International Architecture Competition

Iceland Lake Myvatn
Community House

Results

Foreword

Competition organisers

Iceland Lake Myvatn 
Community House

Official Partners

Iceland Lake Myvatn 
Community House

Buildner is excited to announce the results of the Iceland Lake Myvatn Community House Competition!

This event is part of Buildner’s Iceland Competition Series, which has included the Iceland Greenhouse Restaurant competition, Iceland Cave Tower competition, Iceland Volcano Museum competition.

The Iceland Lake Mývatn Community House competition was run in partnership with Sveinn Margeirsson, mayor of Skútustaðahreppur, northern Iceland. Two municipalities, Skútustaðahreppur and Þingeyjarsveit, are making plans to merge into Iceland's largest municipality, and seeking to set an example for sustainability by operating as a circular economy. Competition participants were asked to submit designs for a community house that would serve as a prime example of the positive impact of a circular economy across Iceland. The building is intended to be the main regional location for trading, sharing, and recycling materials and resources in order to exemplify circular economy operations.

Buildner worked with an outstanding international jury for this event: Marshall Blecher, co-founder of MAST, a maritime architecture studio based in Copenhagen; Xuanru Chen, lead architect at Shanghai-based ZJJZ Atelier; Pip Cheshire, Director of Cheshire Architects, based in Auckland, New Zealand; Borghildur Indriðadóttir, an artist that lives and works in Reykjavík, Iceland; Magic Kwan and Kenrick Wong who run OOA - Orient Occident Atelier, a Cambodian architectural studio; Marta Frazão, Filipe Rodrigues, and Inês Vicente, Partners at Atelier Data, a Lisbon-based architecture office; Lera Samovich, an architect at Fala Atelier in Porto, Portugal; and Sigrún Sumarliðadóttir, co-founder and Principal of Studio Bua, an architectural practice with offices in London and Oslo, whose portfolio includes the renovation of an Icelandic farmhouse and cultural center.

Buildner and its jury team thank all the participants for their submissions!

1st Prize Winner

Project name

Circulation

Authors

Moye Guo
Shilan Yu

Germany

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

After years of architectural study and subsequent work, the understanding and views of architectural design have gradually accumulated or changed. As a profession between rationality and art, there are many aspects in the design process that can restrict architects from expressing their ideas and showing their unique style. Through architectural competitions, we can better, and to some extent more freely, show our creativity. Even many buildings that are difficult to realize in real life can be boldly attempted in architectural competitions, which also promotes the development of the architectural industry to a certain extent and provides more possibilities for architectural design.

Jury commentary

The favorite for this competition was a project designed to integrate the building into the landscape and provide an open viewing platform for local residents and visitors. Circular in form and centered on the site, the project is set into a hill with three elevated sides and one side open for views facing the lake. The jury writes: ”An exceptional design with a beautiful and clever integration within the landscape. The program is spread organically using the topography of the site. The proposal of a circular community house is harmonious and tasteful for the chosen location - a strong sculptural form that does not disturb the natural topography, and offers a sheltered courtyard with good internal planning. The proposal reacts sensitively to the landscape and its views. The architecture blends into nature, while retaining a strong identity.” The jury commends the submission for its successful blending into the landscape, and for its exceptional drawings and visualizations.

2nd Prize Winner

Project name

WARE I HOUSE

Authors

Aleksa Milojevic
Ka Wai Cheung
Konstantin Kim

Austria

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

There are not many options for a beginning architecture studio without substantial capital to gain access to built projects. Competitions help to make that more possible. So, the answer might be because we believe in our work and, for now, we have enough resources to try.

Jury commentary

Ware / House proposes a solemn structure that allows for playful forms of inhabitation and inventive use. Volumes of contrasting materials are integrated with light wells that pierce the space and accentuate visual and functional connections. According to the jury: “This project stands out for its innovative use of the existing site structures, the only submission that maintained the existing structure while also producing high quality architecture. It checks all the boxes, suggesting an elaborate and well functioning spatial experience. A perfect combination of rigid logic and free, informal occupation. It produces a playful building with a peculiar and charismatic architectural expression.” The jury also commented on the submission’s excellent graphics, planning, and organization, and the clarity and consistency of the submitted four panels using a drawing on the left paired with an image on the right.

3rd Prize Winner+
BB STUDENT AWARD

Project name

Eldgos (Eruption)

Authors

Jon Breuer
Blake Czyzewski
Shane Herb

University

University of minnesota
+126 points!

United States

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

Architecture competitions are a great way to build your skills and explore design methods and technologies you may not touch on in school. They are also a great way to build up your resume and portfolio to stand out to employers, and they offer the opportunity for your work to be publicized. They also give you the opportunity to work as a team and develop leadership and communication skills.

