Iceland Volcano Museum

Submission: November 29, 2019
RegistrationJune 28, 2019
Language: English
Location: Lake Mývatn, Iceland
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


Iceland is known for its stunning scenery, and while the country is relatively small, the landscape and stunning natural elements are larger than life. Each scene in Iceland is different, offering views of crystal blue glacier lagoons, red sand beaches, black desert landscapes and volcanoes.

A perfect example of the stark and unforgettable scenery in Iceland is the Mývatn – a spectacular region in the north of Iceland that is home to some of the country’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders, and is considered the Northern Lights Capital of Iceland. The lake region is home to Iceland’s fourth largest body of water, Lake Mývatn, which is 36.5 square kilometres in size and is home to a wealth of natural wonders and wildlife.

Making up part of the Diamond Circle – a popular travel route in the north of Iceland – Lake Mývatn and the surrounding region are an idyllic location to go birdwatching, fishing, relax in the natural hot springs and explore the eerily beautiful lava fortress of Dimmuborgir and of course the unforgettable Hverfjall Volcano.

The Iceland Volcano Museum competition is the third in Bee Breeders’ Iceland architecture competition series and tasks participants with designing a multipurpose structure to feature local tourism attractions. This architecture competition is a collaboration with the Soil Conservation Service of Iceland, whose offices will be located within the new structure.

The key space of the submitted designs must be the multipurpose exhibition hall. The structure should include an information centre, café, as well as the aforementioned offices. As winning proposals will be considered for construction, the jury will be looking for designs that meet these practical needs and respect the unique and sensitive context while at the same time have the potential to become an iconic tourist attraction in their own right.


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

1st Prize – US $3,000
2nd Prize – US $1,500
3rd Prize – US $500
+ 6 honourable mentions

BB Student Award – US $500
BB Green Award – US $500
More information about the special awards at ICELANDVOLCANOMUSEUM.beebreeders.com.


Early Bird Registration: MAY 29 – JUNE 28
Advance Registration: JUNE 29 – AUGUST 2
Last Minute Registration: AUGUST 3 – NOVEMBER 1

Closing date for registration: NOVEMBER 1, 2019
Closing date for submission: NOVEMBER 29, 2019 (11:59pm GMT)
Announcement of the winners: DECEMBER 18, 2019

Go to the competition’s website