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YAC - Young Architects Competitions - launches ARCTIC HOTEL, a competition of ideas for the design of accommodation facilities combining hospitality and unspoilt nature and offering a unique experience for the observation of the Aurora Borealis.
The cash prize of € 15, 000 will be distributed to the winning proposals selected by an international jury panel made of, among the others:Rodrigo Duque Motta, Nicodemos Tsolakis (Kyriakos Tsolakis Architects), Lukas Rungger (noa*), Dagur Eggertsson (Rintala Eggertsson Architects), Hesselberg Foged (Effekt).
Some places may seem straight out of a fairy tale, but they exist in the real world. In some places, a blend of legends, landscapes, memories, creates something that cannot be described in words: something humans perceive but cannot express, something science explains but does not own. Rovaniemi is one of those places. Capital of Finnish Lapland, Rovaniemi is one of the few cities in the world located at a few kilometres from the Arctic Polar Circle: legacy of people with colourful clothes and special traditions, reindeer farmers and sleigh builders. Rovaniemi is a place made of snow, perpetual dawns and dusks, and it is home to the dancing lights that shine in the sky during cold winter nights – the Aurora Borealis. Home to Santa Klaus- the Scandinavian myth that conquered the world through tales and folklore, the town of Rovaniemi had been considered inaccessible and remote for most of its history. Until recent years, when it became the destination for visitors and tourists, who wanted to feel its magic and see the fascinating Northern Lights. Today Rovaniemi is no longer a prerogative of expert travellers and explorers, and new hospitality models are necessary in order to protect the remote identity of this land. An identity that is characterized by primitive beauty and harmony, and inaccessibility and the absence of humans greatly contributed to its shaping. How can we make places like this accessible, as inaccessibility is a key part of their charm? What kind of accommodation facilities can combine hospitality and unspoilt nature?This is the challenge of Arctic Hotel, the competition organized by YAC and Rovaniemi to create a place where people can experience the most authentic North, respecting its isolation and magic. On Ounasvaara Hill, overlooking one of the most remote bases ever built, architects will have the opportunity to imagine a structure that blends with the forest, the snow and the sky. A place where visitors can find shelter from the freezing temperatures of the Arctic Polar Circle, gather around a fire, and enjoy the rarest and most mysterious spectacle of nature: the Aurora Borealis.

> JURYRodrigo Duque MottaNicodemos Tsolakis (Kyriakos Tsolakis Architects)Lukas Rungger (noa*)Dagur Eggertsson (Rintala Eggertsson Architects)Hesselberg Foged (Effekt)Tarja Outila (University of Oulu)Ari Vuorentausta (Lapland Hotels)Ulla-Kirsikka Vainio (Municipality of Rovaniemi)Sanna Kärkkäinen (Visit Rovaniemi)> PRIZES1st PRIZE 8.000 € 2nd PRIZE 4.000 €3rd PRIZE 2.000 €2 GOLD MENTIONS 500 € each10 HONORABLE MENTIONS 30 FINALISTS > CALENDAR12/04/2021 “early bird” registrations- start16/05/2021 (h 23.59 GMT) “early bird”registrations- end17/05/2021 “standard”registrations- start13/06/2021(h 23.59 GMT) “standard” registrations- end14/06/2021 “late” registrations- - start11/07/2021 (h 23.59 GMT) “late” registrations- end14/07/2021 (h 12.00- midday- GMT) Materials submission deadlineMore information at: www.youngarchitectscompetition...Contact: