Henning Larsen Wins Competition to Design Central Bank of Libya

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Henning Larsen Architects has won an invited competition to design a new headquarters for the Central Bank of Libya in Tripoli. Inspired by Libyan vernacular architecture, the structure will occupy two existing site excavations. The first, and largest, excavation will be transformed into a “shaded oasis” that serves both the bank and Gurji district by providing areas for operations, an education center, restaurant and hotel. The second will allow vehicular access to the treasuries. 

VIDEO: Henning Larsen Architects on Building Ambitions for Society

From Henning Larsen Architects. “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,  (which was made in collaboration with artist Olafur Eliasson and won the prestigious in 2013).

Campus Roskilde / Henning Larsen Architects

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Architects: Henning Larsen Architects
Location: , Denmark
Area: 20000.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Peter Jarvard, Kontraframe, Thorbjorn Hansen

Arup to Collaborate with Henning Larsen on European Spallation Source

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has been selected “to contribute expertise” in the design of the European Spallation Source Research Centre (ESS) in Lund, Sweden. They will collaborate with Henning Larsen Architects, who was selected to design the state-of-the-art facility earlier this yearThe ESS will become the world’s largest and most advanced research facility for neutron-based research once it is fully operational in 2025. Alongside enabling scientists to see and understand atomic and molecular structures and movements, it will also be based on the world’s most powerful neutron source – a 600m long accelerator which fires neutrons at different types of material in order that they can be analyzed in enormous detail. Learn more about ESS and its design here

Kiruna City Hall / Henning Larsen Architects

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Henning Larsen Architects has won a competition to design a new city hall for in northern Sweden. The design, which has already been named Krystallen (The Crystal), is intended to “become the city’s natural gathering point, where the traditions of democracy will be united with a vision about a dynamic meeting place for politics as well as social and cultural events”. Comprising of two buildings, the outermost circular in form and the innermost “shaped like a crystal”, the design has been “inspired by the enormous concentration of iron ore” that can be found beneath the site, the discovery of which led to the founding of Sweden’s northernmost city.

Citizen and Media Centre Winning Proposal / Henning Larsen Architects

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Forming a distinctive entrance to the listed Baden-Wurttemberg parliament building, the design for the Citizen and Media Centre by Henning Larsen Architects recently won the first prize in the competition. The new entrance is shaped like a large amphitheatre, sunk in the ground to attract its 65,000 visitors a year. The round shape also creates an agora in the center, ideal for political meetings and public cultural events alike. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Danish Architect Henning Larsen, “Master of Light,” Dead at 87

Winner / Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre / Courtesy of Architects

Arquitecturviva reports that prolific Danish architect Henning Larsen (1925-2013), the “master of light,” died yesterday at the age of 87 in his Copenhagen home.

Larsen, who worked under the likes of Jørn Utzon early on in his career, established his own firm Henning Larsen Architects in 1959. Throughout the span of his career, Larsen gained fame in both Denmark and abroad, receiving multiple awards, including the Praemium Imperiale in 2012; most recently, his Harpa Concert Hall received the 2013 Mies van der Rohe Award.

Remember Larsen by re-discovering his works – such as Viborg Town Hall and the Wavehere. Henning Larsen Architects has also set up an “in memoriam” page which provides information on how you can donate to the Henning Larsen Foundation, founded to promote and disseminate architecture in a broad sense, in Larsen’s memory.

Vinge Masterplan Proposal / EFFEKT + Henning Larsen Architects

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Designed by EFFEKT + Henning Larson Architects, in collaboration with Marianne Levinsen Landscape and Moe consulting engineersVinge is set to be a brand new town planned in the scenic natural surroundings just 30 minutes from Copenhagen. A large project both on the regional and international level, Vinge will house around 10.000 residents and employ 4.000 people. The city will have its own train station and a new highway will take its residents rapidly to and from Copenhagen. More images and architects’ description after the break.

UC Davis Art Museum Proposal / Henning Larsen Architects

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Last year the University of California, Davis invited three architects to compete for the chance to design their new $30 million art museum, slated to open in 2016. The competition was a design-build affair, with each entrant being asked to pair up with a contractor and submit a holistic design. For those who missed it, SO – IL was announced as the winner of the competition.

Here we present one of the two runner-up submissions from Henning Larsen Architects. Given the name ‘The Leaf’, the design it spatially and materially expresses its overlapping functions. Its name comes from the lightweight leaf-like steel and aluminum roof, which filters sunlight and offers shade. The leaf sits on a heavy concrete base, providing accommodation for the museum’s exhibits.

Read the architects description after the break…

Henning Larsen Architects Designs New Danish Headquarters for Microsoft

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With a vision to create the “workplace of the future”, developer Danica Pension has teamed up with , COWI and Alectia to design a state-of-the-art, yet modest Microsoft headquarters in the new urban district of Lyngby, Copenhagen. Unlike many of the recent corporate headquarters making headlines in Silicon Valley, this Danish complex is unique for it’s central urban site and primary goal of serving the community.

