Register: APR/11/2018, Submit: MAY/15/2018, Eligibility: Architects, enthusiasts, companies, students; individually, teams up to 4 members, Fee: Architects, enthusiasts, companies 90 USD, students 70 USD (OCT/12 – DEC/08/2017), architects, enthusiasts, companies 120 USD, students 100 USD (DEC/09/2017 – FEB/14/2018), architects, enthusiasts, companies 140 USD, students 120 USD (FEB/15/2018 – APR/11/2018); 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 has a vast, wild landscape, with some of the most unique and incredible natural views in the world. Appropriately known as the land of fire and ice, Iceland’s volcanic fields blend seamlessly into gigantic glaciers and tumbling waterfalls. Iceland is also an ideal location to view the iconic Aurora Borealis, otherwise known as the Northern Lights.
For the Iceland Northern Lights Rooms architecture competition, participants are tasked with creating the concept for a guest house from which to view this breathtaking spectacle. The guest house would need to be able to permanently accommodate its hosts, as well as providing welcoming temporary accommodation for guests.
The building complex would need to feature a series of separate, detached guest bedrooms, scattered around the site. The key attraction of the each room would be its unobstructed view of the sky, allowing guest to gaze at the Northern Lights from the comfort of their own beds.
All winning entries will be put forward for consideration for construction, which is planned to take place in 2019.
Iceland is a Nordic island country, located in the North Atlantic Ocean. With a population of roughly 330,000, the 103,000 square kilometre island is the most sparsely populated country in Europe.
Iceland has a unique topography, in that it is both volcanically and geologically active; with its interior consisting of a plateau of sand and lava fields, mountains and glaciers. The combination of temperate and tundra makes for an exceedingly beautiful and contrasting landscape of fire and ice; hence its nickname, the land of fire and ice.
The main purpose of the Iceland Northern Lights Rooms are to function as a guest house, capable of accommodating up to 20 guests, as well as providing a permanent home for the hosts and their family.
Participants will need to design a range of distinct and separate guest bedrooms which range in size from single rooms to double rooms that can sleep up to four people. The guest rooms must be moveable; they have no permanent foundations and can be relocated as necessary.
The layout of each guest bedroom should be simple, providing guests with a bed and a skylight through which to enjoy watching the Aurora Borealis from their beds. Participants will also need to design a dining area that would be able to host and serve all the visitors at once, providing enough room and facilities (i.e. a kitchen and serving facilities) for up to five invited staff members as well the hosts.
The host private accommodation can be connected to the guest house facilities, or entirely separate, however there should be a clear and comfortable division between the two spaces. It should provide a bedroom, living room, bathroom and small kitchen.
Participants should also consider the landscape and additional features, such as a terrace with a roof for hosting summer events in the case of bad weather; as well as a barn for the 10 Icelandic horses owned by the host. The barn will only need to function as a shelter as Icelandic horses tend to live outdoors all year round.
Participants must accommodate the following functions:
- movable, detached guest bedrooms (different sizes)
- dining area
- sauna (optional)
- shower and WC
- living room
- small kitchen
- shower and WC
Additional features and facilities
- barn for the horses
- Must provide space for up to 10 horses. Each horse requires 2 x 3 m2 area
- internal and external circulation spaces must be explained
- participants should include parking in their project strategy
The building programme is flexible, open for modifications and improved development strategies.
The 3 hectares-large competition site is to be located in the northeast region of Iceland, on the opposite side of the island from the capital Reykjavik. The chosen location sits adjacent to the Mývatn lake, a shallow eutrophic lake not far from Krafla volcano. Created by a large basaltic lava eruption 2300 years ago, the lake and its surrounding wetlands are a popular nesting ground for waterbirds, especially ducks, which have been annually monitored by the Mývatn Research Station since 1975.
The site is located within close proximity to a volcano, as well as thermal pools. Due to the delicate nature of the region, no construction can take place within 200 meters of the lake.
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