A skilled and adventurous sailor, Copenhagen’s harbor holds a special place in Lars’ heart. During his tenure as Partner at JJW Architects, he was instrumental in the development of Skolen i Sydhavnen (the School of the South Harbor), a maritime and science-based school located on a canal in Copenhagen’s former industrial district, Teglholmen. The school design celebrates the harbor as a learning environment and community harbor house at a human-scale. The roof terrace folds down directly to the water, offering students and neighborhood locals a cultural meeting point for learning and play. The design has earned international acclaim, including being crowned as the “Best School in the World” by World Architecture News.
Lars believes architecture is about designing for people. He believes user-driven design is a balance between pragmatic solutions and value-based design, yet this always requires a willingness and curiosity to try something new.
Rune Veile is one of the visionary talents behind Urban Power – one of the leading Danish offices in the field of transformation and development of existing urban areas. They create environments with a high degree of livability and optimized solutions for social interaction. Their transformative urban strategies, including the highly acclaimed projects “Nordhaleøen” and “Holmene,” demonstrate the power of design and the need for urban leadership to create livable, sustainable, and climate-resilient cities.