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SLA and Aarhus Festuge have signed a 3-year strategic collaboration. The goal is an innovative and constructive 1: 1 dialogue on the development of Aarhus with human and nature at the center.
The collaboration implies that SLA will make a temporary urban space project for Aarhus Festuge in the next three years, showing 1:1 how Aarhus can ensure a holistic and natural development of the city. The goal is to build a bridge between the built and grown environment of Aarhus - between the city's many new building projects and that which also makes life worth living in the city: nature experiences, social communities, art, health and a sustainable life.
"Aarhus undergoes big developments these years. The world has its eyes directed at the city in prestigious international magazines or most recently as the European Capital of Culture in 2017. Aarhus has momentum - and the development is rapid. That's why we have joined Aarhus Festuge to use the next 3 years strategically to explore the potentials for a green, nature-based urban development of Aarhus which can balance the exceptional construction boom. The goal is to develop a very special Aarhusian version of city nature which builds bridge between the grown and the built environment in the city, thus ensuring and strengthening the continued city quality and quality of life in Aarhus, "says partner and founder of SLA, Stig L Andersson.
The process is started during this year's Festuge, where SLA transforms Vesterbro Torv from gray parking area to a new green-blue space for public life.
We had a full house Tuesday, June 13, when SLA, Grape Architects and Asplan Viak invited all interested parties to the launch of our new project OSLO 100 000. The project explores the potentials for densification of the Oslo Sentrum and how to create a pedestrian friendly, attractive and livable city center. Thank you for coming!
We are happy to share that we have won the competition for the climate adaptation and development of Lemvig Harbor together with Ivan Jacobsen Contractors and Orbicon A/S.
Our proposal combines flood protection with a new recreational and creative harbor promenade - with activities ranging from food stalls and lookout spots to outdoor learning spaces and new maritime businesses.
We are excited to share the news about our latest project in Copenhagen: The Hans Christian Andersen Adventure Tower + Public Park in Nordhavn, Copenhagen.
The HCA Adventure Tower project involves a 30,000 m2 amusement park + a 35,000 m2 free public park, both of which will be designed by SLA. The project also involves student housing, infrastructure, retail and Scandinavia’s highest tower designed by our friends BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group. The project will open in 2027.
“The new Hans Christian Andersen amusement park and free public park will be a park for the whole of Copenhagen. Imagine how the tree-tops will create a single green roof for the whole area. An oasis where people can rest on the grass, enjoy the amusements, eat in the restaurants, appreciate nature, experience wildlife and take in the view of the tower, the harbor and the seascape. The park will create a better microclimate in terms of wind, weather and warmth, and it will safeguard the climate of the nearby neighborhoods. It will be a park that gives a lot of value back to the city in terms of nature, biological diversity, economy, social capital, sustainability and aesthetics,” says SLA partner Rasmus Astrup.
Nothing has been designed yet, because we want to invite all Copenhageners into the process of creating the city’s next green world-class attraction together with us.
Read more about the project here.
We are very proud to reveal that we have been appointed winners of two World Landscape Architecture Awards! Our climate adaptation project THE SOUL OF NØRREBRO has won the Award of Excellence in the Conceptual Design category. And WHY WE LOVE TREES - our illustrated guide to the importance of trees in city planning - has won the Merit Award in the Research & Communication category.
Learn more about THE SOUL OF NØRREBRO here: http://sla.dk/en/projects/hanstavsenspark
You can read WHY WE LOVE TREES for free along with our other publications here: http://sla.dk/en/about-us/publications/why-we-love-trees
SLA has won the parallel competiton for the development of The New Hedeland - a 1,500 ha cultural landscape. In SLA's development plan the area's unique nature and 10,000 years of cultural history complement each other in a coherent concept, creating new space for co-creation, interaction and cognition.
The project is won in a strong collaboration with 2+1 Idebureau, Realize, Johansen Skovsted and Morten DD.
Read more about the project here.
SLA has, together with Henning Larsen and COWI, been selected to design a dense and mixed urban area around Chalmers University and Lindholmen Science Park at Centrala Lindholmen in Gothenburg.
The vision is to make Lindholmen a diverse town where students, business people and residents live together to mutual benefits. The undefined space between the area’s existing buildings is transformed into active, intimate spaces and supplied with a unique identity associated with the water and the harbor, which will be the hallmark of the new urban area.
We are happy to announce that we have won the assignment to develop 100.000 m2 of urban space in Frihamnen, Gothenburg for the next 15 years. Frihamnen is a central part in the development of Gothenburg Harbour, one of the biggest urban development projects in Scandinavia. SLA’s project will ensure a diverse urban life and the strengthening of the existing, local nature qualities in the future harbor city.
The proposal is a cornerstone in the developing of Gothenburg, besides from SLA’s urban spaces, temporary housing is being build among others: residences for new arrivals, corporate residences and youth housing, to loosen up the student housing market that is under big pressure. The temporary development of Frihamnen will both create a unique urban life and make the area an attraction for the entire Gothenburg, where the citizens the next 15 years will take active part in growing their new city in 1:1 scale.
SLA is in charge of the temporary urban spaces in an international team consisting of Swedish Tell Architects and Spanish Selgascano, well-known for the Serpentine Pavillion 2015.
Back in 2015 a set of 17 sustainability goals, a part of a new sustainable development agenda, were set by UN to transform our world. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years, among those: to protect our planet, ensure prosperity for all, halt biodiversity loss and to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. To reach the goals everyone needs to take part and yesterday SLA partner Mette Skjold, gave one of her keynote lectures at KADK – The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, to mark the kick off of the school’s new United Nation Program on sustainable design that intends to show how the goals can be put into practice. In her lecture Mette Skjold explained how SLA works to incorporate UN’s global goals into architectural practice to create meaningful architecture and innovative solutions that respond to national and global problems.
Read more here
Last week SLA signed the final contract for REINVENT.PARIS TERNES - our project that transforms the busy Boulevard Périphérique into an attractive and lush oasis by adding a 5,000 m2 green, sustainable and social urban space across the ringroad.
