Here are the finalists for CHART Architecture 2019


28 May 2019


CHART 2019

Recycled IKEA Sultan mattresses, a huggable facade, bricks of recycled paper, latex cells and a tribute to salt – the five finalists for CHART’s architecture competition present five creative approaches to materiality and offer a glimpse of the possibilities for the future of architecture.

White smoke emanates from the chimneys at CHART – the international architecture jury has selected five finalist team who get to realise their temporary pavilions in Charlottenborg’s courtyards at CHART 2019, 30 August – 1 September. The five finalists selected from 54 proposals submitted by budding creatives, makers and architects from across the Nordic region.

Based on this year’s theme materiality, each of the five finalists presents an innovative and artistic approach to how architecture, through rethinking materials and craft, can pave the way for a more sustainable future.

‘The five proposals challenge the use and possibilities of materials in their own way. They are quite different and together they present a great variety of approaches to the theme. With their own material focuses they approach the theme playfully and experimentally, and manage to show us individual typologies and logics’
– Nikoline Dyrup Carlsen, founder of the design and architecture studio Spacon & X and member of the CHART Architecture jury

SULTAN Pavilion - finalist of CHART Architecture 2019


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 have 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.

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


The architect duo Mathias Bank Stigsen and Andreas Körner’s pavilion rethinks 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.


The architects Cristina Román Díaz and Frederik Bo Bojesen’s pavilion is 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, fish nets, salt crystals and clear polycarbonate which frames salt in a new context.

ROCK PAPER CNC - finalist of CHART Architecture 2019


At a distance, the construction looks like a stone construction, but the black building blocks, which comprise ROCK PAPER CNC are in fact made from recycled paper produced by hand, in CNC cut moulds. This this pavilion by visual artist Oskar Koliander, and architects Diana Smiljkovic and Gustav Kjær Vad Nielsen, utilises waste as a raw material and rethinks how it can be revitalised through traditional craftsmanship and new digital methods.

CELL PAVILION - - finalist of CHART Architecture 2019


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.


The five projects can be experienced in the courtyards of Charlottenborg during CHART, 30 August – 1 September, where they will house CHART’s bars and restaurants.

The jury for CHART Architecture 2019 consists of architect and partner of BIG studio, David Zahle (DK); Senior Architectural Curator for Italy’s National Museum of Contemporary Art and Architecture, MAXXI, Pippo Ciorra (IT); founder of design and architecture studio Spacon & X, Nikoline Dyrup Carlsen (DK); design editor for Wallpaper*, Rosa Bertoli (UK); the Danish visual artist Lea Porsager (DK).

CHART Architecture is realised in partnership with the Association Realdania, Dreyer’s Foundation, FOSS and the City of Copenhagen. Knowledge- and resource partners for the project are Arup, BLOXHUB and Copenhagen Architecture Festival (CAFx).