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Calling for entries to Arctic Hotel ideas competition for the observation of the Aurora Borealis

Finland Architecture News - Apr 22, 2021 - 14:55   1963 views

Calling for entries to Arctic Hotel ideas competition for the observation of the Aurora Borealis

YAC - Young Architects Competitions - has launched ARCTIC HOTEL, a competition of ideas for the design of accommodation facilities combining hospitality and unspoilt nature and offering a unique experience for the observation of the Aurora Borealis.

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

Competition brief

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

Rovaniemi is one of those places.

Capital of Finnish Lapland, Rovaniemi is one of the few cities in the world located at a few kilometres from the Arctic Circle: legacy of people with colourful clothes and special traditions, reindeer farmers and sleigh builders. Rovaniemi is a place made of snow, perpetual dawns and dusks, and it is home to the dancing lights that shine in the sky during cold winter nights – the Aurora Borealis.

Home to Santa Claus- the Scandinavian myth that conquered the world through tales and folklore, the town of Rovaniemi had been considered inaccessible and remote for most of its history. Until last century, when it became the destination for visitors and tourists, who wanted to feel its magic and see the fascinating Northern Lights. Today Rovaniemi is no longer a prerogative of expert travellers and explorers, and new hospitality models are necessary in order to protect the remote identity of this land. An identity that is characterized by primitive beauty and harmony, and inaccessibility and the absence of humans greatly contributed to its shaping.

How can we make places like this accessible, as inaccessibility is a key part of their charm? What kind of accommodation facilities can combine hospitality and unspoilt 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, respecting its isolation and magic.

On Ounasvaara Hill, overlooking one of the most remote bases ever built, architects will have the opportunity to imagine a structure that blends with the forest, the snow and the 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 spectacle of nature: the Aurora Borealis.

Calling for entries to Arctic Hotel ideas competition for the observation of the Aurora Borealis

Jury 

Angelo Micheli (AMDL Circle)

Rodrigo Duque Motta

Nicodemos Tsolakis (Kyriakos Tsolakis Architects)

Lukas Rungger (noa*)

Mario Cucinella

Dagur Eggertsson (Rintala Eggertsson Architects)

Hesselberg Foged (Effekt Architects)

Tarja Outila (University of Oulu)

Ari Vuorentausta  (Lapland Hotels)

Ulla-Kirsikka Vainio  (Municipality of Rovaniemi)

Sanna Kärkkäinen (Visit Rovaniemi)

Prizes

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” registrations-  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- midday- GMT) Materials submission deadline

Download rules, photos and drawings from YAC's website

All images courtesy of YAC. 

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