Competition introduction

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Iceland Lake Myvatn 
Community House

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Iceland Lake Myvatn 
Community House

Two Iceland municipalities, Skútustaðahreppur and Þingeyjarsveit, are making plans to merge into the largest municipality in the country. The new region would cover roughly 12,000 square kilometres and be home to over 1,200 people. This new region in northern Iceland is looking to set an example to the rest of the country, and the world, in terms of its sustainability. As such it will be looking to operate a circular economy.

A circular economy is focused on sharing, lending, and reusing materials, products, and resources as much as possible. Unlike traditional linear economic models which have often been labelled as “take, make, waste”, a circular economy operates with as much waste materials and energy being used in other areas as possible. This is especially important, as the municipality has large fields of eroded land that needs to be restored with the use of fertilizer, lupina plants, and tree planting.

The Iceland Lake Mývatn Community House competition is run in partnership with Sveinn Margeirsson, mayor of Skútustaðahreppur. Participants are asked to submit designs for a community house that would serve as a prime example of the positive impact of a circular economy in the region and across Iceland. The community house would therefore be the region’s main location for trading, sharing, and recycling materials and resources in order to exemplify how a circular economy operates.

 

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 kilometers in size and is home to a wealth of natural wonders and wildlife. [Img-top] – Lake Mývatn; [img-left] – Hverfjall Volcano; [img-center] – Grjótagjá Cave; [img-right] – Mývatn Nature Baths


Participants are asked to focus their designs around the concept of circular economy – sustainability and the reuse of materials should be at the core of submitted project designs. The community house will be a resource for both locals and tourists, providing everything from education to storage and lending of materials and equipment.

 

Participants are asked to focus their designs around the concept of circular economy.


As the Skútustaðahreppur council is planning the construction of this building, winning projects will need to be unique, creative, and practical, while fully embracing the ethos of a circular economy.

Download full competition brief for more information!

Competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English; All information submitted by participants must be in English

Full competition brief

All information can be downloaded as often as required; no additional information or material will be provided after registration.

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Prizes

10,000 € + Construction
Total Prize Fund
1st PRIZE
5,000 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
2nd PRIZE
2,000 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
3rd PRIZE
1,000 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
SKÚTUSTAÐAHREPPUR COUNCIL FAVOURITE AWARD
1,000 €
Publications 
Certificate of Achievement
ARCHHIVE STUDENT AWARD (more details)
500 €
+ 50 € ARCHHIVE BOOKS Gift Card 
+ 50 Points BEE BREEDERS Architecture University Rankings 

Publications 
Certificate of Achievement
AAPPAREL SUSTAINABILITY AWARD
500 €
+ 50 € AAPPAREL.com Gift Card 


Publications 
Certificate of Achievement
+ 6 HONOURABLE MENTIONS


PUBLICATIONS:


The winners will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured on the Bee Breeders website and social pages


CERTIFICATE:


Bee Breeders will also acknowledge the outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.

Jury panel

Bee Breeders is committed to selecting the most qualified industry professionals to comprise its jury panels. Jury panels consist of architects, in addition to professionals from other professional backgrounds that are relevant to the competition topic, to guarantee the most objective competition results.

You may find the invited jury list from previous competitions here - https://architecturecompetitions.com/guest-jury

Key dates

Closing date for registration

21 April, 2022

Closing date for project submission

26 May, 2022 (11:59pm GMT+0)

Announcement of the winners

07 July, 2022

Competition Q&A deadline: 28 April, 2022

In order to guarantee equal opportunities to all competition participants,
no new questions will be answered after this deadline!

Registration fees

  • Advance Registration
    09 December - 27 January
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    115 €
  • Students
    95 €
  • Last Minute Registration
    28 January - 21 April
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    135 €
  • Students
    115 €
  • Advance Registration
    09 December - 27 January
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    115 €
  • Students
    95 €
  • Last Minute Registration
    28 January - 21 April
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    135 €
  • Students
    115 €

STUDENT REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS


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General questions

Click on "register now", fill in all the required fields, choose your payment method and submit your information. You will be forwarded to Paypal or CPS secure payment gateway, to cover the competition fee. Once we receive your payment, we'll send you an email with your username and password to upload your submission directly to the website.
You can add/remove/edit team member information as often as you want in the upload panel, up until the submission deadline.
Only one proposal per registration is permitted. Participants are entitled to register multiple times if they wish to participate in the competition with several proposals.
Yes we are in the process of negotiating with multiple international industry-related media representatives. The list of media partners is constantly updated on our website, please check it regularly to find latest updates.
Yes. If the jury panel selects a Student award's submission for the top 3, it will automatically be awarded both prizes.
Yes. If the jury panel selects a Green award's submission for the top 3, it will automatically be awarded both prizes.
No. Competition entries are evaluated anonymously. The participant registration type is only revealed upon the announcement of the results.
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