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Henning Larson Architects

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Bentley Award for Innovation in Building Bentley Systems Incorporated Crystal Towers

Bentley Award for Innovation in Generative Design Bentley Systems Incorporated Villas in the Sky

Georgian Architectural Award 2010 (First Prize in Public Construction), STYLE Magazine Batumi Aquarium

Green Business Award City of Copenhagen Henning Larsen Architects

Civic Trust Award 2011 Civic Trust Awards The Wave in Vejle

Eckersberg Medal 2011 Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Louis Becker - Architect, Partner and Director


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Uppsala Concert Congress Scandinavian Golf The Wave In Vejle Contacts Past Projects Awards

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The Opera In Copenhagen

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J책tt책 Vocational School In Stavanger

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Umeaa School of Architecture

IT Univercity


Architects Knowledge



Profile Approach






Many students and young architects have found their way to Henning Larsen Architects. They have taken part in creating a creative, dynamic environment in the company where new ideas and new knowledge always play a central role. Henning Larsen Architects constantly seeks to keep abreast of world developments –professionally as well as culturally. Over the years, Henning Larsen Architects has designed a large number of significant projects all over the world, including several educational institutions from primary schools to universities - and cultural buildings from museums to libraries and large, monumental concert halls.

Already in 1960, the company won the competition for the school, Klostermarksskolen, in the Danish town of Roskilde. Achieving a close relationship to the educational field was part of the company philosophy from the outset and the development of new ideas and teaching methods has continuously influenced and renewed the company’s architecture. Furthermore, a number of employees at Henning Larsen Architects occasionally give lectures at the Royal Danish Academy of Arts in addition to their work as architects. From 1968 to 1995, Henning Larsen was engaged as a professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. In 2008, Partner and Director Louis Becker was appointed adjunct professor in the Department of Architecture and Design at Aalborg University.

Henning Larsen Architects has always been characterised by curiosity and vision. Most of the company’s projects are based on competitions and the international focus has been present right from the beginning. One of the first competitions won by Henning Larsen Architects was Stockholm University in 1961. The first prize resulted in an international breakthrough.

Henning Larsen Architects celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2009.

Batumi Aquarium 2010 Albertslund Masterplan 2009 Bernts Have Masterplan 2009 Christiansbro Masterplan 2000 Club La Santa Sport 2008 Odense Docks Masterplan 2005 Albertslund City Library 2004 Albertslund Music Theatre 1996 Danish Design Centre 1999 Enghoej Churc 1994 Gentofte Central Library 1985 Hørsholm Parish Community Centre 2008 Kunsthalle A. Würth 2000 Malmö City Library 1999 Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek 1996 Roskilde Crematorium Chapel 1963 Roskilde University Library 2001 Rostock University Library 2004 Scandinavian Golf Club 2010 The Opera in Copenhagen 2004 Uppsala Concert and Congress Hall 2007 Arts Faculty - University of Plymouth 2007 CBS Porcelænshaven - Copenhagen Business School 2009 Churchill College 1992 Copenhagen Business School 1989 Day Care Centre - Bernts Have 2009 Frederiksberg High School 2004 Freie Universität Berlin 1982 Høje-Taastrup High School 1981 IT University 2004 Jåttå Vocational School in Stavanger 2007 Max Planck Institute 2000 Ringsted Upper Secondary School 2010 Roskilde University Centre, phase 1 1999 Roskilde University Centre, phases 3 + 4 2003 Trondheim University 1978 Umeå School of Architecture 2010 A.P. Møller Maersk - extension of headquarters 2004 Car park at Ørestad Upper Secondary School 2008 Commercial Domicile, Odense Docks 2005 Danish Embassy of Saudi Arabia 1988 Deloitte Domicile, Odense 2007 Ferring International Center 2002 Mekoprint Chemigraphics 2000 Mekoprint Electronics 2000 Ministry of Foreign Affairs 1984 Nordea Bank Headquarters 2000 Queens Corner 2009 Solar Panel Factory, Greece 2009 Sydporten 2009 Vejlands Allé 2010 Winghouse 2010 Dalgas Have 1991 Energy Flex House 2009 Terraced houses in Holbæk 2004 The Balcony Houses 2005 The Wave in Vejle 2009 Ullerød Tower Blocks 2008 Vejby Strand Summer House 2000 Villa i Lyngby 2007 Villa in Humlebæk 2009

Henning Larsen established the company in 1959 after a study trip to the United States. He started out with only one architecture student among his staff. Today, Henning Larsen Architects is one of Europe’s leading architectural companies.