According to plan the project starts up in 2019 and is to be due for completion in mid 2022.Reinvent.Paris Ternes is done together with our great partners BNP Paribas Real Estate, Jacques Ferrier Architecture and Chartier Dalix architectes.
Click here to read more detailed about the project and watch partner Rasmus Astrup explaining the nature-based principles behind the design.
2016 is coming to an end and we are taking a moment to look back on this special year. Among a lot of things we won several large competitions in Denmark, Norway and abroad, curated the exhibition ‘The City of a Billion Pines’ in Beijing, promoted the nature-based city agenda to world leaders on a global stage, received both the Danish and Norwegian Landscape Award and won the Nordic Built Cities Challenge – The largest and most prestigious Nordic architecture competition within sustainable urban development.
We are also celebrating the holiday season on Instagram @sla_architects, where our advent calendar looks back on ideas, thoughts and processes that have formed and inspired our work through the years.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you
SLA has two projects nominated for the prestigious EU Prize Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award.
The first project is Green Solution House and its innovative landscape ‘Green Footprints’ which uses natural and local materials to create a fully climate adapted nature space that is a demonstratorium for circular sustainability. The project was done in a beautiful collaboration with 3XN/GXN, STEENBERGs Tegnestue, Ramboll and COWI - and with strong support from our strategic partners Realdania and VELUX.
The second project is Malmö LIVE, done in close collaboration with Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Skanska. Here SLA has designed the bridge and the outdoor spaces that act like an inviting foyer and event space for the new concert and congress hall.
The past month COP22 in Marrakech, Marokko and recently C40 in Ciudad de Mexico, brought together city officials, global business executives, mayors and leading thinkers from around the world to fight climate change and create a resilient urban future.
SLA’s partner Mette Skjold participated in a series of talks and events during the two summits, showcasing urban space best practices and promoting nature-based city development as a way forward to create healthier, more resilient and more sustainable cities.
The “Dream garden” comes true!
We are proud to announce that ‘Drømmehagen’ - our proposal for the development of a new residential area in Drøbak, south of Oslo – is a winner!
Together with our Torggate-neighbors Haptic and wood experts Oslotre AS we have created a modern, livable part of town, blending in with Drøbak’s well-preserved historic wooden houses. The project proposes three large wooden houses with a mix of residential and commercial uses, and an underground car park, allowing public gardens and private court yards to flourish between the buildings.
Read more and see the full presentation here:
How do you create a green and attractive landscape on top of a 85 meters high waste-to-energy plant? That is the challenge SLA is facing on one of the most complicated landscape architectural projects in the world: The urban ski slope on top of Amager Bakke in Copenhagen.
The project is done in close collaboration with BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group and will include specially designed nature, hiking trails, vantage points and 500+ meters of ski slopes.
The landscape project is without previous references: The steep slope of the roof puts great demands on the construction of the landscape, and the complicated wind and weather conditions 85 meters up in the air create difficult living conditions for trees and plants. The heat from the large energy boilers under the roof must be handled, and a variety of security and safety demands addressed.
To solve these challenges, SLA and BIG are working with a wide range of nature-based design solutions, testing different types of vegetation and materials on top of the roof in 1:1 experiments. The goal is to ensure that Amager Bakke will become an eventful recreational public space with a strong aesthetic and sensuous city nature that gives value for all Copenhageners - all year round.
(Visualization: BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group)
Hvordan kan arkitektur skabe bedre levevilkår for de flere hundred tusinde flygtninge, hvis hverdag udspilles i Jordans flygtningelejre? I denne uge er udvalgte SLA’ere rejst til Amman for at sætte gang i vores særlige udviklingsprojekt, der har fokus på den internationale flygtningekrise i Mellemøsten. Sammen med vores projektpartner Danida afholdes møder med interessegrupper, lokale myndigheder og potentielle samarbejdspartnere såsom Dansk Flygtningehjælp. Vi glæder os til at følge og fortælle mere om udviklingen af projektet, som adresserer en af de vigtigste humanitære udfordringer i vores tid.
We are excited to announce that we have won the competition for a new town hall in Uppsala, Sweden. Together with our friends from Henning Larsen Architects and Tyréns we have designed a new town hall and a green, public gathering place for the entire city.
The ambition of the new town hall of Uppsala and its outdoor spaces is to enter into a close dialogue with the citizens. SLA’s main contribution to the project is the new urban space that welcomes visitors and employees and unifies the everyday life of Uppsala with the activities inside the town hall. Trees and vegetation creates an attractive and recreational outdoor urban space. Continuous coating connects the outdoor spaces with a green indoor courtyard, thus making the experience of nature a daily part of working in Uppsala Town Hall.
“Our vision is a welcoming, modern town hall that promotes dialogue with the citizens, and is a functional work place and a meeting place for both citizens, officials and politicians. At the same time we want to preserve the architectural value of the original town hall. I think the winning proposal has solved this equation in a very elegant way,” says Marlene Burwick, Major of Uppsala and chairman of the jury.
The proposal will form the basis for further development of the town hall and the project with be adapted in close collaboration between the winning team and the Municipality of Uppsala. The construction of the new town hall will begin in 2017 and is expected to be completed in 2020.
Read more about the winning project here
As a part of our SLA summer series, we introduce you to some of our dear team members, who give you a unique insight in their position and work in our offices. They share their thoughts about working for SLA, personal inspiration, favorite trees, great nature experiences and which of our projects they would like to visit the most this summer.
Click on the names below and find out what makes a 30-year-old musician becoming a landscape architect, why all birds want to be at the top of the tree and why the unique cycle of the Anastatica Hierochuntica plant makes it perfect for arid climate.
Together with AART Architects, Ramboll and Kvorning Design & Kommunikation, we have won the competition to extend Filmby Aarhus and transform it into a creative hub, not only for filmmakers, but for the entire city of Aarhus. The competition was launched in March by Filmby Aarhus and Aarhus Municipality in order to promote a positive development of the film city and add new qualities and experiences to the area where Aarhus harbour meets the city centre.
