Kolonihaven - The International Challenge, Copenhagen, Denmark (1996)

Kolonihaven - The International Challenge, Copenhagen, Denmark (1996)

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  • Alvaro Siza (archive creator)
  • Alvaro Siza (architect)


Kolonihaven - The International Challenge, Copenhagen, Denmark (1996)

Dates of creation


Level of archival description


Extent and Medium

  • 2 drawings
  • 0.01 linear metres of textual documentation

Scope and Content

This project series documents the Kolonihaven - Exposição ao ar livre in Copenhagen, Denmark. While the records were held in the office’s archives this project was assigned the number 73/90 The office assigned the date 1996 to this project.

At the end of the 19th century, there was an important migration of people from the rural areas to the cities in Denmark. Some migrants missed the contact with the soil and decided to built small houses with gardens to help them to adapt to their new urban life. These small Danish houses we're later named Kolonihavehus and became emblematic in Denmark.

The exhibition Kolonihaven - The International challenge was held in Copenhagen by the Arken Museum of Modern Art. Fourteen international architects, including Álvaro Siza, Aldo Rossi, Mario Botta, Michael Graves, Arata Isozaki, and Leon Krier were invited to design a 7.5 square meter Danish house. Siza's design was based on his idea of a house as a child mixed with his memories of a trip to Scandinavia. The fourteen architects also participated in the exhibition "Major Projects" at the Køge Museum, in Køge, Danmark. The exhibition focused on the sketches and preliminary drawings of majort projects by each architect.

Documenting this project are sketches and documentation.

Reference Number



Material in this series was arranged by Álvaro Siza’s office and has been kept in this order.


Copenhagen Denmark

Credit line

When citing the collection as a whole, use the citation: Álvaro Siza fonds, Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. When citing specific collection material, please refer to the object’s specific credit line.

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    • Reference Number: AP178.S1.1996.PR01.001
    • Title: Sketches and documentation, Kolonihaven - Exposição ao ar livre, Copenhagen
    • Dates of creation: 1996
    • Form: drawings, textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0


    • Alvaro Siza (archive creator)


    Original file title: Kolonihaven

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 pencil drawing on paper, 1 ink drawing on a envelope, 0.01 l.m. of textual records


    Sheet (largest): 15 x 22 cm|Sheet (smallest): 11 x 15 cm

    Credit line:

    Álvaro Siza fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don d’Álvaro Siza/
    Gift of Álvaro Siza

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