Henning Larsen Architects has worked in the Middle East since the 1970s. In 1980, the company won the international competition for the new Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Saudi Arabia. In 1984, the Ministry of 85,000 m2 was completed. In 2006, Henning Larsen Architects won the competition for a large masterplan for a new financial district in Riyadh. In 2008, the company opened a subsidiary in Riyadh.


History Villa in Søllerød 2009 Woodlands Country Club 2008 Hospice Søndergård 2010 The Norwegian Radium Hospital - Radiation Therapy 2006 The Norwegian Radium Hospital - Research Institute 2009 Cast Iron Well Covers 2004 CBS - interior design and signage 2009 Guru to go 2010 HL410/590 lamp 1975 Hørsholm Parish Centre, interior design 2009 Kronborg Conference Centre, interiour and graphics 2007 Meinertz Proline Convection System 1997 Norwegian Radium Hospital, signage and decoration 2008 Rent a Mini, showroom 2006 Reykjavik Visitorcenter, exhibition design 2008 Roskilde University Library, interior design 2001 The Icelandic Pavilion, Venice 2005 The Plaza Lamp 1998 Uppsala Concert & Congress Center, interior design 2007 Y! Table 2009



Werner Frosch Architect and Project Manager +45 8233 3083

Viggo Haremst Architect +45 8233 3032

Vanja Scott Architect +45 8233 3051

Vanda Oliveira Architect +45 8231 3162

Our ideas are developed in close collaboration with the client, users and partners in order to achieve long-lasting buildings and reduced life-cycle costs. This value-based approach is the key to our designs of numerous building projects around the world - from complex masterplans to successful architectural landmarks.

Henning Larsen Architects attaches great importance to designing environmentally friendly and integrated, energy-efficient solutions. Our projects are characterised by a high degree of social responsibility not only in relation to materials and production but also as regards good, social and communitycreating spaces.

We shape, challenge and change the physical environment from masterplans, urban spaces and buildings to interior design, components and strategic design with the overall objective of providing the user with a strong, visionary and thoroughly prepared design adapted to the specific context.

Since the company was founded in 1959, we have acquired a comprehensive knowledge of the many aspects of building - from sketch proposals to detailed design, building owner consulting and construction management. Our competences are continuously developed through our close collaboration with global partners, experts and specialists.

Henning Larsen Architects is an international architecture company with strong Scandinavian roots. Our goal is to create vibrant, sustainable buildings that reach beyond themselves and become of durable value to the user and to the society and culture that they are built into.

Troels Troelsen Architect +45 8233 3030

Ulrik Raysse Architect and Associate +45 8233 3081





Our designs emanate from a variety of different themes. The themes have manifested themselves in various ways from project to project. Our architectural visions and ideas are continuously developed in accordance with our broad spectrum of assignments ranging in size from single-family houses to concert halls, hospitals and masterplans.

We are inspired by our colleagues, partners, the site and location, society, science, nature and the company’s own history. This is the background to Henning Larsen Architects being able to hold a leading position in the field of architecture while at the same time maintaining its openness and curiosity in the collaboration with others.

Preceding research and innovation is an essential part of architecture today. Preliminary analyses play a huge role as regards the strategic objective and concept of a project.

Concrete challenges in a design or building process have always been the motivating force for possessing up-to-date knowledge of the digital tools of architecture. Henning Larsen Architects is one of the leading players in 3D and parametric design providing architecture with new and far better opportunities.

Henning Larsen Architects has always been conscious of energy-saving and environmentally friendly architecture. Today, the company is involved in a number of research and development projects providing access to new knowledge regarding energy-efficient building in all scales.

Opportunities change over time but the company’s projects always strive to develop architecture to make it point towards new solutions and solve present challenges. Innovation is a main theme in all projects. The available knowledge should be applied to create value for the projects.

The involvement of Henning Larsen Architects in developing architecture and following new developments goes back a long time and runs like a red thread through the almost 50 year long company history. Thus, the company’s projects have always been characterised by openness, curiosity and professionalism.

Innovation, Research Development, Knowledge of and access to state-of-the-art knowledge and developments are decisive factors in relation to architecture. Innovation, research and development are necessary disciplines for the development of the field. Henning Larsen Architects takes a strategic approach to knowledge in order to keep abreast of new opportunities.

Architecture is the focal point of Henning Larsen Architects. The projects are created on the basis of high ambition, curiosity and a wish to contribute positively to a world in change.

