Greenland –

Head for the center of the world

Photo by: Hanne Hvattum
Entrance to the exhibition goes through a traditional Greenlandic home.

Exhibition period

October 11 , 2013 - January 26, 2014

Supported by

Greenland – Head for the center of the world’ was supported by Realdania.

Possible Greenland was supported by Ministry of Culture Denmark, The Danish Arts Council’s Architecture Committee, Realdania and sponsored by Shell, Royal Arctic Line, Rambøll, Dreyers Fond, Dronning Margrethes og Prins Henriks Fond, Danmarks Nationalbanks Jubilæumsfond af 1968, Vink Plast and Neschen.

You probably know something about Greenland. But do you also know something about modern Greenland? Greenland is en route to the center of the world – and in this exhibition, we invited you to come along!

The eyes of the world are focused on this large northern country and its enormous potential in terms of mineral resources, climate and new global connections. In the last few years Greenland has assumed a central and highly important position on the world map.

The Danish Architecture Center’s autumn exhibition, “Greenland – Head for the center of the world”, invited visitors on a sensuous and exciting journey to modern Greenland. The exhibition provided a new and up-to-date view of Greenland with all the opportunities and challenges, which recent years have opened up for its people and society.

Visit a traditional Greenlandic home

The basis of the exhibition was a large-scale installation in the form of a traditional Greenlandic home, created by the renowned Greenlandic artist Bolatta Silis-Ove Høegh. The exhibition opened the gates to modern Greenland for an encounter between visitors and some of the people, who make the decisions about the country’s future development.

Super harbour and international airport

Employing a variety of specific examples, a number of Danish and Greenlandic architects will show how they work together to take on the various challenges and opportunities: for example, by creating a new combined super harbour and international airport; or by designing a town, which can accommodate people from all over the world, but without the people of Greenland losing their own identity.

Updated version of the Danish biennale exhibition from 2012

The exhibition “Greenland – Head for the center of the world” is a re-curated version of the exhibition Possible Greenland, which was shown in 2012, as the official Danish contribution to the 13th International Architecture Biennale in Venice. Possible Greenland was also shown at Katuaq in Nuuk in February 2013.

Both Possible Greenland and “Greenland – Head for the center of the world” was curated by the internationally renowned Danish-Greenlandic professor of geology, Minik Rosing, in collaboration with NORD Architects Copenhagen.


tnt nuuk, ELKIÆR + EBBESKOV arkitekter, Hausenberg, Clement & Carlsen Arkitekter, Qarsoq Tegnestue, Tegnestuen Vandkunsten,Tegnestuen Nuuk, BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, Julie Edel Hardenberg, Inuk Silis Høegh, KITAA Arkitekter, David Garcia Studio, Henning Larsen Architects, Conditions Magazine, TERROIR, Boris Brorman Jensen, Arkitektskolen Aarhus, CEBRA Arkitekter, Transform Arkitekter, Arktisk Ingeniør v/ Sanaartornermik Ilinniarfik in Sisimiut and the Technical University of Denmark, DTU Management Engineering.