The Henning Larsen Foundation


A number of young Danish architects have been awarded grants. In 2007, 2008 and 2012 the Foundation organised international competitions in the fields of architectural photography, architectural drawing and writing about archtecture.

The objective of the non-profit and charitable Foundation is to support Danish architecture, e.g. through further training; travelling grants; exhibition activities; publication of books on architecture; development and implementation of information technology for architectural purposes and the awarding of grants - in acknowledgement of architects who have developed significant buildings or demonstrated other achievements of high quality.

The Foundation is a natural extension of Henning Larsen’s interest in promoting and disseminating architecture - in parallel to his work as an architect and his professorship at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture. This interest is also reflected in the establishment of the SKALA architectural gallery and SKALA architecture magazine in the eighties.

The Board consists of:

    Architect Troels Troelsen (Chairman)
    CEO, architect Kent Martinussen, Danish Architecture Centre
    Architect Ingela Larsson Bente Scavenius
    MA Lone Backe
    Lawyer Niels Bang

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2016: The Henning Larsen Foundation honours Danish architects

2016: The Henning Larsen Foundation honours Danish architects


This year, the Henning Larsen Foundation honours Architect Bente Lange and Praksis Architects. The announcement was made on the founder's birthday 20 August 2016.

Member of the board of the Henning Larsen Foundation, MA Bente Scavenius, gave reason for the nomination of Bente Lange. Among other things, she underlined her many restorations of historical and listed buildings. Bente Scavenius described Bente Lange as "a pure artist with an uncompromising passion and commitment. Bente Lange has an eye for the greater scale of things. Nature and culture always intertwines. Her architectural projects are to be seen in the light of our age. Everything she touches is taken care of with a historical insight, gentleness, and a functional perspective."

Bente Lange graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts - the School of Architecture in 1981. In 1991 she became a PhD with her dissertation on the colors of Rome. She has been granted numerous prizes including the Nykredit Architecture Prize, 1989, and the Europa Nostra Award in 2002.

On behalf of the board of the Foundation, CEO of Danish Architecture Centre Kent Martinussen, gave the reason for the recognition of Praksis Architects, Mette Tony and Mads Bjørn Hansen: "Praksis' primary works of adaptations, additions, alterations, and transformations, as well as new-built single family houses and larger, collective structures and buildings all contain a sense of understanding and competence. They combine knowledge about classical architecture and crafts with a radical and artistically gifted idiom and sense of materiality. Through this, Praksis finds and shapes their own authentic, architectural style. They take us back in time, through tradition and into the future."  

Mette Tony and Mads Bjørn Hansen founded Praksis Architects in the Danish town of Svendborg in 2006. Mette Tony was taught at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts - the School of Architecture from where she graduated in 1998. She received the Eckersberg Medal of the Fellows of the Royal Academy in 2008. Likewise, Mads Bjørn Hansen graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1998. He too, was awarded the Eckersberg Medal in 2008. In 2005 he received the Gold Medal of the Fellows of the Royal Academy.

Bente Lange and Praksis Architects were granted each 50,000 DKK. 

2015: Winners of Henning Larsen Foundation’s film competition

2015: Winners of Henning Larsen Foundation’s film competition


In October 2014, the Henning Larsen Foundation launched an international competition on architecture and film. The aim of the competition is to revitalize the use of architecture on film and foster new inspiration to architects and film professionals.

On Henning Larsen's birthday, August 20th, the names of the three winners were announced. The competition garnered 118 entries from 23 countries.

Cole Phoenix Skaggs, architecture student at Cornell University in New York, USA, won first place. According to the judging committee Cole has been able "to create an entity of cinematic space and architectural space." 

Jette Lehmann, a member of the judging committee, on the selection of Skaggs' film '78 hours': "The film possesses cinematic qualities, which provide the spectators with an interlaced experience of time, light, sound, space and movement. It's a love-struck dance through a building, which we sense the filmmaker knows very well. The dual look, partially at the spaces' architectural qualities, partly at the users of the building,  expresses a respectful fascination with the architecture students' gestalt in their own intense, creative space. The student who works all night does not perceive anything other than the space he/she is creating on paper."  

