With more than 25 years of experience, schmidt hammer lassen architects is one of Scandinavia’s most recognised, award-winning architectural practices committed to innovative and sustainable design. The practice has offices located in Aarhus, Copenhagen, London, Shanghai and Singapore.
schmidt hammer lassen architects has established an international reputation for projects that interact with their urban context. The practice places particular emphasis on the use of natural light as an integral part of the design process. The functionality – meeting the specific needs of the users – is also key, as are all aspects of sustainability. Common to all the practice’s work is a democratic approach to architecture which creates modern, open and multi-functional spaces that are consistent with schmidt hammer lassen architects’ ethical considerations – a building revolves around people and is not merely an architectonic shape. Architecture should be closely integrated with its surroundings, with close consideration of its functions and social context.
The practice is rooted in the Scandinavian architectural traditions based on democracy, welfare, aesthetics, light, sustainability and social responsibility and has a distinguished track record as designers of high-profile cultural buildings, such as art galleries, educational complexes and libraries. Recent built projects include the University of Aberdeen New Library in Scotland, The Crystal in Copenhagen, the City of Westminster College in London, and a number of construction projects and master plans in China. In Scandinavia, schmidt hammer lassen architects is best known for the prestigious extension to the Royal Library – The Black Diamond, the ARoS Aarhus Museum of Art and the Cultural Centre of Greenland in Nuuk.
The group of partners includes senior partners Morten Schmidt, Bjarne Hammer, John F. Lassen, Kim Holst Jensen and Kristian Lars Ahlmark, along with partners Chris Hardie and Rong Lu. In addition, there are seven associate partners and seven accociates. The day-to-day management of the practice is the responsibility of CEO, Bente Damgaard.