Have a Seat

25. June 2015 to 23. August 2015

Nikolaj Plads is one of Copenhagen’s most central breathing holes, yet for too long it has been dominated by parked bikes and building sites. With the TA’ PLADS (“Have a Seat”) project, Nikolaj Kunsthal and The Danish Architecture Centre want to create new life on Nikolaj Plads, providing the opportunity for an inspirational and thought-provoking stay. TA’ PLADS was a competition where artists, designers, architects, carpenters and others were invited to rethink the classic københavnerbænk, The Copenhagen Bench.

We were looking for creative and imaginative proposals which would integrate Nikolaj Plads into its concept and design, while also exploring new forms and materials. Safety, weather conditions and the daily rhythm of the square were also a priority.

No less than 60 proposals of high quality were submitted by young design students, carpenters, artists as well as experienced architects. A cross-disciplinary jury has selected four projects which are to receive an award. The four benches will also be produced and installed as fully working prototypes on Nikolaj Plads over the summer 2015.

All 60 proposals for a new Copenhagen Bench will be exhibited at Nikolaj Kunsthal, and for the duration of the exhibition, you as an audience member can vote for your favorite bench among them. On the basis of the votes cast, an Audience Prize will be awarded to mark the ending of TA’ PLADS in August.

The jury consisted of the following experts in art, city life, architecture and design:

Kent Martinussen, CEO, Danish Architecture Centre

Tina Saaby Madsen, City Architect
Lene Floris, Director, History & Art

Ewa Westermark, Partner, Gehl Architects
FOS, visual artist

Henrik Vesterberg, journalist, Politiken
Johanne Løgstrup, curator, Nikolaj Kunsthal
Andreas Brøgger, Head, Nikolaj Kunsthal


The four winning proposals are:

Confession by Mantautas Šulskus, Milda Laužikaitė & Linas Tranas (25)
Pyramid Round Bench by Caroline Ulrikke Graae (38)
#sundaysinthesun by Martin McSherry & Heda Mikulicova (55)
Social Capital by Hans Christian Asmussen (50)