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International Competition: Iceland Greenhouse Restaurant

Iceland Architecture News - Sep 23, 2021 - 10:49   1609 views

International Competition: Iceland Greenhouse Restaurant

The Iceland Greenhouse Restaurant competition is a collaboration with Vogafjós Farm Resort, located east of Lake Mývatn. For this competition, participants are tasked with designing a greenhouse concept restaurant. Fresh, locally grown foods are scarce in Iceland, particularly during the winter months. The Iceland Greenhouse Restaurant competition is calling for submissions for designs of a greenhouse that would also function as a dine-in restaurant. The greenhouse would allow Vogafjós Farm to grow salad vegetables, fruits, and berries that could then be served in the restaurant, offering the guests an immersive experience, as well as delicious, locally produced food.

Designs for the Greenhouse Restaurant would need to accommodate around 100 guests and include standard amenities, such as an appropriately-sized kitchen, storage facilities, and toilets. 

The owners would like to develop a restaurant in which customers could see how the food that they'll be eating is grown, combined with a view of the milky blue mineral water of Mývatn Nature Baths on one side and Hverfjall volcano on the other.

Designs for the Greenhouse Restaurant would need to accommodate around 100 guests and include standard amenities, such as an appropriately-sized kitchen, storage facilities, and toilets.

The owners are also looking to include a multipurpose hall that can be used for a number of different events, such as movie nights and yoga classes. Any additional functionality can be suggested where appropriate. The naturally heated hot springs can be used as a heating source, but it is not a mandatory requirement.

As winning designs will be put forward for consideration for construction, the jury will be looking for projects that focus on eco-friendly and cost-effective building techniques, in keeping with Iceland’s reputation as one of the greenest countries in Europe.

Download full competition brief for more information!

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.

The competition site

The owners are looking to develop a restaurant in which customers could see the milky blue mineral water of Mývatn Nature Baths on one side and Hverfjall volcano on the other.

Prizes

3 winning proposals, 3 special award recipients and 6 honourable mentions will be selected. Bee Breeders will award a total of 10,000 € in prize money to competition winners as follows:

Total Prize Fund: 10,000 € + CONSTRUCTION

1st Prize: 5,000 €

2nd Prize: 2,000 €

3rd Prize: 1,000 €

“Vogafjós Farm Resort Favourite” Award: 1,000 €

Bee Breeders Green Award: 500 €

+ 6 honorable mentions

Special awards

ARCHHIVE Student Award

500 € Cash prize +
50 € ARCHHIVEBOOKS.com gift card

More information about the special awards at the website.

Jury panel

Oscar Rodriguez, FOUNDER, ARCHITECTURE & FOOD, UK

David Ceaser, LEAD AGRONOMIST AT AGRITECTURE, USA

Enlai Hooi, HEAD OF INNOVATION AT SCHMIDT HAMMER LASSEN ARCHITECTS, DENMARK

Jett Hopp, DIRECTOR OF ACQUISITIONS AT SNØHETTA, NORWAY

Pálmar Kristmundsson, FOUNDER OF PK ARKITEKTAR, ICELAND

Katie MacDonald, CO-FOUNDER OF AFTER ARCHITECTURE, USA

Christina Seilern, FOUNDER STUDIO SEILERN ARCHITECTS, UK

Hjördís Sigurðardóttir, FOUNDER AND CEO OF ALDIN BIODOME, ICELAND

Valdis Steinarsdottir, DESIGNER, ICELAND

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 jury members are involved in the evaluation based on their availability at that time.

Competition schedule

Early Bird Registration: JUNE 8 – JULY 13

Advance Registration: JULY 14 – SEPTEMBER 16

Last Minute Registration: SEPTEMBER 17 – NOVEMBER 11

It is still possible to participate in this competition after the preliminary deadlines, however, a higher late registration fee will be charged.

Closing date for questions & answers: NOVEMBER 17, 2021

In order to guarantee equal opportunities to all competition participants, no new questions will be answered after this deadline!

Registration fees 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 17 September - 11 November

ARCHITECTS / ENTHUSIASTS / COMPANIES: 130 €

STUDENTS: 110 €

Read more about STUDENT REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS.

Contact us to receive special student rates for group registrations (discount applies for 3+ registrations from one university/school) and to receive further information and support for getting your students involved in architecture competitions. Send us request from your university email address along with basic information about yourself and your university/school. Please note that only recognized university staff can apply for the reduced student rate.

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