“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.


New documentary examines the psychological, emotional, and societal implications of opening Anstalten correctional facility in Nuuk, Greenland

This week DR-Danmarks Radio debuted “Udsigten – den hårdeste straf” (The View – The Harshest Punishment), a documentary that follows the construction of Greenland’s new correctional facility in Nuuk.


We spent eight years with our partners at Friis & Moltke designing the setting for punishment and progressive rehabilitation, with the inmates’ and personnel’s wellbeing at the center.


The documentary is a powerful, moving glimpse into the implications of opening a new correctional facility and its effect not only on the inmates, but also on their families and their communities.


To learn more about the new correctional facility’s architecture, visit shl.dk/new-correctional-facility.


Watch the full documentary here, available to watch until September 15, 2020.


Associate Partner Masahiro Katsume to lecture at JaNAS virtual workshop

Japan and Nordic Architectural Studies (JaNAS) is an online design program offering Japanese and Nordic architectural students an opportunity to learn and exchange social backgrounds and architectural cultures and use varied online tools to design and communicate.


As a part of its workshop series, Associate Partner Masahiro Katsume will serve as a lecturer and mentor for the students’ project proposals focused on the theme of “waterfront at the heart”, a design concept familiar to the coastal capitals of Copenhagen and Tokyo. As a mentor, Masahiro will review the students’ work, as well as lecture about Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s body of work, our approach to waterfront developments, and Danish design traditions.


For more information and lecture updates follow JaNAS here.


The centerpiece of Prague’s business district transformation

River City Prague (RCP) is an office development located in the attractive and most influential business district in Prague, Czech Republic.


RCP will become a workplace of the future, an environment that promotes well-being, boosts employee efficiency and empowers workforce productivity. Moreover, the project’s layout has been tailored to specifically serve various models of operation by accommodating future changes in the tenant’s strategic needs.


RCP will be a sustainable workplace targeting LEED Platinum certification. The office space is fully optimised to appeal to the needs of the next generation that seeks a positive work environment and helps tenants attract and retain the brightest young talent.


Construction has begun and RCP is expected to complete during 2021. In the meantime, learn more about the project here.


We’ve designed the world’s first sustainable lighting product range for the circular economy for Fischer Lighting

Lighting fixtures for commercial and public construction are currently designed to suit a linear economy where the solutions have a limited lifespan and cannot be repaired. At the same time, millions of existing light fixtures made of high-quality materials are discarded simply due to the interior electronics being outdated. This results in unsustainable resource expense, which contradicts the goals of the Paris Agreement.


Together with Fischer Lighting, we’re introducing the world’s first light fixture line for the professional market. Existing light fixtures from demolition sites are up-cycled and remade with sustainable LED solutions. Not only are the fixtures upgraded with LED technology, but many are redesigned; adapting new forms to the reclaimed parts as new products.


These solutions parallel adaptive transformation in architecture and improve functionality, light quality, and energy-saving technology. The product line is a showdown on linear economy products and proves one can construct a sustainable concept that offers great design and cost-competitive solutions.


The Fischer Lighting catalogue will launch in the Fall of 2020 at the Building Green conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.


State Library Victoria takes home three AIA Victorian Chapter Awards

We’re pleased to announce that State Library Victoria has received three Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter Awards in the categories of Heritage and Public Architecture, as well as the acclaimed Melbourne Prize. The Awards honor excellence in architecture and promote examples of extraordinary design contributing to communities across Australia and abroad. Congratulations are due to our partners at Architectus and to our client, State Library Victoria (SLV) for their incredible partnership and vision.


Since the project’s redevelopment, State Library Victoria has connected audiences and libraries across the state, widened the relationship with regional Victorians through the digital delivery of programs, and elevated its contribution to the local education economy by supporting the state’s growing number of international students with improved access and spaces.


Learn more about State Library Victoria, the fourth most visited library in the world, and one of Victoria’s most important cultural institutions here.


Congratulations, State Library Victoria!


“Hello Denmark” exhibition at the Danish Architecture Center features Greenland’s Ny Anstalt correctional facility

A new exhibition at the Danish Architecture Center in Copenhagen celebrates Danish culture through the lens of architecture. “Hello Denmark” takes visitors on a journey through six fundamental elements central to everyday life in Denmark: relationship to nature; trust in society; hygge; cycling culture; the value of design; and proximity to water.


Ny Anstalt, our correctional facility project in Nuuk, Greenland that addresses human rights through design, is used to illustrate the core Danish belief that good design should be afforded to everyone. At Ny Anstalt, where the focus is on rehabilitation as well as punishment, openness, light, views, security, and flexibility are the leading values behind the design.


“Hello Denmark” runs until October 18, 2020. For opening hours and more information on the exhibition, click here.


The official inauguration of Ny Anstalt is scheduled to take place later this year. In the meantime, learn more about the project here.

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