Morten Schmidt speaks at Architects, not Architecture

On October 10, Founding Partner Morten Schmidt will be a keynote speaker at the second Copenhagen edition of “Architects, not Architecture”, an event series that focuses on the people behind the projects.


Morten, along with COBE founder Dan Stubbergaard and Sheila O’Donnell, founder of O’Donnell+Tuomey, will participate in a panel discussion that will provide a glimpse into their intellectual biography and architectural influence. For more information about the event and registration, visit www.architectsnotarchitecture.com.


World Architecture Day at Schmidt Hammer Lassen

Today marks the 15th annual World Architecture Day and the International Union of Architects (UIA) has chosen the theme “Architecture… housing for all”. In celebration, we’re looking at some of our most recent projects which contribute to the realisation of housing for all, the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, and the Sustainable Development Goals — specifically goal 11, “to make cities and human settlements safe, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable”.


From the new Bodø Masterplan in Norway aiming to draw city life to the area where green parks meet the waterfront, to Start-Up City Frederiksberg, one of Europe’s most attractive hubs for innovators in the heart of Copenhagen, mixing housing, flexible office spaces and educational facilities, we’ve helped add a number of high-design buildings to the world map this year.


The past 12 months have been also been marked by the ground-breaking of Monroe Blocks in Detroit, Michigan – our first U.S. project –  combining downtown Detroit’s first high-rise office tower in a generation with more than 480 residential units; and the completion of The Beach Promenade residential complex in Svanemøllen, a picturesque beach destination located just north of Denmark’s capital.


Looking ahead, the distinctive design of Kulgrunden Residential Complex in Middelfart, focuses on the harbour’s potential as a residential and recreational urban space. In addition, both of our projects located in the famous Carlsberg Byen district in Copenhagen – Dahlerups and Vogelius Towers – are taking shape.


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


Image by Huda Gharandouqa (Jordan)/ International Union of Architects (UIA).


Elif Tinaztepe talks the role of libraries in modern society at the International Library Summit in Venice

Over the past decade, we have witnessed an unprecedented library renaissance. While still providing access to media, a space between the home and the workplace, and a hub for innovation, libraries are taking on even more diversified roles, responding to the challenges and opportunities facing our societies.


Partner Elif Tinaztepe will join fellow architects, librarians, academics, and other thought leaders at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice, Italy this Friday to discuss this and other issues at the International Library Summit. Her lecture will explore the role of libraries in modern society as democratic knowledge centres that blend physical books, resources for the information age, and space for collaboration and gathering. She will also join a panel discussion about national libraries and the status of knowledge.


Elif leads Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s library specialist work, a typology for which we are perhaps best known.


For more information about the International Library Summit, visit: msaofuturefoundation.com.


Shanghai Library East celebrates topping out

The construction of the 115,000-square-metre Shanghai Library East has been rapidly advancing in order to meet its completion deadline next year, and last week celebrated its topping out. The 50-meter-high building will have nine floors, including two underground. Its 3D-printed colored glass walls with different levels of transparency will imitate marble, a more eco-friendly alternative to using real stone.


Chinese President Xi Jinping stated that “the library is an important symbol of the level of national cultural development, and an important place to nourish the national soul and cultivate cultural self-confidence.”


For more information about the Shanghai Library East, visit www.shl.dk/shanghai-east-library.


Kristian Ahlmark speaks at Active House Symposium in Toronto, Canada

On September 16, Active House Alliance will host the 7th Active House Symposium “Building Healthy, Living Healthy: A new era in sustainable building design”, an event that addresses and supports the vision of creating buildings that provide healthier and more comfortable lives for people without negatively impacting the climate and environment – thus moving us towards a cleaner, healthier and safer world.


Presented for the first time in North America, the Active House Symposium invited Schmidt Hammer Lassen Partner and Design Director Kristian Ahlmark to open the event. He will speak about “Liveable Cities” and the firm’s approach to building design focused on daylight, the human experience, and urban regeneration.


For more information about the event, program, and registration, visit activehouse.ca.


We are shortlisted to design the new Ibsen Library in Skien, Norway

The Skien municipality shortlisted Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, landscape architect SLA and Rambøll Norge to design a new library that will honor the legacy of famed playwright Henrik Ibsen. In addition to the library, the 7,000-square-metre building will house exhibition and performance spaces that will allow visitors to experience the work and influence of Henrik Ibsen, as well as a citizens’ service center, tourist information center, and offices.


The proposed site, located in the Meierikvartalet neighbourhood close to Henrik Ibsen’s birthplace, will make the library a cultural highlight of Skien’s town centre and a key driver of its cultural building programming and tourism for years to come.


Like Dokk1, our award-winning mixed-use library in Denmark, Skien Library will join a new generation of modern hybrid libraries that bring citizens and visitors together for knowledge sharing in a multipurpose cultural institution.


More information about the project can be found here.


Partner Kasper Frandsen speaks at “(RE)CONNECTING – Architecture and city in a new context” in Hamburg

Tomorrow, the renowned magazine AIT will host ACO Architects’ and Planners’ Day 2019 during the international art exhibition NordArt in Hamburg, Germany. The event will include a series of conferences, lectures, and exhibitions on the topic of “(RE)CONNECTING – Architecture and city in a new context”. (RE)CONNECTING will place a special focus on how to intelligently connect cities and redefine urban modules in order to return space and time to their inhabitants.


Partner Kasper Heiberg Frandsen will be the keynote speaker, presenting Schmidt Hammer Lassen projects including Dokk1 and Malmö Live as examples of “People Connections and Urban Interventions.” He will also talk about how smart urban planning and the development of new scenarios lead to innovative solutions for the cities of the future.


For more information (in German) about the event and program, visit www.ait-xia-dialog.de.


Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects lands its first project in Japan

Fukuoka Jisho, a Japanese real estate company, and JFA-Group, a consortium composed of JR Kyushu and Aso Corporation, have been selected in conjunction with Schmidt Hammer Lassen to design a mixed-use complex in Fukuoka, Japan.


Fukuoka Hakata-Higashi is a development combining office, retail, and a mechanical parking tower located in close proximity to Hakata Station, one of the major rail stations in southern Japan and the largest on Kyushu Island.


Fukuoka Hakata-Higashi will become a unifying complex and a versatile reflection of city life contributing to the community development around the station.


The project is scheduled to complete in March 2024.


Architectural leaders discuss the future of materiality in Aarhus

Last Thursday, September 5, our Aarhus studio hosted some of the leading voices in architecture for a panel discussion about materiality as a part of “Aarhus Festuge”, the city’s annual celebration of art, culture, and architecture.


“Nature’s Materials and Architecture” brought together Reiulf Ramstad, Design Director at Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter; Roland Bechmann, Managing Director and Partner at Werner Sobek; Frans Drewniak, Teaching Associate Professor of Architecture and Technology at KAD​K, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts; and Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects Founding Partner Bjarne Hammer for a lively discussion about the role of materials in the future of the building industry. The discussion was moderated by Rasmus Kierkegaard, Partner at Schmidt Hammer Lassen.


“Nature’s Materials and Architecture” was produced in collaboration with some of Denmark’s finest material suppliers including VOLA, Louis Poulsen, Garde Hvalsøe, Dinesen, and Zurface.

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