Call for Entries: Design new facilities for observing the aurora borealis

Call for Entries: Design new facilities for observing the aurora borealis

YAC – Young Architects Competitions – starts the ARCTIC HOTEL

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YAC – Young Architects Competitions – starts the ARCTIC HOTEL, an ideas competition for the design of accommodation that combines hospitality and unspoiled nature and offers a unique experience for observing the Aurora Borealis.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tpUzl8cKLw

The cash prize of € 15,000 will be distributed to the winning proposals, selected by an international jury made up of Angelo Micheli (AMDL Circle), Rodrigo Duque Motta, Nicodemos Tsolakis (Kyriakos Tsolakis Architects) and Lukas Rungger (noa *) selected), Mario Cucinella, Dagur Eggertsson (Rintala Eggertsson Architects) and Hesselberg Foged (Effect).

Design a unique experience

Some places seem straight out of a fairy tale, but they exist in the real world. In some places, a mixture of legends, landscapes and memories creates something that cannot be described in words: something that humans can perceive but cannot express, something that science explains but does not possess.

Rovaniemi is one of those places.

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Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland, is one of the few cities in the world just a few kilometers from the Arctic Circle: a legacy of people with colorful clothes and special traditions, reindeer farmers and sleigh farmers. Rovaniemi is a place of snow, eternal dawn and dusk and hosts the dancing lights that shine in the sky on cold winter nights – the aurora borealis.

Home to Santa Claus – the Scandinavian myth that conquered the world through stories and folklore – the city of Rovaniemi was considered inaccessible and remote for most of its history. Until the last century when it became a destination for visitors and tourists who wanted to feel its magic and see the fascinating northern lights. Today, Rovaniemi is no longer a prerogative for seasoned travelers and explorers, and new models of hospitality are required to protect this land’s distant identity. An identity characterized by primitive beauty and harmony, as well as inaccessibility and absence of people, contributed significantly to its design.

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How can we make places like this accessible since inaccessibility is an integral part of their charm? What kind of accommodation can combine hospitality and unspoiled nature?

This is the challenge of Arctic Hotel, the competition organized by YAC and Rovaniemi, to create a place where people can experience the most authentic north while respecting its isolation and magic.

On top of Ounasvaara Hill, overlooking one of the most remote support points ever built, architects have a chance to imagine a structure that blends in with the forest, snow and sky. A place where visitors can find shelter from the freezing temperatures of the Arctic Circle, gather around a fire and enjoy the rarest and most mysterious natural spectacle: the aurora borealis.

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jury

Prices

  • 1st prize: € 8,000
  • 2nd prize: € 4,000
  • 3rd prize: € 2,000
  • 2 gold mentions: € 500 each
  • 10 Honorable Mentions
  • 30 finalists

calendar

12/04/2021 early bird registration – start
16/05/2021 (h 23:59 GMT) Early Bird Registrations – End

17/05/2021 “Standard” registrations – start
13/06/2021 (h 23:59 GMT) “Standard” registrations – end

14/06/2021 “late” registrations – start
11/07/2021 (h 23:59 GMT) “late” registrations end
14/07/2021 (h 12.00 noon – GMT) Deadline for materials

More information at www.youngarchitectscompetitions.com
Contact: [email protected]

  • title

    Call for Entries: Design new facilities for observing the aurora borealis

  • Art

    Competition announcement (ideas)

  • organizer

    YAC – Young Architects competitions

  • Registration deadline

    July 11, 2021, 12:00 a.m.

  • Deadline

    July 14, 2021, 11:59 p.m.

  • price

    Free

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