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
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.
"The Bell Tower Seed"
by Cristian Vogel, Copenhagen, Denmark
Prize: €9.000 (10,500 USD)
by Jakob Draminsky Højmark, Copenhagen, Denmark
Prize: €6.000 (7,000 USD)
by Henrik José, Berlin, Germany
Prize: €3.000 (3,500 USD)
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