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.

Architecture of Necessity 2019

This year’s competition has ended. More than 60 projects from around the world were submitted. At at meeting in Virserum in May the international jury selected projects for an exhibition. List on chosen projects as well as winners and honourable mentions is found here. More information on this year’s competition read the invitation.

The competition will return in 2022.