CASH PRIZE 15.000 € Deadline 14th July 2021

ARCTIC HOTEL

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.

Yac thanks all architects who will accept this challenge.

1st PRIZE
8.000 €

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions  

2nd PRIZE
4.000 €

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions  

3rd PRIZE
2.000 €

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions  

n. 2 GOLD MENTIONS
500 €

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions  

n. 10 HONORABLE MENTIONS

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions  

30 FINALIST MENTIONS

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions  

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Jury

Angelo Micheli
AMDL CIRCLE
Dagur Eggertsson
RINTALA EGGERTSSON ARCHITECTS
Rodrigo Duque Motta
DUQUE MOTTA & AA
Nicodemos Tsolakis
KYRIAKOS TSOLAKIS ARCHITECTS
Mario Cucinella
MC ARCHITECTS
Tarja Outila
UNIVERSITY OF OULU
Ari Vuorentausta
LAPLAND HOTELS
Ulla-Kirsikka Vainio
MUNICIPALITY OF ROVANIEMI
Sanna Kärkkäinen
VISIT ROVANIEMI
Lukas Rungger
NOA* NETWORK OF ARCHITECTURE
Tue Hesselberg Foged
EFFEKT ARCHITECTS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FAQ

What type of hotel should be designed?

The jury panel is not looking for a certain type of hotel in particular, but the brief gives some guidelines and suggestions, that the designers are free to follow. For instance, the hotel could be a Arctic Sky Resort, a Arctic Landscape Hotel, a Arctic Sky Centre or even a Arctic Art Hotel. We are not aiming to limit the imagination, on the contrary: we hope that those enrolling will be stimulated to let their imagination run wild and send us unique proposals.

What is the minimum/maximum area these structures should occupy? Is there a limit to the dimensions of the structure?

There is no minimum area required, but the maximum area must not exceed 3.000 sqm and have a height of 8 m. Furthermore, the structure must be contained in the area object of the competition.

Should we use the same exact scales as the ones mentioned in the brief?

We recommend using the same scales mentioned in the brief, but it is allowed to use different scales if the team evaluates them as better fitting their project idea.

Is it compulsory to fulfil all the functions/features stated in the brief?

We recommend fulfilling all functions mentioned in the brief. However, this is not compulsory and the choice of one scenario over the other, the modifications or adjustments made, the composition of such scenarios, are up to the participants, and are object of the competition.

Is it required to use some specific materials to build the structure?

The materials used must interact with the surroundings: they can be compatible or dystonic, traditional or high-tech, but architects must guarantee that the overall design is aimed at enhancing the natural context.

CALENDAR / FEES / DEADLINES

Calendar

12 April 2021
16 May 2021
Early Bird Registration
65 €/ team *
17 May 2021
13 June 2021
Standard Registration
85 €/ team *
14 June 2021
11 July 2021
Late Registration
115 €/ team *
MATERIAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE
14 July 2021
Jury summoning
19 July 2021
Results announcement
6 September 2021
*+22% VAT. Fulfilling an “Early bird”, “Standard” or “Late” registration does not affect submission deadline.

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