Register: OCT/29/2019, Submit: NOV/15/2019, Eligibility: Architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies, students; individually, teams up to 4 members, Fee: Architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies 90 USD, students 70 USD (MAY/23 – JUN/25/2019); architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies 120 USD, students 100 USD (JUN/26 – JUL/30/2019); architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies 140 USD, students 120 USD (JUL/31 – OCT/29/2019), discount for 3+ registrations from one university/school, Awards: 1st Prize 3,000 USD, 2nd Prize 1,500 USD, 3rd Prize 500 USD, BB Student Award 500 USD, BB Green Award 500 USD, 6 Honorable Mentions
Iceland’s thermal springs are a popular tourist attraction as well as a traditional pastime for locals. Often located in remote locations across the Nordic island, these springs are an idyllic rest stop for those visiting Iceland. The Iceland Thermal Springs Guest House architecture competition, in a partnership with the Vogafjós Farm Resort, is searching for designs for an extension to their property. Competition participants are tasked with creating an exclusive guest house addition to the resort that would have the capability of functioning as a separate facility in the case of high-profile or celebrity guests visiting.
The guest house would need to take full advantage of the stunning views of Iceland’s natural landscape and the frequently-occurring Aurora Borealis.
Iceland is a small Nordic island country situated between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean. With a population of less than 333,000, it is the most sparsely populated country in Europe, with the majority of that population living in the capital city, Reykjavik, and the surrounding areas.
Iceland was first settled on in the year 874 AD, when Norwegian chieftain Ingólfr Arnarson became the first permanent settler on the island. In the centuries to come, many more Norwegian settlers followed, as well as settlers from a few other Scandinavian countries. Iceland was under Norwegian and Danish rule from 1262 to 1814, and finally became a republic in 1944.
Iceland has comparatively low taxes and yet maintains a Nordic social welfare system, which provides universal health care and tertiary education for its citizens. Iceland runs almost entirely on renewable energy, and its main industries are fishing, agriculture and tourism.
VOGAFJÓS FARM RESORT
Located on the east coast of Lake Mývatn in Northern Iceland, the Vogafjós Farm Resort is a family-owned guest house surrounded by breathtaking Icelandic landscape. The farm has been owned and operated by the same family for nearly 120 years and operates as a mixed-stock farm of nearly 120 sheep and about 40 cows and cattle.
With views of lava rocks and birch trees set against the stark surroundings, it makes the perfect location to spot the northern lights and visit the nearby geothermal hot springs that Iceland is famous for.
The Vogafjós Farm Resort and its organic Cow Café are famous among Icelandic locals and visitors, offering homemade local foods such as smoked trout, raw smoked lamb, as well as mozzarella and other cheeses made from milk from their own cows. The café also bakes its own fresh Geysir rye bread, which is actually baked in the ground by the geothermal heat of the area.
The Vogafjós Farm Resort offers an “up close and personal” experience for diners at their Cow Café, with visitors able to watch the cows from the café or venture into the cowshed to pet them or even try fresh milk first-hand.
With stunning views of Lake Mývatn, the Vogafjós Café is an enriching, organic experience, incorporating produce from the farm directly or nearby, ensuring only high quality local foods are served to both locals and visitors.
In a partnership with the Vogafjós Farm Resort, the Iceland Thermal Springs Guest House architecture competition is searching for designs for an extension to their current property. Competition participants are asked to create an exclusive guest house with 8 – 10 guest rooms, each of which would incorporate views of the natural surroundings and the Aurora Borealis.
The new guest house would typically operate as part of the original resort, however in the case of high-profile and celebrity guests there should an element of privacy and exclusivity, and the new addition should be able to function as an independent complex. These should therefore be luxury rooms which take full advantage of Iceland’s remarkable scenery. The complex should include a common kitchen area, living room, and an outdoor hot tub.
THE COMPETITION SITE
The competition site is located a short distance from the two existing guest houses at the Vogafjós Farm Resort, just north of the resort’s famous Cow Café. The competition site is also located near several natural features that are popular tourist attractions, including Lake Mývatn, Mývatn Nature Baths, Mývatn Geothermal Area, and Grjótagjá Cave.
The local terrain is mainly rough ground covered with shrubs and stone boulders. In order to maintain a natural aesthetic in keeping with the landscape, participants should try to incorporate the local stones in their design proposals. Site coordinates: @65.6262742, -16.9143425
- 8-10 double size bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms
- Common Kitchen
- Common Living room
- Luggage Storage room
- Outdoor Hot Tub
Maximum building height – 7m. Underground construction is allowed. Internal and external circulation spaces must be explained. Participants do not have to include parking in their project strategy. The Avenue Programme is flexible, open for modifications and improved development strategies.