have been shortlisted, together with Perkins+Will, to design the Brampton Centre for Innovation (BCI), a new joint-use facility that will house a new Brampton City Library branch and an academic library associated with Ryerson University.


Located in the greater Toronto area, the BCI facility will support the university campus and provide significant stimulus at the heart of the city’s downtown area. The city of Brampton expects the building’s design to “provide a positive and engaging user experience both within the building and through its streetscape and urban design.” The city continues: “BCI will serve all Brampton residents as well as university students, providing opportunities for elementary, secondary, post-secondary students to engage with, innovate and collaborate with one another, residents, the business community and industry in a collaborative setting that promotes experiential learning.” The centre will also contain an innovation zone, an event and conference space, an entrepreneurial centre, retail space, and mixed-use functions.


The BCI facility is anticipated to be delivered to coincide with the opening of the university campus in September 2022, pending provincial funding and timing.


Our previous experience delivering higher education and cultural buildings with an open and democratic approach includes the City of Westminster College in London, the CaoHeJing Innovation Incubator in Shanghai, and the University of Bristol Library in the UK, which is currently in development.


We’re shortlisted to design the new Hungarian Museum of Transport in Budapest

The Hungarian Museum of Transport has shortlisted a team lead by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects with Perkins+Will, BuroHappold Engineering and JAC Studios to design its new exhibition and collection venues that will be rebuilt on a historically significant site in Budapest. The shortlist includes some of the world’s most acclaimed architectural practices such as BIG, Lacaton & Vassal, David Chipperfield, Diller Scofidio & Renfro, and Foster & Partners, while the expressions of interest in the invited competition attracted more than 90 valid applications.


The museum’s General Director Dávid Vitézy said the project to transform part of the Northern Maintenance Depot in Budapest would be one of Europe’s most ambitious brownfield regeneration programmes, “offering challenges in the field of architecture, urban development, heritage conservation and landscaping.” The competition jury is expected to announce a winner in February 2019.


More information about the project can be found here.

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