Submission: February 28, 2023
Registration: February 28, 2023
Language: England
Location: Black Beach Reynisfjara, Iceland
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


We are looking for a unique, dynamic piece of architecture that provides a visitor centre, information point, cafe and thermal pool located within the black beach of Reynisfjara, in the southern coast of Iceland.

This competition will work alongside the Retreat for the Blind competition, and the designs can be joint via the Competition Bundle.

For those who experience vision loss, it can be easy to retreat from the world, to stay indoors and avoid unpredictable surroundings. This is an opportunity to explore your creativity and challenge your design skills to conceive an architectural marvel that will provide a safe, pleasant and stimulating experience through architecture with a sensory journey throughout. The proposal will connect people experiencing vision loss to the dramatic surroundings of the black beaches of Iceland.

Our Visitor centre and Retreat for the Blind ask for a unique, dynamic piece of architecture that provides a tactile and sensory journey for those who are visually impaired.

The incredible location and dramatic characteristics of the site should be evident throughout, taking advantage of the geothermal properties of the area, including the heated water supply, and the fresh glacial drinking water.

The entrance to the retreat should be located above ground and easily visible, it is then up to the designer to decide which areas of the building will be underground and above ground, but the spectacular views of the area should be considered and should play a role in the in the design as not all the visitors will be completely without site.


1ST PRIZE £500 Publication Competition voucher Certificate of Achievement

2ND PRIZE £100 Publication Competition voucher Certificate of Achievement

PUBLIC FAVOURITE £30 voucher Publication Competition voucher Certificate of Achievement

HONOURABLE MENTION £30 voucher Publication Competition voucher

​We are providing an opportunity to showcase your skill and creativity. This competition is open to all students, artists, creators, and designers from any creative discipline. Our award winning and multitalented jury work across different sectors of the creative industry.


Early Registration: 8 July – 31 September 2022

Standard Registration: 1 October – 31 December 2022

Final Registration: 1 January 2023 – 28 February 2023

Submission: 11.59pm (UK time) 28 February 2023

Results Announcement: 3 May 2023


Early Registration: £29

Standard Registration: £49

Final Registration £59

Schools/universities/educational institutions contact us for group pricing. There is no limit to the number of submissions, but each submission requires a separate entry fee.


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