Shanghai Library East, China Dokk1, Denmark Anstalten Correctional Facility, Greenland ARoS Next Level, Denmark Commonwealth Pier, Boston Ningbo New Library, China UBC Gateway, Vancouver New University of Bristol Library Framehouse, Denmark Tūranga, New Zealand Vendsyssel Theatre, Denmark

latest news/


One of the World’s Largest Libraries, Shanghai Library East has opened

Shanghai Library East, a new civic landmark and cultural destination in the world’s third most populous city, has opened.

Inspired by Taihu stones, or ancient Chinese scholars’ rocks, Shanghai Library East emphasizes creativity, collaboration, and public art. More than 80% of the building’s space is dedicated to community activity. The new 115,000 m² library is located in Pudong District – the area known for its iconic skyline and sits immediately next to Century Park –the largest park in the city spread over 140 hectares.

Explore the library here


Sports and Culture Campus Gellerup nominated for Public Library of the Year 2022

Out of 20 applicants from 17 different countries, Sports and Culture Campus Gellerup is among the four finalists in the running for the Public Library of the Year 2022. Presented by the International Federation of Library (IFLA) and Systematic, the award aims to recognise new public libraries, which combine beautiful and functional architecture with creative it solutions and local culture.


In 2016, DOKK1 received the prestigious award, and we are proud to be among the nominees again.


The award ceremony will take place at the IFLA World Congress in Dublin at the end of July.


Read more about the project here.


New podcast series about wood – interview with Kristian Ahlmark

Our Partner and Design Director at the CPH office, Kristian Ahlmark, was recently invited to participate in Træ.dk – Danmarks træportal’s podcast about our Rocket & Tigerli project in Winterthur, Switzerland.


The podcast is the first in the series “EN VERDEN AF TRÆ” (a world of wood).
Listen to it here (in Danish).


Time for celebrations at the SHL office!

This week, we have celebrated the promotions of several of our highly skilled employees across our studios in Copenhagen, Aarhus, and Shanghai.


Jesper Høiberg, Fanny Lenoble, Michael Gloudeman, and Enlai Hooi are now Senior Associates, and Hanna Johansson, Joanna Gasparski, Marta Niño Saca, and Gaia Cella Associates at our Copenhagen office.


In Shanghai, Chao Chen has been promoted Associate Principal, and Jing Lin Senior Associate.


We congratulate you all!


Find an overview of all of our employees here.


We are designing the world’s tallest timber residential building

Over the next four years, the world’s tallest residential building with a load-bearing structure in wood will rise above the ridges in the Swiss city Winterthur, close to Zürich. The 100-meters-tall tower, Rocket&Tigerli, is named after locomotives produced at the previous industrial site.


The project marks a milestone in the construction of timber buildings – it introduces an innovative construction system that examines wood as a natural replacement for concrete. The Swiss company Implenia and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zürich, ETH, have worked together in developing the new system, which allows the construction of taller timber buildings.


The concrete core has been replaced with wood, resulting in the individual beam coming in at a lower weight. This makes it possible to build taller constructions while, at the same time, ensuring that the entire building process achieves a lower amount of embedded carbon.


SHL won the international competition by celebrating the construction itself, highlighting the wooden beams as distinctive elements that give the users a feeling of living alongside the construction itself.


Learn more about Rocket&Tigerli here



Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Perkins&Will design masterplan for Grosvenor Americas’ largest mixed-use pedestrians-only site in North America

Located within the rapidly growing Brentwood community, the site will become one of the final developments in the emerging town centre of the City of Burnaby, in Metro Vancouver. The masterplan for the approximately 32.000 m2 site outlines an innovative approach to urban development that aims at becoming a best-practice model for future large-scale, pedestrian-focused, and transit-orientated developments.


Offering a mix of condominiums, market rentals, and non-market rentals, the six residential towers, including the tallest all-rental tower in Western Canada, will cater to diverse user groups. While each apartment has access to a minimum of one balcony offering fresh air, daylight, and astonishing views, green common terraces are generously distributed at different levels in each tower. This as a means of encouraging residents to participate in community activities and create a strong sense of shared identity and belonging.


