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Member of the board of the Henning Larsen Foundation, Bente Scavenius, gave reason for the nomination of Bente Lange. Among other things, she underlined her many restorations of historical and listed buildings. Bente Scavenius described Bente Lange as “a pure artist with an uncompromising passion and commitment. Bente Lange has an eye for the greater scale of things. Nature and culture always intertwines. Her architectural projects are to be seen in the light of our age. Everything she touches is taken care of with a historical insight, gentleness, and a functional perspective.”

Bente Lange graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – the School of Architecture in 1981. In 1991 she became a PhD with her dissertation on the colors of Rome. She has been granted numerous prizes including the Nykredit Architecture Prize, 1989, and the Europa Nostra Award in 2002.

On behalf of the board of the Foundation, CEO of Danish Architecture Cen-tre Kent Martinussen, gave the reason for the recognition of Praksis Architects, Mette Tony and Mads Bjørn Hansen: “Praksis’ primary works of adaptations, additions, alterations, and transformations, as well as new-built single family houses and larger, collective structures and buildings all contain a sense of understanding and competence. They combine knowledge about classical architecture and crafts with a radical and artistically gifted idiom and sense of materiality. Through this, Praksis finds and shapes their own authentic, architectural style. They take us back in time, through tradition and into the future.”

Mette Tony and Mads Bjørn Hansen founded Praksis Architects in the Dan-ish town of Svendborg in 2006. Mette Tony was taught at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – the School of Architecture from where she graduated in 1998. She received the Eckersberg Medal of the Fellows of the Royal Academy in 2008. Likewise, Mads Bjørn Hansen graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1998. He too, was awarded the Eckersberg Medal in 2008. In 2005 he received the Gold Medal of the Fellows of the Royal Academy.

Bente Lange and Praksis Architects were granted each 50,000 DKK.

At the ceremony the chairman of the Foundation, Architect Troels Troelsen, announced an upcoming competition on “Architecture & Music”. The competition calls for music that can cause dreams about architecture and make architecture and music fuse together in one artistic unity.

The competition will be launched later this year and the winners will be announced on 20 August 2017.

The board of the Henning Larsen Foundation consists of Architect Troels Troelsen (Chairman), CEO and Architect Kent Martinussen, Danish Architecture Centre, Architect Ingela Larsson, Bente Scavenius, MA Lone Backe, and Lawyer Niels Bang.

The Henning Larsen Foundation was first established in 2001 with Henning Larsen’s private funds. Since then, each year on the founder's birthday on 20 August, one or more grants have been awarded.

The objective of the non-profit and charitable Foundation is to support Danish architecture in a broad sense. A number of Danish architects have been awarded grants, and the Foundation has organised international competitions in the fields of architectural photography, architectural drawing and writing about architecture.

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22 AUGUST 2016 - The Henning Larsen Foundation honours Bente Lange and Praksis Architects


24 AUGUST 2015 - Winners of Henning Larsen Foundation's film competition announced


07 OCTOBER 2014 - Henning Larsen Foundation launches film competition

12 MARCH 2014 - Henning Larsen Architects opens office in Hong Kong

6 FEBRUARY 2014 - New partners in Henning Larsen Architects


16 SEPTEMBER 2013 - New city hall in Kiruna

10 SEPTEMBER 2013 - New Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

28 FEBRUARY 2013 - Danish Architects Design Landmark Research Facility

31 JANUARY 2013 - Harpa announced finalist for Mies van der Rohe Award


12 OCTOBER 2012 - New German project won by Henning Larsen Architects

14 SEPTEMBER 2012 - Henning Larsen awarded the Praemium Imperiale

28 AUGUST 2012 - When the entire world comes to Greenland

24 AUGUST 2012 - New Town Hall devoted to health

23 AUGUST 2012 - New book: Knowledge-Based Design

20 AUGUST 2012 - Five winners in writing competition on architecture

12 JUNE 2012 - Exhibition on Henning Larsen Architects in Munich

07 JUNE 2012 - Sustainable city development in the Faroe Islands

26 APRIL 2012 - New office building for Nordea Bank

16 APRIL 2012 - New theatre becomes landmark for Zoo in the Netherlands

7 MARCH 2012 - Harpa wins several international awards

18 JANUARY 2012 - Harpa one of world's best concert halls


22 DECEMBER 2011 - Danish architects to design urban cultural landmark in Norway

21 DECEMBER 2011 - Harpa selected as Building of the Year in Scandinavia

22 AUGUST 2011 - Festive Opening of Henning Larsen Architects' New Concert Hall

1 JULY 2011 - Henning Larsen Architects to design new headquarters for Siemens

13 APRIL 2011 Healing architecture wins in Herlev

31 MARCH 2011 Louis Becker awarded the Eckersberg Medal

10 MARCH 2011 Another international award for the Wave in Vejle

13 JANUARY 2011 Danish architects to design prestige project in Nigeria


20 OCTOBER 2010 New luxury hotel in the mountains of Georgia

16 SEPTEMBER 2010 The Wave Wins International Award

2 SEPTEMBER 2010 Architects selected to design super university in Norway

26 JUNE 2010 Henning Larsen Architects wins Georgian Aquarium

27 MAY 2010 Low-energy design for new office building

12 APRIL 2010 Henning Larsen Architects among Winning Teams in Norway


11 SEPTEMBER 2009 - Henning Larsen Architects receives climate award

28 AUGUST 2009 - Danish-designed research centre opened

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