INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE COMPETITION

Iceland Volcano
Lookout Point

Results

Foreword

Competition organisers

Iceland Volcano 
Lookout Point

Bee Breeders Competition Organisers is excited to announce the results of the Iceland Volcano Lookout Point Competition! This event is part of Bee Breeders Iceland Competition Series - past events have included the Iceland Greenhouse Restaurant competition, Iceland Cave Tower competition, Iceland Volcano Museum competition, and several others.

For this event, participants were tasked with designing an observation point positioned on the southern edge of Hverfjall in northern Iceland - a landform resulting from a volcanic explosion that left a crater 1 km wide and roughly 140 meters deep. Hverfjall is a popular hiking destination where visitors can easily access many parts of the volcano’s crater via public hiking trails that climb 200m to its ridges. The platform for this observation point is to fit a 10x10 m base, offering a view from the top of the crater that overlooks Lake Mývatn and the Dimmuborgir Lava fields.

Bee Breeders worked with a stellar international jury: Marshall Blecher, co-founder of MAST, a maritime architecture studio based in Copenhagen: Greg Corso of Syracuse NY-based SPORTS Collaborative, and Assistant Professor at Syracuse University’s School of Architecture; Jake Heffington, an architect and activist promoting equity and justice in design and development and Executive Director of [Diversify Architecture]; Borghildur Indriðadóttir, an artist that lives and works in Reykjavík, Iceland; Kyle Schumann, cofounder of After Architecture and Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia, whose work explores how democratized and accessible technologies can empower designers to utilize nontraditional and irregular natural materials; and Erik “Rick” Sommerfeld, an architect, Assistant Professor and the Director of ColoradoBuildingWorkshop, the design-build program at the University of Colorado Denver, which embraces small projects with tight budgets, short timelines and challenging site constraints to create innovative architectural solutions.

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

1ST PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

Hverfjall Arch

Country

Portugal

Project authors

Francisco Saraiva
David Matos

jury commentary

Hverfjall Arch is a signal of human’s presence at the top of the ridge. It is an illuminated ring that invites visitors to transform it into a beacon of light, converting a personal experience into a collective one. The jury writes, “Creating a signifier of human presence in such a barren and austere landscape is a compelling approach to this brief. Less of a platform, this project provides a beacon - of achievement for the hiker and of communion for those wandering the plains and neighboring craters. This concept is playful and inclusive to the visitor and locals. Impactful and fun!”

2ND PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

TOPOS

Country

Iran

Project authors

Farshid Roozitalab
Sadegh Kaveh
Ahmadreza Dehghani

jury commentary

Topos is a place for visitors to rest and view the surroundings and sky. It is a CNC-cut topographical structure that is a crater in and of itself - one to lie and gaze upwards or outwards. The jury writes, “This project operates at two different scales - as both a sublime object at the landscape scale and as a delightful and intimate environment at the pedestrian scale. The form is elegant, and the attention to sculpting an inhabitable surface in relation to the human form reinforces the idea that this is a place individuals would like to visit but also stay, rest, and gather. The simplicity of occupying a concave form, reminiscent of the volcano itself, to view the sky, is appreciated. The clear graphics and beautiful renderings help support the topographic narrative.”

3RD PRIZE WINNER+
BB STUDENT AWARD

Project Name

The Edge

University

Eth zurich

Country

Switzerland

Project authors

Lorin Wiedemeier
Buildner's university rankings
+122 POINTS

jury commentary

The Edge is a forest of thin columns that supports an upper platform. A semi-transparent fabric is hung from it like a veil, offering an always-changing spatial experience. According to the jury, “The project's focus on contrast is very interesting, both in a material capacity and in an experiential capacity. It is a strong proposal that showcases each aspect very well and is overall convincing. Experientially, the entry sequence is a seductive departure from the ocularcentric nature of the site. The veil embraces the haptic senses and gives the user a welcome reprieve that helps enhance the emergence on the stage. Well described and executed. Exciting, dramatic and original.”