Jury commentary

Eldgos - a term for ‘Eruption’ - proposes an A-frame structure, segmented corresponding to the contours of the site, with exchange and recycling spaces embedded within the earth and social spaces situated above ground. The jury writes: “A beautiful proposal, a rhythmic building. The images, explanations and drawings are convincing and inviting. The singular form of the building and its height are indicative of community use while the faceting of the form combines shelter, outlook and light wells.” The jury also stated that, while the proposal offers an interesting structure, its repetitiveness may also be read as overwhelming and potentially renders an inefficient layout in plan.

BB GREEN AWARD

Project name

The Meeting Point

Authors

Balint Iszak
Csenge Gyorgyi

New Zealand

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

Competition is a great way to challenge ourselves, test ideas and get a better understanding of our design approach.
Clients Favorite

Project name

Myvatn Community and Recycling centre

Authors

Dajana Maršovská

University

Fakulta architektúry a dizajnu stu v bratislave
+22 points!

Slovakia

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

I took part in this competition because it meant an opportunity to work on a project situated abroad, in a context that was mostly new to me – in other words, there was a lot to learn about, and it was a good change to the projects we had worked on previously.

Honorable mentions

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Project Name

Virtue of Necessity

Company

Graeme massie architects

Country

United Kingdom

Project authors

Graeme Massie
Stuart Dickson

Project Name

W HOUSE

University

Gsapp, columbia university graduate school of architecture
+72 points!

Country

United States

Project authors

Changbin Kim
Seokhyun Kim
Jisoo Kim
Sunghyun Kim

Project Name

GEARING PIECES

Country

Japan

Project authors

Ryo Murata
Aiko Kawanishi
Satoshi Yamaguchi
Chenyin Xu

Project Name

Inner garden _ Reshaping Nature-Civic order

Country

Netherlands

Project authors

Thomas Fell
Victor Alegria

Project Name

MÝVATNSSVEIT ELDASKÁLI

Country

Poland

Project authors

Przemyslaw Chmielarski
Agnieszka Trzcinska
Aditya Soman

Project Name

Vatnaskil

University

Cornell university college of architecture, art, and planning
+72 points!

Country

United States

Project authors

San Yoon
Minjae Koo

Shortlisted projects

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United States

Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt)

+22 points!
drew ton-morrison

United States

Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt)

+22 points!
jussi silliman

Poland

Silesian University of Technology , Politechnika Śląska

+22 points!
bartłomiej szczyrk
martyna kotulek
maksymilian benek

Estonia

TalTech – Tallinn University of Technology

+22 points!
ervin golvih

New Zealand

balint iszak
csenge gyorgyi

Slovakia

Fakulta architektúry a dizajnu STU v Bratislave

+22 points!
simona pitoňáková

Slovakia

Fakulta architektúry a dizajnu STU v Bratislave

+22 points!
dajana maršovská

Romania

Undizain

alexandru victor chirita

United States

Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning

+72 points!
san yoon
minjae koo

Austria

aleksa milojevic
ka wai cheung
konstantin kim

Japan

ryo murata
aiko kawanishi
satoshi yamaguchi
chenyin xu

Canada

emily kazanowski
valerine chandrakesuma
patrick wilkie
sarah klym

United States

GSAPP, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture

+72 points!
changbin kim
seokhyun kim
jisoo kim
sunghyun kim

Germany

University of Kassel (Universität Kassel)

+22 points!
lesley plate

United States

Syracuse University

+22 points!
deqiang huang
zicheng zhang

United States

Syracuse University

+22 points!
winnie ngai lan tam
seung hyo chang

United Kingdom

Manchester Metropolitan University

+22 points!
sijia wu

United Kingdom

charles pickard
james naughton
ben hardwick
matthew carney

Poland

przemyslaw chmielarski
agnieszka trzcinska
aditya soman

Netherlands

thomas fell
victor alegria

Australia

jaden mialszygrosz
ken catubig

United States

University of Minnesota

+126 points!
jon breuer
blake czyzewski
shane herb

Mexico

victor imre ebergenyi kelly
cesar fernando flores cuellar
yissel alanis nolasco reyes
pamela araceli camargo sosa

Poland

Poznan University of Technology , Politechnika Poznańska

+22 points!
agata stemplewska

United Kingdom

Graeme massie architects

graeme massie
stuart dickson

United States

sadie imae
natalya dikhanov-juswigg

Germany

Technical University of Braunschweig (Technische Universität Braunschweig)

+22 points!
simeon felix schwager

United States

jaehun woo
jinseon noh
minyeong park

United States

cherry yang
heyyoung lim
yunchao le
benjamin han

Vietnam

Agora architecture and construction investment joint stock company

duc hoa cao

United Kingdom

angus eitel
josh smith
isabella hicks
roger bonnar
 

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