Competition introduction

Competition organisers

Iceland Volcano 
Lookout Point

Hverfjall in northern Iceland is a tephra cone or “tuff ring” volcano. Located to the east of the volcanic Lake Mývatn, the volcanic explosion crater is 1 km wide and roughly 140 meters deep, and is a popular hiking destination. Visitors can easily access many parts of the crater via public hiking trails, where its ridges can reach up to 200 meters in height.


Left - Aerial view of Hverfjall crater. Right - Northern Lights, Mývatn, Iceland
Believed to have been created during a volcano eruption, Hverfjall is almost perfectly symmetrical, apart from a landslide that took place several years ago, and its dark, captivating colours make it a popular tourist attraction and photography spot. The site is protected, so visitors can only use the two approved hiking trails to access the crater, with all other areas restricted.


Hverfjall volcano crater is almost perfectly symmetrical

For the Iceland Volcano Lookout Point architecture competition, participants are tasked with designing an observation point positioned on the southern edge of the crater. Participants will need to consider the functional properties of this observation point and produce an impressive aesthetic that’s in keeping with the stunning Icelandic surroundings. The platform will need to fit a 10x10 m base, offering a view from the top overlooking Lake Mývatn and the Dimmuborgir Lava fields.


Left - Dimmuborgir lava fields near Mývatn in the North of Iceland. Right - Remote Lake Mývatn near Mývatn in Northern Iceland


Dimmuborgir rock formations
The Icelandic landscape is full of bold contrasts, intriguing shapes, and deep dark colours, and so participants are free to take inspiration from a truly unique environment to create a structure that matches the visual appeal of a 1 km-wide crater formed by a volcanic explosion.

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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.

  • - (!) FULL COMPETITION BRIEF
    • Reglas de la competencia
    • Regras do concurso
    • Regolamento del concorso
    - SITE VIDEO & PHOTOGRAPHS

Prizes

6,000 €
Total Prize Fund
1st PRIZE
3,000 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
2nd PRIZE
1,500 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
3rd PRIZE
500 €
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
BB GREEN AWARD (more details)
500 €
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

Marshall Blecher

Marshall Blecher Studio, Denmark

Greg Corso

SPORTS Collaborative, USA

Jake Heffington

founder and Executive Director of [Diversify Architecture], USA

Borghildur Indriðadóttir

artist, Iceland

Kyle Schumann

Cofounder of After Architecture, USA

Erik Sommerfeld

Director of Colorado Building Workshop, USA

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 Bee Breeders staff. For any questions please contact us on [email protected] 

 

Find the extended list of jury panel biographies here!

Key dates

Closing date for registration

16 November, 2021

Closing date for project submission

18 December, 2021 (11:59pm GMT+0)

Announcement of the winners

02 March, 2022

Competition Q&A deadline: 22 November, 2021

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

Registration fees

  • Registration Deadline
    22 September - 16 November
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    120 €
  • Students
    100 €
  • Registration Deadline
    22 September - 16 November
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    120 €
  • Students
    100 €

STUDENT REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS


Contact us to receive special student rates for group registrations (discount applies for 3+ registrations from one university/school) and to receive further information and support for getting your students involved in architecture competitions. Send us request from your university email address along with basic information about yourself and your university/school. Please note that only recognized university staff can apply for the reduced student rate.

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F.A.Q.

Competition related questions

Participants are recommended to fit their designs within the defined site dimensions, however, as this is an ideas competition which encourages participants to test or redefine the boundaries of architecture, the jury may choose to reward projects that show a high degree of creativity, even if they breach competition guidelines, as long as this is justified.
There is no electricity available on the site.
Participants are recommended to fit their designs within the defined site dimensions, however, as this is an ideas competition which encourages participants to test or redefine the boundaries of architecture, the jury may choose to reward projects that show a high degree of creativity, even if they breach competition guidelines, as long as this is justified.
There are no building height restrictions defined.
Excavation may be proposed, however, we would recommend against it.
The cost-effective construction for remote, high altitude areas with no road access should be explained as part of the design proposal.
The width of the volcano edge is slightly more than 10 m. You may propose a path adjacent to the lookout point.

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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