International Architecture Competition

Iceland Volcano
Coffee Shop

Results

Foreword

Competition organisers

Iceland Volcano 
Coffee Shop

Official Partners

Iceland Volcano 
Coffee Shop

Buildner is excited to announce the results of the Iceland Volcano Coffee Shop Competition! This event is part of Buildner’s Iceland Competition Series - past events have included the Iceland Greenhouse Restaurant competition, Iceland Cave Tower competition, Iceland Volcano Museum competition, among others.

For this event, Buildner, partnered with Landeigendur Voga, was calling for architects and designers to submit designs for a coffee shop that would be located at the base of the Hverfjall volcano in northern Iceland. The proposed facilities would include a new visitor centre and exhibition room to provide visitors with information about the volcano’s history. The competition brief called for submissions balancing practical ideas with creative design that is sustainable, unique, and in keeping with the region’s extraordinary landscape.

Buildner worked with an excellent international jury: Marshall Blecher, co-founder of MAST, a maritime architecture studio based in Copenhagen; Borghildur Indriðadóttir, an artist that lives and works in Reykjavík, Iceland; Marta Frazão, Filipe Rodrigues, and Inês Vicente, partners at Atelier Data, a Lisbon-based architecture office; Sigrún Sumarliðadóttir, co-founder and Principal of Studio Bua, an architectural practice with offices in London and Oslo, whose portfolio includes the renovation of an Icelandic farmhouse and cultural centre; Yu-Ying Tsai, a lead architect at Shanghai-based ZJJZ Atelier; and Magic Kwan and Kenrick Wong who run OOA - Orient Occident Atelier, a Cambodian architectural studio.

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

1st Prize Winner+
Clients Favorite

Project name

The Underhill experience

Authors

Weronika Plata
Wiktor Stankiewicz

Poland

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

We decided to participate in architecture competitions because we wanted to expand our horizons, think outside of the box and fight creative burnout. We perceive competitions as a way of expressing and presenting our own ideas.

Jury commentary

The Underhill Experience cuts a dramatic slice through the landscape, creating a fissure that at once frames the volcano and puts visitors in direct relationship with the site’s geology. This proposal of landform architecture successfully blends landscape with building. According to the jurors: “The beautiful divide and the connection to nature is very fitting. This proposal takes a radical approach yet resolves it to a very high level. The interesting cut and shape recalls the geographical conditions of the tuff ring volcanic feature. The project’s interior ceiling feature, however, is dominant and generic and not well-related to the larger concept of the crack or fissure.” The jury commends the submission for strong visuals and excellent presentations of easy-to-read plan and renderings.

2nd Prize Winner+
ARCHHIVE STUDENT AWARD

Project name

Volcano Visitors Centre

Authors

Kamil Bryłka

University

Silesian university of technology , politechnika śląska
+142 points!

Poland

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

Competition is a fantastic way to challenge ourselves, it spark our imagination and also gives a unique chance to test our ideas.

Jury commentary

The project proposes a strong rectangular block that corresponds with its landscape in material while contrasting from it in the regularity of its form. The block is accessed through a fluid cavity that functions as a circulation route and extends to the landscape as a series of equally fluid pathways. The jury writes: “The proposal profoundly extends the relationship between the building and the site, expressing a great understanding of circulation and spatial quality. As the surrounding panorama should be kept as much as possible, the design demands such a discrete approach. After being overwhelmed by the landscape, visitors meet an indoor space where they are welcomed with warmth while not forgetting the outdoor experience: Visitors follow the lava-like paths into a solid rock where the indoor environment is a warm continuation of the place. It is a structural element where the visitor center is an adventure that has an artistic touch recalling the sculptural forms of Richard Serra.”

 

3rd Prize Winner

Project name

Vestige

Authors

Ángel Bolaños
Fernanda Díaz

University

Itesm, tecnológico de monterrey, instituto tecnológico y de estudios superiores de monterrey
+74 points!

Mexico

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

It is a way to challenge ourselves by competing with people from all over the world, whether they are students or professionals. Apart from learning new working methods that allow us to develop better as students and future architects. The competitions help us to explore architecture from a much freer perspective. Outside the academic guidelines, we find in these competitions an escape from how pigeonholed architecture can become in the classroom and we can dare to fly the imagination, to work on new ideas and to put it simply: to dare.

