Schmidt hammer lassen
|schmidt hammer lassen|
The Black Diamond in Copenhagen
|Key architects||Morten Schmidt
John F. Lassen
Kim Holst Jemsen
Kristian Lars Ahlmark
|Buildings||Royal Danish Library
ARoS Museum of Modern Art
The practice has a track record as designers of high-profile cultural buildings; art galleries, educational complexes and libraries. Projects underway include the Amazon Court office building in Prague, the City of Westminster College in London, the University of Aberdeen Sir Duncan Rice Library in Scotland and a number of construction projects and master plans in China, with a total of approximately one and a half million square metres currently under development.
Schmidt hammer lassen was established in 1986 by Morten Schmidt, Bjarne Hammer and John F. Lassen. The firm had its major breakthrough with the Katuaq Culture Centre in Nuuk, Greenland, completed in 1997.
The project in Nuuk was followed by first prize in the international competition for the extension of the Danish Royal Library on the harbourfront in Copenhagen. Completed in 1999, the library extension, colequally known as the Black Diamond, has become one of the practice’s most known buildings. Also completed in 1999 was the first stage of their DGI Village sports complex, located on another prominent address right next to the Copenhagen Central Station.
Another major project is the ARoS Art Museum completed in 2003. After the turn of the millennium, schmidt hammer lassen also started to win its first competitions outside Denmark and in 2007 the practice opened offices in London and Oslo.
The schmidt hammer lassen partners are Morten Schmidt, Bjarne Hammer, John F. Lassen, Kim Holst Jensen and Kristian Lars Ahlmark. Associated partners are Chris Hardie, Kasper Heiberg Frandsen, Rasmus Kierkegaard and Trine Berthold. Bente Damgaard is CEO.
The common denominator underlying the practice’s work is a democratic approach to an architecture which can accommodate modern, open and multifunctional meeting-places.
Product design 
Schmidt hammer lassen's work also include furniture and product designs, both as an integral part of large-scale architectural projects, such as the Black Diamond and ARoS, and as independent designs. Starting as an intention and ambition to increase the overall quality of architectural projects, schmidt hammer lassen design bow is an independent department working on architecturally related designs and independent products with international manufacturers.
The current product range includes light fixtures for Philips Lighting, Lampas and Focus, indoor furniture Piiroinen and DJOB Montana, outdoor street furniture for Veksoe. Designs include the Flakes chair, the Focus Lighting, Idea Water Fixtures and the Swan Neck. The design department also creates unique pieces such as the sculptural receptions desk at Danfoss.
The firm also creates interior designs, such as the Bodil Binner Jewellery shop.
Selected works 
- Katuaq Culture Centre, Nuuk, Greenland (completed 1997)
- Nykredit Headquarters, Copenhagen, Denmark
- DGI Village, Copenhagen, Denmark (completed 1999 & 2009)
- Black Diamond, Danish Royal Library, Copenhagen, Denmark (completed 1999)
- ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark (completed 2003)
- Halmstad Library. Halmstad, Sweden (completed 2006)
- Performers House, Silkeborg, Denmark (completed 2007)
- Bryggen Shopping Centre, Vejle, Denmark (completed 2008)
- Malmö District Court, Malmö, Sweden (2009)
- Thor Heyerdahl College, Larvik, Norway (completed 2009)
- Amazon Court, Prague, Czech Republic (2010)
- City of Westminster College, Paddington Green campus London, UK (2011)
- The Crystal, Copenhagen (2011)
- Aberdeen Sir Duncan Rice Library, Aberdeen, Scotland (competition win 2006)
- Cathedral of the Northern Lights, Alta, Norway (2013)
In progress 
- Tian Yi Town district, Wuxi, China
- Straume Masterpla, Bergen, Norway (competition win 2006)
- Chaucer Buchanan District Centre, Sheffield, UK (competition win 2007)
- Lund Hotel and Congress Centre, Lund, Sweden (competition win 2008)
- Holbaek Harbour Masterplan, Holbæk, Denmark (competition win 2008)
- EcoBay sustainable masterplan, Tallinn, Estonia (competition win 2008)
- Århus Library and Media House, Århus, Denmark (competition win 2008)
- Creative Industries Quarter , Barking, UK
- Hörsaalzentrum Auditorium complex, Aachen, Germany (competition win 2009)
- Konstitucijos Avenue 21 urban complex, Vilnius, Lithuania (competition win 2009)
- Saltkristallerna, Helsingborg, Sweden (competition win February 2010))
- International Criminal Court, The Hague, Netherlands (competition win March 2010, competition 2014)
- Hotel complex, Munich, Germany (competition win March 2010)
- Halifax Central Library, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (under construction)
- Malmö Concert Hall and Conference Centre, Malmö, Sweden (competition win May 2010)
- Warsaw Office Tower, Warsaw, Poland (competition win, November 2011)
- Cultural Center and Library, Karlshamn, Sweden (competition win, January 2013)
- 1997 Nykredit Architecture Prize
- 2007 MIPIM AR Future Projects Award ('residential' category) for Skytthusbugten
- 2008 LEAF Award, Grand Prix for Performers House
- 2008 MIPIM AR Future Projects Award ('office' category) for Amazon Court
- 2009 Construction and Investment Journal Award ('Best Office Development') for Amazon Court
- 2009 MIPIM AR Future Projects Award ('mixed use' category) for Holbæk Harbour Masterplan
- 2011 New London Award ('learning' category) for City of Westminster College
- 2011 LEAF Award ('structural design' category) for The Crystal
Halmstad Library in Sweden
Katuaq Culture Centre in Greenland
ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum in Denmark
Nykredit Headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark
Danish Royal Library in Copenhagen, Denmark
Thor Heyerdahl College in Stavanger, Norway
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