• 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
        Simon Ingvartsen, Architect  
        Bente Scavenius, Mag.art.
        Lone Backe, MA, BA in Art History
        Niels Bang, Lawyer

    • 2019: The Henning Larsen Foundation honors Josephine Michau

    • The Henning Larsen Foundation awards Norrøn 100,000 DKK on the late founder’s birthday.

      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.

      New life in the outskirts

      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.

      Tomorrow’s leaders

      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.

    • Former Award Winners

    • 2018



      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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