Aurora Borealis Arctic Observatory

The project is to design a small hotel which stands on its own as a tourist destination in Rovaniemi.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Idea, Students and Age Restriction, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Hotel
Country Rovaniemi, Finland
RegDeadline 15 May 2012(See "Entry Fee" below) GoogleCal iCal
31 May 2012 (via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility All undergraduate, graduate, masters, and PhD students, as well as to young professionals with less than 5 years of experience in architecture and other related fields

At ArchMedium we would like to propose a project that will help us rediscover our primitive instincts. We want to create a bond again with Mother Nature. We want to reestablish the ancient connection between Man and the glories of His planet. This is an experience that too frequently eludes us in our contemporary, urban lifestyles.
What we want to create is a Northern Lights observatory located in one of the most extreme latitudes inhabited by Man, surrounded by lush, endless forests and nature in its purest form. A place where one can retreat for a few days to completely disconnect from the daily routine and plunge headfirst into a world of observation, relaxation, and learning.

President of the jury: Josep Llinás
Architect: Pere Joan Ravetllat
Architect: Mara Partida
Architect: Celia Marín
Invited Architect from Helsinki: Philip Tidwell

1st Prize : 3000€, 1 year subscription to the ON Design magazine
2nd Prize: 1500€, 1 year subscription to the ON Design magazine
3rd Prize: 500€, 1 year subscription to the ON Design magazine
10 Honorable Mentions: Publication, Exhibition

Entry Fee
Special registration period (Jan 15th- Mar 18th): 50€
Early registration period (Mar 19th- Apr 15th): 75€
Late registration period (Apr 16th- May 15th): 100€

One din-A1 panel

English or Spanish

Jury meeting: Jun 18 to 24 2012
Winners are announced in the ArchMedium website: Jun 27 2012

Past winners


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