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Buildner is excited to announce the results of its Iceland Ski Snow Cabin international competition!

Iceland's raw, untamed beauty provided a unique canvas where the snow whispered ancient tales and the Northern Lights danced above. The "Iceland Ski Snow Cabin" competition, organized by Buildner, invited architects and designers to enhance this magnificent landscape with a haven for the skiing community. This contest went beyond constructing a structure; it was about creating an experience that embodied the spirit of Icelandic winters.

Participants were challenged to design a small-scale cabin that served as a warm, inviting pit stop for skiers. The design needed to blend functionality with the enchanting Icelandic aesthetic, offering comfort and practicality while framing the stunning surrounding vistas. The cabin was required to include 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.

Buildner worked with an outstanding international jury to evaluate the submissions received: Francisco Garcia de Freitas of Portuguese firm Atelier RUA - Arquitectos; Anne Cecilie Haug of Oslo-based studio Snøhetta; Borghildur Indriðadóttir of the Icelandic office Teiknistofan Óðinstorgi; Hildur Ísdal of Iceland-based Plusark; Euan Millar of Icosis Architects; Tom Schroeder of Patkau Architects in Vancouver; and Sigrún Sumarliðadóttir of Studio Bua.

Buildner and its jurors extend their congratulations to the winners and thank each of the participating teams for the contribution to this event.

COMPETITION ORGANISERS
Iceland Ski 
Snow Cabin

1st Prize Winner

Project name

Cold Cover

What excites me the most is the challenge of providing my own solutions for a wide variety of tasks and being able to share them with a community. The platform offers young architects, in particular, the opportunity to present new and inspiring ideas to enhance growth and personal development.

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Country Germany
  • 9/10 Linework
  • 9/10 Quality of drawings
  • 8/10 Balance of color
  • 9/10 Layout
  • 10/10 Hierarchy
  • 6/10 Annotation
  • 7/10 Text
  • 8/10 Clarity of story
  • 8/10 Clarity of diagrams
  • 8/10 Quality of overall presentation

2nd Prize Winner

Project name

The Rising Basalt

Architecture competitions are an incredible way to broaden one’s mind and elaborate on knowledge. This first competition for all of us also meant working together with people we held in high regard. It was a way of actively choosing who to work with and learning to be productive despite having multiple things going on in our lives and being far away from each other.

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  • 9/10 Linework
  • 8/10 Quality of drawings
  • 7/10 Balance of color
  • 9/10 Layout
  • 9/10 Hierarchy
  • 6/10 Annotation
  • 7/10 Text
  • 7/10 Clarity of story
  • 8/10 Clarity of diagrams
  • 8/10 Quality of overall presentation

3rd Prize Winner

Project name

Optical Earthform

Competitions are an opportunity to explore, often in less-bounded ways, allowing new ideas to emerge.

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Authors Karen Wang Varholick, Joseph Varholick
Country United States
  • 10/10 Linework
  • 10/10 Quality of drawings
  • 9/10 Balance of color
  • 9/10 Layout
  • 10/10 Hierarchy
  • 9/10 Annotation
  • 9/10 Text
  • 9/10 Clarity of story
  • 10/10 Clarity of diagrams
  • 9/10 Quality of overall presentation

BUILDNER STUDENT AWARD

Project name

NORDLYS

As students, we have found that competitions give us the opportunity to work on projects that we wouldn't encounter in the professional realm and to explore out-of-the-box solutions to common challenges. Competitions have been an excellent opportunity to share our ideas and see what other students and architects from around the world propose.

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  • 7/10 Linework
  • 8/10 Quality of drawings
  • 8/10 Balance of color
  • 9/10 Layout
  • 6/10 Hierarchy
  • 8/10 Annotation
  • 8/10 Text
  • 8/10 Clarity of story
  • 8/10 Clarity of diagrams
  • 8/10 Quality of overall presentation

BUILDNER SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

Project name

Krafla Ski Snow Cabin

We have participated in a number of architectural competitions during the last two years. We believe they are an excellent way to challenge our skills and provide a vehicle to highlight our architectural approach to the issues that we have discussed above.

