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The Danish Architects' Association is holding this competition with the objective of finding innovative, functional ideas for the design of level-free entrances to buildings. Level-free entrances to buildings constitute a basic prerequisite for society to develop in a more equal direction, so that physically challenged men and women are given the same accessibility as every other member of society.

Competition proposal must respond to the following challenge:

Design level-free entrances and make society accessible to everybody
Your proposal must show how to create a level-free entrance for buildings, with the stipulation that rainfall must not penetrate the building, and that the entrance should provide efficient insulation against heat and cold.

Challenges of a level-free entrance

One of the major challenges in creating level-free entrances for buildings is the steadily increasing severity of climate conditions, which include extreme temperatures and higher rainfall, and the associated risk of flooding and the penetration of buildings by rain. The consequence is frequently the elevation of entrances to a higher level and the installation of rails or mouldings to prevent the penetration of buildings by rain.

An increased focus on sustainability and energy efficiency also makes greater demands on the capacity of entrances to insulate and seal off. The same demands apply to both the cooling and heating of buildings.

Protection against rainfall, which penetrates buildings, and requirements for insulation often lead to the design of building entrances, which create a barrier, for example, for wheelchair users and other physically challenged individuals.

Universal problem

The need for level-free entrances, combined with requirements for protection against rain and the insulation of a building, is a universal issue.
The solution of this problem calls for innovation. Therefore, we are holding this competition with the objective of finding innovative, functional ideas for the design of level-free entrances to buildings. 


Pictures of entrances and doors

The pictures in the right side of this page show examples of entrances and types of doors, with typical and known solutions to prevent rainwater from penetrating into buildings. Some of these solutions mean that there are problems with access to the building.
>> Download a selection of images with entrances and doors (32mb) 

Note: It is not the intention of pictures to put negative focus on specific door types, specific companies or persons.

Proposal requirements

The proposal must clearly and simply respond to the challenge, which the competition presents, and explain how to solve the challenge.

Proposals can be presented in the form of text, photographs, illustrations or video. Files can be up to a size of 20 mb

Criteria for judging

In their evaluation of the proposals,the jury will be looking at the extent to which they are:

  • Innovative - are well-known solutions being used in a new and different way? 
  • Functional - can the proposal work in reality, not only in terms of accessibility and design, but also in terms of rainfall and the requirements of the buildings' insulation? 
  • Universal - can the proposal be used in different parts of the world and in various types of building?


The jury will be announced soon


1st Prize
Presentation of the winning proposal at L' Union Internationale des Architectes (UIA) world congress in Durban, South Africa from 3 to 7 August 2014. The presentation will be planned in cooperation with the Danish Architects' Association. The prize includes travel and accommodation in Durban at a total value of DKK 30,000.

>> Read more about UIA and the UIA congress on: 

2nd Prize
DKK 10,000

3rd Prize
DKK 5,000

Weekly prize
Each week we will offer a prize for the best proposal of the week.

Facts about the competition

Competition dates
You can submit proposals for the competition any time between 2 September and 24 October 2013.

The deadline for uploading proposals is 11:59 pm on 24 October 2013.

On 17 September 2013, from 3.00 to 5.00 pm, there will be an inspirational event at Handicaporganisationers Hus in Taastrup. 

There will shortly be a program and registration for the event

How do I enter?
In order to upload your idea you must register as a user on 

>> Register here

If you wish to enter as a team, you can do so by registering as a group on the site. 

>> Upload ideas as a team

The competition organisers
The Danish Architects' Association sincerely hope that this competition will highlight the issue of accessibility.

The architectural profession places a greater emphasis than ever before on holistic solutions, which satisfy economic, social and functional needs. That means that architecture plays a key role in terms of compliance with the objectives of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

In the wake of the Danish ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, the Danish Architects' Association joined forces with three other organisations in the architecture and design industries to produce an accessibility policy, as part of the architecture and design industries' social responsibility. 

>> See the accessibility policy here 

In this common accessibility policy the Danish Architects' Association recognise the UN Convention, while also committing themselves to a focus on holistic thinking and opportunities for the implementation of relevant accessibility initiatives in architecture and design.

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was adopted by the United Nations on 13 December 2006. The Convention is a human rights convention, which aims at guaranteeing basic human rights to people with disabilities.

In July 2009 Denmark ratified the Convention. The Convention obliges Denmark, and the other countries, who have ratified it, to take practical measures to create a society, in which people with disabilities can be included, participate and live a dignified life.

One of the preconditions for the creation of an inclusive society is to ensure that society is accessible to everyone. That is why accessibility is one of the fundamental principles in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

>> Read more about the Convention here 

Contact and additional information

The Danish Architects' Association:
Martin Yhlen
T: +45 22643817

Kasper Egeberg
T: +45 22580975