Register: NOV/01/2019, Submit: NOV/29/2019, Eligibility: Architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies, students; individually, teams up to 4 members, Fee: Architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies 90 USD, students 70 USD (MAY/29 – JUN/28/2019); architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies 120 USD, students 100 USD (JUN/29 – AUG/02/2019); architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies 140 USD, students 120 USD (AUG/03 – NOV/01/2019), 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 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 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
MYVATN – THE NORTHERN LIGHTS CAPITAL OF ICELAND
Mývatn is the spectacular region in the north of Iceland that is home to some of the country’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders, and is considered the Northern Lights Capital of Iceland. The lake region is
home to Iceland’s fourth largest body of water, Lake Mývatn, which is 36.5 square kilometres in size and is home to a wealth of natural wonders and wildlife.
Making up part of the Diamond Circle – a popular travel route in the north of Iceland – Lake Mývatn and the surrounding region are an idyllic location to go birdwatching, fishing, relax in the natural hot springs and explore the eerily beautiful lava fortress of Dimmuborgir. Of course one of the most spectacular sights to see are the Northern Lights themselves, which are spotted more often in the northern region of Iceland.
The Iceland Volcano Museum, when completed, will feature the local Mývatn attractions in their exhibitions, and will function as a local tourism expo throughout the year.
ICELAND VOLCANO MUSEUM
For the Iceland Volcano Museum competition, participants are tasked with designing a multi-purpose space, the main function of which will be as an exhibition hall. The exhibition hall should be able to host several (3-4) different installations at the same time. Each installation will be temporary and therefore the hall needs to provide a certain amount of flexibility in terms of arrangement.
In addition to the multipurpose exhibition hall, submitted designs will need to include an office complex that would provide 15-20 workspaces for the client to use. The office zone would need to have 2 entrances – one for the public (with reception area) and one private entrance for office employees. The office layout would need to provide 10 closed private rooms that could accommodate 10 occupants. Additionally, designs would need to include 2 larger open plan office spaces for the remaining full-time and short-term employees, as well as 2 meeting rooms. The space would also need to include a café that could cater for 30-40 people, as well as a small information centre. The complex is expecting to receive up to 500, 000 visitors annually. The entire complex should not exceed 3 storeys in height. Underground construction is allowed and there is no maximum building footprint defined.
As winning proposals will be considered for construction, the jury will be looking for designs that meet these practical needs and respect the unique and sensitive context while at the same time have the potential to become an iconic tourist attraction in their own right.
THE COMPETITION SITE
The competition site is located in northern Iceland, just east of Lake Myvatn. The area is entirely clear flatland, with no trees or other obstructions impacting construction. Site coordinates: @65.6384028, -16.86736
- Multipurpose exhibition hall: 300-400 sqm
- Offices: reception: 1 workspace for receptionist, 10 private offices, 2 open plan coworking spaces – 15 workspaces in total, 2 meeting rooms
- Cafe (+ kitchen): capacity to host 30-40 people
- Information centre/point: Easily accessible Myvatn tourism information distribution point/desk for visitors
- Car park: 100 cars + 10 buses
- Service areas
Internal and external circulation spaces must be explained. The buildng programme is flexible, open for modifications and improved development strategies.