What interests you most about your job?
My work usually starts with a white paper and a brief written by the client describing rather abstract wishes. Transforming the client’s ambitions into physical spaces is always a great challenge and a fascinating process. Guiding the client’s vision and transforming it into architecture – creating a visual story, is the most interesting part of my job. Of course, it requires the ability to collect and manage the many different inputs in a short amount of time. Therefore, teamwork and collaboration is an essential element to the process, as well as an endless source of inspiration.
Do you remember what it was like to start at Henning Larsen? And how do you take care of new colleagues?
I started working at Henning Larsen in Munich when we were about 15 people − all working on the Siemens Headquarters. Everybody was more or less new in the office and we spent a lot of free time together. When I first visited the Copenhagen office, I was overwhelmed by the sense of community of such a big office. It felt like a bees nest: vibrant, dynamic and co-creative. By now in Munich, we have grown to more than 30 people and every new colleague easily becomes a very valuable member of the office. Most often, the best way to take care of a new colleague is to take him or her for a beer after work.
What do you most value at Henning Larsen?
Henning Larsen is a good example of the phrase: “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. The individual capabilities, talents, and unique backgrounds of every single colleague form strong teams and help create outstanding architecture. I love working in this international and diverse environment.
Which project makes you most proud?
Evidently, all projects that we have won contain strong concepts and ideas. Competing and winning over our talented competitors naturally makes me proud. However, I had the most emotional (and unexpected) experience when I walked around the Kunsthalle Würth in Schwäbisch Hall. I accidentally talked to a woman who praised the building and its open and inviting gesture to the visitors. She did not know that I was from Henning Larsen. I was proud to see that we have the ability to make people happy. It is a great honor that Henning Larsen now has the chance to plan the extension of this museum.