STED By- og Landskab becomes part of Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects

20. December 2021

From the turn of the year, landscape architects STED By- og Landskab will become part of Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, one of Denmark’s largest architectural firms. The ambition is to create even greater architectural quality across buildings, urban planning and landscape and meet the demand for integrated, independent consultancy.

Kronholm in Copenhagen’s Nordhavn and Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen in Herlev. Since 2015, Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects and STED have collaborated on a number of projects and competition proposals, which include both complex projects such as a new island and a diabetes hospital, as well as housing and master plans. The companies have now found each other in the mutual vision of creating an integrated collaboration that optimizes professionalism and the architect’s role as an independent consultant.

“For us, this match is obvious and good. We have the same visionary, yet humble, approach, where the starting point is that sustainable architecture is local, timeless and durable. Now we have the opportunity to erase the professional boundaries and make the landscape and building a holistic narrative,” say Rosa Lund and Martin Hjerl, partners and owners of STED.

In an industry that is increasingly consolidating into large constellations and with builders demanding interdisciplinary, integrated solutions, the two companies also believe that integration can meet that demand and maintain independent advice.

“With STED, we want to create a professional platform that covers urban planning, building, and landscape. We have long seen an increasing demand for interdisciplinary solutions, not least for climate and sustainability, where outside and inside are integrated. We are very pleased with the new constellation,” says Gyrithe Saltorp, CEO of Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects.

Greener cities and a greater architectural quality

At STED, the integration is an extension of a long-standing collaboration with Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, which has already proved its worth. In a number of joint projects, the landscape architecture and master plans have contributed to creating better urban development, greener cities and a greater architectural quality.

“We look forward to being part of the team at Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects and to being part of a larger company with skilled colleagues and an organization with 100 years of experience. It gives our professionalism a solidity and an extra holistic approach,” say Martin Hjerl and Rosa Lund.

STED remains its own brand for the time being and therefore the work on ongoing projects and future projects continues, but the company will also in the future solve new tasks together with Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects.

Towards new markets

The integration is another strategic step for Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects. For several years, the architectural firm, which is one of Denmark’s largest, has been on a growth journey and in the spring welcomed an international private equity fund to the owners.

“We continue to see a significant development potential for independent consulting and we are pleased that with STED we are now strengthening the path to a number of new markets, both in Denmark and internationally. We have no doubt that the new constellation will lead to both increased activity and even better architecture,” says Gyrithe Saltorp.

The integration of STED in Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects will take effect in the new year.