THE UNBELIEVABLE CHALLENGE

OPEN ARCHITECTURAL IDEAS COMPETITION

A few words from our client

“Every year after Christmas Eve I’m left with a huge pile of extra gifts. So I decided to build an epic Winter Wonderland Outlet where I can make the gifts available for everyone. I’ve found a building for that but it needs some serious renovating. That’s where you come in. This is the Unbelievable Challenge 2017.”

 - Mr. Santa Claus

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Quick facts

  1. The Unbelievable Challenge is an open architectural ideas competition for architect and designer students or young professionals in these fields. 
  2. This year’s competition is about renovating a mall facade in Poland.
  3. The brief for the competition will be released 7 September on this site.
  4. The brief contains all the necessary instructions accompanied with rules and constraints.
  5. The competition has two phases: after releasing the brief everyone can submit their work for evaluation. After the qualification round, the best submissions are reviewed by the jury. One winner will be announced.
  6. The winner receives an internship at the world-renowned design office Snøhetta in Oslo, Norway.

Prize

A 10-week fully-paid internship for one person and the opportunity to work on interesting projects at the international architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and brand design company Snøhetta in Oslo, Norway.

Find more about the prize and potential reclaims of the proposals & honorary mentions in The Competition Brief.
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Download competition materials

Zip, ~80 megabytes

For further reference, you may download a 3D model of the building here (Zip, ~488 megabytes).

 

Competition timeline

1.
Competition launch

The competition brief is published 7 September 2017. Get ready and team up!
 

2.
Make your magic happen

There’s altogether 10+ weeks to work on and deliver your proposal. Let the only limit be your imagination!
 

3.
Deadline for entries

The uploading of the entries must be done at the latest on 12:00 PM (noon) 20 November 2017
 

4.
Second round

 
The jury selects max 5 entries for the final round. The selected contestants are expected to present their work via online connection on December 8.
 

5.
Announching the winner

The jury will sit down to evaluate the entries and decide the winner(s) who are announced on 14 December 2017. Excited? We sure are!
 

The Unbelievable Challenge 2014 winner

The winner of The Unbelievable Challenge 2014, Alexandru Oprita had his dream come true with the chance of getting to work at Snøhetta. Check out his story.

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The jury

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Eli Synnevåg

Senior Architect MNAL, Snøhetta, Norway

Eli has worked for Snøhetta since 2000 in various roles and received a notable amount of awards for her work. 

 
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Mr. Santa Claus

Investor, Korvatunturi, Finland

Our distinguished main investor has over 1000 years of experience in gift logistics and managing value chains.  

 
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Michał Świerczyński

Board Member and Head of Asset Management, Echo Polska Properties, Poland

Michał is a true and accomplished pro with nearly 20 years of real estate experience in Poland, Germany and Russia. 

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Kari Korkman

Founder & Director, Helsinki Design Week, Finland

Kari is a design business expert with an over 23-year experience in developing Helsinki’s cultural landscape. 

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Petteri Lautso

Architect and Customer Value Director, Ruukki, Finland

Petteri is a business-driven development director and the secretary of the jury with a strong customer focus and a background in architecture.

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Alexandru Oprita

Architect & Winner of 2014 Competition, Romania

The 2014 competition winner Alex works as an architect at Martian Republic, a multi-disciplinary creative collective that focuses on developing authentic and engaging spaces.

Participate and win

Upload your proposal

Ruukki products

One of the evaluation criteria of the proposals is architectural innovation based of Ruukki products. 

Sandwich panels

Ruukki sandwich panels are cost efficient prefabricated elements that consist of an inner insulation core between two colour-coated steel sheet layers.

Facade claddings

Use Liberta rainscreen panels, cladding lamellas or design profiles to express rhythm and flow and to complete your vision.

Load-bearing profiles

Our load-bearing profiled sheets are made of high-quality raw materials for roof construction of commercial and industrial buildings. They are fast and easy to assemble.

Frames

Using pre-fabricated frame components offers significant benefits for construction site speed and management. In typical multi-storey buildings, we use composite columns and welded WQ and UWQ beams.