30 Aug – 1 Sep

CHART Architecture is an open 72-hour competition inviting postgraduate students or newly graduated architects, designers and artists working in the Nordic region to explore and challenge the crossovers between art, design and architecture through realising temporary pavilions at CHART. Based on the thematic theme for CHART 2019, Materiality, each of the Architecture finalists presents an innovative and artistic approach to how architecture, through rethinking materials and craft, can pave the way for a more sustainable future.

In the context of architecture, materiality is essential to our understanding of built and natural environments. An international jury has selected five finalist teams, all who present innovative and artistic approaches to how architecture, through rethinking materials and craft, can pave the way for a more sustainable future.

The competition aims to develop young practitioners’ professional development by offering an opportunity to build with qualified support at a scale not usually possible as an early career architect and wide international exposure. In the lead up to CHART, the engineering and consultancy firm Arup will facilitate workshops with a focus on sustainable design and circular economy for the five teams. Each team will also be awarded an additional mentorship programme ran by architectural professionals and advisors at BLOXHUB. During CHART, the jury will select a first prize winner.

The jury for CHART Architecture competition 2019 consists of international profiles in architecture, design and art:

David Zahle, Architect and Partner at BIG (DK)
Lea Porsager, Artist (DK)
Nikoline Dyrup Carlsen, Architect and Co-founder of Spacon & X (DK)
Pippo Ciorra, Senior Curator of Architecture at MAXXI Museum (IT)
Rosa Bertoli, Design Editor at Wallpaper* magazine (UK)


SULTAN Pavilion - finalist of CHART Architecture 2019


Anne Bea Høgh Mikkelsen, Katrine Kretzschmar Nielsen, Klara Lyshøj & Josefine Østergaard Kallehave

Taking an everyday object, IKEA’s Sultan mattress, as its point of departure, Sultan’s design repurposes the innards and exterior—wood, metal, foam, and fabric—from disregarded mattresses, to transform a flat form into a living space. In doing so, Sultan shines a light on the possibilities for the detritus of mass consumption.


SNUG AS A BUG IN A RUG - finalist of CHART Architecture 2019


Andreas Körner & Mathias Bank Stigsen 

The sensorial design of Snug as a Bug in a Rug asks us to rethink the relationship between a building and its viewer. Made from a latex-coated polymer fabric, the pavilion’s materiality allures visitors to caress its facade and nestle into its enclosures.


ROCK PAPER CNC - finalist of CHART Architecture 2019


Diana Smiljkovic, Gustav Kjær Vad Nielsen & Oskar Koliander

The black building blocks, which gives the stone-like structure, Rock Paper CNC, its appearance, are made individually by hand from recycled paper in CNC-cut moulds. In combining traditional craftsmanship and new digital means the architectural form demonstrates how waste can be revitalised as a raw material.


CELL PAVILION - - finalist of CHART Architecture 2019


Josefine Rita Vain Hansen & Marie Louise Thorning

A cell is both a biological building block and a minuscule space in itself, the Cell Pavilion takes this dual consideration to produce a form comprised of a number air-filled latex cells, resulting in a spacious structure that imitates a living organism.



Cristina Román Díaz & Frederik Bo Bojesen

Salt is a mineral of enormous biological and cultural importance and the source of inspiration for the design of Salaria Pavilion. In considering the transitory and fragile qualities of the mineral’s structural makeup, the triangular construction made of wood, fish nets, salt crystals and clear polycarbonate frames salt in a renewed architectural context.


CHART Architecture is made possible with the generous support from Realdania, The Dreyer Foundation, FOSS, The City of Copenhagen and the Danish Arts Foundation. Knowledge and resource partners include BLOXHUB, Arup, and Copenhagen Architecture Festival.