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Kolding Campus, Kolding, Denmark, 2014. Henning Larsen Architects.

Henning Larsen Architects Win European Prize For Architecture

The Danish architecture firm Henning Larsen Architects win the prestigious Award for Architecture by The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum.

Kolding Campus, Kolding, Denmark, 2014. Henning Larsen Architects.

The Copenhagen-based Henning Larsen Architects has been selected as this year’s Laureate of The European Prize for Architecture for the firm’s unique design approach that is based on human scale, paying strong attention to sustainability, livability, and ultimately social responsibility, while producing exemplarily strong and forceful buildings that ultimately shape the life of tomorrow with fortitude and great erudition.

Henning Larsen (1925-2013)

The Copenhagen-based Henning Larsen Architects has been selected as this year’s Laureate of The European Prize for Architecture for the firm’s unique design approach that is based on human scale, paying strong attention to sustainability, livability, and ultimately social responsibility, while producing exemplarily strong and forceful buildings that ultimately shape the life of tomorrow with fortitude and great erudition.

“The firm’s exceptional design philosophy is best grounded in that Scandinavian Modernist tradition and best exemplifed in such buildings as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (1984), the Malmö (Sweden) City Library (1999), the Würth Art Gallery in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany (2000), Copenhagen Opera (2004), and the Harpa Reykjavík Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Iceland (2011),” states Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, President and CEO, The Chicago Athenaeum.

In the Faroe Islands, the architects designed a stunning, deeply emblematic new Eysturkommuna Town Hall (2018) that bridges across a river to physically and symbolically connect two formerly separate municipalities on the Faroe Islands

“Those projects, in particular, have captured the imagination of people across the globe and have become instantly recognizable as symbols of the nations they represent. In this sense, they are icons that have become eternal,” he adds.Each year, The European Prize for Architecture is awarded jointly by The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design to architects who have made a commitment to forward the principles of European humanism and the art of architecture.

In the Vejle Fjord in Denmark, the firm designed another immediate iconic building called “The Wave” (2006- 2018)

The European Prize for Architecture is not a “lifetime of achievement award,” but rather serves as an impetus to support new ideas, to encourage and foster more challenge-making and forward-thinking about buildings and the environment, and to prompt the pushing of the envelope to obtain an even greater, more profound result. The Prize also honors the commitment and achievements of the best European architects who have determined a more critical, intellectual, and artistic approach to the design of buildings and cities.

Previous Laureates include: Bjarke Ingels (Denmark), Graft Architects (Germany), TYIN Architects (Norway), Marco Casagrande (Finland), Alessandro Mendini (Italy), Santiago Calatrava (Spain/Switzerland), LAVA Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (Germany), and Manuelle Gautrand (France).Founded in 1959 by Danish architect Henning Larsen, whose name the practice proudly carries today, Henning Larsen is an international studio composed of highly specialized architects, designers, engineers, thinkers and doers.

European Medicines Agency (EMA) Headquarters, Lisle, France, 2019

Since its founding, Henning Larsen has sought to create conditions for better living. The studio seeks to challenge, change and create physical environments – from cities, urban spaces and buildings to interiors – with design concepts that meet the challenges of tomorrow.From the very beginning, Henning Larsen’s work has been de ned by people, daylight, and space.

The ideal is a “living architecture;” a “design for people.”Henning Larsen always designed from a fundamental belief that daylight creates light and joy, and the studio still strives to bring ample daylight into every design, employing light as a tool for creating community, de ning aesthetics and supporting sustainability.As architects, well-designed spaces are the foundation of Henning Larsen’s work; designing spatial programs that continuously push the boundaries of what is possible. After Henning Larsen’s death in 2013, the firm is now run today by an astute management team of architects headed by Louis Becker and Mette Kynne Frandsen.

Hangzhou Yuhang Opera, Hangzhou, China 2018

As Design Principal and Partner, Louis Becker comprises half of the executive management at Henning Larsen. Over the years, Becker has played an integral role in the internationalization of Henning Larsen, and he remains a driving force behind expanding the practice’s global impact. Since 2003, Mette Kynne Frandsen has been CEO of the Henning Larsen Group. She also serves as chair of the board of Henning Larsen’s subsidiaries in Hong Kong, New York, Germany, Norway, Saudi Arabia, and the Faroe Islands.

Today, Henning Larsen employs approximately 300 people from over 30 different nations in seven cities globally: Copenhagen, New York City, Hong Kong, Munich, Oslo, and the Faroe Islands.Over 60 years, Henning Larsen has worked in over 20 countries, developing an international reputation as one of Denmark’s most recognized architecture and design practices.

French International School, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, 2018

“Henning Larsen Architect’s commitment to design excellence, knowledge-based design, and professionalism is embodied in a catalog of award-winning projects, bright client evaluations and successful professional partnerships,” states Kieran Conlon, Director, The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

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