Read more about the project here (in Danish).
Looking for art and inspiration in Denmark this summer? Then why not visit the exhibition by SLA founding partner Stig L. Andersson at the North Coast Art Triennale at Munkeruphus.
Stig L. Andersson’s contribution to the Triennale is called The story of the Blind (from the Springs near Vejby), the Return of the Wolf and Thor’s Goat in Wolf’s Clothing and is a narrative that weaves local events, legends and weather together with specific places and objects found both in the landscape and in the cultural institutions of northern Sjælland. The exhibition shows and builds relationships between culturally created objects and discoveries, natural objects and feelings, elements and myths.
The exhibition runs until August 14. Read more here: http://ncat.dk/
We are thrilled to announce that we have won yet another major competition: The Station Area and masterplan for Ballerup City Center.
The proposal focuses on the suburb’s characteristic, pulsating commuter patterns in the design of Ballerups most central urban space: the station area. The station area is a busy transportation hub facilitating thousands of commuters every day, at all hours of the day, all year round. Our proposal aims to combine efficient public transport with rich, sensuous experiences, amplifying the change of time and season.
We are extremely happy to announce that we have won the big CLOUDBURST & CULTURE competition about the renewal and climate adaption of one of our favorite places in Copenhagen: Hans Tavsens Park and Korsgade in Inner Nørrebro in Copenhagen. The 140 million DKK urban space project will be a flagship example of how cities can deal with cloudbursts in dense inner city neighborhoods while adding unique social, cultural and natural values to increase the life quality of its residents.
Our winning proposal THE SOUL OF NØRREBRO uses nature-based climate adaption solutions to create new hydrological, biological and social ecosystems for Inner Nørrebro and builds upon Inner Nørrebro’s unique qualities and spirit – from the quiet beauty of Assistens Cemetery to the busy, urban life on Rantzausgade.
The result is an integrated urban design and climate adaption project that through robust city nature averts flooding while creating a series of new urban spaces. The project also finds innovative ways to include the local schools in the development of city nature, and introduces a new natural solution to use city nature biotopes to clean the water of the Copenhagen Lakes.
The project is made in great collaboration with Rambøll, Arki_lab, Todd Saunders, Social action, Den nationale platform for Gadeidæt and Aydin Soei.
See the project here:
We are very honored to announce that SLA is the recipient of the Municipality of Copenhagen’s first ever ‘Copenhagen Business Award’!
We have won in the category ‘Attractive City’ for making our mark on our beloved home town: Using our nature-based design approach to make Copenhagen a greener, more sustainable and better place to live, while adding growth, job creation and the export of innovative green city solutions to the rest of the world.
The jury - consisting of Lord Mayor Frank Jensen and mayors Morten Kabell, Anna Mee Allerslev and Carl Christian Ebbesen – has selected SLA for the following reasons:
“SLA has for the last 20 years left their distinctive mark on the urban spaces of Copenhagen. The office’s focus on climate adaptation and city nature makes SLA a good candidate for the Business Award 2016. SLA’s work in the Climate Neighborhood in Østerbro has put Copenhagen on the global map as a pioneer in nature based climate adaption. SLA’s work with biodiversity and resilient nature-based climate solutions in Copenhagen should also be noted.”
June 10 we open our exhibition 'The City of a Billion Pines’ at the Danish Cultural Center in 798 Art District, Beijing, China.
'The City of a Billion Pines' presents a nature-based vision for Beijing's development. The aim of the exhibition is to provide us with a concrete understanding of what a city can be when nature becomes a complementary part to the built environment. Thus, a complete city.
'The City of a Billion Pines' is realized in collaboration with the Danish Cultural Center and with financial support from Realdania. Other collaborators are Mike Ameko Lippert, SUPERTUSCH and Engelhardt Studio.
'The City of a Billion Pines' is part of a new initiative called ‘A New Welfare’, a platform for dialogue and collaboration in continuation of the Danish participation in the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014 called 'Empowerment of Aesthetics’.
See the invite here:
After two years in Majorstuen, SLA Oslo have flown the nest and moved to their new offices in Torggata centrally in Oslo – the perfect foundation for continuing the growth we have experienced since the beginning of SLA Oslo.
We now invite all our friends and collaborators to our Open House, Torsdag d. 28 april kl. 15-18, to thank you for the collaborations so far – and toast to many future projects.
We also celebrate the announcement of Louise Fiil Hansen, head of SLA Oslo, who is now associated partner in SLA. Louise has since the very beginning of SLA Oslo worked hard to establish the young office, and led the company to a great growth. Louise has been in charge of many new projects and created strong client relations and corporative relationships. That Louise is now associate partner is a part of our ambition of SLA continuous growth – now in great, new offices centrally in Oslo.
We hope you will come by our offices to celebration SLA Oslo and our talented employees with us.
We are looking forward to seeing you!
We are very excited that this month's issue of Mark Magazine features SLA and our 5,000 book library.
For almost a year we have had two dedicated librarians working full steam to organize and systemize SLA’s founder Stig L.Andersson’s lifelong book collection. This was not an easy task since many of the rare books did not fit in the traditional architecture-book shelves, such as the books about philosophy and fungus, Japanese fiction, the creation of snowflakes og poems about butterflies.
SLA 5,000 book library is now up and running and accessible to everyone in the office. And we are thrilled that the library caught MARK Magazines attention.
Urban life and city nature in three dimensions. That is the main concept of SLA's winning project in the international mega competition Reinventer Paris. Here SLA has won one of the competition’s central projects: Ternes-Villiers. In the project, SLA creates a distinctive, green urban space on top of the Boulevard Peripherique - the big ring road that circles the whole of Paris.
SLA's winning project combines city nature-based ecosystem services, fully climate-adapted urban spaces and new social meeting places with underground parking, pedestrian-friendly connections and large roof terraces, which among other things will house a tea plantation. The project puts a 5,000 m2 urban roof deck across the Boulevard Périphérique and ties the City of Paris together with its suburbs.
