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Henning Larsen

Henning Larsen

Architect (1925-2013)
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Architect (1925-2013)
A.K.A. Henning Göbel Larsen
Countries Denmark
Occupations Architect
Gender male
Birth 20 August 1925 (Videbæk)
Death 22 June 2013 (Copenhagen)
Education Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
Notable Works Söder Torn, Copenhagen Opera House
Henning Larsen
The details

Henning Larsen, Hon. FAIA (20 August 1925 – 22 June 2013) was a Danish architect. He is internationally known for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Riyadh and the Copenhagen Opera House.
Larsen studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, from which he graduated in 1952. He continued studies subsequently at the Architectural Association School of Architecture and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His mentors included Arne Jacobsen and Jørn Utzon.
Larsen founded an architectural firm that bears his name, Henning Larsen Architects (formerly Henning Larsens Tegnestue A/S). From 1968 to 1995, he was a professor of architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. In 1985, he established the SKALA architecture gallery and the parallel SKALA architecture journal, both entities of which continued until 1994.


The campus center in Dragvoll
  • 1968 The campus center in Dragvoll at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim
  • 1979 The Danish embassy, Riyadh
  • 1982–87 Commercial college and residences, Frederiksberg
  • 1982–84 Ministry of foreign affairs, Riyadh
  • 1984–85 Gentofte library
  • 1992 The Møller Centre for Continuing Education, Churchill College, Cambridge
  • 1997 Extension of Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
  • 1995 Egebjerggård, Ballerup
  • 1994–1999 Extension of Malmö City Library
  • 1999 Head office of Nordea, Copenhagen
  • 2004 Copenhagen Opera House
  • 2004 IT University of Copenhagen
  • 2007 Musikens Hus (The house of music), Uppsala, Sweden
  • 2004–2007 The Roland Levinsky Building as part of the Plymouth University, England
  • 2008–2011 Der Spiegel headquarters, HafenCity, Hamburg, Germany
  • 2008-2011 Harpa (Concert hall and conference center), Reykjavík, Iceland


  • 1965 Eckersberg Medal
  • 1985 Honorary member of the American Institute of Architects
  • 1985 C.F. Hansen Medal
  • 1986 Prince Eugen Medal
  • 1987 The Daylight and Building Component Award
  • 1987 Nykredit Architecture Prize
  • 1987 International Design Award, United Kingdom
  • 1989 Aga Khan Award for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Riyadh
  • 1991 Honorary member of the Royal Institute of British Architects
  • 1997 Kasper Salin Prize, Sweden
  • 1999 Dreyer Homorary Award
  • 2001 Stockholm Award
  • 2012 Praemium Imperiale

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