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Architectural Ideas Competition: The Unbelievable Challenge 2021

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Architectural Ideas Competition: The Unbelievable Challenge 2021

RUUKKI_TUC21_Contest_image_1200x1200px_Competitions_blog.jpg Architectural Ideas Competition: The Unbelievable Challenge 2021

-Marta Sękulska-Wrońska
Architect, Partner, WXCA, Poland
Marta is a partner at WXCA and the President of the Warsaw branch of the Association of Polish Architects. She has co-authored numerous winning projects such as the Polish Pavilion at the Expo 2020 in Dubai and the Baltic Sea Art Park in Pärnu, Estonia. Along with her team, she was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award for the European Center for Geological Education in Chęciny, Poland.

-Eli Synnevåg
Senior Architect MNAL, Snøhetta, Norway
Eli started in Snøhetta in 2000, working as Senior Architect and project manager on a wide range of national and international projects, like KMD Academy of Fine Art Bergen and King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture (Ithra) KSA. Since 2016 she has had a leading role in Snøhetta, working with team management, research, and development. In 2019 she became Project Director and is responsible for the company’s project portfolio in the Middle East.

-Mr. Santa Claus
Investor Korvatunturi, Finland
Mr. Santa does not need a lot of introductions. He has been running his world-famous business for thousands of years. He has also managed to maintain his position as market leader – not least because of his unique business idea of bringing joy to the world by fulfilling people’s wishes.

-Sipi Hintsanen
City Architect, Rovaniemi, Finland
Sipi has a long experience in residential design. He has a few publications under his belt as well as his own projects presented at the Vantaa Housing Fair 2015 and Tortona Design Week. He’s also an accomplished lecturer with a wide skill set in design, and what’s more, a patent for an ice cube design.

-Alexandru Oprita
Architect & 2014 competition winner, Romania
Alex is an architect and works at Martian Republic in Romania. Since his experience with Snøhetta, Alex has put together a multi-disciplinary creative collective that focuses on developing authentic and engaging spaces. He is a strong believer in the importance architecture competitions have in developing the industry.

-Jānis Zaharāns
Ruukki Construction representative, Latvia
Jānis has worked for Ruukki since 2015. His background is in product design and building constructions. Jānis is a business-driven project leader with a strong customer focus and a lot of experience in working in the area of architecture. He runs Ruukki’s cladding projects aimed at increasing the company’s partnership value especially to architects.

Short Description

Design a Museum of Snow by the 3rd of November. Give us your boldest, most unique idea, and you might win a sixth month, fully-paid internship at the prestigious architecture office WXCA in Warsaw, Poland.



Link to Competition

Link to Registration form


The submitter of the winning proposal is awarded a fully paid 6-month internship for one person at WXCA, an architecture, landscape architecture and interior design company in Warsaw, Poland. The internship takes place in Spring 2022 (the precise time is to be negotiated between the winner and representative of WXCA). The intern will be given the opportunity to work on interesting projects corresponding to their area of expertise and interest. The approximate total value of the internship is €25,000 (including salary, taxes, deductions and rent for an apartment in Warsaw). The details of the internship are agreed upon in more detail between the winner and WXCA. In case the winning proposal is made by a team of more than one person, that team will choose the intern. Additionally, the jury will award the winning proposal and a minimum of four (4) other proposals with a cash prize of €1,000 each. Honourable mentions may also be given.

Type of Competition

Restricted/Has stricter requirements (Is not open to anyone. Has limitations regarding its participants), Single stage (Winners selected immediately)

Who can Participate

The competition is for architect and designer students or young professionals in these fields. A participant can be an individual person or a freely chosen team. However, we advise you to consider the prize (which is for one person only, see title 9) when considering teaming up. The competition organisers wish to provide the winner with a beneficial opportunity and experience.

The Unbelievable Challenge 2021 competition is open for participants in the European Schengen countries.

The competition is not open to members of the jury panel, advisory experts or the competition secretary. The business associates and those with close relations to competition judges are also excluded from the competition. Furthermore, anyone who has been involved in the preparation of the competition condition to the extent that he or she would have a clear advantage over other competitors is ineligible.

Dates and Time Frame

Registration Opens September 15, 2021
Registration Closes November 3, 2021
Deadline to Submit Project November 3, 2021
Winners announcement Date December 9, 2021



Location of Competition


Location of Project (if developed)

Rovaniemi, Finland

Additional Information

Banner, Poster, Brochure or Triptic of Competition


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