Schmidt Hammer Lassen to create maritime education hub for Liverpool

Schmidt Hammer Lassen has unveiled plans for a maritime education centre in Birkenhead, across the river from central Liverpool, which will be anchored by 19th-century hydraulics tower. The £20 million Maritime Knowledge Hub will become of the Wirral Waters redevelopment scheme, which is being overseen by Peel Land & Property. Following an invited competition, Danish firm

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen reveals plans to revitalise former brewery in Riga

Danish practice Schmidt Hammer Lassen has won a competition to repurpose a derelict brewery in the Latvian city of Riga, introducing offices, a hotel and a public plaza. The Kimmel Quarter occupies almost an entire city block of Riga’s Central District and takes its name from the nearby Brewery Kimmel, a beer manufacturer that operated throughout

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Global firm Perkins+Will buys Scandinavian office Schmidt Hammer Lassen

One of the world’s biggest architecture firms has taken over Danish office Schmidt Hammer Lassen – a move one of the founders claims will make the company less “vulnerable”. Perkins+Will, an American firm with over 2,000 global employees, has bought all the shares in Schmidt Hammer Lassen, the studio founded by Morten Schmidt, Bjarne Hammer and

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen reveals plans for Monroe Blocks development in downtown Detroit

Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen has released visuals of its first US project: a mixed-use development in Detroit, Michigan, bound by two glazed towers overlooking the city’s historic theatre district. Schmidt Hammer Lassen was commissioned for the Monroe Blocks scheme by developer Bedrock Detroit, and is working on the design with local architects Neumann Smith and engineering firm Buro Happold.

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen reveals new images of Greenland cultural centre to mark its 20th anniversary

These newly released photographs show the undulating timber-clad form of the Katuaq Cultural Centre of Greenland, which Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen credits as being its “breakthrough” project. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, Schmidt Hammer Lassen won an international competition in 1992 to design the building with a proposal intended to reflect Greenland’s dramatic landscape. The 4,800-square-metre Katuaq Cultural Centre

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects wins Shanghai Library competition

Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has revealed its competition-winning designs for a new library in Shanghai featuring bands of glazing and wood-lined reading rooms. Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects saw off competition from architects Kengo Kuma, David Chipperfield and Dominique Perrault to design the 125,000-square-metre Shanghai Library. Alternating strips of glazing and floor plate give the building, which

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Shanghai office transformed into aluminium-clad tech incubator by Schmidt Hammer Lassen

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has transformed an ageing Shanghai office block into a business incubator, featuring a new translucent aluminium skin (+ slideshow). The Scandinavian firm was tasked with overhauling an office block at the CaoHeJing Hi-Tech Park – an office campus just outside the city centre – to create a new hub for startup tech companies. The More

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Cloud Pavilion is a glass-walled events space in Shanghai

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has completed a pavilion on the bank of Shanghai’s Huangpu River, with thin metal columns surrounding a glass-walled room shaped like a cartoon cloud (+ movie). Located on a riverside promenade, the Cloud Pavilion provides a venue for exhibitions and art events as past of the West Bund district’s ongoing redevelopment. Sandwiched between More

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects reveals plans for clubhouse and spa over a Chinese lake

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has begun work on a granite clubhouse and spa complex, which will be set in the centre of a lake in southern China to serve the residents of exclusive villas. The complex by the Danish firm will comprise three granite-clad blocks with concave roofs, which will be linked at their corners to provide a 3,160-square-metre space. The More

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World’s largest waste-to-energy plant proposed for Shenzhen

Danish firms Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Gottlieb Paludan Architects have won a competition to design the world’s largest waste-to-energy power plant in China (+ movie). Proposed for the mountainous region on the outskirts of Shenzhen, the waste-to-energy plant is expected to incinerate 5,000 tonnes of rubbish per day – approximately one third of the waste generated by the city’s 20 million inhabitants each year. More

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Europe’s biggest robotic car park opens below Scandinavia’s largest library

Lödige Industries’ automated car park has been installed beneath a library in Denmark, which was designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen (+ movie). The robotic system was developed by the German firm Lödige Industries and can stow 1,000 cars over three subterranean storeys. It acts like a valet, picking up cars from their drivers and transporting them to a designated parking space. […]

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen completes headquarters for the International Criminal Court

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has completed a new building for the International Criminal Court in the Hague, featuring chequerboard facades that create shifting patterns of light and shadow (+ slideshow). The new permanent premises for the International Criminal Court (ICC) is located on a former military barracks at the edge of the Meijendel Dunes to the […]

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James Turrell and Schmidt Hammer Lassen unveil extension for ARoS art museum

Danish architecture firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen has teamed up with American artist James Turrell to design a domed extension to one of Denmark’s most-visited museums (+ slideshow). Schmidt Hammer Lassen was invited to create a new subterranean gallery space for the ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, having previously designed the building the museum has occupied since 2004. Named The Next Level, the €30 […]

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen completes Scandinavia’s largest library

Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has completed a 30,000-square-metre library in Aarhus, Denmark, with a faceted metal-clad volume on top and a new train station underneath (+ slideshow). Located beside the harbour on the east side of Aarhus, Urban Mediaspace is the largest construction project in the Danish city’s history and the library – known […]

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Malmö Live is a cultural complex designed as “a small city”

Scandinavian firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen has completed a canal-side cultural complex in Malmö, Sweden, featuring a 1,600-seat concert hall, a conference centre and a trio of hotel towers (+ slideshow). Located on Universitetsholmen, an island to the north-east of Malmö’s centre, the Malmö Live complex covers 54,000-square-metres. Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects planned the layout of the […]

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen designs new library for earthquake-damaged Christchurch

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has unveiled its design for a new library in Christchurch, New Zealand, to replace the building left wrecked after the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes (+ slideshow). The Danish firm is working with local studio Architectus on the New Central Library, which will provide a permanent replacement for the damaged library that was later […]

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Halifax library by Schmidt Hammer Lassen comprises four stacked blocks

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects stacked up boxy volumes with different dimensions and cladding finishes to create this library in Halifax, Canada (+ slideshow). Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects collaborated with local office Fowler Bauld & Mitchell on the design for the Halifax Central Library after winning a 2010 international competition for the redevelopment of the city […]
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Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Canadian library mimics the angular roofs of its neighbours

Danish architecture firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen has completed a public library in Edmonton, Canada, with a metallic facade and large windows designed to draw visitors inside (+ slideshow). The new Highlands Branch Library was designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen and local firm Marshall Tittemore Architects to replace the community’s original library, which dated back to 1962, and […]

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