SLA has, in collaboration with Rambøll, been chosen to design the detailed plan for the first residential area in Vinge called Søkvarteret. Vinge is a new city located in Frederikssund Municipality. The city covers an area of 350 ha and will house 10,000 inhabitants in 4,000 new dwellings.
Søkvarteret is centrally located in the new city directly connected to scenic areas. It is the first residential area in the new city and will function as an indicator of the future urban development.
The development plan is expected to be completed in April 2014 after which the land development can commence.
FredericiaC finalist at World Smart Cities Awards 2013
SLA's nature project in FredericiaC is nominated for the World Smart Cities Awards 2013. A temporary landscape and integrated landscape strategy for the development of Fredericia's new city is the reason for the nomination.
World Smart Cities Awards recognize and reward the most ambitious and innovative projects from around the world that develop and rethink the smart city concept. FredericiaC is in the finals with six other projects from Japan, Germany, Spain and China.
The prize is awarded during the World Smart Cities Expo in Barcelona 19 to 21 November.
SLA’s project Fredericia C is one of 24 selected projects exhibited at the Casa dell’Architetura in Rome in the exhibition OpenSource Urbanism: strategies and tactics for the transformation of public space.
The exhibition is part of a series of events organized by the Biennial of Public Space in collaboration with the Casa dell'Architettura, headquarters of the Order of Architects of Rome, with the aim of collecting the most innovative ideas and projects on the transformation of public spaces from around the world.
If you cannot be at the event in Stockholm, you can follow the action live on your mobile here.
New Partners in SLA
Mette Skjold and Rasmus Astrup are new partners in SLA. Mette Skjold and Rasmus Astrup, together with SLA's founding partner Stig L. Andersson, ensure the company's continued development and internationalization.
Mette Skjold joined SLA in 2010 and has since 2012 been Managing Director. As new partner, it is Mette Skjold’s task to strengthen SLA’s organizational development with focus on international growth, innovation and customer focus.
Rasmus Astrup has been part of SLA since 2008 and has been the driving force behind a number of the company's biggest projects. As partner and Project Director it is Rasmus Astrup's responsibility to optimize SLA's sales and to strengthen the company's profile on sustainability.
Learning from Nature – SLA lectures at the School of Architecture in Copenhagen
On October 29 SLA’s project director Rasmus Astrup gave the lecture: Learning from Nature at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture in Copenhagen.
The lecture was held in front of 200 international architecture students in connection with the course: Poetics, the Work and the Universe and explained SLA's working methods and philosophy, highlighting The City Dune, which the 200 students analyzed during the course.
SLA and Wingårdhs win in Stockholm
In collaboration with Wingårdhs, SLA has won the competition for Tullinge Idea House - a combined library and cultural center located south of Stockholm, Sweden.
Wingårdhs are the building architects of the Idea House, which SLA has designed the landscape for. The other participators were strong international teams, among others consisting of Zaha Hadid.
The landscape unites two urban spaces with the new Idea House. The design of the landscape is like a sensuous journey of discovery that balances between light and darkness and changes with the seasons. The planting combines the Swedish forests with wild nature of urban character.
SLA designs landscape for new private hospital in Norway
SLA will be designing the landscape of a new private hospital and science city in Norway. The ambitious construction of the 100,000-m2 campus close to Gardermoen Airport in Oslo is expected to be completed in 2017.
SLA collaborates with Nordic Office of Architecture. The goal is to create a healing hospital environment that ensures an increased quality of care, make the hospital processes more efficient and creates good patient experiences.
By utilizing terrain, vegetation and modulation SLA transforms the characterless and congested starting point into a healing environment that enables the landscape to be used both recreationally and for rehabilitation.
On September 16 Stig L. Andersson gave the lecture Atmosphere: Quality, Perception and the Concept of Time in Landscape Architecture in Beijing as part of SLA’s Chinese study trip.
The lecture was held in front of a full auditorium at the Peking University Graduate School of Architecture.