The architecture of Henning Larsen Architects is based on human scale paying strong attention to sustainability and social responsibility.



Ross O’Connell International Business Developer +45 8233 3092 Sara Camre Architect +45 8231 3166 Søren Øllgaard Architect and Associate +45 8233 3076 Thomas Joakim Winther Graphic Designer +45 8233 3040

Mette Lorentzen Architect +45 8233 3084 Michael Jørgensen PhD Student, Civil Engineer +45 8233 3071 Michael Sørensen Architect and Concept Developer +45 8233 3134 Mikkel Eskildsen Architect +45 8231 3158

Kristian Westh Architect and Project Manager +45 8231 3111 Lars Harup Constructing Architect +45 8231 3155 Lars Steffensen Architect and Partner +45 8233 3018 Lasse Westergaard Constructing Architect +45 8231 3115

Peter Munch Architect and Project Director +45 8233 3000 Mark Havshøj Jonassen IT Supporter +45 8231 3150

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Peter Koch Architect +45 8233 3078

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Osbjørn Jacobsen Architect and Associate +354 65 95 660

Magnus Folmer Hansen Constructing Architect +45 8231 3121

Jesper Høiberg Constructing Architect +45 8233 3055

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Mads Reinau Architect +45 8233 3019

Jes Tonsgaard Andersen Architect +45 8231 3159

Kostas Poulopoulos Architect +45 8231 3157

Morten Lønne Nøjsen Constructing Architect +45 8233 3027

Louise Bay Poulsen Graphic Designer Phone: +45 8233 3045

Jens Larsen Architect and Project Manager +45 8233 3010



Eric Tan Architect +45 8233 3026 Esben Wong Architect and Project Manager +45 8231 3183 Eva Ravnborg Architect +45 8231 3152 Farid Fellah Communications Manager +45 8231 3160 Filip Francati Architect +45 8231 3089 Frants Nielsen Commercial Director +45 8233 3060 Gitte Edelgren Architect +45 8233 3009 Gitte Praastrup Accountant and receptionist +45 8231 3132 / 8233 3000 Hanan Ghizzaui Architect +45 8233 3118 Henning Larsen Professor, Architect, Founding Partner +45 8233 3098 Ina Borup Nørløv Arkitekt +45 8233 3042 Ingela Larsson Architect and Associate +45 8233 3043 Jacob Kurek Architect and Partner +45 8233 3118

Cecilie Qvistgaard Translator and Acquisition Coordinator +45 8231 315

Charlotte Bigom Technical Designer and CAD Coordinator +45 8233 3088

Charlotte Søderhamn Nielsen Architect +45 8231 3171

Christian Andresen Manager, Henning Larsen Design +45 8233 3016

Christian Schjøll Architect +45 8233 3007

Christian Skovgaard Petersen Manager of the Model Workshop +45 8233 3080

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David Babul Mikkelsen Architect +45 8233 3114

David Garcia Architect and Associate +45 8233 3093

Debbi Hededam Thuesen Constructing Architect +45 8231 3151

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Ditte Marie Hildebrand Frederiksen Architect Phone: +45 8231 3176

Dorte Nielsen Constructing Architect +45 8231 3122

Amalia Gonzales Dahl Architect and International Business +45 8231 3101

Anders Drescher Architect and Business Developer +966 545 608 418

Anders Nielsen Architect Phone: +45 8233 3021

Anders Sælan Architect and Associate +45 8233 3075

Anders Park Architect and Senior Project Manager Phone: +45 8233 3014

Andreas Brink Architect +45 8231 3112

Andreas Olrik Architect +45 8233 3175

Anette Karstenskov HR Manager and Executive Assistant Phone: +45 8233 3098

Anne Marie Galmstrup Principal Henning Larsen Levant +963 988 44 3503

Ask Abildgaard Project Manager +45 8231 3117

Axel Bluhme Constructing Architect +45 8231 3164

Birte Bæk CAD Manager and 3D Specialist +45 8233 3033

Carsten Fischer Architect +45 8233 3022


“Architecture provides an important setting for everyone’s life. It must inspire and take responsibility”





Umeå, Sweden Baltic Group 15,000 m2 2008 - 2012 Commision

The interaction between independence and synergy is the fundamental idea for the structures and it is created by physically linking the buildings in a big common base placed parallel to the riverside promenade. The base holds all common facilities. The scale of the buildings at the campus area refers to the other buildings of the city. The lamella façade is inspired by the birch trees and the water reflections from the river.

The campus skyline is formed by the above mentioned three separate buildings each contributing with a distinctive identity to the area.

