What’s on our drawing board? Here’s the latest on our global projects and the thinking behind them
DANISH DESIGN MANUAL 07.2023
The City of Gladsaxe has appointed us to lead the establishment of a Design Manual that will ensure a coherent design of public spaces throughout the city. Gladsaxe is situated in the northern suburbs of Copenhagen and our design manual will serve as a tool to bring out its distinctive character.
For The City of Copenhagen, we are refurbishing our third courtyard in Bartholinsgade in the historic city centre. The site is situated on top of a former graveyard dating back to the 1600s. To ensure that important archaeological objects are treated respectfully, The Museum of Copenhagen is involved in the building process.
MASTER-PLANNING TEAM FOR COLLYHURST 03.2023
We have been selected as part of the team to draw up a masterplan for Collyhurst in Manchester, UK. The masterplan is the next step for the wider Victoria North development which is led by the joint venture of Far East Consortium and Manchester City Council. The team consists of Mæ, Turner.Works, IF_DO, and us.
CITY DEVELOPMENT IN OUR LOCAL DISTRICT 02.2023
The city of Frederiksberg, the densest populated city in Denmark, cannot expand outside the city limits, which can seem like a hindrance to future development. Partner, Louise Grassov, gave a presentation to Frederiksberg City Council on how this density can become a great potential when focusing on high quality public realm and mobility.
KOLDING TAKES ON OUR RECOMMENDATIONS 02.2023
Partner, Louise Grassov, revisited the historical, Danish city of Kolding. The City of Kolding is improving the city centre’s public realm, implementing an action-oriented intervention catalogue that Schulze+Grassov delivered in 2020. We are thrilled to see our guidance becoming a reality in an upgraded public realm.
BELFAST WATERFRONT PROMENADE 02.2023
We have been selected to draw up a development framework for the Belfast Waterfront Promenade. Working with the Maritime Belfast Trust, Belfast City Council, Belfast Harbour, Titanic Quarter and others we will help to connect the city to its waterfront. Our team includes Civic Engineers and the Urban Solutions team at Hatch.
There is a lot to gain if a city’s historic town centre and new shopping centres are collaborating. Drawing from our catalogue of projects where we have advised on this potential, Partner Louise Grassov gave an inspirational talk on creating synergy in the Danish town Næstved to the task group “Positive View of Næstved”.
LONDON GROWING GREEN 12.2022
We have designed the new town centre of Thamesmead Waterfront in London. Working with a great team led by Prior + Partners and ARUP, with our clients Lendlease and Peabody, we have drawn up a public realm-led development framework, designed to facilitate the encounter of people and nature.
Climate mitigation is highly relevant to everyone who are studying to become Landscape Architects – but how do we apply research and principles in practice? We have held a workshop on this matter for a group of students at the the Scan|Design Master Studio at The University of Washington. Thank you for visiting.
How can we survey the complexities of life in the city? Our designer, Krista Doersch, presented our research using object detection for public life surveys at the Tech Match Demo Day. Through the BloxHub program with funding from Realdania and Funding Box, we were partnered with Heptasense to develop a more efficient survey method.
IMMERSION EXPERIENCE FOR CHIEF EXECUTIVES 06.2022
We helped the Danish Architecture Centre to enable 20 chief executives and techical directors of municipalities from across Denmark to learn from the achievements and challenges faced by their counterparts in transforming urban regions in the Northwest of UK. From Victorian pubs to modern skyscapers we experienced city transformation.
HOSTING THE MARITIME BELFAST TRUST 06.2022
Schulze+Grassov have hosted the board of Maritime Belfast Trust as they visited Copenhagen to explore well-executed waterfront development. We also led the group to the M/S Maritime Museum in Helsingør, where an old dock has been transformed into a modern museum right next to the world heritage site of Kronborg Castle.
CONNECTING BELFAST TO THE WATERFRONT 06.2022
Partner, Oliver Schulze, has been appointed Special Advisor to the board of the Maritime Belfast Trust. He is is advising the charity on qualifying the development of Belfast Harbour Waterfront. The harbour has huge potential to become a lively public space, and a turist attraction due to the rich heritage.
VIDEO: TECHNOLOGY IN CITY DEVELOPMENT 05.2022
Watch a video about our Tech Match collaboration dealing with how to use new technologies to develop cities in the future: "We would like the people that lay the decisions for [city development] to have better information to base their decisions on (…) by using intelligent surveys to make sense quantitatively of urban environments."
