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

Viborg Town Hall, by 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.

Busan Opera House Proposal: 3rd Prize Winner / Henning Larsen Architects + Tomoon Architects

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Henning Larsen Architects and Tomoon Architects recently won the third prize in the international competition for designing the new opera in Busan, South Korea. Connecting the citizens of Busan to the waterfront, their design takes it’s inspiration from the particular location in Busan. The clear shape of the grand roof creates a magnificent icon in the vertical context of high-rises and mountains. At the same time it creates a subtle unity with the ocean and the horizon. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Winning Proposal / Henning Larsen Architects

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Henning Larsen Architects just won the competition for a new research building for the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research in . The Center is one of Germany’s leading research institutions and conducts research on renewable energy. Carefully integrated into the surrounding context, the building features various heights that relate to the city and adjacent buildings. The building will create a new, distinctive entrance to Stuttgarter Engineering Park and provide an insight into the ongoing research. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Henning Larsen awarded the Praemium Imperiale for Architecture

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The Japan Art Association has named Danish architect Henning Larsen the 2012 Praemium Imperiale laureate for architecture.

Created in 1988 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Japan Art Association and to honor the late Prince Takamatsu, the prestigious Praemium Imperiale awards recognize outstanding, lifetime achievements in the arts categories not covered by the Nobel Prizes: architecture, painting, sculpture, music and theatre/film.

The 2012 Praemium Imperiale laureates:

Town Hall and Health Center / Henning Larsen Architects

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Spearheading the development of the new district in , Demark, the town hall and health center will be the uniting center of the new Municipality of the city as one of the first buildings in the new planned urban area around Station. Designed by Henning Larsen Architects, their proposal won the highest score for all criteria in the competition to get the first prize. The health center will become an active part of the town hall, while at the same time offering citizens the opportunity to use the area outside town hall opening hours. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Greenland Migrating / Henning Larsen Architects

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We’ve already introduced you to the Danish Pavilion exhibition Possible Greenland, on display at the 2012 Venice Biennale, featuring possibilities that lay in store for Greenland in light of geographic changes caused by the increased rate of ice and snow melt. Henning Larsen Architects has now shared with us their portion of the exhibit, Greenland Migrating, a project developed in collaboration with David Garcia Studio and KITAA Architects.  Curating the exhibit are Danish-Greenlandic Professor in geology Minik Rosing and Copenhagen-based NORD Architects.

Join us after the break for a closer look at the project.

Klaksvík City Centre / Henning Larsen Architects

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Henning Larsen Architects has won the competition for developing a 150,000 sqm area in the second-largest city in the , Klaksvík. The area will comprise a cultural house, a museum, residences, offices and shops. 154 competition proposals were submitted in the open, international competition. More images and architect’s description after the break.

New office building for Nordea Bank / Henning Larsen Architects

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Henning Larsen Architects and a team consisting of Signal Architects and SLA Landscape Architects have won the competition for Nordea Bank’s new office building of 40,000 m2 in Ørestad North, Copenhagen, next to the premises of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation and the Concert Hall – Koncerthuset. The building will comprise Scandinavia’s largest trading floor of 5,500 m2 with a view of the green area of Amager Fælled. More images and complete press release after the break.

Emmen Theatre and Zoo Entrance / Henning Larsen Architects and Van den Berg Groep

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Theatre and Zoo, designed by Henning Larsen Architects and Van den Berg Groep, is an unusual cultural building that brings together culture and nature. The building design, which won the first prize in the international competition, will constitute the entrance to a large zoological park of 10 hectares and comprises two main stages with a capacity of 1,150 people in total, an additional stage, exhibition and conference facilities. The building in itself covers 16,000 m2. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Video: Harpa Concert Hall / Henning Larsen Architects and Olafur Eliasson

Designed by Henning Larsen Architects and Batteriid Architects, the Harpa Concert Hall was one of the finalists for Building of the Year. On the border between land and sea, the Center stands out as a large, radiant sculpture reflecting both sky and harbor space as well as the vibrant life of the city. This is all very elegantly represented in Pedro Kok‘s video which gives us more insight to the building from multiple viewpoints.

Ericus And Spiegel Buildings / Henning Larsen Architects

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Architects: Henning Larsen Architects
Location: Brooktorkai, HafenCity, , Germany
Client: Robert Vogel GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft og ABG Baubetreuungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG
Gross floor area: 50,000 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Cordelia Ewerth and Andreas Gehrke

Viborg Town Hall / Henning Larsen Architects

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Architects: Henning Larsen Architects
Location: Viborg,
Client: Municipality of Viborg
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 19,000 sqm
Photographs: Thorbjoern Hansen Kontraframe

Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre / Henning Larsen Architects & Batteriid Architects

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Architects: Henning Larsen Architects & Batteriid Architects
Locations: Reykjavik,
Client: Austurnhofn TR – East Harbour Project Ltd.
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 28,000 sqm
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Aurora / Henning Larsen Architects

Aurora is the title of Henning Larsen Architects’s entry for the new university hospital in Odense, Denmark. It was recently named among the three finalists. The iconic building complex provides an ideal framework for quality healthcare in the region of southern Denmark. The new Odense University Hospital (OUH) embodies an innovative building of high architectural quality, designed to meet the requirements and challenges of tomorrow. Like the goddess Aurora, the hospital finds renewal in the transition between old and new – and the conversion from tradition to modernity. The human scale supports the conception of the hospital as ”the good host” and a place where patients and visitors can easily orient themselves and feel at home. When approaching Aurora, you are met by an inviting and recognizable urban scale, where the complex is divided into varied units with each their clear entrance and reception area.

Siemens Headquarters / Henning Larsen Architects

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Henning Larsen Architects was recently awarded the international competition for Siemens’ new headquarters. The design by Architects is an urban, recognizable composition of plazas, courtyards and alleys that will unfold a new, vibrant urban space in central . Siemens and are integrated into a harmonious whole by merging two archetypal entities – mass (Siemens) and void () – into a complementing formation. The city opens up the mass, which in response opens up to the city.

Batumi Aquarium by Henning Larsen Architects is named Architecture of the Year by 2011 International Design Awards

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Back in August, we featured Henning Larsen Architects’ winning proposal in an invited competition to design the Batumi Aquarium in Georgia. Today, we are happy to announce that the Danish architects received the “Architecture of the Year” award by the 2011 International Design Awards in Los Angeles. Congratulations!

Sino-Danish Centre for Education and Research / Henning Larsen Architects

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The Sino-Danish Centre for Education and Research (SDC), designed by Henning Larsen Architects in Copenhagen, is devoted to Chinese-Danish collaboration.  Otherwise known as the Swan Building, the new SDC reflects a vision to develop Danish presence in China. The Swan Building is a distinct landmark with a unique Danish identity on the new GUCAS campus as it combines ’s national bird and self-perception and the Chinese perception of the swan as a symbol of ambition.

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