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

Authors

Francisco Saraiva
David Matos

Portugal

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

We don’t. This is our first.

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

Authors

Farshid Roozitalab
Sadegh Kaveh
Ahmadreza Dehghani

Iran

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

Participating in architectural competitions takes us out of the daily routine and gives us the opportunity to play in new fields that cannot be experienced much in the world of practical work. Moreover, we see competitions as an opportunity to interact with each other and explore our wildest ideas, with a chance to win. What could be more exciting than this?

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

Authors

Lorin Wiedemeier

University

Eth zurich
+122 points!

Switzerland

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

Participating in architectural competitions for me is a great way to gain experience in formulating and sharpening ideas and architectural concepts, practicing the skills necessary to translate my ideas and it is essentially what I love doing most: Problem-solving and inventing things.

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

Authors

Brandon Bergem
Jeffrey Garcia
Martin Drozdowski

Canada

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

Competitions facilitate testing ideas that are often untenable in a regular architecture and design practice. For us specifically, they are invitations to work with our friends. Every entry was done as an opportunity to spend time with people profoundly passionate about architectural discourse. They are open forums to exchange ideas regardless if there was consensus or dissimilarity among us. Every competition is an intellectual exercise where every project incrementally hones the clarity of our design intentions, realization, production, and representation. They allow us to indulge in sometimes obtuse research, where accumulating resources and precedents is a challenge requiring as much innovation in acquiring as application. For this competition in particular we give thanks to our friends Shea Gouthro and Diana Franco for their energy and discourse in ideating on what a lookout might be.

Honorable mentions

VIEWclose HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Project Name

Opposing Balances

University

University of texas at austin
+72 points!

Country

United States

Project authors

Maxim Seitter

Project Name

Dimmu Borg

University

Aristotle university of thessaloniki
+72 points!

Country

Greece

Project authors

Rania Gegiou
Dionysia Tsakiri

Project Name

Lookout Tower

University

Zachodniopomorski uniwersytet technologiczny w szczecinie
+72 points!

Country

Poland

Project authors

Wiktoria Szaratkiewicz
Zuzanna Mitera
Gabriela Pietras

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)
+72 points!

Country

Hungary

Project authors

Réka Szvath
Barnabás Rácz-Szabó
Nikolett Szemelveisz

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

+22 points!
dylan rosato

United States

University of Texas at Austin

+22 points!
alex matute
emma schnelle

United States

University of Texas at Austin

+72 points!
maxim seitter

United States

University of Texas at Austin

+22 points!
marcos crane

Canada

Leckie studio architecture + design

michael leckie
jason hall
peter m wenger
melody chen

Greece

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

+72 points!
rania gegiou
dionysia tsakiri

Russian Federation

arseniy rabotnov

Poland

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

+22 points!
daria modzelewska

Poland

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

+22 points!
aleksandra paszki
julia arcyz

Germany

Technische Universität München , The Technical University of Munich

+22 points!
ruxandra eftenie
felix waldner

Hungary

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

+72 points!
réka szvath
barnabás rácz-szabó
nikolett szemelveisz

Hungary

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

+22 points!
zsuzsanna gyetvai
csilla kosztya
krisztián kiss

Switzerland

ETH Zurich

+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)

+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

+22 points!
cheng-yang huang
william chandra
yu-hsih lin

Taiwan

National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University

+22 points!
yian yang

United States

jacinto padin

Bosnia and Herzegovina

harun sabljaković
sabina filipović

South Korea

Hanyang University

+22 points!
junhyung choi

Italy

Università Iuav di Venezia IUAV

+22 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)

+22 points!
paweł danielak

Iran

farshid roozitalab
sadegh kaveh
ahmadreza dehghani

Germany

opposite office

Portugal

francisco saraiva
david matos
 

Open architecture competitions

  • Closest Deadline first
  • Project competitions first
    Selected winning projects have the potential to be constructed
  • Ideas competitions first
    Experimental competitions with the focus on pushing the boundaries of creativity
ideas COMPETITION
The Home of Shadows

Design a home with no artificial lighting

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Dec 05
Jan 24
Apr 18
project COMPETITION
Portugal Elderly Home

Design a comfortable and accessible home for the elderly in Portugal

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Dec 06
Jan 25
Apr 19
project COMPETITION
Portugal Olive Guest House

Design a guest house and olive oil tasting room located in Portugal

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Dec 08
Jan 27
Apr 21

Reccuring architecture competitions

ideas COMPETITION
Silent contest
For this competition, NO DESCRIPTION TEXT is allowed. The architecture ideas must be communicated strictly with visuals.
Museum of Emotions
Edition #2

Use architecture to create different emotional states

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Aug 02
Oct 05
Dec 01
ideas COMPETITION
Children's Hospice
Home for the Terminally ill / Edition #2

Design a safe and supportive space for children struggling with a terminal illness

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Dec 06
Feb 08
Apr 06
Run repeatedly
Milan Affordable Housing Challenge
Affordable Housing Series #15

Design a concept for affordable housing in Milan

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Dec 07
Jan 26
Apr 20
Register now
Run repeatedly
Office
Office Design Challenge / Edition #2

Reimagine the workplace of the future, and design the new way of working

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Jan 03
Mar 01
May 04
Register now
Run repeatedly
Timber Skyscraper
SKYHIVE Skyscraper challenge! Edition #6

Design an iconic new skyscraper constructed from timber

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Nov 01
Jan 04
Mar 09
Register now
Run repeatedly
Rammed Earth Pavilion
Material studies. Edition #2

Design a pavilion to exhibit rammed earth as a building material

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Sep 06
Nov 02
Jan 05
Register now

Creativity gym Short term competitions for you to exercise your creativity

essay COMPETITION
Why do you enter architecture competitions?

Share your views on architecture competitions

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Oct 04
Dec 07
Feb 02
Register now
T-SHIRT DRAWING COMPETITION
The Architect's T-shirt Edition #17

Design THE architect's t-shirt!

Prize: 3,000 €
Eligibility: open to all

registration deadlines

Remind me
Nov 30
Dec 31
Jan 31
Register now

Please enter your email address to receive download link

Thank you!

The download link will be sent to your email shortly

please check the spam folder
in case you can not find it
OK

Competition results

MICROHOME

MICROHOME

Small living, huge impact! Edition #4
Hong Kong 
Pixel Homes

Hong Kong Pixel Homes

Affordable Housing Series #2
To access competion downloads please enter your email address:
OK
To access competion downloads please enter your email address:
OK
This website uses cookies for enhancing the user experience and tracking usage statistics.
More information is available in our Privacy Policy.