Athenaeum – 2023

SAVE Athenaeum – 2023

Last Submission Date: March 23, 2021

Country: Denmark

Type: Open Competition

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About Competition


Architects are not endowed with designing just buildings but with time, we are now building economies and megacities. This expanded role of architecture is becoming more and more evident with the passing century, where the profession found itself from making enclosures for functions to defining how the functions would be. The keywords to define the architecture, transformed from just Aesthetics and Order, to Efficient and Sustainable. And it’s continuing to change.

As 2023 comes closer, these changing definitions are becoming more noticeable. Especially when we see this in context of our education springing from the grassroots of architecture legends, to modern stalwarts of today. To braver design explorations and less of revivals. To more diversity in design, with knowledge passed on to progressive countries. As architecture evolves these themes continuously shift with amazing trails behind.

And this, in the context of Denmark, looks more real than ever.


The secret of Copenhagen is open for the world to discover and 2023 marks this special moment that has a chance to open it for the rest of the world. The competition brief here is to design an Athenaeum for Architecture at Copenhagen that resonates with the evolving trends of world architecture. The word “Athenaeum” in the 21st century should be more than just a space for learning about architecture. This one of a kind endeavour of Architecture for Architecture should disseminate the past and its links to the current architectural trends, which shall pave the way to the future of world architecture ideologies.

The users of this Athenaeum would not be just architects or from a certain educational background, but for people and creative at large. The place is not dedicated just for the built environment, but for the architects of ideas and concepts that led to this place, inspiring more people to know about the hidden lines between architecture.


The purpose of the Athenaeum is to act as a gateway for the old & new, a vault of knowledge and ideas that initiate dialogue for the future of architectural philosophies of the world.

  1. Content

The challenge is to frame the various themes of how the Athenaeum of World Architecture and its evolving patterns are presented. The programme should also have various activities associated with learning and leisure.

  1. Experience

Once curated, the next step of the challenge is to craft how this journey or the message of architectural evolution is conveyed to people and designers from all around the world who would be visiting this place.

  1. Enclosure

The final part of the challenge is to give a form to this experience crafted from the contents you have created for the Athenaeum. This can be springing from either the Danish fabric of Architecture or your interpretations from the world.


Prize pool of worth 24,000$

First Prize: 6000$ (For students and professionals)

Runner Up: 6 x 1400$ (For students and professionals)

People’s Choice: 4 x 600$ (Open for all)

Honourable Mention x 12: 600$ Each

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This is an open competition to participate.

Submission / Key Dates

Registration Closes: 22 Mar 2021
Submission Deadline: 23 Mar 2021
Result Announcement: 20 May 2021

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