Architecture 2019

Recycled IKEA Sultan mattresses, a huggable facade, bricks of recycled paper, latex cells and a tribute to salt – CHART Architecture 2019 presented temporary pavilions rethinking “materiality”.

CHART 2019, photo credit Niklas Vindelev

In 2019 the theme for the 72-hour architecture competition for young talents was “materiality” to encourage participating architects to investigate how materiality, physicality and presence can be a starting point for shaping the society of the future.

Five out of 54 proposals, submitted by budding creatives, makers and architects from across the Nordic region, were selected by an international jury based on their outstanding innovative approach to materials and craft – paving the way for a more sustainable future.

"At most art schools, one works with their art form in 1:1, at the film school, the visual arts school, the theatre school, and the design school, it is simply at the core of the learning process. At architecture schools, on the other hand, students do not have the opportunity to work with materials at such a scale, and as a newly graduated architect, few students get to work with projects that are particularly experimental. We have chosen five projects that are innovative, experimental and diverse in their choice of materials, and which we believe give the finalists a unique opportunity to push both the participants' and the audience's ideas about how materials can create architecture". - David Zahle, partner of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and chair of the CHART Architecture jury.

The temporary pavilions by the five finalists were installed in the courtyards at Charlottenborg during CHART 2019, housing CHART's bars and restaurants.


Sultan, Anne Bea Høgh Mikkelsen, Katrine Kretzschmar Nielsen, Klara Lyshøj & Josefine Østergaard Kallehave. Photo: Joakim Züger

Based on an ordinary everyday object, IKEA’s Sultan mattress, the architects Anne Bea Høgh Mikkelsen, Katrine Kretzschmar Nielsen, Klara Lyshøj and Josefine Østergaard Kallehave designed a pavilion that addresses mindless consumerism. By reusing each part of several Sultan mattresses (wood, springs, foam and fabric), the quartet transforms a flat disregarded object into a living space. 1664 Blanc, with its unique taste and blue-bottled appearance, partnered with SULTAN to serve modern, fruity and refreshing beer.



Salaria Pavilion, Cristina Román Díaz & Frederik Bo Bojesen. Photo: Joakim Züger

The architects Cristina Román Díaz and Frederik Bo Bojesen’s pavilion was an ode to a mineral of enormous biological and cultural importance: salt. Taking inspiration from both salt’s taste and cultural significance, the duo considers the transitory and fragile qualities of this mineral’s structural makeup. The result, a sculptural construction made of wood, fishnets, salt crystals and clear polycarbonate which frames salt in a new context. Rogue Oysters, made their home in SALARIA PAVILION, where they served three types of salt-water oyster on offer, complimented by natural wines.



Snug as a Bug in a Rug, Andreas Körner & Mathias Bank Stigsen. Photo: Joakim Züger


The architect duo Mathias Bank Stigsen and Andreas Körner’s pavilion rethinked the relationship between building and viewer. Where conventional building materials rarely ask you to touch them, SNUG IN A BUG AS A RUG, made from a latex-coated polymer fabric is an experiential and sensorial design, which invites visitors to hug its façade and nestle into the pavilion’s enclosures – providing a much-needed break from the festivities at CHART. Gasoline Grill partnered with SNUG AS A BUG IN A RUG to serve a single menu staple, the Green Burger, a seasonal vegetarian offering made from organic ingredients.



Cell Pavilion, Josefine Rita Vain Hansen & Marie Louise Thorning. Photo: Joakim Züger

A cell is both a biological building block and a minute space in itself. This dual consideration is the point of departure for architects Josefine Rita Vain Hansen and Marie Louise Thorning’s pavilion, where a number of air-filled latex cells form the building blocks in a light, spacious structure that imitates a living organism. Nordic brand Thorn Gin partnered with CELL PAVILION to create a gin bar serving drinks inspired by Nordic flavours and ingredients.



Rock Paper CNC, Diana Smiljkovic, Gustav Kjær Vad Nielsen, Oskar Koliander, Jonas Bentzen & Haris Hasanbegovic

At a distance, the construction looked like a stone construction, but the building blocks, which comprise ROCK PAPER CNC are in fact made from recycled paper produced by hand, in CNC cut moulds. This pavilion by visual artist Oskar Koliander, and architects Diana Smiljkovic, Gustav Kjær Vad Nielsen, Jonas Bentzen and Haris Hasanbegovic utilise waste as raw material and rethinks how it can be revitalised through traditional craftsmanship and new digital methods. In partnership with ROCK PAPER CNC, Jah Izakaya & Sake Bar served sake and Japanese food, made with locally-sourced Danish produce.


The jury for CHART Architecture 2019 consisted of a number of international profiles in architecture, art and design. The chair of the jury was architect and partner of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, David Zahle (DK). In addition, the jury consists of Senior Architectural Curator for Italy's National Museum of Contemporary Art and Architecture, MAXXI, Pippo Ciorra (IT); founder of the award-winning Copenhagen-based design and architecture studio Spacon & X, Nikoline Dyrup Carlsen (DK); design editor for the British design, architecture and the lifestyle magazine Wallpaper*, Rosa Bertoli (UK); the Danish visual artist Lea Porsager (DK).

CHART 2019, Winner pavillon together with the jury. Photo Joakim Züger.

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 for CHART. 

CHART Architecture 2019 was realised in partnership with Realdania, Dreyer's Foundation, FOSS and the City of Copenhagen. Knowledge and resource partners for the project include Arup, BLOXHUB, and Copenhagen Architecture Festival (CAFx).