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Henning Larsen

As a young architect, Henning Larsen, 1925-2013, was an associate of Arne Jacobsen, but in the 1960s ­ after establishing his own firm ­ he gained a reputation through his successful participation in international architecture competitions.

Henning Larsen

He won for instance the competition for a new university in the Norwegian city of Trondheim, the first stage of which was completed 1976-78.

Henning Larsen's main work, however, is the Saudi Arabian Foreign Ministry in Riyadh (1982-84), a monumental, fortress-like building in which Islamic and European building traditions are elegantly combined.

The varies spaces in the building and the exciting use of light are characteristic of Henning Larsen's architecture, as are the covered "bazaar streets" and "squares" on several floors, themes found again in several of his other works, including the Copenhagen Business School in Frederiksberg (1988-89) and the central library in Gentofte (1984-85) to the north of Copenhagen.

Elisabeth Buchwald, Gyldendal Leksikon

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