Location: BLOX, Bryghusgade 10

Period: June – October

Architects Without Border’s pavilion is an interpretation of one of their actual development projects, the “Bio-centre”. Through basic sanitary functions, a bio-centre provides crucial services in a densely packed slum – while creating a social focal point.

Illustrations: Architects without borders

Architects Without Borders (Denmark)

National Slum Dwellers Federation of Uganda
ACTogether Uganda

Dreyers Fond
The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Through basic sanitary functions, a bio-centre provides crucial services in a densely packed slum – while creating a social focal point. The building´s toilets are placed above a large underground tank that produces a combustible gas from the human waste through a natural process. A waste product that is otherwise polluting the urban environment and causing disease, is now collected and refined into a resource that can be used in the residents’ stoves and for heating bathing water in the bio-centre.

The result is a range of positive services for the slum’s residents that can strengthen them in their daily life.

This partnership highlights how architecture can come with solutions to reduce inequality in living standards across the planet.


“The Bio-Centre is an example of a small architectural intervention that creates a huge impact in the local community. There are so many wonderful stories and facts to be explained about the Bio-centre – but most importantly, we hope that our guests leave with an optimism that they too, can create a positive impact. Through volunteer work with organizations such as Architects Without Borders, donations to development projects or simply helping a friend in need.”

Christoffer Breitenbauch
Chairperson of the board, Architects Without Borders (Denmark)


The pavilion will be donated to Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke /ActionAid


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