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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.


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.


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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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