A number of young Danish architects have been awarded grants. And in 2007, 2008, 2012, 2015, and 2017, the Foundation has additionally organized international competitions in the fields of architectural photography, architectural drawing, writing about architecture, architecture and film, as well as architecture and music.
The objective of the non-profit, charitable Foundation is to support Danish architecture – through further training, traveling grants, exhibition activities, publication of architecture books, and development and implementation of information technology for architectural purposes. The Foundation awards grants in acknowledgement of architects who have developed significant buildings or demonstrated other achievements of high quality.
The Foundation is a natural extension of Henning Larsen’s personal interest in communicating and advancing architecture in parallel to his work as an architect and his professorship at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture. This interest is also reflected in his establishment of SKALA architecture gallery and SKALA architecture magazine in the eighties.
The Board consists of:
Troels Troelsen, architect (Chairman)
Kent Martinussen, architect, CEO, Danish Architecture Centre
Ingela Larsson, architect
Bente Scavenius, Mag.art.
Lone Backe, MA, BA in Art History
Niels Bang, Lawyer
The Copenhagen-based architecture firm Norrøn, owned and operated by architects Poul Høilund, Anna Maria Indrio and Marco Berenthz, was recognized for their innovation in architecture and commercial brand development.
”Norrøn takes an active role in global changes. The firm and their builders cultivate the land where their projects take shape, fostering both physical and social development. We see in Norrøn a newly-established firm that consistently and consciously contributes to the new Nordic architecture movement in a very promising way,” read the dedication to this year’s award winners, who were honored Monday afternoon during a private event in Copenhagen’s Rosenborg Castle Gardens.
Norrøn places a strong emphasis on destination development. They focus on areas that have long been forgotten and underprioritized, and their expertise is in high demand in Denmark’s non-metropolitan regions and provinces. Norrøn’s recognition among Denmark’s leading urban architecture firms is testament to their innovation and talent.
”We view this grant as a gift that affirms our architectural philosophy, and as an acknowledgement of the importance of incorporating local stories into our designs, which then strengthen local pride. We hope that this award will help us strengthen our focus on resolving the problems that we work every day to resolve,” says Marco Berenthz, a partner with Norrøn.
The now-deceased Danish architect Henning Larsen held a great curosity for exploring new possibilities in architecture, and served for many years as a professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art’s School of Architecture. Since its foundation in 2001, the Henning Larsen Foundation has shared its namesake’s success in honoring and supporting new talents in architecture. Some of the most successful contemporary Danish architects, such as Bjarke Ingels and Dorte Mandrup-Poulsen, were among the first recipients of the Henning Larsen Foundation’s grants, long before becoming recognized names in the international architecture scene.
International Competition about Architecture and Music
1st Prize: Cristian Vogle: "The Bell Tower Seed"
2nd Prize: Jakob Draminsky Højmark: "Yakushiji III"
3rd Prize: Henrik José: "Swirley Bokeh"
Listen to the compositions
Architect Bente Lange
Praksis Architects, Mette Tony and Mads Bjørn Hansen
International Competition about Architecture and Film
1st Prize: Cole Phoenix
2nd Prize: Sam Renseiw
3rd Prize: Barbara Bohr and Agapi Triantafillidis
Architect Johnny Svendborg
Architect Merete Lind Mikkelsen
Architect Mette Lange
Landscape architect Marianne Levinsen
Architect Hans Peter Hagens
International Competition for Writing about Architecture
1st Prize: Nathan Romero Muelas
2nd Prize: Daniel Persson
3rd Prize: Sanne Flyvbjerg
3rd Prize: Mette Marie Kallehauge
3rd Prize: Tinne Delfs
Journalist Henrik Sten Møller
Architect Kjeld Kjeldsen
Architectural photographer Jens Lindhe
Architect Theo Berg
International Competition about Drawing Architecture
1st Prize: Robert Müller, Austria
2nd Prize: Julian Busch, Germany
3rd Prize: Julie Huang Jahn, Denmark
3rd Prize: Barnabas Wetton and Chris Thurlbourne, Denmark
3rd Prize: Clemens Helmke and Dorothée Billard, Germany
International Competition for Photographing Architecture
No 1st Prize winner
2nd Prize: Michael Stefan Rathje-Sørensen, Denmark
2nd Prize: Ditz Fejer, Austria
3rd Prize: Nils Lund Pedersen, Denmark
Honorary mention: Lars Gundersen, Denmark
Honorary mention: Casper Balslev and Mads Nissen, Denmark
Artist Jytte Rex
Studio Force4: Andreas Lauesen, Christian Dalsdorf, Maja Asaa and Mikala Holme Samsøe
Studio Kollision: Andreas Lykke-Olesen, Tobias Løssing and Rune Nielsen
Architect Kent Martinussen
Film director Nils Vest
Architect Julien De Smedt
Architect Dorte Mandrup-Poulsen
Architect Merete Ahnfeldt-Mollerup
Architect Bjarke Ingels