Gingerbread House 2020
27 November 2020 - 10 January 2021
The year's incarnation of Gingerbread House is a unique, fragrant exhibition made up of imaginatively designed and constructed gingerbread houses. But it is also a competition in which children, adults, amateurs and professionals alike are invited to create side by side.
Mandatory pre-registration closes on November 12, 2020. The winners are announced on December 13, 2020.
Each year a jury selects a winner for each competition category. A special prize is also given to the visitors’ favourite. The public can choose to vote either on site at the museum or on our website.
30 years of Gingerbread Houses at ArkDes!
You might be surprised to learn that the exhibition Gingerbread House has been exhibited at ArkDes annually since 1990. This year we are celebrating our thirtieth anniversary and, in honour of this milestone, are creating a particularly festive exhibition filled to the brim with festive feeling!
2020 Theme: Distance
Some distances can be measured, like a metre, a light year, or the path that you travel every morning on your way to work or school. Other distances are just a sensation, like feeling close to someone or the feeling of living in separate worlds. This year, the distance between us has increased – both on the street and between countries. But perhaps we have also grown closer to each other, helped one another and spent time together in new ways? What do the distances in your life look like?
• Architects, designers and professional bakers
• Children up to and including the age of 12
• Everyone else who loves to bake!
Measurements and ingredients
The base of the house may be maximum 40×40cm. No part of the house may extend beyond these measurements. The maximum height that the construction can reach is 60cm. Your gingerbread house may only contain ingredients that are edible. (The base, however, does not have to be edible.)
All contributions to the competition will be exhibited, but ArkDes reserves the right to refuse entries if, for example, they break Swedish laws, represent commercial advertising, contain political messages, or can be considered inappropriate or unethical.
In order to reduce the risk of over-crowding the exhibition space during the dates of submission, each competition entry must be pre-registered. If you already know that you would like to participate, send us an email to email@example.com and let us know which category you intend to participate in. Pre-registration is open until 12 November, 2020.
As a result of the ongoing pandemic, the number of competition entries are limited this year. The decision to create a sparser exhibition is to reduce over-crowding within the exhibition space.
Special rules for schools and preschools
As special measures are necessary this year, in order to reduce over-crowding the number of entries per school/preschool will be limited to a maximum of one per class or department. We thank you in advance for your understanding.
Submitting your entry
Submission of entries takes place between 13-15 November, 2020. When you submit your entry you will be provided with a time slot for your submission. 13 November, 2020 is reserved for schools and preschools. This is necessary to reduce over-crowding during the submission weekend. Please ensure that you prepare your contribution in advance so that it is as complete as possible when you’re submitting it to us.
Please note that we do not accept entries after the weekend of submissions has passed.
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Does everyone have to bake a house?
Gingerbread House is an exhibition that approaches architecture in a playful and humble way. At the same time, the built environment consists of many different elements, and building with gingerbread dough offers even greater possibilities to use your imagination and create new forms and exciting solutions. For this reason, we do not disqualify contributions that don’t look like traditional houses, but we especially welcome contributions that can be recognised as something akin to what architects usually design in the real world.
What do you mean by political messages?
Logotypes, the names of political parties, or slogans on gingerbread houses are not permitted. Submissions that may be perceived as comments on political campaigns or debates are also not permitted. Feel free to contact us if you’re unsure.
What prizes are up for grabs?
The winners and runners-up in each competition category will receive a trophy, a special engraved ArkDes baking tin, and a kit consisting of selected designer products for the kitchen and home (for adults). The winners in the category Children Up to the Age of 12 also receive a trophy and an ArkDes baking tin, as well as a prize package customised to the winner’s age. All participants will also receive a diploma to take home and put on the fridge!