The selection was made at a conference in Chicago in which all 25 members of CTBUH participated. As City Representative for Copenhagen, Julian Chen gave Denmark a vote in the selection process. In collaboration with the other Council Representatives, Julian verified the height of “One World Trade Center” at 1776 feet. Upon completion in 2014, the building will thus replace Chicago’s Willis Tower as the tallest building in the US.
Julian Chen has many years’ experience in design and planning of high-rises and skyscrapers, from both previous employment in the UK and from Henning Larsen where he has designed projects such as Crystal Towers in Riyadh and Wood Wharf in London.
Henning Larsen's membership of Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat contributes to highlighting the high-rise experience of Henning Larsenand other Danish architecture studios in an industry that is otherwise very dominated by American specialists and design studios.
”It is important for me to represent Denmark in the Council, although the country itself does not have a long tradition of building skyscrapers. What I can contribute with, representing Denmark and Henning Larsen, is our unique approach focusing on introducing a human scale despite the tall height”, Julian Chen said after the conference.
Currently, Henning Larsen, in collaboration with e.g. Adamson Associates and ADEPT, is in the run-up for the international competition for Scandinavia’s highest tower of 200 metres in Gothenburg, Sweden. The team competes against some of the most acclaimed international architecture studios worldwide: SOM, UNStudio, Zaha Hadid Architects, OMA and Snøhetta.