BB GREEN AWARD

Project Name

Grjótský

Country

Canada

Project authors

Brandon Bergem
Jeffrey Garcia
Martin Drozdowski

Honorable mentions

VIEWclose HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Project Name

Opposing Balances

University

University of texas at austin

Country

United States

Project authors

Maxim Seitter
Buildner's university rankings
+72 POINTS

Project Name

Dimmu Borg

University

Aristotle university of thessaloniki

Country

Greece

Project authors

Rania Gegiou
Dionysia Tsakiri
Buildner's university rankings
+72 POINTS

Project Name

Lookout Tower

University

Zachodniopomorski uniwersytet technologiczny w szczecinie

Country

Poland

Project authors

Wiktoria Szaratkiewicz
Zuzanna Mitera
Gabriela Pietras
Buildner's university rankings
+72 POINTS

Project Name

borðið

Company

Leckie studio architecture + design

Country

Canada

Project authors

Michael Leckie
Jason Hall
Peter M Wenger
Melody Chen

Project Name

Project-Q

University

Budapest university of technology and economics (budapesti műszaki és gazdaságtudományi egyetem)

Country

Hungary

Project authors

Réka Szvath
Barnabás Rácz-Szabó
Nikolett Szemelveisz
Buildner's university rankings
+72 POINTS

Project Name

Path of Light

Country

France

Project authors

Arthur Vincent
Elliott Bellanger

Shortlisted projects

VIEWclose Shortlisted projects

United States

University of Texas at Austin

Buildner's university rankings
+2 POINTS
dylan rosato

United States

University of Texas at Austin

Buildner's university rankings
+2 POINTS
alex matute
emma schnelle

United States

University of Texas at Austin

Buildner's university rankings
+72 POINTS
maxim seitter

United States

University of Texas at Austin

Buildner's university rankings
+2 POINTS
marcos crane

Canada

Leckie studio architecture + design

michael leckie
jason hall
peter m wenger
melody chen

Greece

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Buildner's university rankings
+72 POINTS
rania gegiou
dionysia tsakiri

Russian Federation

arseniy rabotnov

Poland

Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk , Akademia Sztuk Pięknych w Gdańsku

Buildner's university rankings
+2 POINTS
daria modzelewska

Poland

Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk , Akademia Sztuk Pięknych w Gdańsku

Buildner's university rankings
+2 POINTS
aleksandra paszki
julia arcyz

Germany

Technische Universität München , The Technical University of Munich

Buildner's university rankings
+2 POINTS
ruxandra eftenie
felix waldner

Hungary

Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Budapesti Műszaki és Gazdaságtudományi Egyetem)

Buildner's university rankings
+72 POINTS
réka szvath
barnabás rácz-szabó
nikolett szemelveisz

Hungary

Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Budapesti Műszaki és Gazdaságtudományi Egyetem)

Buildner's university rankings
+2 POINTS
zsuzsanna gyetvai
csilla kosztya
krisztián kiss

Switzerland

ETH Zurich

Buildner's university rankings
+122 POINTS
lorin wiedemeier

Australia

damien lees

Switzerland

Diana heutschi architektur

diana heutschi

Germany

benedikt zeller

Taiwan

chen-hsiang chao

Italy

luciana paranzini
tatiana skorduli

France

arthur vincent
elliott bellanger

Italy

sebastiano verga
marco brighenti

Finland

heidi sukanen
lotta häkkänen

Poland

West Pomeranian University of Technology, Zachodniopomorski Uniwersytet Technologiczny w Szczecinie, ZUT)

Buildner's university rankings
+72 POINTS
wiktoria szaratkiewicz
zuzanna mitera
gabriela pietras

South Korea

haun park
hyeongyu choi

Denmark

mads bryld sørensen
viktor forchhammer mortensen

United States

paul haigh

United Kingdom

sybarite architects, london

United Kingdom

andrew chard

Taiwan

Tamkang University

Buildner's university rankings
+22 POINTS
cheng-yang huang
william chandra
yu-hsih lin

Taiwan

National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University

Buildner's university rankings
+2 POINTS
yian yang

United States

jacinto padin

Bosnia and Herzegovina

harun sabljaković
sabina filipović

South Korea

Hanyang University

Buildner's university rankings
+2 POINTS
junhyung choi

Italy

Università Iuav di Venezia IUAV

Buildner's university rankings
+2 POINTS
gloria tombolato
luca piazzon

Japan

takehiro muramatsu

Canada

brandon bergem
jeffrey garcia
martin drozdowski

Russian Federation

Llc “apex project bureau”

ekaterina starovoytova

Poland

Adam Mickiewicz University (Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu)

Buildner's university rankings
+2 POINTS
paweł danielak

Iran

farshid roozitalab
sadegh kaveh
ahmadreza dehghani

Germany

opposite office

Portugal

francisco saraiva
david matos
 

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