Schmidt Hammer Lassen designs BREEAM-seeking brewery renovation in Riga

March 23, 2018 by  
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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has beaten the likes of Henning Larsen and Zaha Hadid Architects in a competition to design Kimmel Quarter, a major urban revitalization project in Riga, Latvia . Located in the capital’s Central District, the project will be centered on the redevelopment of Brewery Kimmel, a 19th century beer brewery rich in history. The adaptive reuse scheme will preserve the site’s historical roots while adding new mixed-use programming that follow sustainable design principles. The 11,500-square-meter Kimmel Quarter will become Riga’s new destination for working, shopping, and recreation. The abandoned industrial buildings that occupy nearly an entire city block will be restored and transformed into a 30,000-square-meter office building, a hotel, a public gym, a child care center, a cafe, a spa, a food court, and a convenience store. Inviting courtyards and plazas will tie the various spaces together. “We wanted to create a new composition of building volumes as pragmatic and straight forward as the old industrial complex with a dynamic façade that pushes back and forth and up and down,” said Rasmus Kierkegaard, Associate Partner at Schmidt Hammer Lassen. “The resulting architecture is distinctly modern, but in a rewarding dialogue with the old restored buildings. We have designed a new Kimmel Quarter in which history and the future are bound by timeless architecture.” Related: Lookout Loop bird observatory in Latvia doubles as a temporary shelter Sensitive adaptive reuse, passive solar orientation, and use of recycled materials and rainwater are part of the design’s focus on sustainability. Kimmel Quarter will follow BREEAM standards and is expected to serve as one of Riga’s model project for meeting the European Union’s 2020 climate and energy package goals. + Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects Images via Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects unveil designs for ARoS Aarhus Art Museum extension

November 17, 2016 by  
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As the original designers of ARoS in 2014, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects sees Next Level as a continuation of their relationship with the museum. In 2011, Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson added his “Your rainbow panorama,” a permanent ring-shaped installation that hovers above the museum roof. The new extension will add a 1,200-square-meter subterranean gallery and a gigantic semi-subterranean art installation named “The Dome” disguised as a nine-meter-tall grassy hill on street level. The architects describe the 40-diameter Dome, topped with a circular skylight, as “one of the most spectacular spaces ever built into an art museum.” Related: Twilight Epiphany Skyspace by James Turrell Suspends Time and Space With LEDs in Houston “The Next Level project will connect to the existing building developing the museum horizontally in contrast to the existing vertical movement and working with the natural flow of the city from the river to the square of the Aarhus Music Hall,” say the architects in a press release. “This references the main architectural concept of the museum building which created a public route through the museum that transforms the building into a bridge linking two of the city’s cultural centres.” The new extension will offer a new Turrell-designed experience of color and light to visitors as they make their way down into the galleries and exhibition spaces. The Next Level project will open to the public in 2020. + Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects + James Turrell Images via Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects unveil designs for earthquake-resistant New Central Library

April 27, 2015 by  
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Vineyard Schmidt’s striking tasting room is wrapped in a vertical wooden lattice

April 27, 2015 by  
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