• 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

    • 2020: The Henning Larsen Foundation honors architects Uffe Leth and Karsten Gori

    • This year the foundation awards Danish architecture firm Leth & Gori on the late founder's birthday. 

      Leth & Gori was founded in 2007 and their work centers around site-specific projects that address both the urban scale and individual buildings.

      “The studio range far in its work, and in reality Leth & Gori is much more than a traditional architecture studio due to their particular way of working with architecture,” says Simon Ingvartsen, Design Director at Henning Larsen and jury member, about the motivation behind this year’s winners.

      Alongside building up the internationally acclaimed studio, the two architects have also run “Absalongsgade 21B”, a gallery and exhibition space in Copenhagen, since 2011. Additionally, both teach at the Architecture School at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. 

      “The many ways in which Leth & Gori work with architecture; as practicing architects, curators, communicators and teachers, testifies to an understanding of and perspective on the role of the architect as one whose main purpose is to create generous spaces for people and for something, and where architecture as a medium is unrestricted,” says Simon Ingvartsen.

      “In the Henning Larsen Foundation, we haven’t been able to ignore the similarities between Leth & Gori and the practices of Henning Larsen himself; running a studio, a gallery (SKALA) and teaching,” added Ingvartsen. In a time where specialization and growth are in demand, but, unfortunately, also contributes to creating distance between practice, teaching, research and communication, the breadth and curiosity from which Leth & Gori’s work take its departure serve as inspiration for many, which the foundation wishes to honor and appreciation through this year’s award.”

      Read the full news story here. 

    • Former Award Winners

    • 2019

      Josephine Michau, CAFx, Copenhagen Architecture Festival  


      Norrøn, Architects 


      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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