The first stage of the arts campus includes three new buildings: the School of Architecture, the Academy of Fine Arts and a new museum of art, which is the central building of the campus area comprising exhibitions and café open to the public.

The unique locality at the water with the riverside promenade and the proximity to the centre of Umeå are the ideal surroundings for a university campus with public recreational areas.


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Umeaa School of Architecture

“Henning Larsen endows architecture with a light and a life and a spatial dimension which we have probably always longed for, although we do not actually realize it until we see his buildings standing there before us. He presents us with the poetic truth. The truth of the poet and the truth of the poet is the only real truth”





Umeå Arts Campus is the name of the new dynamic centre of excellence currently rising on a previous industrial plot by the north beach of Umeå River. The objective is to create an arena for education, research and entrepreneurship in architecture, design, art and digital culture. Art, research and society are brought together and will emphasise the role of Umeå as a creative centre of excellence in a global scale. It is expected that the Academy of Fine Arts and Art Museum will be ready for inauguration in 2014 where Umeå will also become the European Capital of Culture. Local, sustainable materials have been used for the School of Achitecture. The exterior facing is larch wood and, on the inside, local birch wood creates a contrast to the light walls and contributes to achieving good acoustics. The concrete floor gives an industrial and robust expression.

Ventilation, lighting and heating functions are ingeniously integrated in the bearing structure. The air comes in under the floor and is transported to the roof of the building via the columns and beams where it is circulated round the building via perforated pipes.

Early on in the design process, energy calculations and daylight simulations helped to establish that the facade should consist of wood with window holes instead of only glass. This has been a key parameter in achieving an energy reduction of 50 %.

New Campus in Umeå

Sustainability and materials



As one of Norway’s most modern school buildings, Jåttå Vocational School is an example of how architecture can influence an active and instructive learning environment. The school is based on, and innovates, the perception of fruitful learning methods and constitutes an active and modern working space with zones for immersion and zones for social interaction. The open and varied spatial sequences provide the opportunity for differentiated learning adapting to different situations and different styles of learning. In this way the school functions like a modern place of work with large open teaching environments and workshops for special subjects.

With its minimalist, almost floating architecture, Jåttå Vocational School forms the entrance to Stavanger’s new urban quarter by the fjord. The concentrated design enhances the way the building interacts with its surroundings and thus underlines its proximity and transparency. The double high windows allow daylight into the building, stimulating the learning process.

With a capacity of 1600 students the school offers among others several subjects within service and technique. The 2,700 m2 sports centre is located in connection with the school and is designed by Henning Larsen Architects in 2006. The school opened in 2007.

Learning enviroment

Stavanger, Norway Rogaland 16,000 m2 2005 - 2007 First prize in international competition, 2000


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Jåttå Vocational School is planned and built with regard to meeting the latest pedagogical principles of individualised learning. The school was designed in close and intensive collaboration with the client, Rogaland Municipality, the school principal, user groups, engineer and architect. It was crucial in the process to involve the future users of the school, and throughout the entire planning process the cross disciplinary working team maintained the pedagogical ambition integrating it in the building’s architecture - from spatial organisation to the tactile, physical appearance.

Due to its strong pedagogical qualities the projects was nominated as one of the world’s six best university buildings by World of Architecture News 2009:



Vejle, Denmark Bertel Nielsen A/S 14,000 m2 2008 - 2012 First prize in invited competition Søren Øllgaard, Jesper Høiberg, Per Ebbe Hansson, Maja Aasted, Dorte Nielsen, Pelle Munch Petersen, Hans Vogel and Peer T. Jeppesen Grontmij Carl Bro

The building comprises 100 attractive flats - many of which are in two levels. The layout of the flats ensures a splendid view from all balconies. Together with the public promenade in front of the building, the Wave creates a beautiful connection between the fjord, landscape and town and consolidates the different elements in a clear and recognisable signature.

Architecturally, the building relates to its fantastic location by Vejle Fjord. In daytime, the building will be characterised by the soft movements of the waves reflected in the water surface of the fjord. At night, the characteristic profile of the Wave will appear as an undulating mountain landscape of light and colour.

With its five characteristic wave crests, the Wave in Vejle stands out as a sculptural icon both respecting and challenging its location.

The new landmark of Vejle is a distinctive residential building of nine storeys with a magnificent location by the bay Skyttehusbugten and Vejle Fjord.