"The project is a rethinking of both urban life and city nature in the Parisian periphery. By working with city nature and urban life as complete ecosystems we can create new urban experiences and brand new green contexts in an otherwise very gray and traffic-congested part of Paris. The project not only offers green attractions at street level, but lifts urban life and city nature high over Paris’ facades and roofs, which adds a whole new dimension to what it means to live and work in Paris," says partner Rasmus Astrup.
In Reinventer Paris over 650 international architectural teams has for over 14 months competed for 23 key sites in Paris. It is one of these sites, SLA has won. Among the winners of the other sites are Sou Fujimoto, Dominique Perrault and David Chipperfield.
SLA's winning project is created in collaboration with the major French bank BNP Paribas, which also serves as the project’s investor. Building architects on the team is the French architects Jacques Ferrier Architecture and Chartier Dalix Architectes.
Read more about Reinventer Paris here.
Team SLA has been shortlisted for the Nordic Built Competition: Cloudburst and Culture.
The task of the assignment is to combine innovative rainwater solutions with a cultural and social revitalization of a central and highly dense area of Copenhagen: Inner Nørrebro.
Amongst the themes addressed in the competition will be the transformation of Hans Tavsens Park into a greenspace collecting heavy rainwater, implementation of cloudburst roads, the design of a series of green urban spaces and safer traffic solutions.
SLA will be leading a multidisciplinary team consisting of Rambøll, Liveable Cities Lab / Herbert Dreiseitl, Arki_lab, Den Nationale Platform for Gadeidræt, Social Action and sociologist Aydin Soei.
The other finalists are fellow Copenhageners: Team EFFEKT and Team Tredje Natur.
Read more about the competition here:
Monday January 25, Danish Minister of Culture Bertel Haarder presented the Danish Landscape Award 2015 to SLA who received the award for Novo Nordisk Nature Park. It happened at a ceremony in Folketingets Fællessal.
In its motivation the jury highlights SLA's winning project for its sustainable approach and high artistic value:
“The project for Novo Nordisk Nature Park is seen by the jury as both contemporary and forward-looking. Based on the architects' approach to landscape as infrastructure for both ecological, economic and social flows the landscape architecture is brought into play in relation to a number of the most important challenges of today. The project is also seen as being in dialogue with the modern tradition in the Danish landscape art that created architecture based on the grown and the planted as key components.
The project stands as a convincing proposal for how a new interpretation of the park-typology in a suburban context can help to transform these areas, and the project should be a reference project when it comes to suburban sustainable transformation. The rethinking of the relationship between global business and local community, between private and public, between wild and controlled, and between work and leisure is inspiring. Novo Nordisk Nature Park is both beautiful domicile architecture and an interesting take on a suburban park for the 21st century.
In the allocation of the Danish Landscape Award 2015, the jury focuses on the park's forward-thinking approach to sustainability and the thorough work with habitats, water management, health and business profile. However, it is in particular the role the landscape architects have taken as advisors to the client that is honored today. Through collaboration, the client, as well as the city, has received a gift they did not know they wanted. This willingness and ability to transcend conventional notions, and through cooperation to formulate new solutions to unrecognized needs and problems, deserves in the jury’s conviction to stand as a model for landscape architecture. Especially when, as with SLA's work with Novo Nordisk Nature Park, this is combined with a high artistic value and a convincing grip on landscape architecture’s means.”
Rasmus Astrup, partner at SLA, also highlights the collaboration with Novo Nordisk:
"We are extremely pleased and proud of the professional expression that lies in receiving the Danish Landscape Award. Novo Nordisk Nature Park could only have been realized through a great teamwork with Novo Nordisk, where we have created a project based on strong nature values. Our ambition has been to create the prototype of the sustainable domicile park of the future – a 100 percent climate adapted nature park that provides value, health and joy to Novo Nordisk’s employees and also contributes positively to the local area in terms of increased plant and animal life. Just imagine that the worldwide headquarters of the most successful Danish company is surrounded by lush nature with dead trees and maximal biodiversity – that’s wild."
Kristina Lee, Corporate Vice President of Novo Nordisk A / S, says.
"Our goal was to restore nature to an old industrial area which Novo Nordisk has been a part of since the 1960s. In line with our triple bottom line about taking environmental responsibility, we chose to specifically invest in nature and landscape design. We have marshes, lakes and forests as neighbors, and the goal was to create a biodiversity reflecting the North Zealand countryside. In close collaboration with SLA we have created an open, lush and public park which sets a green fingerprint in the local area. A sustainable nature project which we hope supports plants and animals while at the same time being used year round by neighbors, guests and staff.”
We are thrilled to tell you that we have won the assignment to create the new green spaces for ’De Gamles By’ in Copenhagen. The project involves the creation of several multi-functional park spaces and the incorporation of climate adaption in a cohesive green design. The project will add much needed nature amenity value to one of the most densely populated areas of Copenhagen – Inner Nørrebro. We cannot wait to start the project together with the City of Copenhagen.
Happy 2016 everyone!
2015 was a great year for SLA. Among many other things, we opened our new office in Aarhus, inaugurated the new landscape for the International Criminal Court in The Hague, curated the exhibition “Growth - Together we grow and build the future” and won the competition for Copenhagen’s stand-out climate adaption project: Bryggervangen and Skt. Kjelds Square.
We are excited to see what 2016 will bring!
Due to growth and increased demand in Jutland, SLA now opens a new office in Aarhus.
"The reason why SLA opens an office in Aarhus is a significantly higher demand in Jutland for exactly the things we can do: Considering nature, the aesthetic and the site-specific when developing our cities, homes and workplaces. At the same time, we have won a number of large projects and competitions in Jutland in the recent years. The largest of these is the 13 mio. dollar euro project for the renewal and redesign of Gellerup City Park - a competition we won in 2014 and which is now under construction, "says partner and CEO in SLA, Mette Skjold.
