The Myvatn lake area, located in the heart of Iceland, is a mesmerizing destination celebrated for its awe-inspiring landscapes, diverse flora and fauna, and extraordinary geothermal activity. Visitors to this enchanting region are captivated by its myriad geological wonders, such as the renowned Myvatn Nature Baths, the magnificent Húsavík whale watching area, and the striking Dimmuborgir lava formations. Among these fascinating attractions, the legendary Skútustaðagígar craters hold a special place, offering a unique blend of beauty and history.

The Iceland Beer Spa architecture competition presents a unique opportunity for architects and designers to showcase their creativity and innovation in the breathtaking Myvatn lake area of Iceland. Sel Hotel, a family-run establishment with a rich history, is situated right next to the legendary Skútustaðagígar craters, offering a prime location for a groundbreaking multi-purpose facility. The competition seeks to create a landmark destination that reflects the spirit of the region and provides an unforgettable experience for both tourists and locals alike.

This exciting challenge invites you to replace the existing structure on the hotel grounds with a new facility that combines the functions of a brewery, cafe snack bar, and souvenir shop, while introducing a new key feature: the Beer Spa. Your design should focus on creating an inviting, functional, and innovative space that appeals to a wide range of guests.

Buildner encouragees architects and designers to participate in this competition and bring their vision for the Iceland Beer Spa to life. Your submission should demonstrate your design skills and reflect an understanding of sustainable building practices, as the client has expressed an intention to construct the project. This is a rare opportunity to contribute to the evolution of hospitality and wellness in one of Iceland's most enchanting regions. We look forward to receiving your innovative and environmentally sensitive designs that have the potential to make a lasting impact on the Myvatn lake area and the world of architecture.


3 winning proposals, 3 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 - 4,000 €
2nd Prize - 2,500 €
3rd Prize - 1,000 €
+ 6 honourable mentions

Buildner Student Award - 1000 € + 50 € gift card at ARCHHIVE BOOKS
Buildner Sustainability Award - 500 €


Early Bird Registration: MAY 9 – JUNE 14
Advance Registration: JUNE 15 – SEPTEMBER 14
Last Minute Registration: SEPTEMBER 15 – NOVEMBER 8

Final registration deadline: NOVEMBER 8, 2023
Closing date for submission: DECEMBER 12, 2023 (11:59 p.m. LONDON TIME)
Announcement of the winners: FEBRUARY 21, 2024



cash prize award: $ 10,735.00 USD