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.


In the context of architecture, materiality is essential to our understanding of built and natural environments. An international jury selected five teams of finalists, all who presented innovative, artistic approaches to CHART’s 2019 thematic focus on materiality and 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. During the design process, the engineering and consultancy firm Arup facilitated workshops with a focus on sustainable design and circular economy for the five teams.

During CHART, the jury selected Sultan as the first prize winning team.


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

Taking the everyday object of 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. 1664 Blanc, partnered with Sultan to serve modern, fruity and refreshing beer.



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

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. Rogue Oysters made their home in Salaria Pavilion, serving salt-water oysters complimented by natural wines.



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

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 façade and nestle into its enclosures. 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 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. 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

The  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. By combining traditional craftsmanship and new digital means the architectural form demonstrates how waste can be revitalised as a raw material. Rock Paper CNC partnered with Jah Izakaya & Sake Bar to serve Japanese food made with locally-sourced Danish produce.

The jury for CHART Architecture 2019 consisted of international profiles across 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)

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.