Sveinung Chercka-Simonsen speaks High-Performance Facades in an Urban Context at ZAK’s Virtual Festival of Facades

This Wednesday, November 25th Associate and Project Architect Sveinung Chercka-Simonsen will talk about the design, performance and sustainability of VIA, our mixed-use development that is currently under construction in the heart of Oslo, at ZAK’s Virtual Festival of Facades, the world’s largest digital event on façade design and engineering.


VIA is a project seeking to revitalize its surrounding urban conditions. The 60,000-square-metre project is wrapped in a high-performance Closed Cavity Façade (CCF) which responds to the necessity of an optimized building design where the interaction between energy, indoor climate, and daylight availability play a central role.


Learn more about VIA, a project scheduled for completion in 2021, here.


And click here for registration and more information about the event. The virtual session will be held from 2.00-3.00PM CET.


State Library Victoria receives international recognition from the AIA IR 2020 Design Awards

We’re pleased to announce that State Library Victoria, the fourth most visited library in the world, Australia’s oldest and busiest public library and one of Victoria’s most important cultural institutions designed in collaboration with Architectus, has been awarded a Merit Award for Open International Architecture and has also been recognized with a Sustainable Future Award at the AIA IR 2020 Design Awards.


The Vision 2020 redevelopment project transformed State Library Victoria into a functional, accessible, flexible and innovative array of spaces designed to investigate and create. By studying the library’s history and understanding its cultural importance, we worked with an approach based on seeking authenticity and discovery –letting the heritage stand in its raw beauty.


For more information on the project, click here.


We have been selected as one of five finalists to design the new Shenzhen International Performance Center in China

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has been selected by a jury including Zhu Pei, Rem Koolhaas and Massimiliano Fuksas, as one of five finalists in an international competition to design the new Shenzhen International Performance Center in the heart of Futian District in Shenzhen, China.


Combining the notions of “Shenzhen Building on Reflection” and “Future Dream Performance Center”, the project, which is surrounded by lakes and an abundance of green space, aims to become a world-class space for modern arts that excites the imagination, fulfills fantasies, uses new materials, promotes greater comfort and uses new technology to create wondrous spectacles.


Schmidt Hammer Lassen has a variety of civic, cultural, built and ongoing projects in China. Some of them including the Shenzhen Waste to Energy Power Plant, the world’s largest green power plant, and Shanghai Library East, a project conceived as a singular monolithic object floating above a tree canopy within Pudong District’s Century Park. Both works are expected to complete in 2021.


State Library Victoria receives one of Australia’s top architectural honours

State Library Victoria, designed in collaboration with Architectus, has received a Commendation for Public Architecture at the 2020 Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Awards.


“The State Library Victoria is Australia’s oldest and busiest public library. The Vision 2020 redevelopment addressed ageing buildings, changing needs and confusing circulation through a skillful and sound design framework that will expand the library’s reach and relevance for many generations to come, “ said the jury.


The redevelopment has brought together and clarified a conglomeration of 23 buildings, unlocking and transforming 15 spaces for public use. It has created new connections and reinstated the through-block link and Russell Street entry to enhance legibility and access. Public space has been increased by 40% and seating by 70%, expanding the possibilities of the library’s functions.


Interiors have been stripped of years of building clutter to reveal their original character, in turn, opening up more usable spaces for contemporary research and learning. While remaining respectful of the earlier built fabric, new design elements introduce a fresh and contemporary language, further enhancing the visitor experience in this popular community hub.


To see the full list of winners, visit www.architecture.com.au


You can also learn more about State Library Victoria here.


How can the design of a library support the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals?

The Royal Danish Academy – Architecture, Design and Conservation and the UIA World Congress of Architects in Copenhagen 2023 have launched ‘An Architecture Guide to the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals Volume 2’, a book including Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects’ symbol of hope, unity, and rebirth, the Christchurch Central Library, a project representing UN’s Goal #16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.


Civic institutions such as public libraries are cornerstones in a just and peaceful society and represent a commitment to an inclusive and compassionate community.


