Henning Larsen commemorates Fritz Hansen’s 150th birthday with a Sustainably Designed Pavilion

Fritz Hansen celebrates 150 years with pavilion

Henning Larsen has unveiled the “Fritz Hansen Pavilion,” a sustainably designed pavilion for the 3 days of design event in Copenhagen. The Pavilion is located in Designmuseum’s Grønnegården, is designed with a Nordic approach, centered on daylight, low-carbon materials, and circular design principles.  

The pavilion is designed to be disassembled so that its materials can be reused elsewhere. 

Henning Larsen created this pavilion for Fritz Hansen with intentional minimalism. It takes the form of a transparent, shell-like building that welcomes streams of natural light and plant life. It also houses a room where only Fritz Hansen’s furniture is on display. The design adopts a Nordic philosophy and places a high value on simplicity, natural components, and premium materials. 

For the 150th anniversary of Fritz Hansen, we sought to design a space that would serve as a sustainable home for the furniture it showcases, says Eva Ravnborg, Partner at Henning Larsen. 

A hybrid space with seamless transitions between inside and out, the Pavilion is constructed of solid wood and is inspired by the garden it is located in. 

Sustainable Architecture Design by Henning Larsen 

Fritz Hansen pavilion

Henning Larsen adopts a sustainable mindset while designing the Fritz Hansen pavilion. The construction was created with disassembly in mind, following the logic of circular design. This plan minimizes waste during building and demolition so that all materials can be utilized again, specifically when it is rebuilt at Fritz Hansen’s headquarters in the future. 

The pavilion’s construction uses standardized components that are bolted together, which facilitates and expedites disassembly. Its components can all be utilized again and, if necessary, rebuilt into a smaller size. The pavilion’s modest shell-like design creates a unique environment for the presentation of Fritz Hansen’s furniture by letting light and the surrounding nature in.  

The architecture of the structure takes a Nordic style and emphasizes simplicity, natural components, and top-notch materials. 

What is Fritz Hansen? 

Fritz Hansen is a pioneer in the design and manufacture of furniture, lighting, and accessories, having been founded in Denmark in 1872. The brand, which reflects a contemporary Nordic lifestyle and works with innovative artists, designers, and architects from all over the world, is driven by a passion for beauty, quality, and workmanship. 

Today, more than 2,000 locations of sale, including flagship stores in Copenhagen, San Francisco, Milan, and Tokyo, sell Fritz Hansen products in more than 85 nations. The business, which has 260 employees worldwide and keeps its base to the north of Copenhagen, caters to clients that are passionate about design through contract and retail. 

Since 2004, Fritz Hansen has held an ISO 14001 certification. The standards for an environmental management system are outlined in ISO 14001, a standard that has received international acclaim. Through more effective resource utilization and waste reduction, it aids enterprises in improving their environmental performance while gaining stakeholders’ trust and a competitive edge. 

Henning Larsen Architects 

International architectural company Henning Larsen Architects is based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Henning Larsen established it in 1959 and is renowned for its educational and cultural initiatives.  

Henning Larsen Architects was awarded the 2013 Mies van der Rohe Award and the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture. The British journal Gramophone named their Reykjavk-based Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center as one of the top ten concert halls in the world. 

Henning Larsen Architects is also a member of the Ramboll Group and designed the Copenhagen Opera. 

The space will act as an ancillary hub for several activities throughout the summer, including summer schools, exhibitions, and workshops where tourists and residents may take part and get to know the creative community.  

Since the 1920s, Designmuseum Denmark has called one of Copenhagen’s Rococo structures homes. The area was repurposed as a museum in 1926 by architects Ivar Bentsen and Kaare Klint after being constructed in 1752 as Royal Frederik’s Hospital. 

The Fritz Hansen Pavilion now offers a fresh perspective on its old-world surroundings. 

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