Stig L. Andersson was invited by Professor Li Dihua and Kongjian Yu, the founder of Turenscape.
SLA shortlisted for new urban spaces in Gellerup
SLA is shortlisted for the competition about the design of new urban spaces in Gellerup and Toveshøj - an ambitious and exciting project involving social inclusion and new recreational possibilities in a challenged area of Aarhus.
The goal of the competition, organized by Realdania, Brabrand housing association and the City of Aarhus, is to merge the many diverse urban spaces of Gellerup into a harmonic, functioning and appealing district not only for the residents of the area, but also for the citizens of Aarhus in general.
SLA is the lead consultant of a team consisting of EFFEKT, COWI, Social Action, GAM3 and Boris Brorman Jensen.
SLA has been chosen as lead consultant for the development of the new town of Ringkøbing K.
This is revealed in a statement by chairman of Ringkøbing K, Uffe Steiner Jensen:
“In the parallel assignment [held in the spring of 2013] SLA presented a convincing proposal as to how we can bring nature all the way in between the buildings in the new town, and how a coherent nature project throughout the entire development can become an attraction right from the start. These are some of the urban development solutions we want to work on, and that is why we have chosen SLA as lead consultant."
The development plan is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2014.
Read more about SLA’s proposal for Ringkøbing K here
SLA to design Scandinavia's largest marine park
Scandinavia's largest maritime attraction park of over 230,000 m2 with ravines, sharks, conference center, surf world, lagoons, diving, adventure rivers and wildlife - all tied together in an attractive Scandinavian water landscape rich in experiences. This is the concept behind the Nautilus Marine Park for which SLA has designed landscape and park.
SLA's design makes it possible to get close to the marine park's many animals and different marine biotopes, and allows the guests of the park to have new, unique experiences both under, above, on and in the water.
Nautilus Marine Park is located in Frederikstad, Norway, and is scheduled to open in 2017. Collaborators are LINK Arkitektur, Multiconsult, r.h.a. and Ocean Projects.
Groundbreaking ceremony for the International Criminal Court
A historic milestone was reached with the ground-breaking for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 in The Hague, Netherlands.
ICC is one of the international community's most important institutions. The new building complex, designed by schmidt hammer lassen architects, will be the court's first permanent premises. SLA has designed the ICC’s landscape.
Located close to the North Sea, the new Court building is set in the rolling dune landscape on the edge of The Hague. The main concept is a sculptural arrangement of buildings in the landscape – a landmark that expresses ICC’s authority without losing the human scale.
What do you want to be when you grow up? A landscape architect, of course!
The University of Copenhagen has followed
Project Director Rasmus Astrup in a day's work at SLA to show what an education as landscape architect can lead to.
The result is a short film that shows the scope of the landscape architect profession at SLA: From tangible urban design and project management to client presentations and sale.
The film is produced by The Faculty of Science, Copenhagen University as part of the faculty's 'What can I become'-series.
SLAs project 'Ringkøbing K - In the midst of Nature' was published at a well-attended exhibition opening in Ringkøbing 6 th of March 2013.
Here Team SLA presented their proposal for a new, vibrant urban development, where nature, the Ringkøbing Bay and a strong community will provide a framework for development.
In Ringkøbing K the new development starts with the creation of an attractive and active landscape. This ensures that the area has great amenity value from the day the first residents move in. The exhibition is open until April 19.
SLA's is, in a field together with Turenscape and Field Operations, among five international architect offices that have been specially invited to participate in the competition for the International Gartenausstellung (IGA) Berlin in 2017.
The competition covers a 102 hectare area in the district of Marzahn-Hellersdorf and includes the planning of the exhibition site as well as the permanent design of a new, green urban area.
SLA takes Buro Happold with us in the competition to create tomorrow's green German capital.
SLA, HLA and COBE wins ESS - The European Spallation Source
SLA has won the competition for ESS - European Spallation Source in Lund, Sweden together with Henning Larsen Architects and COBE.
