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.
New hospitality models are necessary in order to protect the remote identity of lands characterized by inaccessibility and the absence of humans.
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.
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.
Alessandro Perri, Andrea Granieri
Mattia Bergamo, Nicolò Martin
Domenico Falci, Antonio Carmisano, Michele Piccolo
leonardo pugin, Luca Soliman Mobarik
Matteo Foresti, Arianna Boccalatte
hyoseok yoon, Chang Hee Jo, yihyun jeong, Hyunggyu Kim, JunHo Rho
Weishi Chu, Yiwei Zhang, Yanan Qin
Patricija Bratuž, Tjaša Amon, Matej Tili
Nicolas Braillon, Phan Khoadang, Thomas Dupond
Mykhailo Vishchun, Zhenya Zhenev
Svetlin Petrov, Rafael Passarelli
Philippe Paumelle, Marina Poli, Anna Marin, Clément Molinier
Vu Manh Thang
Vu Manh Thang
Ivan Andonov David Flax, Zane Millar, Jonathan Leibowitz, Michael Green, Andrew Rankin, Gabriella Coter, Allen Chen
Sofia Arutiunova, Alexey Demidov
Lucca Ferrarese, Uday Berry
Juho Kekkonen, Arttu Honkapirtti, Pinja Kosunen
Nihal Galathia, Manushi Gandhi
Delfín van Peborgh, Tomas Jerbic, Magdalena Jenik, Manuela Ihan
Tarek Saleh, Lubna Barkawi, Dina Moharram
ibrahim nawaf joharji
ibrahim nawaf joharji
Pauline Chagnoleau, Julie Escoffier, Quentin Menu
Misak Terzibasiyan, Danai Dafnouli
Kocheng Liu, Na Han
Yuxing Xu, Leila Ghasemi, Mehrdad Ranjbar, Qihang Fan
Jestico + Whiles + Associates Ltd
Rhys Jones, Oscar Gutierrez, Carlos Gonzalez, Josie Gebbie, Helmi Valkola
Juan Carlos Guanoluisa, Darwin Sanchez Samaniego, Esteban Sanchez Maranon, Jose Antonio Zambrano, Robinson merchan pupiales
Georgy Fedulov, Yulia Fedulova
Shkumbim Ajdari, Shkodran Bytyci, Labinot Hykolli
瀛喆 王, 雨恒 李, 巴特尔教 居马江, 枳箬 张
KK Divyashri, Raghav KR, Muskan Jain, Vishesh Agnihotri
Dai Le, Aaron Koopal, Griffin Lily, Mac Webber
Veldesen Yaputra, Shu Yee Tong, Moeka Hayashi, Dharma Wijaya, Nicholas Zhao
Jiachen Deng, Qin Ye Chen, Wentao Guo, Qianyi Huang, Sheng Li
SUNAY ALTINTEPE, CEM OZBASARAN
Ignacio Fernandez de Castro
Alice Concas, Matteo Urpi
Dhruv brahmakshatriya, Shailee Bhagat, Parixit Gadhiya, Prachi Ijner
Rintala Eggertsson Architects
Duque Motta & AA
Kyriakos Tsolakis Architects
University of Oulu
Municipality of Rovaniemi
NOA* Network of Architecture