Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Morten Schmidt
Founding Partner
Creative Management
MA in Architecture
MAA/ARB/RIBA/AIA

Bjarne Hammer
Founding Partner
Creative Management
MA in Architecture
MAA/ARB/RIBA

John Foldbjerg Lassen
Founding Partner
Creative Management
MA in Architecture &
BTH MAA/ARB/RIBA

Kim Holst Jensen
Partner
Creative Management
MA in Architecture
MAA/ARB/RIBA

Kristian Lars Ahlmark
Partner
Creative Management
MA in Architecture
MAA/RIBA

 

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IBC Innovation Factory - Denmark

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects designed this space to support new ways of learning. The 12,800 square metres educational building has gone through a total refurbishment and was to be officially inaugurated by His Royal Highness the Prince Consort of Denmark on 6th December 2012.

In the spirit of the original project which was the paint manufacturer GORI’s factory from 1978, which had set new standards for factories at the time, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, in collaboration with International Business College (IBC)Kolding, has created the settings for a ground-breaking and creative learning environment, aiming to become the world’s best.

The IBC was the first factory plant in Denmark to unite production and management in one large room, allowing visual connection between the two. The large paint tanks were decorated by the French artist Jean Dewasne, in the conviction that art in the workplace would inspire employees and provide a better working environment. The same idea inspired the incorporation of badminton courts and Ping-Pong tables on the production floor for the employees.

The main task for Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has been to preserve and emphasize the building’s existing qualities and transform the facilities into an innovative learning environment. By using six elements – fire, water, greenery, light, sound and air – the concept for the new Innovation Factory was developed with an emphasis on stimulating the users’ senses. A central teaching facility in the shape of an indoor ‘landscape furniture’ designed in Douglas pine wood incorporates a variety of learning spaces and experiences. The wooden structure, which seems to float above a surface of water, has an auditorium, places for open study, an amphi theatre, and closed podiums for group work or quiet study time. There are green plants, the sound of trickling water, birds in aviaries and plenty of daylight from the skylights above.

Architects: schmidt hammer lassen architects
Client: IBC International Business College, Kolding
Area: 12,800 m2
On commission:2009
Status: Construction GORI (1978, 1984)
Construction  IBC 2010 – 2012
Engineer:Rambøll A/S
Other consultants: Alectia (fire)
Main Contractor: MT Højgaard a/s, Odense

Credits: schmidt hammer lassen architects
http://shl.dk