The ESS is a new pan-European science center located in Lund, Sweden. The ESS will become the world's largest and most complex neutron research facility when completed in 2025.
SLA is responsible for the landscape which facilitates safety through planting strategies and terrain, and at the same time acts as a unifying, recreational element that gives ESS opportunity to meet the world with openness.
Read more about ESS here
SLA wins Karlshamn Culture Center and Library
SLA has won the competition for a new culture centre and library in Karlshamn, Sweden, along with schmidt hammer lassen architects and Buro Happold.
Karlshamn Culture Centre and Library will become the city's new meeting place. Here, on 'Östra Piren' pier of the city harbor, SLA’s landscape will connect the Culture Center with the city, the harbor and the surrounding Swedish archipelago.
Amongst the landscape attractions will be a green and welcoming Library Park with recreational as well as dynamic activities: Green habitats, diverse tree species and a variety of grasses will mix in with outdoor workshops, children's learning areas and outdoor seating for the café.
Anti-terrorism security of Danish Parliament
SLA has, together with sub-consultant Ramboll, been prequalified to give tender for the upcoming terrorism security project of the Danish Parliament.
The project covers the parliament area of Slotsholmen, including Prins Jørgens Gård, Christiansborg Castle, Frederiksholms Kanal and Christiansborg Ridebane.
SLA has extensive experience in linking security issues, anti-terrorism and landscape qualities, especially in the studio’s work on the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands.
The City Dune shortlisted for the European Prize for Urban Public Space
SLA’s urban space ‘The City Dune’ has been chosen as finalist in the prestigious biennial European Prize for Urban Public Space.
The urban space, made for the SEB Bank & Pension Head Quarter in Copenhagen, is thus honored as one of the top 25 urban projects in Europe 2010-12.
The purpose of the award, which is the only one of its kind in Europe, is to recognize and promote public spaces and their ability to promote social cohesion. The City Dune and the other finalist projects are now on their way out into the world in an international exhibition, including South America, USA and Europe.
SLA has been selected as one out of three teams to participate in the parallel assignment for the development of a new town in Ringkøbing K.
SLA is lead consultant for a team consisting of Copenhagen Living Lab, Adept Architects, Niras, Viatrafik and Deloitte.
The project Ringkøbing K deals with the innovative development of a new and state of the art sustainable city. The project combines the nature of the west coast of Jutland and alternative housing into new ways of living in the rural parts of Denmark,
Realdania By and Ringkøbing Kommune are behind the project of Ringkøbing K.
SLA has progressed to the second phase in the competition for the development of the town Guldborgsund in Nykøbing Falster, Denmark. The competition is part of Realdania’s initiative ‘Suburbs of the Future’.
Team SLA consists of SLA, Transform, Transsolar and Kuben Management.
Guldborgsund is the third suburbs-competition in a row that SLA has participated and progressed in. The others are Hersted Industrial Park in Albertslund and the Søndermarken in Vejle.
The 30th August 2012 was groundbreaking day for the new Panum University Building in Copenhagen. The groundbreaking was done by Climate Minister Martin Lidegaard, AP Møller Foundation Chairman Ane Maersk Mc-Kinney Uggla, Copenhagen’s Health and Care Mayor Ninna Thomsen, Copenhagen University Rector Ralf Hemmingsen and Dean Ulla Wewer.
SLA is in charge of the design of the new landscape: An attractive and welcoming green urban space that creates coherence internally between the many users of Panum, and externally between the university and the Copenhagen district of Nørrebro.
SLA has won the competition to build the new Egedal Town Hall and Health Center together with a team of Züblin, Henning Larsen Architects, Henrik Larsen Rågivende Ingeniørfirma and Jørgen Nielsen Rådgivende Ingeniører.
The Town Hall's new landscape has several levels. The Town Hall Square is inspired by local water-filled depressions and furnished with raised beds, trees and water jets.