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Copenhagen, Denmark Danish National Research and Education Buildings 19,000 m2 2001 - 2004 First prize in invited competition, 2000

The building stands elevated above terrain. A metal clad frame folds around the entire volume in one singular dynamic movement. The glass facades inside the frame are divided into horizontal ribbons of glass of varying colour and character powerful green-coloured glass, translucent glass and clear glass.

The ground floor comprises the common facilities; lecture halls, students’ cafÊ, canteen and library. All research and teaching areas are located on the upper floors. Teaching facilities in open study areas surrounding the atrium and research departments in the calmer zones at both ends of the building.

By changing back projections on the meeting boxes, a digital art installation by the American artist John Maeda creates a dynamic and interactive visual composition in the atrium.

The IT University is arranged around a large central atrium. In the atrium space a number of group and meeting rooms, designed as corbelled boxes, are placed in a dynamic composition like extracted drawers of various sizes.


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IT Univercity



Farum, Denmark GB4 Aps 2,600 m2 2007 - 2010 Commission Jakon A/S

The fine, sophisticated materials and exquisite craftsmanship provide the building with a high degree of exclusivity

The architectural vision has been to bridge the gap between the traditional American golf club and the functional architecture of Scandinavia. The golf club is a traditional wing house but is built in rustic materials with large cantilevers and oblique angles. The roof floats above the plateau as a sculptural element integrated in the hilly landscape, tree crowns and clouds of the sky.

With its location in the beautiful, hilly landscape of the previous training area of Farum military barracks, the Scandinavian Golf Club comprises an exclusive nature park and golf course of 2 x 18 holes.


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The project won the annual award of the Copenhagen Carpenters’ Guild in 2009.

and ensure a unique balance between the architecture and the surrounding landscape. The extensive use of the wood species Douglas, Norwegian slate, stone and tombac combined with the generous inflow of daylight through the large windows provide the building with a weighty yet light expression.



To further visualise the solar cell system a large display has been put up in the entrance hall, which is easily visible to everyone who visits the high school. It displays the actual and overall electrical production. The production data from the inverter’s data-log is accessible from the school’s computer network. The data from the system is typically used in connection with the teaching of physics and natural science.

The solar cells are fixed in the insulating glass of the overhead light to visually create the illusion of screening tiles of the same rhythm and visual size. This way the solar cells reinforce the main organisation and the architectural idea of the building. Additionally, they create some very beautiful and effective light and shadow reflections on the walls and beams, visible to all students, teachers, visitors and citizens of the city. At night the overhead light and the solar cells are softly illuminated from within and are visible from the city’s new plazas that surround the high school - providing a dramatic and poetic effect.

Frederiksberg High School has an integrated solar cell system of 3 kWp - designed to fit a 140 m2 large overhead light in the entrance hall. The system consists of 2240 100x100 blue poly-crystalline solar cells divided into 56 modules. Each solar cell provides approx. 1.35 W.


“Good buildings come from good people, and all problems are solved by good design”





The location of the concert hall on the 6th floor and with a view of Uppsala’s rooftops required a close collaboration between architects, engineers and acoustics. The result is an untraditional concert hall with unique acoustics.

Uppsala Concert and Congress Hall comprises three different concert and conference halls. The great hall is the largest and most important room with 1150 seats from parquet to balcony. Here the audience rows stretches from stage level on level 5 all the way op to the rearmost balcony on level 8. The foyer level of the hall is located on level 6, which opens to the amazing view of Uppsala’s rooftops and skyline.

Grand Hall

The Great Hall is fitted with unique acoustics and thus accommodates a repertoire ranging from great symphonic orchestra concerts to modern hip hop, pop and jazz. To achieve this effect the walls in the concert hall are designed as tilted fibre-concrete elements covered with birch laminate, which meet the specific acoustic demands for the reproduction of symphonic sounds. The acoustic wall panels reflect the geometric shapes from the facade just using another material.

Uppsala Concert and Congress Hall appears as a modern and dynamic landmark for the city in an elegant interplay with the existing historical buildings. Since the inauguration in 2007 the concert hall has become a significant and unifying element in the city, and as an open house that welcomes new experiences and extends the city centre, the building was awarded Stadsmiljöpriset (urban environment award) in 2008.

At its busiest time the 14,600 m2 concert hall engaged 16 employees from Henning Larsen Architects, among these was Mette Kynne Frandsen (project manager), Johnny Svendborg Andersen (architect responsible), Håkan Sandhagen, Klavs Holm Madsen, Jesper Høibjerg, Maria Sommer, Birthe Bæk, Matthias Lehr, Filip Lyders Francati, Merete Alder Juul, Lars Harup, Ina Borup Sørensen, Mette Landorf, Andreas Olrik, Jan Besiakov, Kornelia Sirmulyte, Martha Lewis, Bent Møller Petersen, Carsten Fischer og Rasmus Haak.

