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Photo: Viktoria Garvare.

Photo: Viktoria Garvare.

Gingerbread House Competition 2019

29 November 2019 - 5 January 2020

Gingerbread House 2019 is a different and aromatic exhibition of imaginative gingerbread houses. It is also a competition where children, young people, adults, amateurs and professionals compete side by side.

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Important dates

17 November: Deadline for pre-registering participation (NOTE: Pre-registration is not required).

22-24 November: Submission of gingerbread houses.

15 December at 13.00: Award ceremony at ArkDes.

This year’s theme

This year, we are baking and building on the theme HOT. What comes to mind when your hear this word? Do you think of sunny beaches or climate activist speeches? The hottest trends or spicy dinners with friends? We are hoping for more than 100 hot takes on this year’s theme – and reminding you to load your fire alarm with some fresh batteries and set the oven timer!

Competition rules

The base of the house may be maximum 50×50 cm. No part of the house may extend beyond these measurements.

The gingerbread house may only contain edible ingredients. (The base, however, does not have to be edible.)

All competition contributions will be exhibited, but ArkDes reserves the right to refuse entries if they, for example, break Swedish laws, represent commercial advertising, contain political messages or can be considered inappropriate or unethical.

Competitors are grouped into these categories:

  • Architects, designers and professional bakers
  • Children up to the age of 12
  • Everyone else who bakes

Does everyone have to bake a house?

Gingerbread House is an exhibition that approaches architecture in a playful, humble way. At the same time, the built environment consists of many different elements, and building with gingerbread dough gives even greater possibilities to use your imagination and create new forms and exciting solutions. For this reason, we don’t disqualify contributions that don’t look like traditional houses, but we do especially welcome contributions that can be recognized as what architects usually create in real life.

What do you mean by political messages?

Logotypes, the names of political parties, or slogans on gingerbread houses are not allowed. Neither are submissions that may be perceived as comments on political campaigns or debates. Feel free to contact us if you’re unsure.

What are the prizes?

The winners and runners-up in each competition category get a trophy, a special engraved ArkDes baking tin and a kit consisting of selected designer products for the kitchen/home (for adults). The winners in the category Children Up to the Age of 12 also receive a trophy and ArkDes baking tin, as well as a prize package customized to the winner’s age.
All participants will also receive a diploma to take home.


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Read more about the exhibition

This year’s theme

This year, we are baking and building on the theme HOT. What comes to mind when your hear this word? Do you think of sunny beaches or climate activist speeches? The hottest trends or spicy dinners with friends? We are hoping for more than 100 hot takes on this year’s theme – and reminding you to load your fire alarm with some fresh batteries and set the oven timer!

Competition rules

The base of the house may be maximum 50×50 cm. No part of the house may extend beyond these measurements.

The gingerbread house may only contain edible ingredients. (The base, however, does not have to be edible.)

All competition contributions will be exhibited, but ArkDes reserves the right to refuse entries if they, for example, break Swedish laws, represent commercial advertising, contain political messages or can be considered inappropriate or unethical.

Competitors are grouped into these categories:

  • Architects, designers and professional bakers
  • Children up to the age of 12
  • Everyone else who bakes

Does everyone have to bake a house?

Gingerbread House is an exhibition that approaches architecture in a playful, humble way. At the same time, the built environment consists of many different elements, and building with gingerbread dough gives even greater possibilities to use your imagination and create new forms and exciting solutions. For this reason, we don’t disqualify contributions that don’t look like traditional houses, but we do especially welcome contributions that can be recognized as what architects usually create in real life.

What do you mean by political messages?

Logotypes, the names of political parties, or slogans on gingerbread houses are not allowed. Neither are submissions that may be perceived as comments on political campaigns or debates. Feel free to contact us if you’re unsure.

What are the prizes?

The winners and runners-up in each competition category get a trophy, a special engraved ArkDes baking tin and a kit consisting of selected designer products for the kitchen/home (for adults). The winners in the category Children Up to the Age of 12 also receive a trophy and ArkDes baking tin, as well as a prize package customized to the winner’s age.
All participants will also receive a diploma to take home.


Main sponsor