arctic confluence

Arctic Confluence: Norwegian Cultural Museum for Tromsø, Norway

Submission: April 25, 2021
Registration: April 25, 2021
Language: English
Location: Tromso, Norway
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open for All (Students and Professionals)


Tromsø, a city in northern Norway, is a major cultural hub above the Arctic Circle. It’s famed as a viewing point for colourful Northern Lights that sometime light up the nighttime sky. The city’s historic centre, on the island of Tromsø, is distinguished by its centuries-old wooden houses. The 1965 Arctic Cathedral, with its distinctive peaked roof and soaring stained-glass windows, dominates the skyline.

The compact city centre has the biggest concentration of historic wooden houses north of Trondheim, and they co-exist with modern architecture. The houses date from 1789 to 1904, when building wooden houses were banned in the city centre, as in several other Norwegian cities. The oldest house in Tromsø is Skansen, built-in 1789 on the remains of a 13th-century turf rampart.

The Polar Museum, Polarmuseet, situated in a wharf house from 1837, presents Tromsø’s past as a centre for Arctic hunting and starting point for Arctic expeditions.


Being a major cultural and historical hub for Norway, Tromso has a dire requirement for a global-level cultural centre that brings tourists to Tromso or Norway at large – and provides them with the original ‘Arctic Experience’ (without having to visit the North Pole).


The challenge is to design a hybrid museum / cultural and historical centre within Tromso – which attracts enthusiasts of the Arctic experience from around the world.

Note: The heritage and attraction of the Polar Museum must not be hampered by the development/design of the museum of Arctic Confluence.


The participating teams have complete liberty to propose a site (Min. 2000 sq.m / Max. 5000 sq.m) anywhere within the centre of the city or anywhere around the city. (Participants also have the freedom to decide the capacity for visitors)

Note: The site must be justified within at least one of the two A1 sheets.


– 2 x A1 Sheets (one PDF with atleast 150dpi – Max. 20 MB)
– A 1-2 min Video explaining your design/concept (content in the video has been left to the participant’s consideration)
– The final PDF must be named ‘team-.pdf’ (for example, team-1234.pdf if your team code is 1234) and should be uploaded on Google Drive/Dropbox/OneDrive or any similar online file handler with ‘Public Access’ setting Enabled (for example, Should be available as ‘View Only’ within Google Drive)
– The final video must be named ‘team- – Seek Fanatic Competition #arcticconfluence’ and uploaded as an ‘Unlisted’ video on Youtube (Choose ‘Mark as not made for kids’ while uploading)
– The content in sheets should be free of any plagiarism (except collages and human cutouts in renders)
– Submitted content must not include any information which exposes details of the participant or the region the participant resides in
– Seek Fanatic logo must be postfixed to the video for 3 seconds with black background (download logo: https://go.seekfanatic.com/logo)
– Failing in compliance with any of the above requirements will lead to disqualification of the respected team from the competition, with a notification email to the registered email id of the team leader


– Early Registration Ends: April 10th 2021 23:59 GMT (USD 15)
– Standard Registration Ends: April 2021 25th (USD 30)
– Submissions End: April 25th 2021 23:59 GMT
– Results Announced: May 25th 2021


– Winner x 1 = $1000 + Certificate + Publication in our Annual Issue + Blog Post
– Runners Up x 4 = $250 + Certificate + Publication in our Annual Issue + Blog Post
– Participation Certificates for All Teams

>>> Go to the competition’s website <<<