Architecture Competition Iceland Volcano Lookout Point 3rd and Student prize winner – ETH ZURICH

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the 3rd and Student prize winner of our "Iceland Volcano Lookout Point" competition – Lorin Wiedemeier from Switzerland!

Lorin Wiedemeier from Switzerland

My name is Lorin Wiedemeier. I’m an architecture student at ETH Zürich in Switzerland and an aspiring architect. After having finished my bachelor’s degree in 2020, during which I worked as a teaching and research assistant for the chairs of structural design and landscape architecture at ETH Zürich, I started working as an intern for the Swiss-based architectural offices Bearth & Deplazes, as well as Giuliani Hönger. There I worked on competitions and detailed planning and had my first glimpse into the architectural practice. I am now finishing my master’s degree and am in the process of starting an architectural office Wiedemeier & Trueb together with my colleague Caspar Trueb. On this competition, however, I worked exclusively by myself.

Brief information about the projects that you/your company have been involved with. For instance, what scale have you focused on/preferred, any significant projects where the company/ individuals have been involved?

Wiedemeier & Trueb is currently exclusively focused on competitional work. We started competing in the fall of 2021, and our first and only competition so far was the latest competition hosted by Switch Competitions called Minimum School Ladakh, where we surprisingly won 2nd place. As of this moment, we’re working on further competitions based in Switzerland, looking to set up our office in the process.

What does architecture mean to you and what is the role of an architect in your society?

This question has been addressed by great minds throughout the centuries, and at this point in time I’d consider it premature to try and give an all-encompassing answer to that. I will, however, give some thoughts:


To me, architecture appears twofold. On one hand, it functions as its own independent discipline - being part of the visual arts and crafts and being a means to itself as an end. Pure artistic expression through visual and spatial language with a long history of the pursuit and perfection of beauty, shape, and form. On the other hand, architecture can be a societal tool and is in a unique position to translate systems of values, ideas, and politics permanently into the built environment, ideally influencing both environment and society in a positive manner. These two sides may be contradictory, and it is for us all to position ourselves within this field of tension. In my opinion modern architecture can and probably should contribute positively to culture and society, all the while it should not forget nor negate its history. Architecture should strive to be beautiful and practical, breath-taking and thought-provoking.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

Participating in architecture 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.

What advice would you give to individuals who struggle to decide whether it would be beneficial for them to participate in architecture competitions?

I would advise those individuals to just go for it. The entry fees on platforms such as Buildner are comparatively low and you’re free to invest as much time as you wish. Just by participating and solving the issues presented in the competition you can learn and improve a lot.

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Houston ★ Texas

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registration deadlines

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Sep 16
Sep 23
Oct 14
project COMPETITION
Tili Wine Italy Guest Homes

Design guest homes for an organic winery in Italy

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
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registration deadlines

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Sep 07
Nov 01
project COMPETITION
Painters' Lake House

Design a picturesque painters' residence

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
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registration deadlines

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Jun 09
Sep 09
Nov 03
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Gaudi La Coma Artists’ Residences

Design a sustainable artists residence in honor of Antoni Gaudi

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
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registration deadlines

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Jun 10
Sep 13
Nov 04
project COMPETITION
Iceland Movie Pavilion

Design a movie pavilion set in the stunning scenery of northern Iceland

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 17
Sep 14
Nov 08
ideas COMPETITION
Tokyo Urban Meditation Cabins

Design meditation cabins to help Tokyo citizens destress and reconnect

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
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registration deadlines

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Jul 08
Sep 15
Nov 09
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Memorial for Witches
Edition #1

Design a structure that would function as a source of education on past events or a method of raising awareness of ongoing injustices

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
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Sep 20
Nov 11

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
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registration deadlines

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Aug 02
Oct 05
Dec 01
ideas COMPETITION
Silent contest
For this competition, NO DESCRIPTION TEXT is allowed. The architecture ideas must be communicated strictly with visuals.
Architectural Visualization Award
Edition #1

Present your best work and submit your favorite architectural visualization

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
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Sep 22
Nov 10
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Timber Skyscraper
SKYHIVE Skyscraper challenge! Edition #6

Design an iconic new skyscraper constructed from timber

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Jan 04
Mar 09
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Las Vegas Affordable Housing Challenge
Affordable Housing Series #14

Design affordable housing in Las Vegas

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
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Sep 08
Nov 02
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Rammed Earth Pavilion
Material studies. Edition #2

Design a pavilion to exhibit rammed earth as a building material

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Jan 05
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MICROHOME
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Design a new concept of small-scale home

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Sep 07
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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

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T-SHIRT DRAWING COMPETITION
The Architect's T-shirt Edition #16

Design THE architect's t-shirt!

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Oct 31
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Competition results

Hong Kong 
Pixel Homes

Hong Kong Pixel Homes

Affordable Housing Series #2
MICROHOME

MICROHOME

Small living, huge impact! Edition #4

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