Recap: Henning Larsen Lecture

On Monday, October 16, 2017, DAF presented Henning Larsen Architects: A Nordic Perspective on Creating Livable Cities in collaboration with OZ Architecture, the Design Council of the Denver Art Museum and CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning and sponsored by McWHINNEY.

The lecture was delivered by Louis Becker, Design Director and Principal Partner at Henning Larsen Architects, in the Denver Art Museum’s Sharp Auditorium.

Lecture overview: Architecture should not only reference itself, but should give back to the context that it is a part of; not just its immediate surroundings and users, but also the communities that it engages with. The result is a contribution to creating social sustainable and livable cities.

This philosophy is one of the key drivers in the works of the Scandinavian architectural practice, Henning Larsen.

Spaces that promote flexible interaction, foster engagement, and contribute to enhanced personal and collective experiences must respond to environmental, cultural, historical, and climatic parameters. By considering these design factors, we can demonstrate how to effectively design healthy spaces for the future built environment.

We call this approach “context-driven design.”

Featuring a demonstration of the distinct design methodology of Henning Larsen and several case studies, the lecture aimed to exhibit iconic landmarks, universities, and innovative work spaces as important building blocks of the built, urban environment.

The lecture emphasized the importance of shared spaces and how architecture must address and foster human interaction in order to make them what they are envisioned to be.

In this way, the lecture demonstrated how spaces and buildings should not only reference the context that they are built into, but must point to a vision of livability on behalf of the most important space we share: the city.

Photo courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects: Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center, Reykjavík, Iceland by Henning Larsen