Iceland has a vast, wild landscape, with some of the most unique and incredible natural views in the world. Appropriately known as the land of fire and ice, Iceland’s volcanic fields blend seamlessly into gigantic glaciers and tumbling waterfalls. Iceland is also an ideal location to view the iconic Aurora Borealis, otherwise known as the Northern Lights.

Iceland has the most sparsely populated country in Europe, with the majority of that population living in the capital Reykjavik and the surrounding areas.

Iceland’s geography is both varied and extraordinary. The island is volcanically and geologically active, and the entire country is 103,000 km2 in size, of which 62.7% is tundra.

This small island country has an architectural style that is distinctly its own

For the Iceland Northern Lights Rooms architecture competition, participants are tasked with creating the concept for a guest house from which to view this breathtaking spectacle. The guest house would need to be able to permanently accommodate its hosts, as well as providing welcoming temporary accommodation for guests.

The building complex would need to feature a series of separate, detached guest bedrooms, scattered around the site. The key attraction of the each room would be its unobstructed view of the sky, allowing guest to gaze at the Northern Lights from the comfort of their own beds.

All winning entries will be put forward for consideration for construction, which is planned to take place in 2019.

Competition site. Site CAD file available for download.

Competition site. More photographs and videos available for download.


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

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