'78 hours' is filmed at Millstein Hall at Cornell University. The building was designed by Rem Koolhass and OMA.

Sam Renseiw is the runner-up with the film 'détournement.' Renseiw is a nom-de-plume for Danish architect Thomas Wiesner, who since 2005 has worked as a video artist under the name Sam Renseiw.

Third place goes to Barbara Bohr for an untitled film. The film is shot by Agapi Triantafillidis. Both Bohr and Triantafillidis study at The National Film School of Denmark.

The three winning films can be viewed at In October, the films will be shown during the Architecture and Design Film Festival in New York.

The competition entries were evaluated on their artistic quality and ability to inspire a new approach to architecture and the medium of film. The theme of the competition was the experience of architectural space over time.

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 changes expression over time. Architecture is an abstract art form which does not take real shape until occupied and activated by movements through the space.

The Foundation has previously launched three similar competitions under the themes: Photographing Architecturein 2007, Drawing Architecture in 2008 and Writing about Architecture in 2012.  

The first prize winner receives €9,000, the second prize €6,000 and the third prize €3,000.

The evaluation committee consisted of architect Troels Troelsen, film director and author Christian Braad Thomsen, Master of Arts Bente Scavenius, architect Peter Møller Rasmussen, production designer Jette Lehmann, and Principal Vinca Wiedemann (Alternate).


1st Prize
'78 hours' (03:40)
by Cole Phoenix Skaggs, New York, USA
Location: Milstein Hall, Cornell University, New York, USA (Designed by Rem Koolhaas and OMA)
Music: Frédéric Chopin: Waltz No. 7 in C Sharp Minor


2nd Prize
'détournement' (04:45)
by Sam Renseiw, Copenhagen, Denmark
Location: Højerup Old Church, Denmark
Music: 'The road away' by Kres5jik -


3rd Prize
Untitled (03:16)
by Barbara Bohr, Copenhagen, Denmark
Film photography by Agapi Triantafillidis
Location: Warehouse, south of Copenhagen, Denmark

Former Award Winners

Former Award Winners

Architect Bente Lange
Praksis Architects, Mette Tony and Mads Bjørn Hansen

1st Prize: Cole Phoenix
2nd Prize: Sam Renseiw
3rd Prize: Barbara Bohr and Agapi Triantafillidis
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Architect Johnny Svendborg
Architect Merete Lind Mikkelsen

Architect Mette Lange
Landscape architect Marianne Levinsen
Architect Hans Peter Hagens
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International competition for writing about architecture

1st Prize: Nathan Romero Muelas
2nd Prize: Daniel Persson
3rd Prize: Sanne Flyvbjerg
3rd Prize: Mette Marie Kallehauge
3rd Prize: Tinne Delfs
Read more about the competion and the winners

Journalist Henrik Sten Møller
Architect Kjeld Kjeldsen

Architectural photographer Jens Lindhe

Architect Theo Berg

International competition for architectural drawing

1st Prize: Robert Müller, Austria
2nd Prize: Julian Busch, Germany
3rd Prize: Julie Huang Jahn, Denmark
3rd Prize: Barnabas Wetton & Chris Thurlbourne, Denmark
3rd Prize: Clemens Helmke & Dorothée Billard, Germany

International architectural photography competition

2nd Prize: Michael Stefan Rathje-Sørensen, Denmark
2nd Prize: Ditz Fejer, Austria
3rd Prize: Nils Lund Pedersen, Denmark
Honorary mention: Lars Gundersen, Denmark
Honorary mention: Casper Balslev og Mads Nisssen, Denmark

Artist Jytte Rex

Studio Force4: Andreas Lauesen, Christian Dalsdorf, Maja Asaa and Mikala Holme Samsøe

Studio Kollision: Andreas Lykke-Olesen, Tobias Løssing and Rune Nielsen
Architect Kent Martinussen
Film director Nils Vest

Architect Julien De Smedt

Architect Dorte Mandrup-Poulsen
Architect Merete Ahnfeldt-Mollerup

Architect Bjarke Ingels


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