Location: Gråbrødre Torv

Period: June 30 -October 29

The ‘Poetic Daylight’ pavilion, unfolds the spatial qualities of daylight, where the perceptual, aesthetic and poetic potential of daylight can be experienced in a series of spaces.

Illustrations by Claus Pryds Architects

Royal Danish Academy: Architecture, Design Conservation
Institute of Architecture and Design

in collaboration with
Claus Pryds Architects

AAU BUILD: Nanet Mathiasen & Anne Kathrine Frandsen
Holst Engineering Aps
Aaen Engineering
Event Brand Aps

Dreyers Foundation


Daylight gives us an understanding of where we are in the world and of the spaces, we find ourselves in every day.

The atmosphere of a buildings is largely defined by daylight. We are delighted to see the changeability of daylight – from morning to evening – and we experience how light, and darkness shape the spaces that surround us. Especially here in the Nordic region, where there are fewer hours of daylight, there is a need to appreciate its influence on our lives and buildings. By focusing on the specific Nordic daylight, you will find a creation of robust and characterful spaces, where daylight can support the function of the spaces.

Daylight also contributes to more sustainable architecture as it is an important factor for people’s well-being and health. Therefore, spaces should be designed so that they can support people’s need for daylight. By utilizing the natural resource: daylight, as the primary light source, we can contribute to a more greener transition, while also ensuring that we, humans get the daylight we need.

We have a strong belief that the poetic potentials of daylight can have a decisive role in the green transition.

Louise Grønlund
Project Leader, Royal Danish Academy


The pavilion will be moved to the Royal Danish Academy on Holmen for further investigations of daylight conditions. The intention is that after one year at the Royal Danish Academy, the pavilion will be moved to a third and final location.


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