TOTem, a storage system designed for the agile workplace

Our team, along with Perkins & Will New York and Slyde Innovations, have created TOTem, a sleek, portable caddy that allows easy transport and storage of personal items at work, where there’s no assigned seating.


The TOTem mobile office solution is a compartmentalized PET felt tote that allows the user to easily transport work and personal items to anywhere they prefer to work. TOTem is made from a felt-lined durable recycled plastic base with an adjustable nylon hand and shoulder strap to allow for easy portability.


Help us win the Interior Design Magazine People’s Choice “Best of Year 2020” award in the product category by voting here.


World Architecture Day at Schmidt Hammer Lassen

Today marks the 16th annual World Architecture Day and the International Union of Architects (UIA) has chosen the theme “Toward a better urban future”. In celebration, we’re looking at some of our most recent projects which contribute to the urban environment, 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 House of the City and Region in Dordrecht aiming to become a cultural anchor, an urban node and The Netherlands’ most prominent public hub, to Framehouse, the first flexible office with a large exposed timber structure in greater Copenhagen, we’ve helped add several high-design buildings to the world map this year.


The past months have been marked by a global pandemic but nevertheless, we have kept the spirits high and we celebrated events such as the ground-breaking of both River City Prague, a sustainable workplace targeting LEED Platinum certification in the Czech Republic; and the new Sports and Culture Campus in Gellerup, Denmark; the topping-out of both VIA in Oslo, Norway – the only project in Scandinavia to use high-performance Closed Cavity Façade (CCF); and Scanport Glasværk in Kastrup, Denmark.


Looking ahead, the financial and political backing to the ARoS Museum of Art extension project The Next Level is entering the next phase with generous donations from Salling Fondene and the New Carlsberg Foundation and aims to start construction in the near future and open in 2023. Watch here a short movie on the ambitious expansion plan which will bring the museum into the world elite of modern art museums.


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


Image: ARoS Next Level


Ryan Hughes joins Schmidt Hammer Lassen as Head of Digital Practice

Consolidating its services in the Digital Practice and technology solutions, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects welcomes Ryan Hughes to lead the Digital Practice discipline for the firm globally. Coming from a PhD that focused on the development of interactive design environments for the design and robotic manufacturing of complex timber structures, Ryan will establish an R&D unit focusing on advanced computational analytics, design-decision support and visualization workflows.


Working closely with clients, industry leaders and academia, he approaches each project by combining cutting-edge technological solutions with an in-depth understanding of the firm’s business strategy. With experience in sustainability engineering, complex geometry and software development, he will work closely with other specialists within Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Perkins & Will on complex challenges within the built environment.


Applying data-driven practice toward the extraction of actionable insight, Ryan will assist our clients with knowledge, guidance and creative thinking, helping them to make smarter decisions, improve their performance and better manage their assets. He begins on October 1.


International Student Competition – Drawing of the Year 2020

The Aarhus School of Architecture’s highly anticipated Drawing of the Year competition that invites architectural students from around the world to submit entries that “celebrate the art and skill of traditional representation methods” has been announced, and we are proud to be a presenting partner.


Partner Kasper Heiberg Frandsen will serve as a jury member of the eighth annual international competition themed “Hand Me A Drawing.” The theme demands for handmade sketches and drawings seen as the bones of any architectural design, expressing and combining the interaction between the architect’s mind, hands and eyes. The competition aims to “explore how artistic drawing continues to advance and qualify the art of architecture today.” In the light of the global Corona crisis, proposals that not only revive the hand drawing but also contribute to knowledge on how the world moves on from here are encouraged.


Drawings can be submitted no later than November 1st 2020 at 12.00 noon (CET).


Drawing of the Year is a collaboration between Aarhus School of Architecture, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, VOLA and the Danish Arts Foundation. Read more information about the Drawing of the Year 2020 competition and the jury here.


