Competition: Iceland Black Lava Fields Visitor Center

The competition looks to create an simple yet iconic structure to welcome visitors to the legendary site.

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Iceland’s captivating volcanic landscapes, formed some 2,300 years ago, are a source of local legend and folklore. The black lava fields of Dimmuborgir, which takes its name from the Icelandic word for Dark Castles or Dark Cities, attracts thousands of tourists each year. Currently ill-equipped to cater to so many visitors, this architecture contest seeks to reinvent their on-site facilities—currently a simple center constructed with container modules­—and create an innovative structure that will act as the face of this remarkable attraction. Participants are tasked with designing a structure that is welcoming, environmentally sound, and in keeping with the exotic and mysterious nature of the landscape. The competition is open to all and no professional qualification is required.

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