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
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 http://en.henninglarsensfond.dk.
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
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.
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