With the opening of the SLA Aarhus, the Copenhagen studio goes against the tide of architect offices who takes the journey from Aarhus to Copenhagen. But, according to Mette Skjold, there is a good explanation for that:
"We already have offices in Copenhagen and Oslo - and even more are on the way internationally. We have to keep up with the increased demand for our work, which we both experience in Scandinavia and internationally. With our new office in Aarhus, we can now be even closer to our clients in Jutland and develop even stronger architectural solutions with our local partners, "says Mette Skjold.
Step into a sensuous and thought-provoking universe at Utzon Center in the Danish city of Aalborg and meet the nature, the city and the passionate collaborators of Aalborg, North Jutland and the world.
The discussion about the rural areas versus the big city is nuanced in SLA's thought-provoking and sensuous exhibition “Growth - Grow and build the future together”, located at the Utzon Center in Aalborg. The exhibition becomes a kind of community center, where it is discussed whether the big city and the rural areas can be used as a focal point for future economical, cultural and social growth. During the exhibition, Utzon Center provides citizens, enthusiasts, politicians and professionals the opportunity to create debate in the community center.
“For decades, we have convinced each other that we can build for growth. As a result, we have become a nation where cities are winners and rural areas are losers. We have overlooked the qualities of life in the so-called peripheral Denmark where the proximity to nature provides an essential quality of life that the urban growth cannot match. The history of the welfare state has thus become the antithesis of the town and the countryside, the grown and the built. Our intention with the exhibition is to show that quality of life is at its highest when the grown and the built complement each other,” says Stig L. Andersson, curator of the exhibition and founding partner of the architectural firm SLA.
In the exhibition, the city and the countryside are not set up as opposites. Instead, the audience gains insight into how a nature between nature and built environment can improve quality of life in both urban and rural areas. With examples from Aalborg, North Jutland and the world, the exhibition proves how new opportunities arise from the encounter between the grown and the built, which makes it possible to create new types of communities and new sustainable business models, both in the city and in the countryside.
“We have entered a wonderful universe with our curator SLA. A universe populated by enthusiasts, unique nature, great cities and the most beautiful materials that we had almost forgotten. ‘Long live enthusiasts and projects on the edge!’ - that is the Utzon Center’s mantra for the next 4 months,” says Lasse Andersson, exhibition manager at the Utzon Center.
“Growth - Grow and build the future together” is curated by SLA in close collaboration with Utzon Center and Aalborg Municipality. Countless enthusiasts and professionals all over North Jutland has contributed with vital knowledge about projects and materials for the exhibition.
The exhibition is supported by Realdania and developed in collaboration with and supported by the City & Landscape Management at Aalborg Municipality.
Experience “Growth - Grow and build the future together” at Utzon Center in Aalborg from 07.10.15 – 28.02.16.
The architectural editor of the leading Danish newspaper Politiken had an extraordinary experience as he visited the Novo Nordisk Nature Park – ”the most radical version of SLA’s innovative landscape art.”
On Wednesday September 23rd, the landscape around the headquarters of the global healthcare company Novo Nordisk received five big hearts from the newspaper and was described as “nothing less than an ecological revolution”.
In the review, Novo Nordisk Nature Park is praised for “thinking maximal diversity in order to create as rich habitats as possible, which attracts a richer wildlife and holds on the rainwater”, and the review concludes that “once you have seen the beauty of this controlled wild nature, it becomes harder to love the well-kept lawns and trimmed trees”.
Thank you for the generous words, Karsten Ifversen and Politiken!
Read the review in Danish here.
What is city nature and why do we need it in our urban environment?
The City of Copenhagen has chosen SLA to facilitate a Think tank to discuss and define Copenhagen’s green identity and city nature. The Think tank includes experts from the fields of biology and biodiversity, resilient cities and climate adaptability, urban ecosystems, rainwater management and citizen involvement.
In the next three months we will help the Think tank and the Municipality to create a shared vision for Copenhagen’s future city nature.
We are really looking forward to get started with the process and to show you the result of the exciting collaboration, when the first combined Climate adaptation - City nature- projects will sprout in the coming years.
Today SLA says goodbye to our dear librarian, Anne. She has spent the last months working full steam on removing dust from Stig’s books in the basement, bringing the lifelong collection of assorted books up into the daylight in the new office library. Before Anne moves on, we ask her what she has encountered during her work with registering and systematising the many boxes of books.
What is a librarian doing in a landscape architecture office?
I have categorized and indexed the office books. I have found a category for each book, registered the book information, title, author, number, publisher, subjects etc. I estimate the collection to contain just about 5000 books.
Can you tell us about the organising process?
At first I was presented for 80 boxes of books in the basement, and most of them were not registered yet. So there was more than enough work to do!
Now I have organised most of the books and placed them into 220 categories, from more general categories like “Danish literature” to the more specific categories, like “Moss, lichen and fungus”.
I quickly realized that I needed more fiction categories in the index system, as I encountered a lot of fiction along the way. There were also many publications about Asia. At that point it became very obvious that these are books from a private collection, and also that the owner has a special interest in Japan!
What is the most interesting book you have encountered – from a librarians point of view?
Sometimes I thought: Wow, I can’t believe that somebody actually wrote a whole book about this! One book was about the crystallisation of snowflakes. Another book described different types of bulb plants.
Some of the books were impossible to index, for example a very delicate set of Chinese books with soft leather covers and closing mechanisms with something that looked like teeth. I cannot read Chinese, and the paper is so thin that I barely dared to turn the pages. I made a separate shelf for those type of books that cannot be placed in a category but where the aesthetics and smells of the book carries a history in itself.
How can SLA use the library?
I imagine that the books can be a great source of inspiration to the projects and function as a well-deserved break, when people get tired of staring into their computer screens all day. I really hope that the employees at SLA find the time during their busy day to look in the many interesting books!
Anne Mikkelsen has master in Information Science and Cultural Communication, with focus on Information Architecture and User Studies.
She has previously organised the library for the human rights institute Dignity, Danish Institute against torture
Are you also a tree lover, and are you going to Rising Architecture Week?
