Competition: Architecture and Film
The Henning Larsen Foundation is launching an international
competition on architecture and film. The aim of the competition is
to revitalise the use of architecture on film and foster new
inspiration to architects and film professionals.
The Foundation has previously launched three similar
competitions under the themes: "photographing architecture" in
2007, "drawing architecture" in 2008 and "writing about
architecture" in 2012.
Architecture is closely related to other art forms - not only to
photography, drawing and language, but also to film and music.
Architecture speaks to all senses, and it is experienced over time.
Architecture is more than scenographed images. It is an abstract
art form which is not awakened until occupied and activated by
movements through the space.
The previous strong role of architecture on film seems less
dominant in new films from the latest decades.
Live images have a special relation to architecture because film
is experienced in time and space just as architecture. Film is thus
more capable of providing a full spatial experience of architecture
compared to photography.
We orient ourselves with our eyes, and the human brain also
perceives space and depth by transforming staggered pictures from
our eyes. This experience of space is perceived through the
movement through the space. On film, the movements of the camera
provide us with an immediate experience of spatial depth despite
the lack of "stereo view".
This experience is related to our auditory sense, which gives us
a similar spatial experience when the brain combines small
differences and time delays in the sound image and translates them
into spatial experience.
The time dimension of architecture is activated by the change in
time and light as well as by the movement of objects or living
Henning Larsen told about his dreams of flying in Jytte Rex'
film portrait of him, and his fascination of the intense experience
of architecture in films recorded on the Arabian Peninsula was an
important source of inspiration to him when designing one of the
main works of his studio, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in
The theme of the competition is the experience of architectural
space over time. The task is to create a film sequence of 1-5
minutes which animates architecture by using time as the primary
The competition entries will be evaluated on their artistic
quality and ability to inspire a new approach to architecture and
the film media.
The entries should be based on a specific, physical and
man-made "space", not a natural or fictive space such as a
computer-made or drawn "space".
The film sequences can use sound to enhance the spatial
dimension, but should not include descriptive words or
explanations. The films can have a title or headline - however, to
secure anonymity, no names should appear in the films.
Guidelines and upload of competition
Competition entries should consist of a
1-5 minute long film sequence in formats MOV or MP4. As far
possible, the films should be in HD resolution. File sizes should
not exceed 1 GB.
Only digital formats are allowed. Non-digital films should be
converted to one of the above-mentioned formats before
The competition is anonymous and open to everyone. Employees at
Henning Larsen Architects as well as close relatives and spouses of
jury committee members cannot, however, participate in the
Film sequences previously displayed publicly or extracts from
previously published film works are not accepted.
Competition entries can be uploaded to the below-mentioned ftp
server between 1 February 2015 and 12 March 2015. To secure
anonymity, files should be named with a random five-digit code.
After upload, an e-mail containing the five-digit code as well
as the name and address of the contributor is sent to email@example.com.
Anonymity is upheld until evaluation of the submitted entries is
Alternatively, entries can be sent anonymously on DVD, CD or
USB, marked with a five-digit code, to the following address
Henning Larsen Architects
Vesterbrogade 76, 4th floor
DK-1620 Copenhagen V
Envelope marked: ARCHITECTURE & FILM
Entries sent by post should be received on 12 March 2015 at the
The envelope should contain a separate, sealed envelope marked
with the five-digit code and containing the name, address and phone
number of the contributor.
Submitted entries will not be returned.
Out of consideration for the jury's evaluation process,
competition entries received after 12 March 2015 will not be
Winners will be informed directly. The result of the competition
will be published on 20 August 2015 on en.henninglarsenfond.dk.
Copyright and publication
The Henning Larsen Foundation retains the right to re-distribute
all films without cost on henninglarsensfond.dk, henninglarsen.com,
YouTube and Vimeo.
In connection with the publication of the winners, all films are
made freely accessible to media mentioning the competition, for up
to one month after publication. After this period, any additional
publications on other platforms than henninglarsensfond.dk,
henninglarsen.com, YouTube and Vimeo will be agreed with the
The artist will retain copyright over his/her film.
Prizes worth 18,000 euro are awarded, of which a first prize of at
least 9,000 euro will be awarded.
- Troels Troelsen, Architect, Chairman, Henning Larsen
- Christian Braad Thomsen, Film Instructor and Author
- Bente Scavenius, Master of Arts and Board Member, Henning
- Peter Møller Rasmussen, Architect, Head of Programming,
Copenhagen Architecture X Film Festival
- Jette Lehmann, Production Designer
- Vinca Wiedemann, Principal, The National Film School of Denmark