Copenhagen's "Toaster" Opera House| Criticised as the worst work of Architect: Henning Larsen

Updated: Jul 20, 2020


The Copenhagen Opera House (Operaen) in Copenhagen Holmen, Denmark.
The Copenhagen Opera House (Operaen) in Copenhagen Holmen, Denmark.

General Info 📚

  • Architect: Henning Larsen

  • Architectural style: Neo-futurism

  • Construction dates: 2001-2005

  • Seating capacity:1,700

  • Design of one of the largest canopy roof structures in the world.


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A bit about the Architect


Portrait of the Danish architect Henning Larsen
Portrait of the Danish architect Henning Larsen

Henning Larsen, (20 August 1925 – 22 June 2013) was a Danish architect. He is internationally known for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Riyadh and the Copenhagen Opera House.


Larsen studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, from which he graduated in 1952. He continued studies subsequently at the Architectural Association School of Architecture and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Larsen founded an architectural firm that bears his name, Henning Larsen Architects (formerly Henning Larsens Tegnestue A/S). From 1968 to 1995, he was a professor of architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. In 1985, he established the SKALA architecture gallery and the parallel SKALA architecture journal, both entities of which continued until 1994.