Peer is a partner in the practice and head of design for the Danish and Scandinavian market. Having joined Henning Larsen in 1986, Peer possesses a unique understanding of the company’s history and design method. For more than 30 years he has been an essential part of Henning Larsen’s development, including notable contributions to shaping practice’s profile in cultural projects and urban planning.
Peer has stood at the helm for many of Henning Larsen's major works, including as head partner for all phases of Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center (winner of the Mies van der Rohe Award in 2013), Hangzhou East Lake Opera in southern Shanghai and the Copenhagen Opera House. Peer also excels in the development of waterfronts. He headed a preliminary study of Copenhagen’s inner harbor for the Opera project, and he was responsible the practice’s master plan for developing the eastern part of Reykjavik Harbor in connection with the Harpa project.
He has a unique ability to create identity-generating projects that always give something extra back to the cities and their residents. Harpa was realized in spite of the financial crisis that rocked Iceland, and now stands as a shining symbol of hope for the country’s future. Peer is also the head partner and design director for Kiruna City Hall – “The Crystal”. Kiruna’s entire city center will be moved 3km to the east, and the new municipal building will first and foremost serve as the community’s city hall, with functions such as workshops, a museum with changing exhibitions, a city council hall, offices and conference rooms.
Peer also has deft expertise in urban planning. Vinge – New City and Station is Denmark’s largest urban development project. Vinge Station will be the first of its kind in Denmark. With dynamic, elipse-shaped flat roofs open to the public and distinctive staircases, the station will serve as an important hub for the new sustainable city – a place people will remember having visited.
Peer is presently overseeing the practice’s two largest residential projects for Pension Danmark in the Copenhagen district of Islands Brygge and for Danica Pension in Lyngby, Denmark. With the Islands Brygge project, Henning Larsen is building Denmark’s first high-rise buildings with vegetation.
Peer is a former associate professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture. As a judge and jury member in architect competitions, he also maintains close contact with the latest developments in the field.
Henning Larsen, 1986
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, 1986