Sketch: Dokk1 in Aarhus, Denmark by Partner and Design Director Kim Holst Jensen


Christchurch Central Library awarded five-star green award by the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC)

Christchurch’s Central Library has become one of a few public buildings in New Zealand to be awarded a top environmental building award. The 9,500-square-metre modern library located in Christchurch’s historic Cathedral Square has been awarded a five-star Green Custom Design Certified Rating from the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC). This recognition praises the building’s eco-friendly design, the project’s excellence of energy and water use, its indoor environmental quality, the reduced environmental impact during its construction process and the sustainable materials used in its creation.


Some of the sustainable features of the project include a 72% reduction in energy use (127kWh/m²/annum), an estimate of 20% reduction in water use, a 73% lighting power reduction, a three-Green star rating for thermal comfort and an efficient daylight utilization achieving maximum energy efficiency among others.


Christchurch City Council has set itself the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030. It has a resource efficiency and greenhouse gas emission policy, as well as a programme of work to help achieve that goal. Christchurch Central Library is an example of the Council’s commitment to being energy efficient and to reducing operational greenhouse gas emissions.


Read more about the visually stunning symbol of hope, unity, and rebirth that has fundamentally changed the way residents and visitors experience Christchurch’s city centre here.


Head of Innovation Enlai Hooi talks “Architects & Waste” at [email protected] in Copenhagen

How do we as architects respond to the challenges of waste generation and reduction?


Head of Innovation Enlai Hooi will be a keynote speaker joining fellow architects, designers, and other thought leaders at the upcoming [email protected] exhibition and seminar in Copenhagen, Denmark next Wednesday, September 9 at 11:30 AM.


Enlai’s lecture will explore three aspects of waste tied to the modern architectural profession such as the building industry, engineering and construction, the architecture’s role in the cultural narrative and how quality is better achieved through a process rather than excess labour.


For more information about the event, visit [email protected].


“Living Closer” – A vision for better living

Two of Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s talented architects – Gaia Cella and Giancarlo Gastaldin – were awarded the second prize at the internal 2020 Phil Freelon Design Competition aimed at encouraging innovative solutions to society’s most pressing issues.


The winning team presented a new visionary living hub to facilitate and enhance the interactions of residents and their behavioural roles towards their community. “Living closer, a better way to live together” adds to the conversation about how architecture can shape our living, rethink business models and unlock the potential of a circular economy.


The architectural proposal that prioritized cross-generational living in New York, Denver, and Los Angeles, resonated with the competition judges: “I would love to believe that we actually see ourselves living together, instead of creating hermetically sealed silos that I think [current models of] affordable housing [do] all too well,” said juror Rochelle Dynes Mills, President & CEO at Innovative Housing Opportunities, Inc. (IHO), a California–based development company specializing in affordable housing.


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


Mads Kaltoft speaks at Build in Wood conference

Partner Mads Kaltoft will speak about “Architecture and Timber – Acoustics and Indoor Climate” at the Build in Wood conference on August 26 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Mads will take the attendees through our studio’s journey and experience in timber-based projects, from a full timber construction at Framehouse, an office building in Dragør, to timber interiors at IBC Innovation Factory in Kolding. His talk will also focus on how we apply research, post-occupancy studies, and project experience to address the challenges of acoustics and other indoor climate issues when working with timber.


More details and a full program can be found here.


Scanport Glasværk celebrates topping out

This week Partner Mads Kaltoft gave remarks at the topping-out ceremony for Scanport Glasværk, a new 4,400-square-metre office building located in one of the most international business districts of the Nordic region. The project, which focuses on well-being, minimal environmental impact, and the creation of a new urban destination in the region, has a flexible building program that accommodates future changes in the tenant’s strategic needs. Inside, a high intake of natural daylight puts the health and wellbeing of workers and visitors at the centre.


The topping-out ceremony was hosted by the developer Skanska together with contractor KPC.


The new Scanport Glasværk is expected to complete next year.


Scanport Glasværk is part of the new Scanport complex which comprises a mix of domiciles and multi-user houses together with the newly Schmidt Hammer Lassen-designed Scandic Hotel. You can follow all news related to the complex here.

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