SHOWING FEC THE BEST OF COPENHAGEN 05.2022
A delegation from the Far East Consortium's British offices joined us in Copenhagen for two days. We presented the best recent city developments. We visited Enghave Brygge, Sluseholmen, Havnevigen, and Nordhavn to learn about good public realm design, and how to activate new city areas through retail and community uses.
We have drawn up visuals for the refurbishment of the main square in Vanløse, Copenhagen, in a public engagement process led by Jan Gehl himself. Jan was the boss of Schulze+Grassov’s founding partners, Oliver Schulze and Louise Grassov, for many years and we are happy to be helping our longtime friend and mentor today.
SOCIOLOGY STUDY OF DESIGN DISTRICT 04.2022
German sociologist Alina Feith is currently in London helping us to conduct a study of our completed project at the Design District. The main goal of our public realm design was to create a blueprint for an innovative place where a creative community can grow. Let us take stock of how the community is taking shape.
INTERACTIVE BUILDING SITE 02.2020
Schulze+Grassov and Enemærke & Petersen have joined forces to develop an "Interactive Building Site" to address the biggest challenges experienced by local communities as developers execute major urban development projects. The project deploys our bespoke public life simulation platform and uses VR technology to give stakeholders access to an interactive world generated with input from experienced E&P building site managers. The work is funded by Realdania and the platform will help in the dialogue between the contractor and local communities in new projects.
To round off the academic training our graduates received at Danish universities, we sponsor them to take the "Plus 2" professional education programme run by the Danish Union of Architects and Designers. In the 2-year course they are paired with an experienced mentor in our office to reflect on their work in practice and they study part-time in groups to learn about professional practice. The education concludes with an exam similar to the RIBA Part 3 and the AIA professional accreditation examinations.
VISION FOR TORONTO 10.2019
The relocation of Bombardier from the Toronto Downsview area creates North America's largest urban regeneration opportunity on a site of over 300 ha within ten minutes transit of Downtown Toronto. In a fiercely competitive field we were selected into the final four competing teams with our long-time collaborators of Behnisch Architekten, Transsolar and Martha Schwartz and Partners. We were the responsible urban designers for the masterplan that focused on creating an ecosystem of networked employment sites to underpin mixed-use urban development with a fully climate-adapted public realm.
TRANSFORMING INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE 09.2019
The Siemensstadt in Berlin is a city district built from 1899 onwards as the headquarters for Siemens. Complete with workplaces, housing and infrastructure, the growing district attracted many workers to one of Germany's industrial powerhouses. Schulze+Grassov were chosen as urban designers to compete for a complete reinvention of the district as a modern Siemensstadt 2.0 in the years to come. Working with our friends at Dietrich Untertrifaller, Studio Dreiseitel and Mobility-in-Chain, we trained algorithms to visualise the potential that employment and R&D land uses have to create a lively city.
CITY OF SOUND 08.2019
Struer is the City of Sound, the home to Danish company Bang & Olufsen. As the commercial harbour serving the agricultural hinterland is restructuring, a major opportunity has arisen to grow the city structure into the harbor area, right adjacent to the city centre. Here, the city will create new public destinations, workplaces and homes in a very privileged location. Our development plan proposal focussed on a city district with opportunities and invitations for people of all ages.
DESIGN GUIDE FOR KOLDING 08.2019
As part of our work for The City of Kolding we’ve developed a design guide for ground floor tenants. The guide will strengthen the perceived stewardship of public spaces and the overall experience of the inner city. It provides a range of suggestions on how to create a more positive, inviting and animated environment on the ground floor, including building edges and the adjacent public space. The guide has been issued to all business and shop owners in the city centre who have welcomed it. Only a few months later, we’re already seeing the positive effects.
WITH DORTE MANDRUP IN NÜRNBERG 07.2019
For some time we have been looking out for a good opportunity to work with the team of Dorte Mandrup to explore collaboration. What better opportunity than to take our joint Danish team to Oliver's fatherland to bring Scandinavian sensibility to a post-war building icon sitting adjacent to the historic medieval structure of the Nürnberg city wall. Our project connects building and open space with a focus on improving pedestrian connectivity and natural urban habitat in this iconic location.
NEW BICYCLE BRIDGE 07.2019
Close to Louise's home in Valby big things are happening. The local train station has been transformed into a multi-modal hub that will become Denmark's fifth biggest transport hub. Metro, S-Train, Letbane, Øresund and national rail trains will all stop here. Many new buildings are being constructed already in this new emerging urban hub. We have drawn plans for a new pedestrian and bicycle bridge that will span several lines to improve accessibility across rail infrastructure.
