• The Henning Larsen Foundation

      The Henning Larsen Foundation was first established in 2001 with Henning Larsen’s private funds. The purpose of the Foundation is to promote and disseminate Danish architecture in a broad sense. Each year on the founder's birthday August 20, one or more grants are awarded.

    • 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

    • 2017: Winners of the Architecture & Music Competition

    • 1st Prize: Cristian Vogel (middle) for "The Bell Tower Seed"
      2nd Prize: Jakob Draminsky Højmark (left) for "Yakushiji III"
      3rd Prize: Henrik José (right) for "Swirley Bokeh"

      In November 2016, the Henning Larsen Foundation announced an international competition about architecture and music. The Foundation asked competition entries to explore the interplay between architecture and music, and provide fresh inspiration for architects and musicians alike. 

      The jury received 145 entries from composers in 21 countries. It sums up the competition entries as follows: "The high quality and enthusiasm expressed by the sheer number of entries is evidence of overwhelming interest in this topic. The text for this assignment describes close ties between music and architecture. While both universes constitute physical sensory input of human proportions, each also encompasses a metaphysical dimension. The entries cover an extremely wide spectrum of approaches that include acoustic and electronic music and collections of sound recordings."

      The winner of the competition was Cristian Vogel from Chile who now lives in Copenhagen. His composition is entitled "The Bell Tower Seed".

      The jury describes the winner as follows: "This is a grandiose, classically structured composition. The architectonic presence of the monument in its context unfolds musically through the chiming of bells and urban clamor. The composition includes a superb exposition of chimes. The listener is absorbed by the enormous variety of chiming sounds. The real-life sounds of the urban environment provide fine depth. This work unfolds its material within an excellent musical structure."

      The second prize was presented to Jakob Draminsky Højmark for his composition, "Yakushiji III". The composer and sound artist is resident in Copenhagen.

      Henrik José was awarded third prize for his composition "Swirley Bokeh". José was born in Sweden. He now lives in Berlin, where he works as a composer and sound designer.

      "All senses play part in experiencing architecture. Hearing connects us with architecture as we are able to hear ourselves and our own voice interfering with voices and sounds from the surroundings, all in all creating a sense of cohesion," says architect Troels Troelsen, Chairman of the Board of the Henning Larsen Foundation and member of the competition jury. "Music creates space, and it 'takes place'. It uses architecture as backdrop and soundboard, while at the same time it takes over the space and builds community. Like other arts – drawing, photography, and language – music relates to architecture through its form." 

      The competition about architecture and music was the fifth international competition arranged by the Henning Larsen Foundation. The Foundation has previously launched four similar competitions under the themes: "photographing architecture" in 2007, "drawing architecture" in 2008, "writing about architecture" in 2012 and "architecture and film" in 2015. 

      The first prize winner received €9,000 (US$10,500), the second prize winner €6,000 (US$7,000), and the third prize winner €3,000 (US$3,500). 

      The jury consisted of musician and composer Irene Becker, composer and professor Niels Rosing-Schow, musician and composer Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard, sound designer Peter Albrechtsen, and architect Troels Troelsen. 

    • Listen to the Winners of Architecture & Music

    • 1st Prize

      "The Bell Tower Seed"
      by Cristian Vogel, Copenhagen, Denmark
      Prize: €9.000 (10,500 USD)
      Listen: https://goo.gl/wVAkpJ

      2nd Prize

      "Yakushiji III"
      by Jakob Draminsky Højmark, Copenhagen, Denmark
      Prize: €6.000 (7,000 USD)
      Listen: https://goo.gl/9sEkfF

      3rd Prize

      "Swirley Bokeh"
      by Henrik José, Berlin, Germany
      Prize: €3.000 (3,500 USD)
      Listen: https://goo.gl/eRCLmf

    • Former Award Winners

    • 2017

      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

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