ArchNec – Architecture of Necessity

The international competition Architecture of Necessity is a part of the project WOOD2019 that Virserum Konsthall arrange with the support from the Municipality of Hultsfred and the Regional Federation of Kalmar County. The international manifesto on the Architecture of Necessity was first launched in 2009. Earlier exhibitions in 2010, 2013 and 2016 have together received 600 entries from more than 40 countries.


The international manifesto on the Architecture of necessity was first formulated in 2009 by Claes Caldenby, professor of architectural theory and history at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, Fredrik von Platen, former assistant director-general at Boverket and Henrik Teleman, at that time the head of Virserum Konsthall.


The Architecture of Necessity encourages dialogues about the basic values of architecture. A humble questioning of the living and consumption patterns that developed during the last century, which intersects many traditional political barriers.

You can read the whole manifesto here. Svensk version hittar du här.



What entries can be submitted?


Entries can be along the whole scale from buildings to city or community planning projects. Submissions have to fall within the scope of the manifesto on the Architecture of Necessity.


Considering the most pressing issues of today the jury would especially love to see entries that deal with the rural context – reactivation of forgotten places both with transformation of existing buildings and with new typologies, for example combining living, work and “freespace”.


Entries are accepted from professionally active individuals or legal persons such as architectural bureaus, building contractors, local governments or other entities. The submitted project must be dated between 2016 and 2019.


Jury and exhibition


The jury is responsible for the selection of entries and the winners. It is led by Claes Caldenby, professor of architectural theory and history at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. The other members are Tone Selmer-Olsen assistant professor at the Institute of Urbanism and Landscape at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design and Karli Luik and Johan Tali, architects and founders of Molumba. The exhibition will be held at Virserum Konsthall between 27th June and 2nd December 2019, as part of WOOD2019.


If you want more information, please read the invitation in its entirety.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions at barbro.wenden @


Architecture of Necessity – invitation

Appeal for an Architecture of Necessity


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