MUNICH URBAN EXTENSION 06.2019
Munich is a fast-growing German city with a high quality of life. We are advising Austrian developer CA Immo on development proposals for an urban extension on the site of a former stone quarry adjacent to the existing S-Train station in München Feldkirchen. Working in a team with Behnisch Architekten, we are developing the plan for the public realm as a "Handbook for Public Spaces" to set out the design principles for all streets, paths, squares, courtyards and the green infrastructure. The new district will have to be developed incrementally to organically extend the town of Feldkirchen.
TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER 05.2019
The Danish Architecture Center runs a three year p/t professional educational programme "Strategic Urban Governance" for chief executives in local authorities. We were asked to plan and facilitate a professional study tour to Manchester and Liverpool where 28 Danish leaders met with their English counterparts and learned about the remarkable transformation of England's Northwest over the last generation. Experiences included learning about partnerships in urban development, sustainability, climate change, working with local communities and, most importantly, a pub talk in a Victorian pub.
CROSSING THE NECKAR 03.2019
In 2019 the IBA Heidelberg asked us to assemble a team to compete for the design of a sequence of three new pedestrian and bicycle bridges over busy highways and the river Neckar. Our twin bridges designed with UN Studio and Knippers Helbig frame the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the medieval core of Heidelberg. One of the bridges is proposed in massive timber construction to sequester carbon within the new structure.
CYCLING DTU 03.2019
Cycling to campus and cycling on campus is essential as a way of getting around in a smart way on Denmark's largest campus. We have been asked to provide the DTU with guidelines for new bicycle paths and parking over this 106ha campus. Our guidelines provide the basis for improving and extending the offer and making bicycling an attractive transportation alternative for all students, faculty and staff.
SAFE IN ST. LOUIS 02.2019
Campus perimeters are interfaces where the busy urban streets need to transform to create safe space for students, faculty and staff. In our East End transformation of the Washington University in St. Louis campus we introduced dedicated light signals for bicycles as a first in this county in the US. Having addressed how pedestrians and bicyclists can be safer on the campus we were appointed by the university with WSP to review the entire campus perimeter and to draw up intersection improvements all around this 100 acre campus.
OUT OF THE GROUND 01.2019
The Design District is London's new permanent home for the creative industries. It comprises of 16 buildings, designed by eight architects, set in the heart of Greenwich Peninsula. We designed the landscape of squares, streets, lanes and co-working yards that provide the glue between all the buildings. Our foundations and drainage have been constructed and we look forward to the arrival of trees and CNC-routed stonework for benches and tree pit surrounds.
The Bundesbank spreads 5000 employees over several real estate sites in the City of Frankfurt. At the seat of the iconic brutalist main building next to the Frankfurt TV Tower the Bundesbank wants to consolidate its body of employees in existing and new buildings in an activated and attractive campus setting. Working with our long-time collaborators Behnisch Architekten we drew up a masterplan and used public life simulations to demonstrate how employees will be able to enjoy a range of open spaces as part of their new working day.
CLOUDBURST COLLABORATION 09.2018
S+G, EnviDan and Colas have been awarded funding by Realdania to develop the second generation of our climate adaptation project “Vandvejen” (Waterways). The funding allows us to test new sustainable construction principles and material prototypes for our innovative urban rainwater management system. With this product we will help cities and land owners capture and retain rainwater locally, taking pressure off municipal drainage systems.
Together with Behnisch Architekten of Boston we have been shortlisted to a major university project on the Princeton University Campus in New Jersey. The historic campus was established in 1756 and the university is rated as one of the best universities in the world today. The campus has been the home to 63 Nobel prize laureates.
CONSTRUCTION COMMENCED IN THE UK 07.2018
The site hoarding to our Greenwich Peninsula project has gone up and construction has started on London's first purpose-built design district, complete by 2020. The site hoarding has already become a popular surface engaging the community where people stop, look, play and take photos. The artwork to the site hoarding and the adjacent street were installed to illustrations designed by HATO of London.
GREENING HISTORIC COURTYARDS 06.2018
The sketch design for our three historic urban courtyards has gone through public consultation with local residents and is now awaiting approval from the city council. We look forward to working on the technical project and building three exemplary landscaped courtyards fit for increasing the quality of life for residents of dense urban blocks in the centre of Copenhagen.