VIDEO: Henning Larsen Architects on Building Ambitions for Society

From . “Architecture is the opposite of the coca-cola-principle,” says Louis Becker, director of Henning Larsen Architects, in this interview with Louisiana Channel. He continues by explaining that architecture is, first and foremost, about seeing things grow. With architecture your dreams become physical: “We are building our ambitions for society.” If architecture was separate from life and society, it would be an uninteresting form and space. The inside of a building must have a relation to the outside; there has to be a dialogue between the life and hope inside, and the city as a whole.

Architecture is also a merger of cultures and ideas. Scandinavian ideas of transparency, democracy and equal access affect the way Henning Larsen Architects approaches architecture. But, at the same time, it is very important to think of what is necessary in the nature, culture and climate that you are working with. “When two different ways of seeing the world meet, that’s when something interesting happens.”

In this video, Becker explains these ideas in relation to two very different projects, one in Saudia Arabia and The Harpa Concert Hall in Reyjavik, Iceland (which was made in collaboration with artist Olafur Eliasson and won the prestigious Mies van der Rohe award in 2013).

The Iceberg / CEBRA + JDS + SeARCH + Louis Paillard Architects

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Architects: SeARCH, CEBRA, JDS, Louis Paillard Architects
Location: Mariane Thomsens Gade, 8000 Aarhus C,
Area: 22000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Mikkel Frost, Soeren Kjaer

Building S Aarhus University / Cubo Arkitekter

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Architects: Cubo Arkitekter
Location: Aarhus,
Landscape Architect : Thing & Wainø
Engineer: Søren Jensen A/S
Integrated Artwork: Rikke Ravn Sørensen, Kristoffer Hultenberg
Photographs: Martin Schubert, Helene Høyer Mikkelsen

Fjelstervang Udeforsamlingshus / Spektrum Arkitekter

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Architects: Spektrum Arkitekter
Location: ,
Area: 500 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Spektrum Arkitekter

Tejlgaard & Jepsen Transform a Temporary Geodesic Dome Into a Permanent Structure

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In order to generate a debate on the future of , Danish designers Tejlgaard & Jepsen are in the process of permanently reconstructing the People’s Meeting Dome as a gift from BL (’s Public Housing) and Lokale & Anlægsfonden to the Island of Bornholm and the city of Allinge. Having previously been erected twice as a temporary event space, this final incarnation of the dome will be inaugurated at the next Folkemøde (an annual gathering of Danish politicians), with the intention of becoming a community and event centre for the city

Hammerhavn Multipurpose Buildings / Cubo Arkitekter

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Architects: Cubo Arkitekter
Location: Sænevej, Allinge,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Lars Due jensen, Martin Schubert, Mark Isitt

Tietgen Dormitory / Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects

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Architects: Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects
Location: Rued Langgaards Vej 10, ,
Area: 26,515 sqm
Photographs: Jens M. Lindhe

Vandhalla Egmont Rehabilitation Centre / CUBO Arkitekter + Force4 Architects

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Architects: Force4 Architects + CUBO Arkitekter
Location: Hou Seasportcenter, Villavej 25, ,
Engineer: Hundsbæk & Henriksen
Area: 4,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Martin Schubert

Danish Maritime Museum / BIG, by Hufton + Crow

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The talented photographers of Hufton + Crow have shared with us their visual archive of Bjarke Ingels’ recently completed Danish Maritime Museum. Built within the crevasse of a dry dock in the historic surrounds of Helsingor’s Kronborg Castle, the subterranean museum is visible only as an imprint of a ship. By looping the museum around the dock’s 60-year-old walls, Ingles was able to preserve the heritage structure while transforming it into a courtyard that provides daylight deep into the heart of the museum.

Experience the Danish Maritime Museum through a whole new lens, after the break…

Livsrum / Polyform

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Architects: Polyform
Location: Steenstrupsvej 1, 9000 Aalborg, Denmark
Design Team: Jonas Sangberg, Thomas Kock, Henrik Thomas Faurskov, Frederik Friborg, Christoffer Lissau Lund, Jette Kristensen, Signe Hertzum og Mette Susanne Hansen
Area: 1000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ty Stange

North Atlantic House / Cornelius + Vöge

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Architects: Cornelius + Vöge
Location: ,
Area: 3800.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adam Mørk, Kirstine Mengel

Soil Centre Copenhagen / Christensen & Co

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Architects: Christensen & Co
Location: ,
Area: 1,800 sqm
Photographs: Adam Mørk

Your Rainbow Panorama / Studio Olafur Eliasson

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Architects: Studio Olafur Eliasson
Location: Aros Allé 2, 8000 Aarhus,
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Studio Olafur Eliasson, Lars Aarö, Petri & Betz, Ole Hein Pedersen

LEMVIG Skatepark / EFFEKT

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Architects: EFFEKT
Location: , Denmark
Area: 2,200 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of EFFEKT

ØSS 5 – Ørestad Housing / Mangor & Nagel A/S

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Architects: Mangor & Nagel A/S
Location: Copenhagen,
Area: 10,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tom Jersøe

Villa Aarhus / Friis & Moltke

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Architects: Friis & Moltke
Location: ,
Engineering: Tri-Consult
Area: 245.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Jacob Termansen

Villa Wienberg / Friis & Moltke + Wienberg Architects

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Architects: Friis & Moltke , Wienberg Architects
Location: Aarhus,
Engineer: Tri-consult A/S
Area: 184 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Mikkel Rahr Mortensen & Gitte Kjær

Material Inspiration: 10 Projects Inspired by Glass

To celebrate the launch of ArchDaily Materials, our new product catalog, we’ve rounded up 10 awesome projects from around the world that were inspired by one material: . Check out the projects after the break…