Young Architects Competition: Arctic Hotel

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Arctic Hotel written in white overtop Aurora Borealis

The capital of Finnish Lapland, Rovaniemi, is one of the few cities in the world located at a few kilometres from the Arctic Circle. The town of Rovaniemi had been considered inaccessible and remote for most of its history. Until last century, 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.

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 Circle, gather around a fire, and enjoy the rarest and most mysterious spectacle of nature: the Aurora Borealis.

1st Prize: 8000 EUR
2nd Prize: 4000 EUR
3rd Prize: 2000 EUR
Gold Mentions x2: 500 EUR
10 Honourable Mentions

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions