A thriving, bustling vision for an underserved neighborhood in South Dallas, Texas

Three of Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s rising talents – Senior Associates Thomas Bossel and Mads Lassen, and architect Mathias Brockdorff – travelled to Dallas, Texas last week to add to the conversation about how architecture can shape the revitalization of a once-thriving local community. The three architects won an internal competition to design a mixed-use hub for the South Dallas neighborhood to catalyze investment, growth and regeneration.


The architectural proposal that prioritized safety and multi-generational learning resonated with the competition judges. It also served as the focus of a panel discussion that included community leaders such as Ron Stelmarski, Design Principal and Design Leadership Council member at Perkins+Will, Dallas City Councilman Tennell Atkins, Architect and Developer Kimberly Dowdell, Real Estate Editor at D CEO Magazine Jeremiah Jensen, and locally-based Reverend Todd Atkins. Thomas, Mads, and Mathias presented their “Fair Community Hub” project designed to make South Dallas more attractive to homeowners and foster economic development.


For more information about the project, visit www.perkinswill.com.


See you in Cannes for MIPIM 2019

The world’s leading property market is celebrating 30 years, and we’ll be there for four inspiring days with colleagues, clients, and partners. Meet Partners Morten Schmidt, Kristian Ahlmark, Nathan Smith, and Associate Partner Mads Engel who will be at MIPIM in the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France March 12-15. They look forward to connecting with new and familiar faces, and sharing our most recent adaptive reuse, waterfront, mixed-use, and office projects.


We are leading the redevelopment of Curtin University Library in Perth, Australia

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, together with Australia-based Hames Sharley, is leading the redevelopment of TL Robertson Library at Curtin University in Perth, Australia, an iconic brutalist structure that welcomes two million visits annually. The library, built in 1972, was originally designed with little natural daylight in order to protect the thousands of books and other physical materials in its collection. Schmidt Hammer Lassen aims to create a “living library” by opening up new pathways for visual and physical connectivity throughout the building site, while bringing natural light into the space. The new open, light-filled scheme will support knowledge sharing and connection, and ensure the library meets the needs of future users.


“We were driven by three core principles when designing TL Robertson Library: openness, access and well-being,” said Founding Partner Morten Schmidt. “The redevelopment complements the building’s original features with bold, contemporary architectural interventions that focus on warm, natural materiality, and contrast the current structure with open lightness.”


The TL Robertson Library, Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s second library project in Australia, will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2022, the year the project is scheduled to complete.


Partner Rasmus Kierkegaard speaks at “Future Living,” an architectural exhibition in Warsaw

The Danish Cultural Institute in Warsaw, together with Rising Culture and Business/Denmark and the Municipality of Aarhus, will host “Future Living”, an exhibition at the newly opened ZODIAK Warsaw Pavilion of Architecture in Poland. The exhibition will address several of the UN’s 17 global goals for sustainable development, with a focus on the major global challenges posed by urbanisation, climate, and welfare.


On March 8, 2019 Partner Rasmus Kierkegaard will present two Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects projects on exhibition — Dokk1 and Gellerup’s Sports and Culture Campus. They are examples of how we can rethink the future and contribute to the sustainable development of our society.


For more information about the event and program, visit www.dik.org.pl.


We were selected to design two plots at Sydhavnskvarteret, a new urban development in Aarhus

Aarhus City Council has appointed Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, together with developer A. Enggaard A/S, AART Architects, Labland Architects, Rum3 Studio and ATP Ejendomme, to design two plots at Sydhavnskvarteret, a new 65,000-square-metre urban development along the southern harbour of Denmark’s second largest city.


Sydhavnskvarteret will become a unifying urban development icon and a versatile reflection of city life. The plan will combine the diversity of the existing settlement with a new connection to the city’s waterfront. The project will comprise a hotel, cafes, retail, offices, art installation spaces, workshops, and recreational urban spaces.


More information (in Danish) about the project can be found here.


We are leading the design of the Seaport World Trade Center revitalization in Boston

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects is leading the design of the Seaport World Trade Center, an expansive 68,500-square-metre mixed-use development on Commonwealth Pier in Boston’s vibrant Seaport District. The existing site, once the largest pier building in the world upon its completion in 1901, will transform to include modern, flexible office space; new public amenities, retail, and dining; and dynamic event space. International real estate advisor Pembroke drew upon the design expertise of Schmidt Hammer Lassen along with Boston-based architectural firm CBT for the adaptive reuse project that maintains the site’s historic origins, while introducing new materials, increased daylight, and new points of connectivity.


“The Seaport World Trade Center project is a magnificent historical site with the ambition to become a central component of the rapidly developing Seaport District,” said Partner and Design Director Kristian Ahlmark. “This project is about more than redesigning a building. It becomes a masterplanning task as thousands of people will utilize the building and its surrounding plazas, courtyards and walkways each day.”


Throughout the development, 15,200 square metres of new and enhanced outdoor public space including courtyards, walkways, green rest spaces, and a grand plaza, will invite office workers and the public onto the pier. The new 2,300-square-metre public waterfront plaza located near the southwest corner of the site will become the pier’s central gathering point. The pedestrian experience along Seaport Boulevard will improve with the addition of 4,180 square metres of new retail space across the upper and ground floors of the iconic Headhouse structure, as well as increased connectivity to the upper level of the Seaport World Trade Center.


The Seaport World Trade Center has a sustainability target of LEED Gold certification and is Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s second U.S. project.


Illustration by Cityscape Digital for Pembroke


Kristian Ahlmark speaks at ULI Toronto conference

On March 4, Urban Land Institute Toronto will host “Samarbejde: Partnership – Denmark and Canada’s Path to Innovative Cities,” an event that addresses how the infrastructure and landscape of the Greater Toronto Area will be shaped in a close collaboration with leading Danish and Canadian architects. With opening remarks from HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Partner and Design Director Kristian Ahlmark will present about waterfront revitalization, and the firm’s approach to urban waterfront development, drawing parallels between Copenhagen and Toronto.


Danish and local dignitaries, along with major developers and other architects will participate in a series of lectures and panel discussions at the event, produced in part by the Danish Trade Council in North America. For more information about the event, program and registration, visit www.toronto.uli.org.


Happy Chinese New Year

We welcome the Year of the Pig with a look ahead at our most anticipated Chinese projects of 2019. On the horizon is the completion of the world’s largest waste-to-energy plant in Shenzhen; the official grand opening of Ningbo New Library that sits on the edge of a new ecological wetland; and CaoHeJing Guigu Creative Headquarters, a centre that will support and nurture high-tech firms and act as an accelerator for new technology in China.


Here’s to a fruitful Year of the Pig.


Image by Beauty and the Bit.


We are shortlisted to design the new Spritfabrikken Contemporary Art Centre in Aalborg

Ejendomsfonden Artcenter Spritten has shortlisted a team lead by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects to design the new 2,500-square-metre arts centre and exhibition space with a city-connection masterplan as well as an urban flood resilience plan. The project will be part of the largest protected post-industrial building complex in in Denmark, the former De Danske Spritfabrikker.


Our shortlisted team includes landscape architects SLA, engineering firm Rambøll, exhibition designers JAC Studios and heritage expert Mogens A. Morgen.


Located on the former site of De Danske Spritfabrikker, a spirits distillery that closed in 2015, Spritfabrikken Contemporary Art Centre will be an adaptive reuse project on a Danish National Heritage site that will transform this industrial area of Aalborg into a new international cultural hub with artworks from leading international artists. The project will serve as a catalyst for further development of the area.


More information (in Danish) about the project can be found here.

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