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Scandinavia's fjords were carved by glaciers over millions of years, resulting in these iconic landscapes with steep cliffs and deep waterways. Nærøyfjord is one of Norway’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, recognised for their outstanding natural beauty and cultural significance - the place that inspired the cinematic creation of Frozen's Arendelle.

We have designed these competition briefs to take advantage of this dramatic landscape and encourage you to be creative in your designs and develop new, pioneering architectural concepts within this incredible, natural site.

All proposals are expected to demonstrate a clear architectural response to the brief, considering a high level of sustainability and wildlife conservation with a minimal impact structure that has a light touch within the landscape while benefiting the ecology of the area. As demonstrated by the surrounding ancient settlements, humans once lived in harmony with their surroundings, benefitting from the earth without destroying it.

This is a step towards shaping the future of architecture. 

Are you up to the challenge?