Landscapes and Urban Spaces
We develop, design and detail landscapes and urban spaces in all scales and phases of a project. From idea- and concept development to sketching proposals, regulatory review projects, planting-and operation plans, detailing, construction management and professional supervision.
Our approach ensures that any intervention in a place, small or large-scale, is being conducted with the highest respect for the social, cultural, urban or natural landscape heritage and characteristics – the components that all together constitute what we call the Dialect of a place. We use the Dialect of a Place as a key component when we create the concept and formulate the narrative of a place that ultimately will define the design.
We design with the narrative and even in the very small details, the place’s narrative must be “readable” in a project.
STED is a landscape architecture studio founded in 2015 by Landscape Architect Martin Hjerl and Architect / Urban Planner Rosa Lund. STED was integrated as a part of Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects in 2022, but will continues as its own brand. The name of the studio STED (Place in English) is chosen to underline the imperative focus of our work: The Place.
Our team consists of deeply dedicated Landscape Architects, Architects and Urban Planners and our goal is to design and develop places, landscapes, cities and strategies in the highest quality. To us, quality does not only concern aesthetics. It concerns the value a project brings to a place and how it is being used. To us a successful project is a place that supports local communities by giving space to everyday life, recreation, movement and Human meetings. A place where new aspects and narratives about a landscape or an urban space are generated in the public consciousness and, most importantly, make sense to its users. In order to create sense-making places, our approach always takes point of departure in an in-depth analysis of The Place and its users, regardless of scale or context.
Landscape and Urban Spaces
Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen is Northern Europe's largest hospital for prevention and treatment of diabetes. It redefines the way we perceive sickness and health, as it is draws on the science behind how architecture combined with nature can be used not only to treat, but also to prevent and educate.
Designed in cooperation with users, the hospital incorporates warm materials, strategic flows and daylight. It is organised around a large two-storey garden with six smaller lush courtyards, with a public rooftop garden. The anodised aluminium façade frame has large glass sections that break the boundary between indoor and outdoor.
Studies show, that traditional hospital settings can make even healthy patients feel ill and weaken them physically and emotionally. Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen is Northern Europe's largest hospital for prevention and treatment of diabetes. It redefines the way we perceive sickness and health, as it is draws on the science behind how architecture combined with nature can be used not only to treat, but also to prevent and educate.
Designed in cooperation with users, the hospital incorporates strategic flows, daylight and warm materials with the building and garden landscapes closely interwoven in a biophilic design. Studies show, that people who spend time in green spaces are more likely to report good health, thus it is organised around a large two-storey garden with six smaller lush courtyards and a public rooftop garden – a biodiversity-hub with a varied vegetation providing a calm and educational space. Here, the exterior encourage physical activity and the interior support healing and education.
Upon arrival, a lush and undulating landscape greets visitors as concrete in-situ cast pavements nudge naturally towards the entrance on the right and the grand staircase on the left that invites visitors to ascend to the public rooftop garden.
Inside, on the ground floor all common- and waiting areas have been rethought so the architecture itself promotes a healthy lifestyle and convert waiting time to active time around the themes of diet, exercise, and education. The large glass sections of the anodised aluminium façade frame break the boundary between indoor and outdoor. Warm wooden floors and ceilings serve as primary interior material as studies show that wooden interior reduces stress.
Landscape and urban planning
Kronløb Island is a brand new island – a link across Kronløbsbassinet in the new Copenhagen district of Nordhavn. Featuring bridge connections to both the Århusgade district and Sundmolen, Kronholm will be an important stepping-stone in the district, which will be compressed and linked to a number of new public, intimate urban spaces, waterfront spaces, and gathering points.
Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects
Contact Martin Hjerl, Lead Landscape and Urban Planning