On Wednesday the 16th of September, you can join SLA on Me-Mover on a guided tour in the grown environment of Copenhagen and learn about the fantastic effect it has on us and our surroundings. Trees are of critical importance at the moment, as their sustainable and functional qualities can function as a solution to many of the climatic issues of the city, from managing rainwater to protecting us against urban heat islands. Also, their high aesthetical and atmospheric qualities provide us with more sensious surroundings, a broader biodiversity and better urban spaces, which make the residential property values grow!
The guides of the tour will be Morten Leicht Jeppesen, landscape architect and urban tree specialist, and Rasmus Astrup, landscape architect and partner in SLA. We will experience the city on Me-Movers, a three-wheeled step machine, which is perfect for a late summer stroll through the blossoming city of Copenhagen.
The tour is from 5 pm-6 pm and takes its departure from Trangravsvej 5, 1436 Copenhagen. It is part of Rising Architecture Week, which from September 15th-18th invites you to events and activities in the capital under this year’s theme “Growing Cities”.
If you still can’t get enough trees, you should take a look at SLA’s beautiful publication Why We Love Trees.
The buzzing bees, thousands of trees and blooming ground cover in Novo Nordisk Nature Park were well received by the international jury at WAF – World Architecture Festival.
The coveted WAF-award, which receives more than 2000 project entries and culminates in a three-day festival, is the world’s largest international architecture event. SLA is nominated in the category Urban Projects - Landscape.
It means that SLA is heading to Singapore to present the project and eat canapés with a number of prominent international colleagues, including Zaha Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron and OMA!
SLA is back in the office after a well deserved summer break. In the meantime we have enjoyed the sun on The South Boulevard, watched the festival goers of this year’s Roskilde Festival cool off in the gravel pit at Floating World and seen the new landscape at Green Solution House on Bornholm grow.
Now the second half of 2015 begins, and we expect it to be action-packed! We already have several exciting projects on the drawing board in Denmark, Russia, Paris and Dubai.
We have also been prequalified in a number of competitions, including the master plan for Paper Island, the new event- and information center for the Viking castle in Slagelse, Trelleborg, as well as Nyborg Castle and recreational area, which is going to be renovated.
We look forward to set 2015 part 2 in motion and we’ll soon reveal more exciting news!
SLA’s exhibition catalog from the Architecture Biennale Empowerment of Aesthetics has now been honored with the prestigious title: Best Book Design 2014.
The exhibition Empowerment of Aesthetics, which was the Danish contribution to the Venice Biennale in 2014, was curated by SLA founder Stig L. Andersson, and sought to create a more whole picture of the future, a sensuous universe, which may point to new visions for the future of Denmark.
In the fall of 2014 the exhibition in the Danish pavilion garnered much praise and stood out from the many other exhibitions pavilions by focusing particularly on the sensuous experiences - the aesthetic - in the desire to restore the relationship between the rational and the aesthetic, between culture and nature, the built environment and the grown environment.
In particular, it is the translation of this sensousness, from physical form to print, which now receives acclaim from Foreningen for Boghaandværk ( The Association of Book Craft):
"The catalogue for the Danish contribution to the International Architecture Biennale in Venice is a veritable magnificent show of beautiful typography and bold image editing in association with a greatly thought devised and delicate layout, where the color orange ties together the layout of the book. [...] The book acts as a strong, personally mediated Denmark Picture, quite literally taken with emphasis on the aesthetic that deserves to live long after the packing of the Danish pavilion in the lagoon city." (Excerpt from the Jury’s report)
Monday, June 15 at 17 pm The Association of Book Craft invites you to the opening of the exhibition Best Book Design 2014 at the Royal Library in Copenhagen. Here the best in Danish book design and its importance as a unique form of artistic expression is celebrated. The exhibition invites visitors to take a look at the exhibited books - and to bring home a beautiful catalogue with all of the exhibited works. See more here
You can read the Empowerment of Aesthetics catalogue online here
And if you want to grap a hold of a hard copy, it can be purchased in the Danish Architecture Centre's Bookstore or online here
The Empowerment of Aesthetics catalogue is a collaboration between Stig L. Andersson and publisher Wunderbuch. Photos by Jens Lindhe and Troben Petersen. Klaus Gjørup and Per Andersen have been responsible for the graphic design and funding has been made possible with support from the Dreyer Foundation.
This year we are not only participating in panel debates and presentations - we are also inviting you to speak up and join us for a chat in the tent!
For the ongoing parallel assignment about the Allinge Masterplan we would love to share our first thoughts and hear your ideas for the future of Folkemødet. Drop by tent J9 on Allinge Harbour Thursday and Friday. Read more about the parallel assignment here:
Also, swing by Danish Architecture Centre’s tent E13 on Saturday, where SLA partner Rasmus Astrup will participate in an interesting panel discussion about livalibility in Denmark 2050. See DAC’s full Saturday program here:
Thursday 16-17 pm (Tent J9 – Allingeprojektet)
Friday 16-19 pm (Tent J9 – Allingeprojektet)
Saturday 10-11 pm (Tent E13 – Dansk Arkitektur Center)
Saturday 16-19 pm (Tent E13 – Dansk Arkitektur Center)
The first section of the combined bike and pedestrian bridge has been lifted into place at the Maersk Building. The new bridge will range from Nørre Allé through the Maersk Building to Blegdamsvej and will provide the users with an incredible experience of moving through the tree tops on the level of the first floor.
Due to its size, the bridge was carried to the site by special transport in the middle of the night last Thursday and lifted into place on top of the roof during the early morning.
You can read more about the project here
We are thrilled to announce that we have won the competition for one of the most important projects for the future of Copenhagen: The first climate adaptable neighborhood in the city, Bryggervangen and Skt. Kjelds Square.
Our proposal ‘Use the nature in your city’ combine green rainwater management solutions with a diverse urban nature in a site specific resilient urban design. The proposal aims to equate the built environment with the grown environment, the rational with the aesthetic, and the measurable with the tangible in a complete copenhagenized balance.
