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
    Mag.art. Bente Scavenius
    MA Lone Backe
    Lawyer Niels Bang

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2017: COMPETITION about Architecture & Music

2017: COMPETITION about Architecture & Music

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A preliminary sketch by Iannis Xenakis for the first work ever composed on the UPIC, Mycènes Alpha (1978). © Archives Centre Iannis Xenakis

The Henning Larsen Foundation is launching an international competition on architecture and music. The aim of the competition is to revitalize the interplay of architecture and music and foster new inspiration to architects and musicians.

The Foundation has previously launched four similar competitions under the themes: "photographing architecture" in 2007, "drawing architecture" in 2008, "writing about architecture" in 2012 and "architecture and film" in 2015. 

The intention behind the competition is to conceive a piece of music that can stand alone but at the same time is closely connected to or in symbiosis with architecture - where architecture and music are perceived as an artistic unity.

"All senses play part in experiencing architecture. Hearing connects us with architecture as we are able to hear ourselves and our own voice interfering with voices and sounds from the surroundings, all in all creating a sense of cohesion," writes architect Troels Troelsen, Chairman of the Board of the Henning Larsen Foundation and evaluation committee. "Music creates space, and it 'takes place'. It uses architecture as backdrop and soundboard, while at the same time it takes over the space and builds community. Like other arts - drawing, photography, and language - music relates to architecture through its form."

Music compositions of 2-6 minutes' duration in digital formats can be submitted for the competition. A score can be included. The music can relate to architecture with an abstract approach, or take an illustration, photo or drawing as a point of departure. A short text that supplements the entry can be attached. All musical expressions and genres are eligible.

Competition entries can be uploaded to a ftp server between January 1st, 2017, and March 6th, 2017. Winners will be informed directly. The result of the competition will be published on  August 20th, 2017, on http://en.henninglarsensfond.dk.

Prizes worth 18,000 Euro will be awarded by the evaluation committee.

The evaluation committee consists of musician and composer Anders Koppel, composer and Professor Niels Rosing-Schow, musician and composer Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard, sound designer Peter Albrechtsen and architect Troels Troelsen.

The Henning Larsen Foundation was established in 2001 with Henning Larsen's private funds and has since then awarded grants each year on the founder's birthday, August 20th.

The objective of the non-profit and charitable Foundation is to promote and disseminate Danish architecture in a broad sense. A number of Danish architects have been awarded grants and the Foundation has organized international competitions.

Download the competition guidelines here (PDF opens in new window).

2017: ESSAY about Architecture & Music

2017: ESSAY about Architecture & Music

Essay by Architect Troels Troelsen is Chairman of the Board of the Henning Larsen Foundation and the judging committee.

Renown Danish architect, Steen Eiler Rasmussen, once described how street traders utilize the acoustic properties of the city scape for yelling or singing their message. 

It equals situations when one gets inspired to sing in the shower, or a group of children test their voices when passing through a viaduct.

In Jytte Rex' movie "Light and Space", Henning Larsen described architecture as 'frozen music' after Goethe who also described music as 'liquid architecture'.

Architecture is static, but perceived over time through movement. Meanwhile, the listener is often stagnant, while listening to music's movement through time.

All senses play part in experiencing architecture.

Hearing connects us with architecture as we are able to hear ourselves and our own voice interfering with voices and sounds from the surroundings, all in all creating a sense of cohesion.

Like the sense of seeing, the sense of hearing adds to a spatial perception when the brain combines little differences and time shifts in the soundscape from the two ears and translates those in to an immediate perception of space. We hear the boundaries of the room and the character of the surfaces, and the experience becomes dynamic when moving through the space.

Music creates space, and it 'takes place'. It uses architecture as backdrop and soundboard, while at the same time it takes over the space and builds community.

Like other arts - drawing, photography, and language - music relates to architecture through its form.

It can appear as program music creating images and atmospheres.

Just as the abstraction of a drawing can create a feeling of architecture, a score is able to evoke a musical experience. The composer Iannis Xenakis, who worked as an architect together with le Corbusier, was preoccupied by the interplay between architecture and music, and he made experiments with musical notations resembling the architect's sketches. 

The associations between architecture and music are manifold. Rhythm, tonal frequencies and space proportions are like architecture connected to the human scale.

Can you imagine music that interplays with architecture in a way where architecture and music are perceived as an artistic unity?

The intention behind the competition is to conceive a piece of music that can stand alone but at the same time is closely connected to or in symbiosis with architecture. Music that recalls dreams of architecture, maybe even as a musical 'promenade architecturale'?

We envision a composition of 2-6 minutes' duration.

The composition is allowed to include a reference that is not part of the actual work; Such as a piece of architecture, a painting, a photograph, a drawing or a text.

The work is allowed to have a name or a title. Furthermore, individual words can be included in the work.

The proposals must be submitted as audio files; The form of music is free. In order to be judged the music should be made ready for playing on a regular stereo.

The submissions will be judged by artistic / musical quality and by their ability to create symbiosis between architecture and music.

Download the competition guidelines here (PDF opens in new window).

Former Award Winners

Former Award Winners

2016
Architect Bente Lange
Praksis Architects, Mette Tony and Mads Bjørn Hansen
Read the press release

2015
International competition about architecture and film

1st Prize: Cole Phoenix
2nd Prize: Sam Renseiw
3rd Prize: Barbara Bohr and Agapi Triantafillidis
Watch the winner films
Read the press release

2014
Architect Johnny Svendborg
Architect Merete Lind Mikkelsen

2013
Architect Mette Lange
Landscape architect Marianne Levinsen
Architect Hans Peter Hagens
Read the press release

2012
International competition for writing about architecture

Winners:
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

2011
Journalist Henrik Sten Møller
Architect Kjeld Kjeldsen

2010
Architectural photographer Jens Lindhe

2009
Architect Theo Berg

2008
International competition for architectural drawing

Winners:
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

2007
International architectural photography competition

Winners:
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

2006
Artist Jytte Rex

2005
Studio Force4: Andreas Lauesen, Christian Dalsdorf, Maja Asaa and Mikala Holme Samsøe

2004
Studio Kollision: Andreas Lykke-Olesen, Tobias Løssing and Rune Nielsen
Architect Kent Martinussen
Film director Nils Vest

2003
Architect Julien De Smedt

2002
Architect Dorte Mandrup-Poulsen
Architect Merete Ahnfeldt-Mollerup

2001
Architect Bjarke Ingels

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