Landscape architecture must provide more than beauty. Well-designed urban spaces can help solve complex security challenges, foster new types of meetings and experiences, and promote physical and mental health.
Our team of landscape architects and experienced practitioners develop innovative urban spaces and strategic urban planning schemes. This unique interdisciplinary cooperation enables us to deliver holistic, knowledge-based design solutions. In every design process, we seek to create comfort for the users, to solve specific challenges in the local environment, and to create natural transitions between buildings and landscape. Our goal is to create seamless connections between indoor and outdoor spaces; between cities, people, and nature.
Urban spaces are shared spaces. This is where people of different social and cultural backgrounds, gender and ages meet. We design urban spaces with an emphasis on social inclusivity, comfort, aesthetics, and nature. We are experienced in designing innovative urban spaces as well as specialized landscapes for hospitals, areas with special security requirements, educational, and cultural institutions.
We take a multidisciplinary approach to urban planning, bringing together landscape architects, practitioners, and researchers to design holistic urban spaces. We are specialists in microclimate design and take a data-driven approach to designing comfortable urban areas – from Saudi Arabia to the Faroe Islands.
Henning Larsen provides design solutions for a changing climate: rising sea levels, higher temperatures, and more frequent cloudbursts. Our specialists are experienced in integrating erosion control and the reduction of urban heat islands into new or existing urban designs.
We are specialized in water-sensitive urban development (WSUD). Instead of expanding the city’s existing sewage system, we integrate rainwater management into the urban landscape. We strive to use all parts of the urban water cycle – wastewater, storm water, groundwater, and water supply – as resources. Integrated into the urban landscape, our rainwater solutions promote biodiversity, save water, and create beautiful recreational areas.
Plants are an integrated part of our design solutions. Our experts select plant varieties based on their recreational value and practical qualities such as the ability to attract birds and insects, rinse polluted soil or reduce particle pollution. Resilience, biodiversity, and minimal maintenance are key parameters when we select vegetation for specific projects.
Biophilic design is about integrating natural elements into architecture and interiors in order to delay rainwater, lower temperatures, and increase physical and mental well-being. Our landscape architects and practitioners are specialized in adding sustainable and recreational dimensions to buildings through green facades, rooftop gardens, atriums, and terraces.
Materials affect both the architectural design and 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.
From Norway to Saudi Arabia, microclimate design is one of Henning Larsen’s core competencies. Our architects and microclimate Ph.D.’s 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 Celsius.
Microsoft’s Danish headquarters in Lyngby, north of Copenhagen, is a good example of our holistic approach to designing urban spaces. The rolling green hills with flowering trees, shrubs, and grasses around the office building appeal to the senses and invite the employees to enjoy the surroundings. At the same time, the hills are edged by plinths with benches, which serve as security barriers in accordance with Microsoft’s security policy.
The landscape is designed in close collaboration with the building architects and creates a natural transition at the change in scale between the forecourt and the building. The hard surfacing denoting the natural pedestrian access routes is adapted to the site, just like the plinths, benches, lighting, garbage bins, bicycle parking, and bollards. The vegetation is kept to warm shades that are in sharp contrast to the transparent, white complex, and is composed in order to achieve great seasonal variation and changing experiences throughout the year.