• Three architects acknowledged by the Henning Larsen Foundation

      The annual grants by the Henning Larsen Foundation were this year awarded to architect Mette Lange, landscape architect Marianne Levinsen and architect Hans Peter Hagens. The grants were presented on the founder's birthday 20 August.

    • The Board of the Foundation writes about the recognition of Marianne Levinsen: "Since her graduation in 1995 and establishment of her own studio in 2002, Marianne Levinsen has demonstrated a versatile approach to landscape architecture, working with urban spaces and landscapes in large and small scale. Her work is always characterised by great empathy and attention to human scale. Her work demonstrates great knowledge and talent. Projects to be emphasised include the school of Munkeg√•rdsskolen, which stands out with its unique graphic representations; CBS Campus in Frederiksberg with its straigt lines; and Tietgen Residence Hall, which takes inspiration from the circle shape. It seems that the simpler and stronger the architectural concept is, the more irresistible the works seem to be penetrated by a magical poetry. You do not feel alone. You feel the life and energy of the landscape and urban spaces regardless of the number of people present in them." Architect Mette Lange is acknowledged by the Foundation for her work with schools for Indian children: "As part of her fine work as an architect, Mette Lange has chosen to spend time on designing schools for overlooked Indian children of parents often referred to as 'travelling workers' - the day-labourers of the 21st century. Designed as floating volumes, the schools can follow the children and parents in their work along the Tiracol River in Goa. The schools are very, very small and yet form part of something so much larger. They are a beautiful gesture - as beautiful as something can be when it is not beautiful in an aesthetic sense, but more in a constructive and functional meaning of the word. Being an architect in the 21st century can take many shapes. Through her buildings, Mette Lange shows how it is possible to design buildings in Denmark and India at the same time - buildings which by simple means build on and develop Danish architecture tradition into plain, yet delicate highlights of space, light and materiality." Architect Hans Peter Hagens is awarded grants to a book about Torvehallerne - the distinctive food market of Copenhagen: "The Henning Larsen Foundation recognises Hans Peter Hagens for his year-long efforts to make Torvehallerne a reality and a success, to the everyday joy and benefit of the Copenhageners. Not only has he had strong visions for the market place, he also has a dream that every city and town in Denmark should offer a 'garden of eden' - that is, a poetic and aesthetic breathing space stimulating the five human senses." Mette Lange, Marianne Levinsen and Hans Peter Hagens are each awarded a grant of 100,000 DKK. The Board of the Henning Larsen Foundation consists of architect Troels Troelsen (Chairman); CEO and architect Kent Martinussen, Danish Architecture Centre; architect Ingela Larsson; magister artium Bente Scavenius; candidata magisterii Lone Backe and lawyer Niels Bang.

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