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Henning Larsen Architects awarded European Prize for Architecture

Henning Larsen Architects, designers of the Copenhagen Opera House, has been declared the 2019 winner of the European Prize for Architecture
Henning Larsen Architects, designers of the Copenhagen Opera House, has been declared the 2019 winner of the European Prize for Architecture
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Construction on The Wave was delayed because of the 2008 financial crisis but after 11 years the project was finally completed
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Construction on The Wave was delayed because of the 2008 financial crisis but after 11 years the project was finally completed
The Wave consists of five distinct parts
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The Wave consists of five distinct parts
The Wave's undulating design is part-inspired by surrounding hills
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The Wave's undulating design is part-inspired by surrounding hills
Some of The Wave's apartments include their own balconies
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Some of The Wave's apartments include their own balconies
"The land surrounding Vejle is unique for its rolling hills, which are an uncommon sight in Denmark," explains Søren Øllgaard, Partner and Design Director at Henning Larsen
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"The land surrounding Vejle is unique for its rolling hills, which are an uncommon sight in Denmark," explains Søren Øllgaard, Partner and Design Director at Henning Larsen
The Hangzhou Yuhang Opera also involved Hangzhou Architectural & Civil Engineering Design Institute Co. and Buro Happold Engineering, plus Bassinet Turquin Paysage and AECOM for landscaping
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The Hangzhou Yuhang Opera also involved Hangzhou Architectural & Civil Engineering Design Institute Co. and Buro Happold Engineering, plus Bassinet Turquin Paysage and AECOM for landscaping
The Hangzhou Yuhang Opera is located next to a man-made lake
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The Hangzhou Yuhang Opera is located next to a man-made lake
The Hangzhou Yuhang Opera's main theater seats up to 1,400
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The Hangzhou Yuhang Opera's main theater seats up to 1,400
The Hangzhou Yuhang Opera is designed to look like cracked ice floe
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The Hangzhou Yuhang Opera is designed to look like cracked ice floe
The Hangzhou Yuhang Opera's smaller theater can be opened up to the outside to serve as a stage for outdoor performances
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The Hangzhou Yuhang Opera's smaller theater can be opened up to the outside to serve as a stage for outdoor performances
The Eysturkommuna Town Hall also serves as a grass-covered pedestrian bridge
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The Eysturkommuna Town Hall also serves as a grass-covered pedestrian bridge
The Eysturkommuna Town Hall is an effort to re-energize public life in the region
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The Eysturkommuna Town Hall is an effort to re-energize public life in the region
View of the Eysturkommuna Town Hall from the wate
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View of the Eysturkommuna Town Hall from the wate
The Eysturkommuna Town Hall also serves as a grass-covered pedestrian bridge
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The Eysturkommuna Town Hall also serves as a grass-covered pedestrian bridge
The village of Norðragøta in the Faroe Islands is home to a new town hall that doubles as a grass-covered pedestrian bridge
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The village of Norðragøta in the Faroe Islands is home to a new town hall that doubles as a grass-covered pedestrian bridge
Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre is located in Iceland and was designed with Batteriid Archtects. The eye-catching facade was also developed by Henning Larsen Architects in collaboration with the artist Olafur Eliasson
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Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre is located in Iceland and was designed with Batteriid Archtects. The eye-catching facade was also developed by Henning Larsen Architects in collaboration with the artist Olafur Eliasson
Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre is located in Iceland and was designed with Batteriid Archtects. The eye-catching facade was also developed by Henning Larsen Architects in collaboration with the artist Olafur Eliasson
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Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre is located in Iceland and was designed with Batteriid Archtects. The eye-catching facade was also developed by Henning Larsen Architects in collaboration with the artist Olafur Eliasson
Moesgaard Museum is a Danish regional museum that allows people to walk atop its greenery-covered roof
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Moesgaard Museum is a Danish regional museum that allows people to walk atop its greenery-covered roof
Moesgaard Museum is a Danish regional museum dedicated to archaeology and ethnography that appears to blend into the landscape
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Moesgaard Museum is a Danish regional museum dedicated to archaeology and ethnography that appears to blend into the landscape
Malmö Stadsbibliotek (Malmö City Library) is a municipal public library in Malmö, Sweden, which opened December 12, 1905. Henning Larsen Architects added a light-filled new building in 1997
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Malmö Stadsbibliotek (Malmö City Library) is a municipal public library in Malmö, Sweden, which opened December 12, 1905. Henning Larsen Architects added a light-filled new building in 1997
Malmö Stadsbibliotek (Malmö City Library) is a municipal public library in Malmö, Sweden, which opened December 12, 1905. Henning Larsen Architects added a light-filled new building in 1997
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Malmö Stadsbibliotek (Malmö City Library) is a municipal public library in Malmö, Sweden, which opened December 12, 1905. Henning Larsen Architects added a light-filled new building in 1997
The Copenhagen Opera House is the national opera house of Denmark and is reportedly one of the most expensive opera houses ever built
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The Copenhagen Opera House is the national opera house of Denmark and is reportedly one of the most expensive opera houses ever built
Henning Larsen Architects, designers of the Copenhagen Opera House, has been declared the 2019 winner of the European Prize for Architecture
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Henning Larsen Architects, designers of the Copenhagen Opera House, has been declared the 2019 winner of the European Prize for Architecture
Enghøj Church in Denmark is defined by its geometric design, stark white facade, and sloping roof
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Enghøj Church in Denmark is defined by its geometric design, stark white facade, and sloping roof

Copenhagen-based firm Henning Larsen Architects has been declared the winner of this year's European Prize for Architecture. The award recognizes architects whose work "embodies vision, commitment, and profound respect for humanity and for the social and physical environment."

The annual European Prize for Architecture was established in 2010 by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. Previous winners have included the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Santiago Calatrava, LAVA Laboratory for Visionary Architecture and Graft Architects.

"We are delighted to present The European Prize for Architecture to this great Danish firm whose powerful designs and a unique design vision celebrate the best of modernist buildings, which are instantaneously complex, iconic, provocative, and profoundly artistic," says Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, President and CEO, The Chicago Athenaeum.

Henning Larsen Architects, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, often draws inspiration from nature and has appeared several times in New Atlas. A selection of the firm's work can bee seen below, and there are more examples in the gallery.

View of the Eysturkommuna Town Hall from the wate
View of the Eysturkommuna Town Hall from the wate

One standout project is the Eysturkommuna Town Hall. Located in the Faroe Islands, the town hall blends into the rugged green landscape and creates a grass-covered bridge for locals to cross a river. Its interior includes a glass floor allowing people to watch the water below.

"The land surrounding Vejle is unique for its rolling hills, which are an uncommon sight in Denmark," explains Søren Øllgaard, Partner and Design Director at Henning Larsen
"The land surrounding Vejle is unique for its rolling hills, which are an uncommon sight in Denmark," explains Søren Øllgaard, Partner and Design Director at Henning Larsen

The Wave is another notable recent work. Installed on the edge of a fjord in Denmark, the residential building's undulating design was informed by surrounding hills, which are noteworthy in the relatively flat Denmark, as well as the lapping of the fjord's water.

The Hangzhou Yuhang Opera is located next to a man-made lake
The Hangzhou Yuhang Opera is located next to a man-made lake

The Hangzhou Yuhang Opera is a massive project in China that involved the construction of a man-made lake. The building itself takes the form of a giant piece of cracking ice on the surface and is made up of two intersecting slopes and a white concrete facade broken up by glazing.

Source: Henning Larsen Architects

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