International Architecture Competition

Iceland
Black Lava Fields
Visitor Center

US $6,000 Prize
22 October, 2019 Registration deadline
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Competition introduction

Competition organisers

Iceland 
Black Lava Fields 
Visitor Center

OFFICIAL PARTNERS

Iceland 
Black Lava Fields 
Visitor Center

Iceland’s volcanic landscapes are captivating and enchanting, with many filled with mythological stories, and the black lava fields in the north of the country are no exception. The Dimmuborgir site near Mývatn Lake and Hverfjall volcano takes its name from the Icelandic word for Dark Castles or Dark Cities, and was formed some 2,300 years ago by a massive eruption that created the unique features and bleak landscape.


The Dimmuborgir site and Hverfjall volcano;


The Mývatn Lake;


The eerie rock formations were once said to be the home of a murderous troll named Grýla, her husband, and her sons The Yule Lads. Originally in Icelandic folklore these Yule Lads came to take on the role of Santa Claus, leaving gifts for children who were well behaved, and rotten potatoes for those that were not. As Christianity became popular in Iceland the site was thought to be where Satan landed after being tossed out of Heaven.


The eerie rock formations were once said to be the home of a murderous troll named Grýla, her husband, and her sons The Yule Lads;

Dimmuborgir is one of the region’s most popular tourism spots, with thousands of tourists visiting the black lava fields every year. There is currently a simple visitor center constructed from container modules offering basic food & drink options and a gift shop. With the Iceland Black Lava Fields Visitor Center architecture competition, Soil Conservation Service Of Iceland is looking to reinvent their on-site facilities and create an innovative structure that will act as the face of this incredible tourist attraction.


For the Iceland Black Lava Fields Visitor Center, the client is planning on completely demolishing the current visitor center and establishing a new one;

Participants are tasked with designing a structure that is both welcoming and in keeping with the exotic and mysterious nature of the landscape. In terms of functionality, the new facilities can remain much the same, providing basic amenities such as a small cafe, souvenir shop and information center.

The highly sensitive nature of the surrounding environment would require all designs to exercise sustainable construction practices, while at the same time having the potential to become an iconic landmark that is synonymous with black lava fields. In cooperation with Soil Conservation Service Of Iceland, winning projects will be put forward for consideration for construction.

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ELIGIBILITY: 

Competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). 

LANGUAGE: 

- Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English.
- All information submitted by participants must be in English

Prizes

Total prize fund
US $6,000
1st prize

US $3,000

Publications
Certificate of Achievement

2nd prize

US $1,500

Publications
Certificate of Achievement

3rd prize

US $500

Publications
Certificate of Achievement

BB STUDENT AWARD

US $500  (more details here)

Publications
Certificate of Achievement

BB GREEN AWARD

US $500  (more details here)

Publications
Certificate of Achievement

+ 6 HONOURABLE MENTIONS


PUBLICATIONS:


The winners will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured on the Bee Breeders website and social pages

CERTIFICATE:

Bee Breeders will also acknowledge the outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.

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no additional information or material will be provided after registration.


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Jury Panel

Jury members shall under no circumstances be contacted by competition participants or their representatives. Participants who attempt to contact jury members, shall be disqualified. 


All communication regarding the competition should only be carried out with Bee Breeders staff. For any questions please contact us on [email protected]

FULL JURY PANEL AVAILABLE HERE

KEY DATES & REGISTRATION FEES

Closing date for registration
22 October, 2019
Closing date for project submission
19 November, 2019 (11:59pm GMT+0)
Announcement of the winners
11 December, 2019

preliminary registration deadlines

Registration fees

Early Bird Registration
16 May - 18 June
Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
US $90
Students
US $70
Advance Registration
19 June - 23 July
Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
US $120
Students
US $100
Last Minute Registration
24 July - 22 October
Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
US $140
Students
US $120



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F.A.Q.

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General F.A.Q.

Click on "register now", fill in all the required fields, choose your payment method and submit your information. You will be forwarded to Paypal or CPS secure payment gateway, to cover the competition fee. Once we receive your payment, we'll send you an email with your username and password to upload your submission directly to the website.
You can add/remove/edit team member information as often as you want in the upload panel, up until the submission deadline.
Only one proposal per registration is permitted. Participants are entitled to register multiple times if they wish to participate in the competition with several proposals.
Yes, we are in the process of negotiating with multiple international industry-related media representatives. The list of media partners is constantly updated on our website, please check it regularly to find latest updates.
Yes. If the jury panel selects a Student award's submission for the top 3, it will automatically be awarded both prizes.
Yes. If the jury panel selects a Green award's submission for the top 3, it will automatically be awarded both prizes.
No. Competition entries are evaluated anonymously. The participant registration type is only revealed upon the announcement of the results.
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