Henning Larsen

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Henning Larsen
Henning Larsen.jpg
Henning Larsen, 2012
Born(1925-08-20)20 August 1925
Opsund, Denmark
Died22 June 2013(2013-06-22) (aged 87)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Alma materRoyal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
AwardsPraemium Imperiale
PracticeHenning Larsen Architects
BuildingsMinistry of Foreign Affairs (Saudi Arabia)

Henning Larsen, Hon. FAIA (20 August 1925 – 22 June 2013) was a Danish architect.[1] He is internationally known for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Riyadh and the Copenhagen Opera House.

Larsen studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, from which he graduated in 1952.[2] He continued studies subsequently at the Architectural Association School of Architecture and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[3] His mentors included Arne Jacobsen and Jørn Utzon.[4]

Larsen founded an architectural firm that bears his name, Henning Larsen Architects (formerly Henning Larsens Tegnestue A/S). From 1968 to 1995, he was a professor of architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. In 1985, he established the SKALA architecture gallery and the parallel SKALA architecture journal, both entities of which continued until 1994.[3]


The campus center in Dragvoll



  1. ^ AF Anders Legarth Schmidt (23 June 2013). "Lysets mester er død" (in Danish). Politiken.dk.
  2. ^ Laura Mark (24 June 2013). "Henning Larsen (1925 - 2013)". Architects Journal. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b Peter MacKeith (1 July 2013). "Obituary: Henning Larsen, 1925-2013". Architectural Record. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  4. ^ Grabar, Henry (3 July 2013). "Henning Larsen's Greatest Building Was Also His Greatest Failure". The Atlantic Cities. The Atlantic Media Company.
  5. ^ "Nykredit Architecture Prize". Nykredit website (in Danish). Copenhagen, Denmark: Nykredit Holding A/S. 2013. Archived from the original on 20 February 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Aga Khan Award for Architecture". Aga Khan Development Network. Archived from the original on 12 October 2008. Retrieved 23 September 2009.


  • Henrik Sten Møller, Legen og lyset. En frise over Henning Larsen som menneske og arkitekt (Light and Life. A portrait of Henning Larsen), Politikens Forlag 2000, ISBN 87-567-6551-7
  • Henning Larsen, De skal sige tak. Kulturhistorisk testamente om Operaen (You ought to be thankful. A historical document about the Opera), People's Press 2009. ISBN 978-87-7055-783-2

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