“It is part of our strategy to seek new projects globally. The office in Hong Kong is a milestone in the international development of the company that will strengthen our position on the global market. Hong Kong is a bridge to China, which is experiencing strong growth”, says CEO Mette Kynne Frandsen, Henning Larsen Architects. “Hong Kong is very dynamic and a great place for creative companies. Scandinavian architecture is well-known for its high quality and sustainability. This is in demand in Asia. Elva Tang and Claude Bøjer Godefroy are heading the office. Both of them are architects born global and with a vast knowledge of Asia”.
The office is managed by Elva Tang who was born and grew up in Hong Kong. She is trained as an architect with a degree from the US and has been affiliated with Henning Larsen Architects since 2004. The Design Director of the office is Claude Bøjer Godefroy. He is Danish-French and holds a degree from Aarhus School of Architecture. He has worked as design architect at Ateliers Jean Nouvel and has previously worked on several competitions in China for Henning Larsen Architects.
The first project at the Hong Kong office will be a new cultural centre in Yuhang just north of the metropolis Hangzhou in the eastern part of China where Henning Larsen Architects has won the design competition for a 70,000 m2 cultural hub comprising an opera, a theater, two museums and an art school. The project was won in an international competition.
“The creative industries have great export potential. Architecture is an industry with huge growth, and we have a very strong position internationally. Our international competitors do not have the same ability to engage in dialogue with stake holders and understand how architecture can create value for everyone”, says CEO, Mette Kynne Frandsen. “Although it is primarily the large Danish architecture companies that are exporting at the moment, there is a great potential for smaller studios, for instance by collaborating with each other. This could contribute to further strengthening the position of Scandinavian architecture”.
Henning Larsen Architects has offices in Copenhagen, Oslo, The Faroe Islands, Munich, Istanbul, Riyadh, and Hong Kong. The company has 229 employees from 32 countries. Henning Larsen Architects was one of the 30 companies represented in Denmark’s Export Canon in 2013.