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

Winner / Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre / Courtesy of

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 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.

Strawscraper / Belatchew Arkitektur

Strawscraper / Belatchew Arkitekter

Belatchew Arkitekter has presented a concept for transforming high-rise towers into power-generating factories.  The Swedish firm’s proposal involves covering a skyscraper with “electricity-generating bristles”.  The tower in question is ’s Söder Torn tower on Södermalm in Stockholm.  Belatchew has designed a wind farm that will top the existing building with a 16-story extension, covering the facade with “hairy-looking plastic straws designed to move with the wind”.

Join us after the break for more details and images of this proposal.

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:

Architecture City Guide: Copenhagen

This week, with the help of our readers, our Architecture City Guide is headed to . This is our first stop in Europe, and admittedly the selection was not completely unbiased. While studying at the Danish Building Research Institute a few years ago I couldn’t help but fall in love with ’s architecture. The Danish attention to detail is absolutely stunning. Besides the wonderful historic architecture, is filled with contemporary architecture of the highest quality. Remarkably, you rarely find the new clashing with the old. More often than not, the contemporary architecture in actually heightens the experience of the historic buildings and streets. Last week our readers suggested so many great buildings I decided to double the usual number of buildings to 24. This still did not come close to including all the suggestions or even some of my favorites, so we will be looking to expand on this list in the near future. Once again thanks to all our readers for your help. As the list is incomplete please add your favorites in the comment section below.

The Architecture City Guide: Copenhagen list and corresponding map after the break.