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Submission: May 26, 2022
Registration: April 21, 2022
Language: English
Location: Iceland
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


The Iceland Lake Myvatn Community House competition is running in partnership with Sveinn Margeirsson, mayor of Skútustaðahreppur. Participants are asked to submit designs for a community house that would serve as a prime example of the positive impact of a circular economy in the region and across Iceland. The community house would therefore be the region’s main location for trading, sharing and recycling materials and resources in order to exemplify how a circular economy operates.  The new building would need to serve as a community center, providing enough space for 30 visitors at a time. Participants are asked to design a community room that would be highly versatile and able to run different events, like community meetings, workshops and educational seminars. It would also need to include a small kitchen, toilets and shower facilities.

The building should also include a kids zone/room where up to five children can play or take lessons depending on the setup of the space, as well as an information area for tourists. As the new building will have amazing views of the nearby lake, it would be an ideal location for guests of the area to stop, rest, and learn more about this part of Iceland. Another important aspect of the building is waste management. Upcoming changes to local policies will mean that the municipality needs to find a way to recycle nearly 100 tonnes of organic waste per year, preferably into fertilizer and other forms of soil which are desperately needed. There should also be a point for locals to exchange secondhand resources, such as timber, clothes, furniture, etc.


3 winning proposals, 3 special award recipients and 6 honourable mentions will be selected. Bee Breeders will award a total of 10,000€ in prize money to competition winners as follows:

1st Prize – 5,000 €
2nd Prize – 2,000 €
3rd Prize – 1,000 €

“Skútustaðahreppur council” Favourite Award – 1,000 €

ARCHHIVE Student Award – 500 € + 50 € gift card at ARCHHIVE BOOKS
AAPPAREL Sustainability Award – 500 € + 50 € AAPPAREL.com Gift Card

+ 6 honourable mentions


Competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English.  All information submitted by participants must be in English.

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