Our proposal has been created in a strong collaboration between all our talented employees, from landscape architects and urban planners, to biologists, plant experts and communications. And in a close collaboration with our great sub-consultants Alectia (engineer) and Jens Rørbech (traffic planning).
We can’t wait to get started and begin the future of Copenhagen. See the project here:
Each year – for one weekend in mid-June - the tiny, Bornholmian town Allinge is turned into a festival-frenzy when 90,000 people arrive to participate in Folkemødet (Denmark’s Political Festival on Bornholm).
But how can the natural and physical environment facilitate Folkemødet in the future and what can be done to improve the experiences? How can the great energy created by Folkemødet have a positive effect on Allinge – not only when the festival is on, but throughout the year?
Together with a sharp team of both local and national experts in urban planning, user involvement, temporary architecture, events, festival facilitation, economy and tourism, SLA has been chosen for the parallel assignment to draw the lines of a strategic masterplan for Folkemødet and Allinge.
Our team is:
• SLA – Master plans, landscape architecture and urban development
• Blå Streg - Architecture and planning
• Roskilde Festival - logistics, event planning and temporary architecture
• Kvistgaard Consulting x Hird & Ko – Experience Economy, Tourism and Business
• Rikke Brandt Broegaard - Citizen involvement and workshops
We can’t wait to get started and we hope to see you at Folkemødet 11th -14th June!
Read more on Realdanias website:
There was a great turnout Wednesday at the opening of the exhibition ‘Housing and Welfare - Homes Ensembles City’ at the Danish School of Architecture, KADK
The new extensive exhibition illuminates the future of the metropolis of Copenhagen by providing insight into the projects that architectural firms are designing right now.
SLA participates in the exhibition with a call to action to bring the grown environment into Ørestad City. Wild teasels, quaking-grass and a myriad of colourful animals tell the story of how the addition of floralegiums (plant collections), amongst other things, will maximize biodiversity and please the senses.
The exhibition will be on display until May 14, so if you could not make it to the opening, you still have plenty of time to stop by and take a look at SLA’s proposal to bring the aesthetics of nature into the rationally built environment of Ørestaden.
You can read more about the exhibition here
Take a look at the photos from the exhibition opening here
Exactly one year ago, SLA planted a seed in Norway. Strong growth and an increased interest in sustainable urban design made it possible for us to set up a Norwegian branch: SLA Oslo. The seed has sprouted and now, a year later, the office has taken root. SLA Oslo has grown with many exciting projects – the staff has more than doubled and is now more Norwegian than Danish.
The anniversary was celebrated in style in the sunset on the Oslo office rooftop– with champagne, confetti and big smiles. Congratulations SLA Oslo – we look forward to see what 2015 will bring – and who knows, we might get an opportunity to branch out to other parts of the world someday.
Despite the cold weather we had a great turnout Saturday at the opening of sculptor Morten Stræde’s Floating World– the first artwork in the unique on-going land art project Milen, south of Roskilde, created by SLA. The artwork was inaugurated by Birgit Pedersen, chair of the Culture and Leisure Committee in Roskilde City Council, Morten Stræde and SLA’s Stig L. Andersson. Floating World initiates the on-going land art project Milen at the Darup gravel pit. Each year a new art work will be integrated in the landscape and we cannot wait to follow up on the project!
You can read more about the project and view pictures from the inauguration here
With a dream team consisting of COWI, JaJa Architects, Have Kommunikation, artist Morten Stræde and transformation expert Vera Noldus we have been pre-qualified to participate in the competition about the urban renewal of Aabenraa’s historic city center. The project will realize the visions from the parallel assignment “Aabenraa - Market town of the future”, an assignment we did for Aabenraa’s municipality last year. The goal is to make Aabenraa the most vibrant and modern market town in Denmark by 2035, when the town will celebrate its 700th birthday.
We are incredibly happy to continue the work and be in the run to realize the town’s ambitious visions. We can’t wait to get started! Read more about our proposal for “Aabenraa - Market town of the future” right here:
December 16, SLA were the proud recipients of this year's Foreningen Hovedstadens Forskønnelse's Architecture Award 2014 for our Novo Nordisk Nature Park. Jan Raagaard Jansen of Novo Nordisk and our very own Stig L. Andersson accepted the award during a happy evening. Read more about Novo Nordisk Nature Park here.
TEAM SLA has won the competition to design a new green urban park in Gellerup/Toveshøj in Aarhus. The urban park, which will become Gellerup's new ‘green backbone’ measures approximately 27 football fields and consists of playgrounds, climbing towers, outdoor fitness, fruit groves, greenhouses and a long nature-rich, green park space that provides safety and new recreational opportunities for the residents, while also adding a variety of aesthetic, sensual and human values to the area. TEAM SLA consists of SLA, EFFEKT, COWI, Social Action, GAME and Boris Brorman Jensen.
Read more about Gellerup Urban Park here
Read the jury report and the official press release here
Professor Dan Charly Christensen knows ALL there is to know about the Danish 19th Century scientist H.C. Ørsted. Thursday November 13, he held an inspiring and thought-provoking lecture for our Copenhagen office about Ørsted's work on the relationship between aesthetics and rationality, between science and art, and how we as humans experience and sense nature. Ørsted's knowledge is 200 years old, but as fresh and as relevant as ever!
What can we as architects learn from the Danish Golden Age, Asger Jorn’s art theory and a skiing Niels Bohr? This and many more themes exhibited at the Danish pavilion was discussed at the Venice Biennale’s open Freeport Meeting Friday, November 7th between Stig L. Andersson, Professor Ruth Baumeister, architect Carsten Hoff, OMA's Stephan Petermann and an international audience.
Our clever tree experts Bjørn and Morten went on a plant nursery-tour of Germany in search of the first trees to the new landscape of Herlev Hospital. The two passionate tree-lovers found no less than 200 characteristic trees that met the SLA standards. And that is not the traditional straight, symmetrical, pruned canopy-standards. At SLA we love the quirky, crooked, multi-stemmed trees with the most natural expression. Morten has promised “awesome walnuts” and “crazy bald cypresses” - it’s going to be wild!
