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 for CHART.

In the context of architecture, materiality is essential to our understanding of built and natural environments. An international jury has selected five teams of finalists, all who present innovative, artistic approaches to CHART’s 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. 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)


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

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, with its unique taste and blue-bottled appearance, will partner with Sultan to serve modern, fruity and refreshing beer.



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

Andreas Körner (AT) & Mathias Bank Stigsen (DK)

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 will partner 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.



Diana Smiljkovic (CY), Gustav Kjær Vad Nielsen (DK), Oskar Koliander (SE), Jonas Bentzen (DK), & Haris Hasanbegovic (DK).

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. In partnership with Rock Paper CNC, Jah Izakaya & Sake Bar will serve sake and Japanese food, made with locally-sourced Danish produce.



CELL PAVILION - - finalist of CHART Architecture 2019

Josefine Rita Vain Hansen (DK) & Marie Louise Thorning (DK)

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. Nordic brand Thorn Gin will partner with Cell Pavilion to create a gin bar serving drinks inspired by Nordic flavours and ingredients.



Cristina Román Díaz (ES) & Frederik Bo Bojesen (DK)

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, who will make their home in Salaria Pavilion, will have three types of delicious salt-water oyster on offer, complimented by natural wines.

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.