Competition introduction

Competition organisers

Cave Tower Iceland 
Cave Tower

OFFICIAL PARTNERS - Landeigendur Voga ehf (Landowners of Vogar farmland)

Cave Tower

The caves of northern Iceland are popular tourist spots, with thermal pools, breathtaking landscape, and backdrops made famous by Game of Thrones. Grjótagjá is a collection of three caves which are located near each other and have been a popular bathing spot for locals since the 1940s.

The Grjótagjá caves in northern Iceland are home to some of the most beautiful geothermal pools in the world, and were made famous after appearing on Game of Thrones.

Nearby Vogagjá is located on the same fissure, about 800m south, and became a popular bathing spot in 1990 when Grjótagjá’s waters were heated by volcanic activity to upwards of 60 degrees. Vogagjá remains very busy to this day, with visitors often ignoring signs from landowners prohibiting bathing in the waters. With so many tourists visiting and walking around in search of the caves, the lava field has sustained significant damage, and the many crowds of tourists remain difficult for landowners to control.

As the tower will be straddling two continents, Europe and North America, visitors should be made aware of this fact upon entrance.

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The Iceland Cave Tower competition is the fourth in Bee Breeders series of architecture competitions set in Iceland, and is being run in partnership with the Landeigendur Voga ehf (landowners of Vogar farmland). For this competition, participants are tasked with creating designs for a stopping point for tourists to visit before exploring the caves. The jury is looking for designs for a viewing tower, one that can act as a landmark visible from a distance, as well as offering visitors views of the surroundings from its viewing platform.

As the tower will be straddling two continents, Europe and North America, visitors should be made aware of this fact upon entrance. The base of the tower should be able to accommodate a small visitor centre consisting of a one-person office and a small café. Participants are free to propose any additional functions, either including them all in one building, or designing separate structures.

The Landowners of Vogar farmland are also looking for a design solution for the local walking paths in order to better preserve the fragile natural surroundings. Participants are asked to create a path module that could be replicated throughout the terrain.

As winning designs will be put forward for consideration for construction, it is vital that solutions be eco-friendly in both their construction and operation.

Download full competition brief for more information!

Competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English; All information submitted by participants must be in English

Full competition brief

All information can be downloaded as often as required; no additional information or material will be provided after registration.

- Full competition brief updated 9 Oct, 2020 (cave entrances specified)


10,000 € + Construction
Total Prize Fund
5,000 €
Certificate of Achievement
2,000 €
Certificate of Achievement
1,000 €
Certificate of Achievement
Landowners of Vogar Favorite
1,000 €
Certificate of Achievement
500 €
+ 50 € ARCHHIVE BOOKS Gift Card 

Certificate of Achievement
BB GREEN AWARD (more details)
500 €
Certificate of Achievement


The winners will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured on the Bee Breeders website and social pages


Bee Breeders will also acknowledge the outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.

Jury panel

Jette Hopp

Director, Snohetta, Norway

Louis Becker

Partner, Henning Larsen, Denmark

Marshall Blecher

Founder, Marshall Blecher Studio, Denmark

Kristina Loock

Head of Business Development, gmp, Germany

Borghildur Indriðadóttir

Artist, Iceland

Yves Willems

Director, Studio WLLMS, Belgium

Jury members shall under no circumstances be contacted by competition participants or their representatives. Participants who attempt to contact jury members, shall be disqualified. 

All communication regarding the competition should only be carried out with Bee Breeders staff. For any questions please contact us on [email protected]



Key dates

Closing date for registration

17 December, 2020 (extended)

Closing date for project submission

18 December, 2020 (11:59pm GMT+0)

Announcement of the winners

02 March, 2021

Registration fees

  • Overdue Registration
    18 November - 17 December
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    140 €
  • Students
    120 €
+21% VAT


Contact us to receive special student rates for group registrations (discount applies for 3+ registrations from one university/school) and to receive further information and support for getting your students involved in architecture competitions. Send us request from your university email address along with basic information about yourself and your university/school. Please note that only recognized university staff can apply for the reduced student rate.


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Competition related questions

This project has no set budget.
There is no heigh limit defined for the pinnacle. As for the observation platform - the client suggested to try to keep the viewing platform at the height of maximum 2-3 storeys.
There is no site boundary defined. The proposed structures can be located outside the current carpark.
The participants should think about the best location for the new carpark.
There are no CAD site plans available.
Underground construction is not recommended?
Yes, buildings/s can be located on any side of the fissure.
Yes, the site is open to the visitors all year round.
Participants are recommended to avoid any construction inside the crevice. Construction above the crevice is allowed.

General questions

Click on "register now", fill in all the required fields, choose your payment method and submit your information. You will be forwarded to Paypal or CPS secure payment gateway, to cover the competition fee. Once we receive your payment, we'll send you an email with your username and password to upload your submission directly to the website.
You can add/remove/edit team member information as often as you want in the upload panel, up until the submission deadline.
Only one proposal per registration is permitted. Participants are entitled to register multiple times if they wish to participate in the competition with several proposals.
Yes we are in the process of negotiating with multiple international industry-related media representatives. The list of media partners is constantly updated on our website, please check it regularly to find latest updates.
Yes. If the jury panel selects a Student award's submission for the top 3, it will automatically be awarded both prizes.
Yes. If the jury panel selects a Green award's submission for the top 3, it will automatically be awarded both prizes.
No. Competition entries are evaluated anonymously. The participant registration type is only revealed upon the announcement of the results.
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