CANactions: What words would you choose to describe your work?
Viggo Haremst: Our work strives to strike a fine balance between knowledge and poetry, promoting Scandinavian values such as accessibility and equal opportunities.
How do you define your office's design method?
All of our projects are based on a curious approach to the world. That is our culture at Henning Larsen. We think first. By engaging in dialogues with clients, collaborators, and users and investigating the context and environment, we establish a basis for making the right decisions in the design process.
What's your proudest project to date? And why?
One project that I am particularly proud of is the University of Southern Denmark — Campus Kolding. In many ways, this project constitutes a milestone in the evolution of learning spaces at Henning Larsen. The university building has innovated the way we work with the atrium as space, not only in learning environments but also in large offices, that are more and more inspired by learning environments.
What other projects are you particularly excited to be working on?
In a time of raging urbanization, I find the high-rise typology quite interesting. Achieving liveability and sustaining the quality of life while solving the problem of density that many cities experience pose an interesting challenge. Physically, high-rises are a big statement. How do you design a welcoming space that gives back to the public realm, while at the same time taking up so much space in the urban landscape? That is interesting!