Approach

 
 

The architecture of Henning Larsen Architects is based on human scale paying strong attention to sustainability and social responsibility.

We are inspired by our colleagues, partners, the site and location, society, science, nature and the company’s own history. This is the background to Henning Larsen Architects being able to hold a leading position in the field of architecture while at the same time maintaining its openness and curiosity in the collaboration with others.

Our designs emanate from a variety of different themes. The themes have manifested themselves in various ways from project to project. Our architectural visions and ideas are continuously developed in accordance with our broad spectrum of assignments ranging in size from single-family houses to concert halls, hospitals and masterplans.

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Daylight

Daylight

Architecture is the right balance of space and light.

Daylight is a central theme for Henning Larsen Architects. It influences our senses and puts focus on life and the present moment. Light emphasises the viewer's experience of being present in the moment at this specific place. In this way, the building becomes an instrument that reflects the daylight and allows the architecture to provide a brilliant framework for people's lives.

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Wall surfaces capturing the light makes the present much more intense for the people inside a building.

In addition to its obvious qualities for architecture, daylight is one of the most important parameters for the energy consumption of a building. A daylight optimised building directly influences the energy consumption for cooling, ventilation, artificial lighting and the heating bill. Thus, incorporating the use of daylight in project processes has a number of positive effects.

The interior space

The interior space

Spatiality is not just space but a whole small world or atmosphere created by architecture.

In this way, architecture becomes an inspiring foundation for community and building relations.

 

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At Henning Larsen Architects, projects are often designed on the idea of an inner, uniting space encouraging the exchange of knowledge and ideas as well as informal meetings. For instance, Reykjavik University is designed as a circular, independent city with streets, squares and arcades. The project is based on the idea of the university as a city and the faculties are organised as independent urban quarters around a common, inner square.