Most notable is the Town Hall Garden that is designed as a great recreational and sustainable rooftop garden with an emphasis on scents, colors and sensuous nature.
SLA in the second phase of Kokkedal Climate Adaption
SLA is through to the second phase of the competition Kokkedal Climate Adaptation. SLA is on a team consisting of Orbicon, Henning Larsen Architects and Centre for Sports & Architecture.
The competition in Kokkedal, with its project area of 69 hectares, is the largest climate adaptation project in Denmark and a pilot project for the future climate adapted development of our cities.
SLA's proposal is highlighted in particular for its 'strong concept for the use of climate adaptation and water – and the water's integration in urban spaces' and for the proposal's 'architectural shaping and understanding of the existing landscape that is unique and site specific'.
SLA shortlisted for ARKEN - The Island of Art
SLAhas beenselected tocompete forthe Danish museum of modern art ARKEN'snewlandscape.SLAislead consultantfora team consisting ofAlectiaandDHI.
The project'ARKEN-The Island of Art' has beenmade possible bya largedonation by A.P.Møllerand Hustru ChastineMc-KinneyMøller's Foundationfor General Purposes.The goalof the competition isto redefinethe landscape aroundARKEN, transforming the surroundings into an island.
SLAis looking forwardto the competition,whichis scheduled to beresolvedinthe autumn.
SLA is participating in the exhibition on 'New Nordic Architecture & Identity' at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. SLA exhibits six projects, a winding landscape and a room of bark.
The exhibition has received brilliant reviews, and especially SLA's sensuous approach to the Nordic landscape architecture is highlighted:
'Stig L. Andersson has in a very dark and quiet finale decorated a room where all surfaces are covered with bark. Once you have seen the richness of bark and its flora and fauna, he writes, it is not possible to see the forest for the bark. Though the room is not visibly tingling, the smell is distinctive and is a pleasant contrast to the exhibition's overload of information and visual impacts'.
- Karsten Ifversen, Politiken
Kalvebod Brygge West approved
The master plan for Kalvebod Brygge West has been adopted by the Copenhagen City Council. SLA has designed the master plan in collaboration with Holscher Architects and DSB Properties.
The Master Plan Kalvebod Brygge West is a complex, green commercial development plan that allows for the establishment of a mixed use 42,500 m 2 green ‘high line’ park combined with up to 118,000 m2 of mixed commercial buildings.
The local plan is now in public consultation until September.
SLA has, together with Henning Larsen Architects, COBE, NNE Pharmaplan, Transsolar and PhD Bent Lauritzen, been shortlisted for the competition for the new European center for atomic research - the European Spallation Source (ESS) at Lund University in Sweden.
The huge project, a European cooperation between 17 countries, will extend over two square kilometers and have a capital budget of approximately 17 billion SEK. The ESS will be a cornerstone of the European atomic research community.
In addition to SLA and team, four other international consultancy groups are invited: Benthem Crouwel, BIG, Foster + Partners and Tengbom. The competition is scheduled to be decided in October.
SLA progresses in Vejle
Together with a team consisting of Transform, Grontmij and Social Action, SLA has progressed to the second stage of the competition for the Suburb of the Future in Søndermarken, Vejle.
SLA's project is based on highlighting the area's major recreational values. Vejle's famous river valleys are therefore woven tightly together with the buildings in Søndermarken, bringing the qualities of nature right to the middle of the suburb.
SLA is competing with a team lead by Danish architects COBE. The competition is expected to be finally decided in November.
SLA has, in collaboration with Henning Larsen Architects and Signal Arkitekter, won the competition for the new headquarter of Nordea. The new headquarter in Ørestad Nord is 40.000 m2 and lies next to the DR Byen and The Concert House.
The new headquarter creates a new intermediate scale in Ørestaden; a street level that connects the area's large buildings with the characteristic landscape of Amagerfælled.
Headquarter and landscape is expected to be completed in 2016.
