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Light and life

Light and life

Henning Larsen has often been refered to as "the master of light". Several of Henning Larsen Architects' buildings revolve around the theme of light, for instance Malmö City Library (1999) in Sweden, whose ample inflow of daylight reflects the course of the day and year like a calendar of light.

In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Riyadh (1988), the skylight pours down the walls and creates a special, exclusive atmosphere in the rooms. The same applies to, for instance, Enghøj Church (1994) in the town of Randers where the interior is penetrated by daylight - partly from small openings in the longitudinal walls and partly from a gap between the roof construction and wall. The altar is placed in a niche of daylight. In the summer cottage at Vejby Strand (2000), the larch wood cladding on the exterior building is designed to provide the interior space with a variety of light and shadow throughout the day.

Space

Space

When designing projects, Henning Larsen Architects often applies the idea of the building as a city with the square as the central, uniting element. As one of the company's first university projects, Trondheim University (1978) is based on the idea of a consistent, urban structure with an ample inflow of daylight. As the central element of the building, the uniting, inner square allows the viewer to interpret the building in a natural, almost intuitive way.

Jåttå Vocational School (2007) in Norway is another example of a project designed as a small "town in town" with a vibrant, double high street surrounded by small, independent quarters with individual teaching environments and academic spaces. The IT University (2004) in Copenhagen interacts with its surroundings and brings city life into his inner, spatial universe. In this way, city life and the activities at the University are joined together into one consistent, vibrant whole.  Finally, the urban structure has inspired the design of Reykjavik University (under construction) whose round shape provides the framework for a large, inner volume, an atrium, from where streets and small squares lead users to the different faculties.

The idea of the building as an urban element, a city, with a central, uniting square is based on experience of knowledge sharing, openness and synergy and is architecturally inspired by, for instance, the Arabic souk and the shopping arcades of the 19th century. In addition, the ideas of communes and communal property from the 70's have contributed to the emergence of today's "new office" tendencies in educational and commercial building. 

See also...

See also...

0346 Malmö City Library

0346 Malmö City Library

0538 IT University

0538 IT University

0582 Jåttå Vocational School

0582 Jåttå Vocational School

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