Comfort and Architecture 2016 Competition

Submission: October 13, 2016
Registration: October 13, 2016
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: 1st Prize: DKK 50.000, 2nd Prize: DKK 20.000, 3rd Prize: DKK 5.000
Type: Open


In collaboration with The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK) and Saint-Gobain, we invite all skilled, new architects in Denmark who engage through architecture and improve indoor conditions to submit entries for the architectural alumni student competition Saint-Gobain Comfort and Architecture 2016.

The competition is targeted toward all architects who have graduated with a Master of Arts from either Aarhus School of Architecture or KADK between 2013 and 2016 (both years included) plus current graduating students.

The competition invites entries of thesis projects that create innovative answers to modern society’s need for comfortable and sustainable architectural environments.
Entries must:

  • be based on your thesis project made as a graduate student from either Aarhus School of Architecture or KADK – as single or joint submissions
  • demonstrate ideas and concepts for new built environments with a special emphasis on indoor comfort and sustainability

Comfortable indoor environments

Indoor climate covers temperature, thermal conditions, fresh air, light, and sound but how do we, as creators of new space, design comfortable indoor environments that go further than temperature control or environmental impact? What is the artistic key to sustainable architecture and comfortable space? Comfortable conditions are essential to our mental and physical well-being, productivity, learning and living.

Buildings and especially the energy used by buildings represent one of the greatest environmental impacts on our planet. But very few of us think about questioning how the buildings really affect us and what we should expect from them. We rarely wonder if a building covers our needs unless something suddenly no longer works or creates discomfort for us. How does inadequate sound control in schools affect learning? How does insufficient lighting affect our well-being and productivity? How does air influence our health? – to mention a few of the issues addressed in the competition.

We therefore invite innovative thesis projects that engage through architecture and propose new ways of designing architectural space – allowing us to work, live, play, or study comfortably.

1st Prize: DKK 50.000
2nd Prize: DKK 20.000
3rd Prize: DKK 5.000

Go to the competition’s website