Great news from Norway!
SLA has won the assignment to create an opportunity study for the Norwegian Parliament Quarter in central Oslo - the most important urban space in Norway
It is now officially signed and sealed that SLA has won the contract for the quarter around ’Stortinget’ – the Norwegian parliament. The assignment consists of an opportunity study regarding combining a safe and secure area around the parliament with democratic, lively and open urban spaces. The assignment is part of our expanding portfolio in Norway together with the Norwegian government quarter as well as the parallel assignment for the memorial site at Utøya.
Urban spaces can be “green” although they look white!
The international jury for the European Garden Award has agreed on The City Dune as one of three finalists in the category “Innovative Contemporary Concept or Design of a Park or Garden”.
The nomination is based on The City Dune’s remarkable design and sustainable, innovative on-site collection and use of rainwater. Also, the focus on accessibility for all is, according to the jury, an inspiration for landscape- and urban design projects all over Europe.
And they are right – The City Dune is actually one of the most sustainable and climate adaptable urban spaces in Copenhagen!
All surface rainwater is collected and reused for irrigation of the many forest trees while, on hot days, the water sprays out through hundreds of water atomizers, creating a misty, cooling atmosphere. The white concrete reflects the sunlight and creates an inviting urban space for bankers as well as skaters.
The award has been given annually since 2010 by EGHN, The European Garden Network, to bring awareness on how parks and urban spaces can create cultural, economic, environmental and social values and qualities in Europe’s cities.
Along with A. Enggaard, Henning Larsen Architects and Midtconsult, SLA has won the competition for the new Lillebaelt Academy of Professional Higher Education in Odense. The new DGNB certified city campus is centered around a vast green landscape that cleans a large part of the area’s pollution through natural phytoremediation. The landscape will create coherence between the new and existing buildings of the campus as well as a new connection between Odense harbor and railway station.
SLA and Henning Larsen Architects’ proposal for a new Odense University Hospital has won the international WAN Healthcare Award in the category non-built projects. In its statement the jury highlights the project’s strong foundation in nature: "The landscape surrounding the new OUH supports and clarifies the existing values and is based on the current plan for the area. The purpose is to add to the value of the nature and experiences by including the new OUH as a part of the landscape. "Read more about the award here.
SLA’s exhibition in The Danish Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014 is now open to the press and the industry’s VIPs. The tree roots and pine needles are in place, Niels Bohr is ready to continue his discussions with Albert Einstein and Asger Jorn, and Inger Christensen, H. C. Ørsted and a 150 million-year-old cicada are ready to illustrate the power of nature and aesthetics.
Team SLA, comprised of SLA, EFFEKT, COWI, Social Action, GAM3 og Boris Brorman Jensen, are through to the 2nd phase in the competition to design the new urban park in Gellerup, Aarhus.
The team now competes against 2 other teams for the job of creating a unique area for recreation and cross-cultural activities - a new 'green spine' in Gellerup. The three proposals are exhibited at 'Madtorvet' in City Vest untill the 30th of April, and can also be viewed at Helhedsplan Gellerups kontor in Aarhus. Read more here (in danish only)
Together with a team led by Nordic Office of Architecture, Multiconsult and Civitas, SLA has won the assignment to develop the urban plan for the reconstruction of the central government area in Oslo following the 2011 terrorist bombing.
The assignment includes consulting on all phases of the extensive reconstruction – from initial impact studies to the development of the approved urban plan. Work on the new urban plan commence following the government’s decision regarding the current zoning plan study, which is expected to be resolved this summer.
A unique nature project that creates amenity value even before the first houses are built. This is the core of SLA's development plan for Ringkøbing K, that was revealed by Ringkøbing K's chairman Uffe Steiner Jensen.
"The development plan for Ringkøbing K shows new ways for how modern housing development can be accommodated in balance with nature and add value - close to fjord, beach protection lines and nature sensitive areas," says Mette Lis Andersen, CEO of Realdania City.
The nature project will be established in 2015, after which the construction of housing will commence.
Read more here
The Danish Royal Academy has awarded Stig L. Andersson the C.F. Hansen Medal for outstanding performance within the field of architecture.
The C.F. Hansen Medal is the most prestigious honours awarded to danish architects, and it has previously been awarded to only a few landscape architects including G.N. Brandt - one of Stig L. Anderssons own personal sources of inspiration.
According to the Academy, the reasons Stig L. Andersson was awarded til C.F. Hansen Medal are the unique distinctiveness of his work, its artistic expression, his insistence on an unusual integration of knowledge from very diverse professional arenas, and his great interest for the complex contexts to which architecture is applied.
SLA is experiencing strong growth and increased demand in Norway. The office now opens a new branch in Oslo in order to provide even better service for clients and partners.
'With the new office in Oslo, we take the obvious next step to forge even stronger ties with our Norwegian clients and partners. In Norway we have experienced rapid growth and increased demand for the core services that SLA offers. By being physically present in Oslo we become a fully entrenched player in the Norwegians' awareness when it comes to innovative use of nature to design modern and sustainable cities', says Mette Skjold, Managing Director of SLA.
SLA Oslo is led by Head of Studio Louise Fiil Hansen who can be contacted at +45 3176 5841 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week partner and project director Rasmus Astrup and architects Louise Holst and Kirsty Badenoch said goodbye to Copenhagen and hello to Hong Kong. SLA is in HK the next month to work with our friends at OMA Asia on two non-disclosable projects in 'The Pearl of the Orient’. You can follow SLA's ongoing work in Hong Kong on SLA's Facebook Page.
Along with the co-creator of Cradle to Cradle; William McDonough + Partners and GXN, SLA will develop a proposal for how the new area “Kilen” in Ronneby can become Sweden's first cradle to cradle inspired neighbourhood.
The team was shortlisted from among 26 applicants to convert a central industrial site into an innovative green neighbourhood. A neighbourhood that is not confined to leaving less bad environmental footprints, but actually leaves positive ones. The project involves a workshop in March where the project team will work to formulate the ideas for the project.
Read more here (in danish)