72-hour open talent competition kicks off 30 April


20 April 2021

We’re happy to announce the launch of the 7th edition of our open call talent competition, CHART Architecture. Emerging architects, designers, and artists are invited to present their ideas for temporary pavilions, setting the social stage for CHART 2021, 26-29 August.



An international jury selects five finalists who will be given the opportunity to realise and display their project in the courtyards of Charlottenborg in Copenhagen during CHART.

The competition calls for wild, imaginative, and curious projects. Teams are encouraged to explore new territories by taking a cross-disciplinary approach by working across  architecture, design, art, and beyond.

“After a year of social distancing we all crave collective experiences. With CHART Architecture we ask young talents to rethink how architecture can set the frame for new social and collective interactions. We can’t wait to be inspired and surprised.”
– Nanna Hjortenberg, Director of CHART

Participants are challenged to explore the idea of ‘social architecture’ and the use of architecture as a powerful tool to create new spatial and social experiences.



CHART Architecture is a 72-hour open call competition. The competition is open to graduate students, architects, designers and artists (who graduated within the last 7 years) as well as newly established studios (started within the last 5 years), who are yet to realise larger building projects. CHART encourages interdisciplinary teams to participate in the competition. Participants in the competition must be either educated from or living in the Nordic countries.

The competition begins on Friday, 30 April at 12pm and will be launched on this site.

Deadline for submission of proposals is Monday, 3 May at 12pm.

Contact arch@chartartfair.com for more information.




Architect, Bjarke Ingels (BIG, DK); Architect Shohei Shigematsu (OMA, JP); Designer, Sabine Marcelis (NL); Director, Simon Lamunière (OPEN HOUSE, CH); Artist, Nina Beier (DK); Architect, David Zahle (BIG, DK).

“I look forward to seeing all kinds of unexpected interpretations of this year’s theme. To see them realised in such a short time frame is a rarity and a treat.”
– David Zahle, Architect and Partner at BIG


Bjarke Ingels, architect and founder of the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), who over the past two decades has created groundbreaking architecture across the world. He is an Honorary Professor at the Royal Danish Art Academy’s School of Design and Architecture, and is a visiting professor at multiple universities including Harvard, Yale and Columbia. He was named one of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2016.


Shohei Shigematsu, partner at OMA, one of the world’s leading architecture firms. Based in New York, leading the firm’s portfolio in the Americas and Japan, he has delivered a number of cultural projects including the Quebec National Museum. His ongoing museum projects include New Museum (NY) and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (NY).


Sabine Marcelis, one of Holland’s most recognised designers, working within the fields of product, installation and spatial design with a strong focus on materiality. The winner of multiple prestigious prizes, she most recently won Wallpaper*s award ‘Designer of the Year 2020’.


Simon Lamunière, curator based in Geneva, who has worked on major exhibitions at Domaine du Muy (FR) as well as curating the exhibition Art | Unlimited as part of Art Basel for several years. He is currently the Director at OPEN HOUSE, an outdoor exhibition spanning architecture, art and design.


Nina Beier, Danish artist with broad international experience and impact. She received her education from the Royal College of Art in London, and her work has been shown in multiple museums and institutions such as Tate Modern (UK), Walker Art Museum (US), Centre Pompidou (FR) and SMK (DK).


David Zahle, partner at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and the responsible architect for many of BIG’s award-winning projects, including prominent cultural projects like Kistefos (NO), Tirpitz on the Danish coast (DK) and the Danish Maritime Museum (DK).


This year CHART Architecture is made possible in collaboration with CAFx, Arup, and FRAME, and with support from Realdania, The Dreyer Foundation, Danish Arts Foundation, Copenhagen Municipality, and FOSS.