Jury commentary

Vestige is a rectangular form embedded within the base of the volcano. Its landscaped rooftop carries the same stone as its surroundings, allowing the building to appear to both blend with and emerge from the volcano. The jury writes: “This represents quite a brave approach to the competition by offering a modest design as viewed from the exterior. The traditional framing of the scenery from the interior is successful, but the concept of merging the massing into the volcano’s landscape could be more emphasized. The proposal demonstrates an interesting interpretation of the ground conditions.” 

AAPPAREL SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

Project name

Catalyst

Authors

Clément Molinier
Philippe Paumelle

France

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

Architectural competitions are opportunities for us to test new ways of representation and design. As young architects, it also allows us to forge a work methodology and to sharpen our architectural discourse. Moreover, the competition subjects allow us to push concepts quite far, and to re-use the best of them in our work.

Honorable mentions

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Project Name

Milestone towards the Apex

Country

Spain

Project authors

Jaime Argudín Fraile
Miguel Bermejo Morán
Teresa Cabezas Carreño

Project Name

Hverfjall Kaffihús

Country

Australia

Project authors

Jesse Ewart

Project Name

Genista

Country

Italy

Project authors

Simone Marzorati
Silvio Lussana

Project Name

Volcano Coffee Dome

Country

Italy

Project authors

Pietro Dardano

Project Name

The Hut

Country

Italy

Project authors

Giuseppe D'Albenzio

Project Name

We are Magma

University

Politecnico di milano / polytechnic university of milan
+72 points!

Country

Italy

Project authors

Francesco Patetta
Simone Pasini
Alvise Morandi
Elisa Montani

Shortlisted projects

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Brazil

School City Association (Escola da Cidade)

+22 points!
matheus alves rocha siqueira
thiago macedo bento
murilo rayel de araujo
bruno wolff monaco

Spain

jaime argudín fraile
miguel bermejo morán
teresa cabezas carreño

Spain

Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

+22 points!
lizet ledesma
víctor fonseca
sebastián negrete
giuseppe castillo

United States

graysen babbitt
elizabeth daddazio

Poland

Poznan University of Technology , Politechnika Poznańska

+22 points!
justyna mejsner
michelle piasek
bartosz mrozowski

Poland

Silesian University of Technology , Politechnika Śląska

+142 points!
kamil bryłka

Poland

agnieszka gawron
aleksandra gałęza
kamil babiuch
michał pietrzak

Uruguay

Universidad ORT Uruguay (Campus Center)

+22 points!
victoria garcía
matilde alcina

United Kingdom

Architecture.redefined.

dora lokietek
christina papazoglou
helieh mohammadian
christine van hoff

United Kingdom

david kirkland
troy hodgson

Italy

Politecnico di Milano / Polytechnic University of Milan

+72 points!
francesco patetta
simone pasini
alvise morandi
elisa montani

Italy

Università Iuav di Venezia IUAV

+22 points!
edoardo daidone

Poland

zofia konarowska
monika jabłońska
igor Łysiuk
iryna bilous

Mexico

cesar fernando flores cuellar
victor imre ebergenyi kelly
shary ramirez montero
valentina bellego barrera

France

clément molinier
philippe paumelle

Sweden

Faculty of Engineering, LTH , Lund University

+22 points!
ida wengholt

Poland

Praktyka architektury adam koniewicz

adam koniewicz
wojciech stróż

Belgium

maurice demeyer
arno goedefroo
géraldine vlaeminck

China

xianglei ding
shuwen chen
manjia ren
yue yin

Chile

josé daniel cardona
juan cornielles

Colombia

felipe palacio trujillo
nicolas barrera castaneda

Mexico

Universidad Iberoamericana, IBERO

+22 points!
diego sierra
flor rodríguez

United States

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

+22 points!
gabriel andrade
charles janson

Mexico

ITESM, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey

+74 points!
Ángel bolaños
fernanda díaz

Poland

weronika plata
wiktor stankiewicz
 

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