Six Things to Do at Copenhagen Architecture Festival 2018

Copenhagen Architecture Festival (CAFx), now in its fifth year, creates an annual program that brings together film, installation, seminars, and workshops to explore the way that architecture shapes and reflects our lives. The theme for this year is “home, housing, and belonging.” The festival runs from 3 – 16 May this year.

The festival has expanded beyond Copenhagen to Aarhus, Aalborg, and Odense, making it a wonderful reflection of not only the architecture in the capital city, but all over Denmark. Though we’re focusing on Copenhagen here, we encourage you to take a look at the full program to see all locations.

These are the best things to do during Copenhagen Architecture Festival 2018:

List Marker: Number 1A Tour of UN City

Take a tour of the gorgeous and highly-sustianable UN City building right on the Nordhavn water, by Danish architecture firm 3XN. After the tour, there will be a talk regarding the UN sustainability goals and how architects around the world are working to meet these targets. There will be light refreshments. Remember to bring a photo ID, as you’ll have to go through security.

A Tour of UN City

Marmorvej 51
2100 København

Friday, 4th May
2:00 pm
NB: This event is in English


List Marker: Number 2Architecture Tour by Bike

See Copenhagen’s architecture the way it should be seen: by bike! Architect Tina Saaby guides this tour of the city’s prize-winning architecture and explains how they contribute to the city, as well as the unique aspects of each building.

Architecture Tour by Bike

1550 København K

Saturday, 5th May
1:00 pm
NB: This tour is in English


List Marker: Number 3The Tokyo Night Sky is Always the Densest Shade of Blue

This gorgeous film follows the lives of two young people living in Tokyo as they struggle with personal uncertainties as well as the intense urbanisation of life in Tokyo. That may sound dark, but the film is alternately gentle and frank.

The Tokyo Night Sky is Always the Densest Shade of Blue

Gothersgade 55
1123 København K

Wednesday,9th May
9:30 pm


List Marker: Number 4The Human Shelter

This film by Boris Benjamin Bertram explores the concept of home across time and cultures, including refugee shelters, space, and nomadic lifestyles. It’s a visually stunning and mentally stimulating journey through both the abstract and concrete ideas behind what constitutes “home.”

The Human Shelter

Danish Architecture Centre
Bryghuspladsen 10
1473 København K

Friday, 11th May
4:00 pm


List Marker: Number 5Designing for Shared Living: Possible Cities

As cities continue to grow, shared spaces will become more and more necessary. This talk will focus on how communities can be brought together through shared space, including co-working space, social hubs and increased accessibility.

Designing for Shared Living: Possible Cities

Flæsketorvet 10
Købehavn V

Friday, 11th May
5:00 pm
NB: This event is in English


List Marker: Number 6Inner Copenhagen’s Jewish History

Learn the history of Copenhagen’s Jewish population though this guided walking tour that focuses on the buildings that framed the daily life of the community. From synagogues to cemeteries to trading houses, there’s much to be seen and understood about this complex history. The tour is led by the Jewish Museum and begins there.

Inner Copenhagen’s Jewish History

Jewish Museum
Proviantpassagen 6
1218 København K

Sunday, 13th May
2:00 pm

See the whole CAFx program here!

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