Henning Larsen Architects won 1st prize for its competition proposal among 134 proposals from all over the world.

Proces & Collaboration

“Empathy is an important part of our method”





To emphasize the monumental character and maritime location of the structure, canals have been excavated on both sides of the Opera.

The arrival plaza is framed by the 32 m long floating roof eaves the size of three solid football fields. The roof structure copies the technique applied for an airplane wing, which in order to ‘float’ must possess a comparatively small structural depth and an extensive span. As a result of this particular roof design, the Opera received The IABSE Outstanding Structure Award in 2008.

The audience enters the arrival plaza from the wide harbour promenade or by crossing the harbour fairway by boat. A future bridge project from Holmen to Nyhavn is in the planning.

Ariving at the plaza

The Opera full of life and activity around the clock together with the various other cultural bodies of the area contributes to the vibrant and inspirational urban space at Holmen.

The Large Auditorium seats from 1,400 to 1,800 depending on orchestra pit size. The classical horseshoe structure shapes an intense space surrounded by the audience, with the “see and be seen” effect merging into the magic of the opera performance. The intimate space with the four elaborately decorated balconies forming one coherent piece of furniture that stretches forward onto the stage front accentuates the meeting between performing art and its audience. A grid of light spots inserted in the 24 carat gold leaf covered ceiling lights the auditorium like the stellar sky. The conical balcony fronts have integrated light in the horizontal recesses as an ornamental element, and small spots placed under the balconies provide light to the balcony seats.

With its exterior shell of stained maple, the Large Auditorium of the Opera draws an evident parallel to the body of a stringed instrument. A magical universe of tones and sound embrace you and rouse your expectations even as you enter. The golden maple is continued inside the auditorium in the balcony cladding. The rear walls and the floor are covered in stained solid maple elements and smoked oak, respectively. Horizontal recesses and reliefs are coordinated in number, depth, length and height on all rear walls, box walls and balcony fronts not only for ornamental purposes but to ensure excellent acoustics as well. Seats are upholstered in velour according to Royal Danish Theatre tradition.

The Opera is situated in Copenhagen’s inner harbour and completes the historical axis running from the Marble Church through Amalienborg and into the Opera - right at the stage front where the performing artists and their audience meet.

The Opera has two auditoria: the Large Auditorium organized as a classical horseshoe shape with a 1,800 seating capacity – and Takkelloftet the Royal Danish Theatre’s black box stage for experimental theatre seating 200. The wooden shell that embraces the Large Auditorium visible all the way from the harbour space through the glass façade lies like a smooth and golden conch in the foyer with its stairs and light footbridges dynamically connected to the balconies that run alongside the façade of the structure. From up here, the audience of the Opera is provided with views of the entire foyer as well as a 180° panoramic view spanning from the harbour fairway towards Knippelsbro and across the city centre turrets and spires to the view out of the harbour towards Øresund to the north.

The audiotium




Vaksala Torg, Uppsala, Swesden Municipality of Uppsala 14,600 m2 2004 - 2007 First prize in international competition, 2003 Stadsmiljöpriset 2008, Svenske Fabriksbeton forenings pris 2008, Stora Samhälls byggarpriset 2008

The long red escalators connect the various foyer areas of the house and lead the visitor from the arrival hall to level 3, where the foyer offers views of Vaksala Plaza. From level 3 the escalators continue in a spectacular unbroken stretch over 3 floor to the Great Hall’s foyer on level 6, which opens to an amazing view of Uppsala’s rooftops and skyline.

The concert and congress hall’s 14,600 m2 are laid out on eight floors including the basement. The concert hall comprises exhibition areas and three halls, of which the largest with 1150 seats is designed for symphonic music.

The vertical split in the building provides the audience with access from two sides from the old, historical town and from the modern and vibrant Vaksala Plaza. Through the horizontal split at the top are views of Uppsala’s characteristic skyline, which is dominated by castle, cathedral and library.

With its reflecting metallic facades Uppsala Concert and Congress Hall appears as a large, split crystal.



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Copenhagen, Denmark The A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation 41,000 m2 2001 - 2004 Commission E. Pihl & Søn A/S, Rambøll A/S, Theatre Plan LLP, Ove Arup & Partners

The Opera In Copenhagen


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