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Discover Germany | Special Theme | Architecture & Design

huge glass panels providing a view of the ’Agora’. The construction for this challenging project began in 2013 and is designed to welcome the estimated 40,000 annual visitors. It can be used either in connection with the modernist parliament building or as a separate space for press conferences, events and exhibitions. Visitors enter the space through lifts or the grand semi-circular stairways which feed the impression of entering a Greek theatre. The centre’s position set in the ground avoids aesthetic interference with the listed landmark building of the parliament and, just like the Moesgaard Museum, completely adjusts to the green surroundings. Drawing inspiration from the natural surroundings is a recurring theme with Henning Larsen Architects.Yet sustainable aspects such as reduced life-cycle costs and energy efficiency are high on their agenda. An impressive example of the effective use

of daylight and temperature is the Kolding Campus project for the SDU University of Southern Denmark. The Kolding Campus façade features an expressionist looking array of moving triangular shades which give the design an origami-like appeal. The solar shades react to a sensory system, thereby making the utmost use of daylight and warmth in winter as well as providing sufficient shading in the summer. In addition to the both functional and aesthetic façade, the building also features energy efficient solutions with, for example, the indoor climate being regulated by a cooler pump system that uses groundwater for both heating and cooling. What sums up the multiple approaches of the many architects who work for the institution Henning Larsen Architects? How do they connect? Werner Frosch states that the communication with Copenhagen is frequent, from competition through planning to construction phase. Regular meetings provide backup, support and ex-

change of ideas – that way the offices stay interconnected. But what is the main idea behind Henning Larsen Architects? What formed one man's mind in post-war times when it came to defining an international and democratic approach to architecture? It is the balancing act to connect inspiration and responsibility for the environment – or as Werner Frosch puts it, the human dimension. The human being set in the world, is the angle from which Henning Larsen Architects operate and the clients, be it private investors or institutions, indulge in“embarking on the journey“, with curiosity and an open mind. www.henninglarsen.com

Opposite: Moesgaard Museum in Denmark. (top) Visitor's Centre in Stuttgart. (bottom) Below: Kolding Campus in Denmark.

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