Henning Larsen

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Henning Larsen (born August 20, 1925 in Opsund (Brejning Sogn) near Ringkøbing , Denmark ; † June 22, 2013 in Copenhagen ) was a Danish architect and founder of the international architectural office Henning Larsen Architects , who was best known for his cultural buildings. Larsen was one of the leading and best known Scandinavian architects.


Henning Larsen's father was a country school teacher in Opsund. In 1950 Larsen began studying architecture at the Architectural Association in London . After graduating in 1951, he worked for Arne Jacobsen and began studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Art in Copenhagen . In 1952 he graduated there and traveled to the United States , financed by a scholarship .

In 1956 Larsen founded an architecture office together with Max Brüel , Gehrdt Bornebusch and Jørgen Selchau , but left the group in 1959 and founded his own office, Henning Larsens Tegnestue . Since 1995 Larsen has held a professorship at the Art Academy in Copenhagen. In addition to his projects in Northern Europe, Larsen has worked in Saudi Arabia and Germany .


Larsen received the following awards for his designs:

Works (selection)

Opera building in Copenhagen (2004)


  • Henrik Sten Møller, Lassen og lyset. En frise over Henning Larsen som menneske og arkitekt ("Light and life. A portrait of Henning Larsen."), Politics Forlag 2000. ISBN 87-567-6551-7 .
  • Henning Larsen, De Skal sige tak. Kulturhistorisk testamente om Operaen ("Thank you. A historical document about opera."), People's Press 2009. ISBN 978-87-7055-783-2 .
  • Nikolaus Bernau: Henning Larsen 1925–2013 . In: Deutsche Bauzeitung Heft 9, 2013, p. 12, ISSN  0721-1902 .

Individual evidence

  1. Anders Legart Schmidt: Lysets mester er død ( Politiken , June 23, 2013, Danish, accessed June 23, 2013)
  2. History of the Opsund School (Danish)  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved January 19, 2012@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / www.dagskolen-opsund.dk  
  3. Compositions from space and light: Praemium Imperiale to Henning Larsen. DETAIL - Zeitschrift für Architektur + Baudetail, September 14, 2012, accessed on July 11, 2015 .
  4. Press release EU Commission , accessed on April 30, 2013.
  5. ^ Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) accessed on January 19, 2012
  6. ^ Spiegel-Haus on the Ericusspitze in Hamburg's HafenCity website of the Spiegel Group, accessed on January 19, 2012
  7. Siemens AG press release of June 30, 2011: Henning Larsen wins architectural competition for the new Siemens headquarters , accessed on June 25, 2013

Web links

Commons : Henning Larsen  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files