Chris Hardie

RIBA, ARB
Principal, Design Director, Shanghai

Growing up in rural Scotland, Chris was surrounded by countryside and agricultural buildings.  It was there that he realized that architecture does not have to be extravagant to be beautiful. Simple forms made from honest materials have lasting beauty.

Chris believes that his role as an architect is to create the backdrop against which people live their lives.  Not surprisingly, he began his career working on cultural projects, buildings designed to celebrate human expression and creativity.  He understands the transformative effect a library or museum can have in bringing a community together and strengthening its identify.

A resident of Shanghai since 2011, Chris co-founded SHL’s China studio alongside fellow principal Rong Lu.

 

Perkins & Will SHL
Chris Hardie - Tang Yu'en
On site at Shanghai Library East with collaborating architect Tang Yu'en, one of China's master architects, and the architect of the original Shanghai Library.
Shanghai Library East - SHL
Set for completion in 2020 Shanghai Library East will be China's largest new library.
Shanghai Library East - SHL
Shanghai Library East
Shanghai, China
Cloud Pavilion - SHL
Cloud Pavilion
West Bund, Shanghai, China
Cloud Pavilion - SHL
The cloud pavilion was commissioned as part of the 2013 West Bund Biennale of Art & Architecture.
Cheng Shifa Art Museum
An Art Museum designed to celebrate the life and work of Chinese painter Cheng Shifa.
Cheng Shifa Art Museum
Cheng Shifa Art Museum
Shanghai, China
Chris Hardie - AD
In 2017 and 2019, Chris was named in the Architectural Digest's top 100 Most Influential Architects in China.
Halifax Central Library
Halifax Central Library
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Halifax Central Library
Shanghai Children's Library
Shanghai Children's Library
Shanghai Children's Library
Shanghai, China
Chris Hardie and Shanghai Office
With some of the Shanghai team on the rooftop of our studio in Shanghai's Former French Concession.
CaoHeJing
CaoHeJing
CaoHeJing Innovation Headquarters
Shanghai, China
Site Visit - Dream Center-Chris Hardie
Site visit for Dream Center with Associate Jing Lin
West Bund, Shanghai, China

Chris's Featured Work

Shanghai Library East - rendering
Work
Shanghai Library East, Shanghai, China
Designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen
Ningbo Library - exterior
Work
Ningbo New Library, Ningbo, China
Designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen
Ninbo Daily Newspaper HQ
Work
Ningbo Daily Newspaper Group HQ, Ningbo, China
Designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen
Work
Beijing Vanke Times Center, Beijing, China
Designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen
NIO West Lake - exterior
Work
NIO House Hangzhou West Lake, Hangzhou, China
Designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen
Shenzhen East Waste-to-Energy Plant
Work
Shenzhen East Waste-to-Energy Power Plant, Shenzhen, China
Designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen
Work
Halifax Central Library, Nova Scotia
Designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects