Danish design firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has entered into a strategic partnership with Perkins+Will to expand its international reach.
Set up in 1986, Schmidt Hammer Lassen was responsible for sustainable cultural and civic architecture, which includes the Black Diamond extension to the Royal Library in Copenhagen, the ARoS Museum of Art in Denmark and Halifax Central Library in Canada.
Recently, it won a global competition to design the 1.2 million square foot Shanghai East Library. It is also now working on the Monroe Blocks mixed-use development in Detroit, Michigan, which is Schmidt’s first project in the US.
Perkins+Will CEO Phil Harrison said: “Part of what makes this partnership so special is that Perkins+Will and Schmidt Hammer Lassen share a common set of values: design excellence, sustainability, innovation, and the highest level of client service.
“We also maintain the same design ethos, believing that exceptional architecture is always democratic and in the service of the greater good. We’re compatible at every level.”
Schmidt Hammer Lassen founding partner Bjarne Hammer said: “Our firms share a clear mission: through architecture and design, we make a positive difference in the world and in the lives of others.
“We both believe strongly in the transformative, healing power of design to address some of the most pressing social and environmental issues of our time. And we both thrive in a design culture that encourages collaboration.”
The two firms claim that the partnership will lead to new market strategies.
Perkins+Will intends to diversify its global talent, expand its cultural and civic practice, and bolster its design portfolio while Schmidt Hammer Lassen plans to widen its geographic base.