Iceland's raw, untamed beauty presents a canvas like no other—a place where the snow whispers stories of old and the Northern Lights dance overhead. The "Iceland Ski Snow Cabin" competition, organized by Buildner, invites architects and designers to contribute to this magnificent landscape by creating a haven for the skiing community. This contest is not just about building a structure; it's about crafting an experience that embodies the spirit of Icelandic winters. 

Iceland Ski 
Snow Cabin

Iceland's striking geography is characterized by its varied and extraordinary landscapes. As a volcanically and geologically active island, Iceland spans 103,000 km2, with 62.7% of it being tundra. Its coastline features numerous fjords, which host the majority of the country's settlements. Iceland's interior, a blend of sand and lava fields, mountains, and glaciers, is inhospitable, and glacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands on the island's exterior. 

The Mývatn region, located in the north of Iceland, boasts some of the country's most breathtaking natural wonders.

The Krafla caldera, a monumental testament to Iceland's raw geothermal power, stands majestically in the Mývatn region. This seismic marvel is not just a scenic wonder but also an emblem of the island’s vibrant volcanic activity. Krafla’s caldera, the result of centuries of eruptions, spans approximately 10 kilometers and is part of a larger volcanic system that includes a striking lava field and the renowned Víti explosion crater, filled with a strikingly blue geothermal lake.

The competition site is a scenic spot just northeast of Lake Mývatn, near the majestic Víti crater, at the foot of a popular skiing slope (Skíðasvæði Mývetnings í Kröflu). Here, amid Iceland's raw beauty, lies the potential site for your innovative cabin design.

Participants are tasked with designing a small-scale cabin that will serve as a warm, inviting pit stop for skiers. This structure should blend functionality with the enchanting Icelandic aesthetic, providing facilities that cater to comfort and practical needs, while also framing the stunning vistas of the surrounding environment. The cabin must integrate features such as a rest and warmth area, a self-serve refreshment station, changing rooms, toilets, equipment storage, and a maintenance garage for a snow groomer.

This competition is an open invitation to imprint your vision upon the Icelandic snow. It’s a chance to mold a small yet significant addition to the skiing landscape—a place that will stand as a testament to thoughtful design and the joy of winter sports.


Download the 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.

The full competition brief

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6 honourable mentions & certificates

Buildner will acknowledge the outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.

Publicity campaign

The Buildner’s extensive global publicity campaign for the competition winners:

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The results are published on, a leading website in the architecture industry, attracting over one million unique visitors annually. Additionally, the campaign extends to Buildner's social networks, which boast over 800,000 followers combined, and through newsletter campaigns reaching over 200,000 subscribers.

Interview and movie

Winners will have the opportunity to submit a movie and an interview, boosting their recognizability and helping to build their name in the industry.

Extensive media network

Buildner leverages an extensive network of media industry leaders to publish the competition results. This broadens the audience further, ensuring that participants' work is showcased across multiple platforms known for their influence and reach in the architecture and design sectors.

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Jury members shall under no circumstances be contacted by competition participants or their representatives. Participants who attempt to contact jury members, shall be disqualified.

All jury members are involved in the evaluation based on their availability at that time. All communication regarding the competition should only be carried out with Buildner staff. For any questions please contact us on [email protected]  

Marshall Blecher

Founder at Studio Marshall Blecher & Co-founder at MAST


Francisco Garcia de Freitas

Atelier RUA - Arquitectos


Anne Cecilie Haug

Senior Architect, Snøhetta


Borghildur Indriðadóttir

Artist on the Moon


Hildur Isdal



Søren Leth

Partner and Co-founder, SLETH


Tom Schroeder

Patkau Architects


Sigrún Sumarliðadóttir

Studio BUA


Euan Millar

Cofounder, Icosis Architects


The existing structures at the site are scheduled for demolition.
There are no specific height restrictions outlined for the design.
The requirement for parking space is not explicitly defined in the competition brief.
Participants have the freedom to propose the access road to the site as part of their design.
The competition does not provide a detailed site plan. Participants are advised to treat the area as flatland, with no strictly defined boundaries, allowing for creative interpretation within the approximate location given.
The sporting equipment storage mentioned in the competition brief is primarily intended for personnel use. It is designed to store items required for the maintenance and operation of the ski area, such as safety nets, ski gates, and other maintenance equipment. While it's not primarily for skiers' personal gear, your design could consider how skiers interact with this area if you see fit. However, the primary function is for staff and operational needs.
To register, simply click on "Register Now," fill out all necessary fields, select your preferred payment method, and submit your details. You will be redirected to PayPal or a card payment gateway to settle the competition fee. Upon confirmation of your payment, we will send you an email containing your Unique Identification Code (UIC). You must then log in to your Buildner account using your credentials and validate your UIC to complete the process. Learn more here -
You can add/remove/edit team member information as often as you want in the upload panel, up until the submission deadline. Learn more here -
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 Sustainability 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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The short answer is yes, you may submit a previously published design concept as long as you are the author. Before re-submitting your project, please carefully read the following clarification points listed here -
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