Harpa Concert Hall wins the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2013

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Harpa, the Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Iceland, is the winner of the 2013 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award the European Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation announced today. Designed by Henning Larsen Architects, Batteríið Architects and Studio Olafur Eliasson the building has helped to transform and revitalise Reykjavik harbour and brought the city and harbour district closer together.  The ‘Emerging Architect Special Mention’ award goes to María Langarita and Víctor Navarro for the Nave de Música Matadero (Red Bull Music Academy) in Madrid, Spain. The award ceremony will take place on 7 June at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona, coinciding with the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the prize. More information after the break.

European Spallation Source (ESS) / Henning Larsen Architects + COBE + SLA

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Architects: Henning Larsen Architects, COBE, SLA
Location: Lund,
Design Team From Henning Larsen Architects: Jacob Kurek (responsible partner), Michael Sørensen (lead design architect), Helle Basse Larsen (project manager), Mikkel Eskildsen, Daniel Baumann, Martha Lewis, Silke Jörgenshaus, Hanan Ghizzaui, Magnus Kramhøft, Kyd Kitchaiya, Sebastian Mardi, Grace Xu, Uyen Phan and Erlend Lindstad (model)
Design Team From Cobe: Dan Stubbergaard (responsible partner), Thomas Krarup (lead design architect), David Engell Jessen, Johanne Holmsberg, Rune Veile, Frederik Lyng, Greta Tiedje, Louise Boss Mortensen and Dimitrie Gridorescu
Design Team From Sla: Stig L. Andersson(responsible partner and lead design architect), Katrine Sandstrøm and Laura Parsons
Area: 100000.0 sqm
Photographs: Luxigon

ESS Description

The European Spallation Source (ESS) will become the world’s largest and most advanced research facility for neutron-based research. ESS is located in the university city of Lund in southern Sweden.

Finalists for Mies van der Rohe Award Selected

Superkilen / Topotek 1 + + Superflex. Image © Iwan Baan.

The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe have announced the five finalists who will compete for the 2013 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, also known as the . Out of 355 works submitted from 37 countries, five have been short-listed, including BIG‘s Superkilen (also up for an ArchDaily Building of the Year Award for best public facility).

The overall winner of the Prize, as well as the ‘special mention’ award for best emerging architect, will be announced in May, with an award ceremony on June 6th at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona, Spain.

See all 5 finalists, after the break… 

‘In Dialogue With the World – Give More’ Exhibition

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Opening tomorrow, January 17, at the Danish Architecture Centre (DAC) in , Denmark, the ‘In Dialogue with the World’ exhibition, which runs until March 10, will show how architects today engage far beyond aesthetics when designing buildings. schmidt hammer lassen architects, along with Henning Larsen Architects, and ADEPT will invite visitors to listen to their accounts of what it is like to work in the field of architecture in the 21st century. With the title Give more, the schmidt hammer lassen architects’ part of the exhibition uses eight selected projects as examples of how buildings, aside from being beautiful, give more. More information after the break.

In Progress: Novo Nordisk Corporate Centre / Henning Larsen Architects

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Architects: Henning Larsen Architects
Location: Bagsværd,
Lanscape Architect: SLA
Engineer: Alectia
Area: 50,200 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Architects, Dragør Luftfoto ApS

Umeå Art Museum / Henning Larsen Architects

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Architects: Henning Larsen Architects
Location: Umeå,
Team: , White Architects, Tyréns, WSP Group, TM-Konsult
Client: Baltic Group
Area: 15,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman

WorkAC, SO – IL, and Henning Larsen Architects To Compete For UC Davis Art Museum

Viborg Town Hall, by Henning Larsen Architects, one of 4 architectural firms competing to design UC Davis’ next Art Museum. © Thorbjoern Hansen Kontraframe

The University of California Davis (UCD) has selected three pairings of architects and contractors to compete to design a $30-million art museum, expected to be completed in 2016. The university has decided against a traditional competition in favor of a design-build competition, requesting that each of the prospective architects - WorkACSO-IL (working with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, of Apple store fame), and Henning Larsen Architects - work with specific contractors in order to develop holistically conceived museum schemes. More information after the break.

Sølund Retirement Community Second Prize Winning Proposal / Henning Larsen Architects

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Located in one of the most distinguished locations in Copenhagen, the second prize winning proposal for the Sølund Retirement Community by Henning Larsen Architects is designed as one large, continuous building block. Their design engages in close dialogue with the surrounding buildings and creates simple, easily accessible spatialities – both on the inside and on the outside. Also including a new daycare center, the project incorporates the qualities of the residents’ previous homes in a new retirement community based on worthiness and well-being, safety and social relations. More images and architects’ description after the break.