In a competition in HässleholmSLAhas teamed up with Swedish architects Mandaworksfor the task todesign a newcity center.
InAlbertslundSLAparticipates inthe international competition forthe transformationof the former'HerstadIndustrialPark'into an attractiveresidential and commercial area.The SLAteam includesAdept,Atkins,EmconandKollision.
FinallySLA, together withArup andReinertsen,has beenprequalified forthe planning anddesigncompetitionfor the newSluppenBridge andsurroundinglandscape inTrondheim.
As the fastest growing city in Northern Europe, how is the future development of Oslo to be? This is the theme for a new exhibition at the Norwegian Design and Architecture Center.
SLA participates in the exhibition with a project for the new development of the borrough of Gjersrud-Stensrud.
The project , developed in collaboration with the Danish studio Vandkunsten, proposes to build the new development centered around the landscape and in this way utilize nature's recreational as well as acclimatizing and sustainable attributes.
Read more about SLA's proposal for the development of Gjersurd-Stensrud here.
MetteSkjoldis a graduate fromAAAand theBartlettSchool ofArchitecturein London.Shealso holds an InternationalMastersinLeadership& Innovationfrom Copenhagen BusinessSchool.
Before shejoinedSLAin2010MetteSkjoldwas from2001-09director ofthe urban developmentdepartment atHenningLarsenArchitects,where she was alsoassociate partner.
SLA prequalified for the Suburb of the Future Vejle
SLA has been prequalified for the competition 'Suburb of the Future' in Søndermarken Vejle.
SLA is part of a consortium consisting of TRANSFORM, GRONTMIJ and Social Action.
The goal of the competition is to create at sustainable city and a visionary plan, which create a new image of Søndermarken.
The competition is one out of six projects created by Realdania with the subtitle 'Suburb of the Future '. A project which debates and creates visions for sustainability in the suburb.
Opening of a New Plaza Vordingborg station
Tuesday January 17th SLA’s new urban space at the station in Vordingborg opened.
The new urban space is a landscape of hills, which encourage to activity, play and stay. The plaza protects from traffic and noise and improves the surroundings, with a social life around the station.
The opening of the station plaza is the first out of several new urban development projects in Vordingborg made by SLA.
Lene Dammand Lund new Rector at The Royal Danish School of Architecture
SLA's CEO, Lene Dammand Lund, has been appointed as new Rector at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation.
LeneLundDammandleavesSLAinsolidstate afteralongperiod of stronggrowth, increasedstrategic focus oninternationalprojects, and one of thebestfinancial yearsever.
SLA will now undertake the exciting task of finding a new CEO.
SLAcongratulates Lene on the prestigious appointment, and congratulates TheSchool of Architectureonavery competentnewRector.
LeneDammandLundtakes over asRectorApril 1st.
Stig L. Andersson Professor at University of Copenhagen
Stig L. Andersson has been appointed Professor of Landscape Architecture & Urban Design at the University of Copenhagen.
Stig L. Andersson's appointment strengthens the cooperation between university and practice - between research and business.So says KjellNilsson, research director at Forest &Landscape:
"With the appointment of Stig L. Andersson, we will associate a distinctive practicing landscape architect at the education in landscape architecture and urban design. Stig L. Andersson is acknowledged not only in Denmark but also internationally for his unique approach to urban design. We believe that this approach will contribute significantly in the training of future landscape architects."
The City Dune profiled in Paisea and ArkitekturDK
The City Dune, SLA's urban space for the swedish SEB Bank in Copenhagen, has been profiled on the covers of the Spanish architecture magazine Paisea, and the Danish magazine ArkitekturDK.
Paisea writes about The City Dune as a model example of a modern corporate urban space that at the same time enhances sustainability as well as providing the client with a strong urban brand.
ArkitekturDK focuses on the creative collaboration between building architect Lundgaard & Trandberg and landscape architect SLA in the creation of the SEB Bank's corporate head quarter.