The towers are connected by lush green publicly accessible spaces that, together with a multi-storey community centre at the heart of the development, provide an attractive framework for social and recreational activities to unfold. Ground floor spaces are reserved for retail and other public functions to ensure a vibrant neighbourhood throughout the day.


The people-first approach also manifests itself in a network of pathways for pedestrians and cyclist offering a safe thoroughfare through the area. The publicly accessible functions and urban spaces create a place that reaches beyond its immediate users, rather it becomes a destination for the rest of the city to explore and enjoy equally.


Grosvenor Americas has recently been granted permission by the City of Burnaby to move forward to the consultation phase, and it is expected that the construction phase will be initiated in 2023.



Artworks by 10 Prominent Artists for the Shanghai Library East Unveiled!

The public art program for the new Shanghai Library East designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects was officially unveiled to the public, featuring works by ten artists from China and abroad. The program curated by art collaborator UAP seeks to celebrate the art of literature and promote the popularisation of art within an engaging and inspiring architectural space.


The project’s central curatorial theme ‘Mediums: The Development of Writing’ was inspired by the existing Shanghai Library’s reputation as an iconic city landmark, famous for its use of digital media to conserve ancient archives and many collections, including genealogical records. Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects participated in UAP‘s curation of the artworks that amalgamate the contemporary and avant-garde while deeply rooted in tradition.


Artists whose works are showcased within the program of public artworks include Emily Floyd, Gu Wenda, Simon Ma , Mia Liu, Ni Youyu, Shen Fan, Plummer & Smith, Xu Bing, Yang Zhenzhong and Zheng Chongbin.


The 115,000 m² Shanghai Library East is located in Pudong District – the area of the city known for its iconic skyline, and sits immediately next to Century Park – the largest park in the city spread over 140 hectares. Shanghai Library East is the largest library in China with a single building. After opening, it can receive 4 million visitors and provide over 200 lectures and thousands of academic activities every year.


For more information regarding both the library and the art, stay tuned!


We have been appointed by the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust to deliver a new state-of-the-art hospital in central Leeds

The appointment follows a competition held by the Trust in 2021 to find an architect to design its “Hospitals of the Future” project—one of 40 new hospitals that the U.K. government has committed to build by 2030 as part of its New Hospital Programme (NHP).


Patient care and well-being is at the heart of the design, and we have commenced staff and patient engagement sessions gathering inputs and ideas to support the next stage of the design development.


The building will house two unique hospitals – one for adults and one for children – including a maternity and neonatal unit. Adults, children, young people, parents, carers and clinicians from across the region will be instrumental in helping to shape how the facility might look and feel in these early designs.


Our approach to the design emphasizes special attention to the future users of the hospital – patients and visitors as well as staff. Research shows that our physical environment effects our mental and physical wellbeing. Orientation toward the outdoors maximizes exposure to daylight and good views and green communal spaces feature throughout, offering places for recreation, play and contemplation.


The new hospital is a collaboration between Schmidt Hammer Lassen, Penoyre & Prasad and Perkins&Will.

Visuals by Brick Visuals


Read more about the project here


UBC Gateway awarded Canadian Architect Award of Excellence

UBC Gateway, an inclusive and highly sustainable university building, received an Award of Excellence in the 2021 Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence competition.


The awards jury commented: “There’s a lot of thought put into its sustainability strategies and material choices, from its mass timber structure to its prefabricated wall panels and terracotta cladding. The quality of its materiality, rational planning, and expression result in an endurance-oriented design befitting of a gateway.”


The Canadian Architect Awards Of Excellence is an annual national awards program recognising future projects. This year, the program received 174 professional entries, and the jurors bestowed 5 Awards of Excellence and 7 Awards of Merit.


UBC Gateway is a collaboration between Perkins&Will and Schmidt Hammer Lassen.


View UBC Gateway’s award profile here.

Read the full jury comments here.

See a full list of award winners here.

Access an online PDF version of Canadian Architect’s December 2021 magazine here.

load more news load all news

selected projects/

For more than two decades, we have integrated wood in the design of cultural, civic, commercial, and educational buildings the world over. Our approach to timber construction is rooted in a culture of sustainability, functionality, aesthetic and beauty, and smart business – we believe that timber exists where these four notions intersect.


Dragør, Denmark