Gingerbread house competition

Pepparkakshus tävling

Amended advert for Sweden's Pepparkakshus competition

Every year Sweden's ArkDes (The Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design) organises a competition to design new buildings using gingerbread! The competition takes place at the end of November and attracts a huge number of entries.

Exhibition

The pepparkakshus are put on display in December and early January at ArkDes in Stockholm, on Skeppsholmen next door to Moderna Museet (The Modern Art Museum).

Theme

Each year the pepparkakshus tävling (gingerbread house competition) has a theme for the designs. For instance, in 2014 the theme was "Room for everyone".

The competition is simultaneously frivolous and serious. Bakers are challenged to design new buildings: to rethink functions and to reflect different needs and lifestyles.

Competitor groups

The competitors are normally divided into three groups:
• Architects, designers and bakers,
• Up to 12 years,
• All other bakers.
There is also a web competition.

Competition rules

1. The housing base plate must not exceed 50 cm x 50 cm (20" x 20") and may not go beyond these dimensions in any part.

2. The Jury may take into account the edible qualities of the house. (Everything must be edible.)

Inspirational entries

If you fancy designing and making an unusual pepparkakshus at home this year, here are a few of my favourites that might inspire you!

An entry in Sweden's gingerbread house competition

An entry in Sweden's gingerbread house competition

An entry in Sweden's gingerbread house competition

An entry in Sweden's gingerbread house competition

An entry in Sweden's gingerbread house competition

An entry in Sweden's gingerbread house competition

An entry in Sweden's gingerbread house competition

ArkDek-2014-280sq-0286

An entry in Sweden's gingerbread house competition

ArkDek-2014-420-0287

More information

For more information visit www.arkdes.se.

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