Iceland Ski Snow Cabin competition

Designboom_ Iceland's raw, untamed beauty presents a canvas like no other—a place where the snow whispers stories of old and the Northern Lights dance overhead. The "Iceland Ski Snow Cabin" competition, organized by Buildner, invites architects and designers to contribute to this magnificent landscape by creating a haven for the skiing community. This contest is not just about building a structure; it's about crafting an experience that embodies the spirit of Icelandic winters.

Participants are tasked with designing a small-scale cabin that will serve as a warm, inviting pit stop for skiers. This structure should blend functionality with the enchanting Icelandic aesthetic, providing facilities that cater to comfort and practical needs, while also framing the stunning vistas of the surrounding environment. The cabin must integrate features such as a rest and warmth area, a self-serve refreshment station, changing rooms, toilets, equipment storage, and a maintenance garage for a snow groomer.

This competition is an open invitation to imprint your vision upon the Icelandic snow. It’s a chance to mold a small yet significant addition to the skiing landscape—a place that will stand as a testament to thoughtful design and the joy of winter sports.


3 winning proposals, 2 special award recipients and 6 honourable mentions will be selected. Buildner (formerly Bee Breeders) will award a total of 10,000 € in prize money to competition winners as follows:

1st Prize - 5,000 €
2nd Prize - 2,500 €
3rd Prize - 1,000 €
+ 6 honourable mentions

Buildner Student Award - 1,000 €
Buildner Sustainability Award - 500 €


Early Bird Registration: 14 November – 12 December
Advance Registration: 13 December – 31 January
Last Minute Registration: 1 February – 17 April

Final registration deadline: 17 April, 2024
Closing date for submission: 29 May, 2024 (LONDON TIME)
Announcement of the winners: 3 July, 2024

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