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Country United Kingdom
  • 8/10 Linework
  • 9/10 Quality of drawings
  • 9/10 Balance of color
  • 8/10 Layout
  • 10/10 Hierarchy
  • 7/10 Annotation
  • 7/10 Text
  • 8/10 Clarity of story
  • 9/10 Clarity of diagrams
  • 8/10 Quality of overall presentation

Honorable Mentions

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Project name

Ski Slope

Architecture competitions allow me to experiment with design ideas with unique programs and sites. Each project starts with a site that brings with it strong characteristics of community, landscape, climate, history, culture and place. These ideas are what informs any project and allows for a singular, impactful design to emerge through exploration and study. The result should be a building that could not exist anywhere else but there.

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Country United States
Project name

SAGA

Competitions are a very stimulating and complementary method and tool for working on everyday projects in the office. They help you stay engaged with research and encourage "out of the box" thinking and creating. Through sensible and sensitive experiments, you can temporarily escape your everyday space/time realities, routines, local legislation and politics, and sometimes narrow investor logic. In the case of this project (Iceland ski snow cabin), we also traveled in our imagination to the dramatic, archetypal, and beautiful landscapes of this remote island, which we have already visited and with whose nature and culture we have developed a very passionate, intimate relationship.

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Country Slovenia
Project name

unFolding Mantle

We participate in architecture competitions to find the space to complement our different backgrounds in a challenging project and to contrast our ideas with the collective.

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Project name

Langhús

Participating in architectural competitions allows us to challenge ourselves creatively and professionally. Participating in international competitions like this one helps broaden our perspective and consider new cultural experiences beyond our own norms and tastes. We also wanted to design freely again, as we did in our university days, focusing on aesthetics, function, and sustainability rather than being defined by guidelines, requirements, or money. We hoped to create something truly beautiful while pursuing the ideals of architecture.

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Project name

Snowfire

Architecture competitions provide a relatively uninhibited freedom to dream. These opportunities keep the thoughtful passion for design alive.

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Company Novel Terra
Country Netherlands
Project name

FÖNN - A Snowdrift In Mývatn

We love exploring the world through travel and design. Competitions offer fantastic opportunities to learn folklore, reimagine sites, merge experiences, and design new dialogues.

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Country United States

Shortlisted projects

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ICE-CUBE

Jiansong Yuan,

Xiaotong Ni

United States

The Long House

Laitila Architects

Finland

Optical Earthform

Karen Wang Varholick

Joseph Varholick

United States

Mývatyn Ski Cabin

Ryan Kirkness

Australia

TOBLERON_SKI

Technical University of Kaiserslautern , Technische Universität Kaiserslautern

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Germany

Mjöll

Nils Marten Steinacker

Technische Universität München , The Technical University of Munich

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Germany

Belvedere

Netherlands

The visitor's retreat

Denmark

SKIHOUSE

Aisa Dervisevic

Bosnia

ICELAND SKI CHALET

丰溢 石

China

NORDLYS

UNAM - National Autonomous University of Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)

+72 points Buildner University Rankings!
Mexico

FÖNN - A Snowdrift In Mývatn

United States

Ski Slope

United States

Nordic Silver Shelter

Zurich University of Applied Sciences

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Switzerland

Cold Cover

Germany

Aurora Shelter

Italy

65 - 16 °

Italy

A place for window-weather

United States

Turf's legacy

Renata Orova

Anna Marosán

Hungary

Three Sod Houses

Seokmin Ham

Kim Min Jun

Ahn Kyeongjun

South Korea

CELAS

Evangelos Mitsianis

Maria Michali

Greece

Skiers Sanctuary

Brazil

Vegvisir

Istanbul Technical University

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Turkey

Gateway to the Slopes

Switzerland

Krafla Ski Snow Cabin

VOID STUDIOS ARCHITECTURE + RESEARCH

United Kingdom

Warming Hut 01

Shaner & Co.

United States