Daylight contributes to more sustainable architecture as it is an important factor for people’s well-being and health. A space where the perceptual, aesthetic and poetic potential of daylight are experienced in a series of spaces. Architects: Royal Danish Academy & Claus Pryds Architects
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.
Architects Without Borders (Denmark)
National Slum Dwellers Federation of Uganda
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.”
Chairperson of the board, Architects Without Borders (Denmark)
The pavilion will be donated to Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke /ActionAid
Reflections in Common
Find your reflection in the World Capital of Architecture 2023. It is a reminder of Copenhagen’s human centered approach to planning and architecture. Made by: Urgent agency and City of Copenhagen
Greenhouses rescued on the brink of demolition and transported to the new location at Jernbanebyen, repurposing and reconfiguring into new purposes. Architects: FORMA
OBEL AWARD: unPAVILION
A statement piece prompting curiosity, debate, and reflection on our contemporary and future uses of resources. The story of a rescued concrete barge otherwise slated for demolition, highlighting a dilemma that the construction industry must overcome. Architects: MAST
Tower of Wind
A journey through the history of meteorology and insight into how future technology can help combat climate challenges. Architects: Anna Maria Indrio, Henning Frederiksen, Christian Fogh & Simone Aaberg Kærn.
Observe harbor life and feel the present environment with challenges that rising sea levels bring to coastal cities. A testament to the loss of underwater biodiversity, due to global warming. Architects: Studio Coquille and Tan & Blixenkrone
Showcases innovative use of precast concrete elements, a construction system that has dominated the Danish industry since the 1950s. Is it possible to reuse building components, minimizing resource consumption? Architects: 3XN/GXN
From 4 to 1 Planet
3 pieces that address how to reduce climate impact to a fourth of the current level without compromising on attractivity and liveability. Architects: ReVærk, Tegnestuen LOKAL, Leth & Gori and Rønnow Architects.
Bricks in Common
Bricks are an energy-consuming material to produce. Each arch being the equivalent of 1 tonne CO2, the largest arch demonstrates up 75% in Co2 emission reduction using recycled bricks and new methods. Architects: AART, Mangor & Nagel
Plastic Pavilion: Building Sustainable Societies
Future building materials need to be sustainable. Many of the synthetic materials (plastic) have these properties while at the same time being durable, lightweight, cheap, and easy to shape. Architects: Terroir
Living Places Copenhagen
Building buildings with a three times lower CO2 footprint and a first-class indoor climate. Homes should be healthy, affordable, simple, shared over time and scalable. Architects: EFFEKT
Explores the relationship between food systems and our urban infrastructure, architecture, and policy to reveal the environmental impacts of these structures, showcasing innovative techniques in food circularity that can be implemented in urban environments. Architects: Schmidt Hammer Lassen