Hangzhou Yuhang Opera Designed by Henning Larsen Architects, Opens its Doors to the People

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Henning Larsen. Partner responsible.- Claude Godefroy and Elva Tang.
Architecture team
Allen Shakir, Chee Yuen Choy, Dominik Mrozinski, David Ba- bul Mikkelsen, Ewa Bryzek, Emma Wang, Kasia Piekarczyk, Ka Tam, Melissa Sand-
Project manager.- Hannah Zhang. Local architect.- Hangzhou Architecture & Civil Engineering Design Institute. Engineer.- Buro Happold. Theater planning.- Kunkel. Acoustic consultant.- MBBM. Landscape architect.- Henning Larsen, Bassinet Turquin Paysage, AECOM. Façade consultant.- Inhabit Group.
City Government of Yuhang District in Hangzhou
Main contractor
Shanghai Construction No.4
Design period.- 2013 to 2016. Construction period.- 2016 to 2019.
GFA.- 82,546sqm. Auditorium.- 1200 seats. Small theatre.- 500 seats.


Henning Larsen Architects, was founded in 1959 an is an  is an international architecture company with strong Scandinavian roots.

Henning Larsen was born in 1925 in the town of Opsund, Videbæk, in western Denmark and moved with his parents to Bregninge, Zealand, as a child. Henning Larsen graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, in 1952. He established the company after a study trip to the United States. He started out with only one architecture student among his staff. Today, Henning Larsen Architects is one of Europe’s leading architectural companies. Henning Larsen's life work counts a number of significant building works in Denmark and abroad. He was often described as a "master the light". From 1968 to 1995, he was a professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen.

Henning Larsen received a number of awards and recognitions. Most recently, His Royal Highness the Prince Consort of Denmark's Europe Nostra Award 2013 and in 2012 what is often referred to as the Nobel Prize of art, the Praemium Imperiale. In 2001, he established the Henning Larsen Foundation with the objective of promoting and disseminating architecture in its broad sense.

Among Henning Larsen's most important works abroad, you find the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia, 1984), The Danish Embassy in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia, 1987) and Malmö City Library (Sweden, 1997). In Denmark, his most essential works include Copenhagen Business School Dalgas Have (1989), Enghøj Church (1994), Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek (1996) and the Royal Danish Opera (2004).



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