Good architecture is sustainable architecture. At Henning Larsen, we consider sustainability as a design approach, securing that all project phases are qualified in terms of sustainability. In this way, our clients and their advisers can make the best, most qualified decisions. We call this ‘knowledge-based design', and our goal is to advance the field of architecture through research and innovation.
Our team of architects, engineers, landscape architects, and in-house Ph.D.’s conduct research on daylight and artificial lighting, sustainable materials, facade design, acoustics, and sustainable urban development. Our ambition is to develop design solutions that take architecture to a yet unseen level.
40 % of a building’s energy consumption is determined by its design. Therefore, energy optimization has been an integrated part of the design process at Henning Larsen for more than a decade. We actively minimize the need for heating, cooling, ventilation, and artificial lighting by developing integrated design solutions and applying the latest technologies available to us. We develop strategies for buildings and master plans and offer energy analyses and optimizations for existing projects.
Daylight has always played a significant part in Henning Larsen’s work. Our architects and engineers work in close collaboration with researchers and light specialists. We work with qualitative and quantitative simulations of daylight and artificial light to improve comfort and reduce energy consumption.
The selection of materials has an impact on the architectural design as well as the environment. To achieve the best possible understanding of the qualities of specific building materials, our in-house material specialists offer a broad-based material analysis, which may form the basis for a general material strategy.
We develop state-of-the-art facades for building projects at all scales. Our goal is to develop sustainable facade solutions that support the project design, function, budget, and scheduling goals. We also provide audits of existing facades or facade strategies for projects under development.
Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) is a tool used in landscape planning and engineering to integrate the urban water cycle – rainwater, groundwater, wastewater, and water supply – in the actual design. The aim is to minimize adverse environmental impacts while increasing the aesthetic and recreational values.
From Norway to Saudi Arabia, microclimate design is one of Henning Larsen’s core competencies. Our architects and Ph.D.’s in microclimate use hourly weather data and calculations on perceived weather conditions (UTCI) as design parameters for projects at all scales – from building entrances to master plans. By working strategically with the height, orientation, and density of buildings, we have managed to lengthen the summer by weeks in the northern hemisphere and lowered the temperature in the desert city Riyadh by several degrees.
We supervise and conduct documentation within LEED, DGNB, BREEAM, WELL, and similar certification systems for projects of all scales – from parts of a building to master and urban planning. The audits can be performed on existing projects, proposed concepts or design strategies. We also offer evaluation and/or monitoring of sustainability concepts developed by third-party consultants.
Acoustics have a major influence on productivity and well-being. At Henning Larsen, we use advanced computer simulations and measurements for the optimization of reverberation, speech clarity, and acoustic comfort in our projects. We also perform detailed analyses of existing projects to ensure that legislative requirements are met in relation to sound insulation and noise from external sources.
At Nordea's new headquarters in Ørestad, Copenhagen, we have optimized the intake of daylight to give all workstations a daylight factor of 2 %. Thanks to the innovative facade design, daylight penetrates right through to the desks located furthest from the windows. This makes all of the workstations equally attractive and ensures highly flexible open-plan offices.
The glass used for the facade is of a very high quality, with low iron content. This allows for a natural reflection of daylight and outdoor surroundings, contributing to a comfortable optical indoor climate.