To read more about how architecture can contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, visit Royal Danish Academy. The book can be also downloaded for free at uia2023cph.org.


Learn more about “Tūranga”, Christchurch Central Library here.


Statens Kunstfond awards Vendsyssel Theatre 

The Danish Art Foundation – Statens Kunstfond has awarded Vendsyssel Theatre in Hjørring, Denmark with a special award recognizing its cultural and architectural importance which has become a dynamo for the entire region’s life.


When Vendsyssel Theatre opened back in 2017, it was the first newly built theatre in over a century outside the Danish Capital of Copenhagen becoming a unique, cultural axis for the citizens and visitors to Hjørring in Northern Jutland. The project already holds other recognitions such as the City of Hjørring Architecture Prize 2017 and the Archilovers Best Projects Award 2017.


It is for the first time in The Danish Art Foundation’s history that architecture receives this distinction and we are deeply honoured for Vendsyssel Theatre to be awarded together with other projects of significance. To read more (in Danish), visit Kunst.dk.


In the meantime, you can learn more about the project here.


We are shortlisted to design the new DMJX domicile in Ørestad Nord, Denmark

Danish School of Media and Journalism, DMJX, has shortlisted Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects together with contractor HHM A/S, engineers Wissenberg A/S and landscape architect Marianne Levinsen Landskab ApS to design-build its newest educational facility in Ørestad Nord, a developing city area in Copenhagen, Denmark.


The project aims to become a 7,000-square-metre complex for teaching, learning, research, gathering, socializing, interaction and exploration. The purpose of the project is not to become just an educational facility, but to embrace the existing site, create coherence and value and bring it to new heights, finding the perfect blend of distinction and functionality.


As architects passionate about higher learning and the quest for knowledge, we aim to design spaces which provide students, academics and staff with an environment that works with them and for them, now and the in the future.


The revitalization of Commonwealth Pier in Boston starts construction

Construction has begun on the redesign of Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center, an expansive mixed-use development on historic Commonwealth Pier in the city’s Seaport District. Designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen, the adaptive reuse project will introduce new ways to explore and engage with the waterfront. These include a public plaza, an enhanced Harborwalk, retail, and first-class Seaport Hotel event and meeting spaces, as well as a unique, flexible workplace.


International real estate developer Pembroke turned to Schmidt Hammer Lassen, along with Boston-based architectural firm CBT, to honor the site’s historic integrity while also introducing new materials, increasing daylight, and providing new points of connectivity. Commonwealth Pier was built more than 100 years ago and was once the largest of its kind in the world. The revitalization project, which is targeting LEED Gold Certification, incorporates advanced design strategies for resilience and sustainability to ensure the pier’s continued enjoyment for generations to come.


“In our approach to the Commonwealth Pier’s transformation we have tried to be mindful and meticulous,” said Kristian Ahlmark, Partner and Design Director at Schmidt Hammer Lassen. “We approached the place with curiosity and precision, and carefully assessed what we found important to preserve – both architecturally and culturally. We engaged in a continuous conversation with the building throughout the process, which was done in close collaboration with Pembroke and the many great consultants that have been a part of this journey.”


Construction of Commonwealth Pier is expected to complete in 2024. In the meantime, you can learn more about the project here.


Chris Hardie speaks at the 10th Shanghai International Library Forum

Partner and Design Director Chris Hardie will lecture and also participate in a panel discussion in the session “New Generation of Library Buildings” of the 10th Shanghai International Library Forum (SILF) held at the Shanghai Library, October 16th.


The session aims to study the design highlights of the new modern library. Under the theme “Libraries in Transformation”, Chris Hardie will introduce a series of library projects completed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen in recent years and share the Shanghai Library East’s construction process, which is expected to complete in 2021.


SILF is an internationally renowned professional and academic forum attracting attention at home and abroad. The event has become one of the most influential platforms for communicating librarianship development in Shanghai and China. This year, the forum will conduct extensive discussions on library services and management innovation, the new generation of library buildings and much more.


Follow the forum’s live streaming here (simultaneous interpretation included).

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