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REFRAMED: The Future of Cities in Wood exhibition opens in Chicago!

‘REFRAMED: The Future of Cities in Wood’ has just opened at the Chicago Architecture Center.


We’re thrilled to have our conceptual model of an abandoned post-industrial silo structure in Toronto featured in the exhibition.The model points to how timber can be used in transformation projects both as a means to build more sustainably and preserve existing structures without having to reinforce foundations by adding more concrete.


As urbanization increases, cities all over the world strive to reduce carbon impact. In the construction industry, building in mass-timber could be one solution towards creating a more sustainable future.


REFRAMED exhibits the enormous potential of one of humanity’s oldest construction materials from April 25th through October 2023.


REFRAMED is co-curated by the CAC and the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat – CTBUH and presented by the Softwood Lumber Board.


Read more about the exhibition here.



“Feed-Back” selected as one of the winning proposals for Neighbourhoods for Generations!

Feed-Back, our proposal for how to develop neighbourhoods for more intergenerational exchange and social cohesion has been announced one of four winners of Landsbyggefonden’s idea competition ‘Neighbourhood for Generations.’


The proposal is a collaboration between SHL and Fælleshaven based on the idea of bringing generations together through activities revolving around shared meals, food circularity and waste systems.


The project seeks to tackle both intergenerational segregation, loneliness, and the challenge of our unsustainable food systems. Together with local residents, a team of food system experts and architects will review all spaces related to food in each community – gardens, kitchens, dining spaces, and recycling facilities. Involving residents is key to uncovering which physical and mental barriers stand in the way of shared mealtimes. Reshaping both the existing living spaces and the social structures, the team will do interventions to encourage growing, harvesting, preparing, and sharing food as a social activity within the community.


Over the next five months a series of events related to Neighbourhoods for Generations will take place, culminating at the world’s largest event on sustainable architecture, UIA World Congress of Architects CPH 2023. So stay tuned!


Read about all four winning proposals here.


New podcast about the relationship between architecture and food production

The connection between how we plan our cities, design our buildings, and cultivate our lands across the globe has an immense effect on our climate and well-being.


In the latest episode of the podcast-series Urbcast, Enlai Hooi, our Head of Innovation, discusses the architects’ agency in creating new ways of growing food that doesn’t exhaust our planet.


Listen to it here.


We have won the competition to deliver new urban campus in Stockholm

The new Vectura CampusF will become a melting pot of research, innovation, and co-working within the Life Science field.
Combining modern office space and research labs with student and scientist housing as well as offering a large roofed public space – the Orangery – the new campus caters to a broad range of users and will become a new destination in town. The building reinterprets the conventional campus by stacking the different functions in layers. Three characteristic stairs, inspired by DNA strings, connect the building across the different floors, professions, and levels of experience to foster synergies and encourage movement and informal meetings between users. Outside, green urban spaces welcome people to the site and invite them for recreational and social activities.
The new Vectura CampusF is situated in the cross-section between Innerstaden, Hagastaden, the Karolinska Institute, and the Karlsberg Castle. Thus, it is the missing piece of the puzzle that will connect the heavily trafficked area across neighborhoods and research institutions.



“Wood makes solid construction comeback” – listen to the radio show

The world’s tallest occupied timber high-rise? Obvious questions include fire resistance, seismic resilience, flexibility, and carbon.
Listen to our Head of Innovation Enlai Hooi’s answers in his talk with Kathryn Ryan on Radio New Zealand’s show Nine to Noon.

Tune in here

Photo by Sarah Jane Edis


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.

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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.


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