Iceland Trekking Cabins Architecture Competition

Submission: August 20, 2016
Registration: July 27, 2016
Language: English
Location: Iceland – Concept
Prizes: 1st Prize: $3,000, 2nd Prize: $1,500, 3rd Prize: $500
Type: Open


The Iceland Trekking Cabins architecture competition, in partnership with CDS NORD Property Developers, is looking to construct a series of modern trekking cabins that could be located in various spots across some of Iceland’s most famous trekking paths. Participants are tasked with creating clever and inventive designs for the trekking cabin that can be duplicated in all sorts of terrain, and help improve access to harder to reach areas of this incredible country. 

The Iceland Trekking Cabins must be representative of Iceland’s identity, with a design aesthetic that could become an icon on its own. It’s purpose is to provide safe, comfortable and inviting lodgings, where trekkers and their guides can rest, refuel and, if necessary, wait out troublesome weather.

The cabin should be an innovative concept that provides a comfortable shelter for a maximum of 10 occupants for up to one week in all weather conditions and the potential onslaught of extreme elements (eg heat, cold, wind, rain and snow). Taking into considerations for construction and maintenance in remote areas with limited access to resources.


Competition is open for 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.


3 winning proposals and 6 honourable mentions will be selected.

Bee Breeders architecture competition organisers will award a total of US $5,000 in prize money to competition winners as follows:

1st prize winner – US $3,000
2nd prize winner – US $1,500
3rd prize winner – US $500

CDS NORD Property Developers have committed to construct the first Iceland Trekking Cabin during 2017 with all winning designs to be put forward for consideration for the final design of the trekking cabin.

The winners will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured on the Bee Breeders website.

Bee Breeders architecture competition organisers will also acknowledge outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.


Early Bird Registration: US $90 / US $70
Advance Registration: US$ 120 / US $100
Last Minute Registration: US $140 / US $120

Go to the competition’s website