Europa Nostra Denmark Award 2013 goes to world-renowned architect Henning Larsen

The internationally acclaimed architect Henning Larsen was conferred the Europa Nostra Denmark Award 2013 in acknowledgment of his substantial and significant efforts to develop contemporary architecture rooted in both the history and context of the location. The prize was presented by Europa Nostra’s former President HRH the Prince Henrik of Denmark, on 20 June, on-board the Royal Yacht Dannebrog in the Amaliehaven of Copenhagen. On behalf of the winner, Mette Kynne Frandsen, CEO at Henning Larsen Architects, received the award and thanked Europa Nostra Denmark for this “prestigious award”.

Copenhagen Opera House in Denmark, a project by Henning Larsen. Photo: Håkan Dahlström CC BY 2.0

Copenhagen Opera House in Denmark, a project by Henning Larsen. Photo: Håkan Dahlström CC BY 2.0

It was with great sorrow that Europa Nostra Denmark learnt of the death of Henning Larsen on 22 June, only two days after this award ceremony, at the age of 87. “We wish that Henning Larsen’s legacy will continue to be perpetuated through both his architecture studio and his Foundation”, stated Europa Nostra Denmark.

“Henning Larsen’s life-long work and contribution to Danish architecture has contributed to preserving and strengthening our architectural heritage. He has distinguished himself as one of the most significant present-day representatives of the highest architectural standards both in Denmark and on the international scene”, emphasized the jury of experts. “There is something light and stringent Scandinavian in his architectural expression that represents great aesthetic value and hides something bright in its mentality,” the jury added.

Over the years, Henning Larsen Architects has designed a large number of significant projects all over the world, including several educational institutions (from primary schools to universities) and cultural buildings (from museums to libraries and large concert halls). Among his monumental works are the Opera House in Copenhagen (2004) and the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Riyadh (1984).

HRH the Prince Consort of Denmark is former president of Europa Nostra and continues his commitment to the cause of cultural heritage through the Europa Nostra Denmark Award, which is given annually to an individual or organization to celebrate an outstanding contribution to cultural heritage in Denmark and beyond. The award is a very important part of Europa Nostra Denmark’s work to place heritage and its benefits in the mainstream of public consciousness and to make heritage a higher priority for public policy both at European and national levels.

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