Location: Tromsø, Norway
Categories: Public Buildings, Public Space, Public infrastructure
Submission deadline: April 25, 2021, at 11:59 PM
Language: English
Organizers: Seek Fanatic

Summary: This competition seeks a design solution for a hybrid museum / cultural and historical center within Tromso – a major cultural and historical hub for Norway, that has a dire requirement for a global-level cultural center that brings tourists to Tromso or Norway at large – and provides them the original ‘Arctic Experience’ (without having to visit the North Pole).


PREMISE – About Tromso

Tromsø, a city in northern Norway, is a major cultural hub above the Arctic Circle. It’s famed as a viewing point for colorful Northern Lights that sometimes light up the nighttime sky. The city’s historic center, on the island of Tromsø, is distinguished by its centuries-old wooden houses. The 1965 Arctic Cathedral, with its distinctive peaked roof and soaring stained-glass windows, dominates the skyline.

The compact city centre has the biggest concentration of historic wooden houses north of Trondheim, and they co-exist with modern architecture. The houses date from 1789 to 1904, when building wooden houses was banned in the city centre, as in several other Norwegian cities. The oldest house in Tromsø is Skansen, built in 1789 on the remains of a 13th-century turf rampart.

The Polar Museum, Polarmuseet, situated in a wharf house from 1837, presents Tromsø’s past as a centre for Arctic hunting and starting point for Arctic expeditions.


Being a major cultural and historical hub for Norway, Tromso has a dire requirement for a global-level cultural centre which brings tourists to Tromso or Norway at large – and provides them the original ‘Arctic Experience’ (without having to visit the North Pole).


The challenge is to design a hybrid museum / cultural and historical centre within Tromso – which attracts enthusiasts of the Arctic experience from around the world.

Note: The heritage and attraction of the Polar Museum must not be hampered by the development / design of the museum of Arctic Confluence.


The participating teams have complete liberty to propose a site (Min. 2000 sq.m / Max. 5000 sq.m) anywhere within the centre of the city or anywhere around the city. (Participants also have the freedom to decide the capacity for visitors)

Note: The site must be justified within atleast one of the two A1 sheets.


– 2 x A1 Sheets (one PDF with atleast 150dpi – Max. 20 MB)
– A 1-2 min Video explaining your design/concept (content in the video has been left to the participant’s consideration)
– The final PDF must be named ‘team-.pdf’ (for example, team-1234.pdf if your team code is 1234) and should be uploaded on Google Drive/Dropbox/OneDrive or any similar online file handler with ‘Public Access’ setting Enabled (for example, Should be available as ‘View Only’ within Google Drive)
– The final video must be named ‘team- – Seek Fanatic Competition #arcticconfluence’ and uploaded as an ‘Unlisted’ video in Youtube (Choose ‘Mark as not made for kids’ while uploading)
– The content in sheets should be free of any plagiarism (except collages and human cutouts in renders)
– Submitted content must not include any information which exposes details of the participant or the region the participant resides in
– Seek Fanatic logo must be postfixed to the video for 3 seconds with black background (download logo here)
– Failing in compliance to any of the above requirements will lead to disqualification of the respected team from the competition, with a notification email to the registered email id of the team leader


– Early Registration Ends: April 10th 2021 23:59 GMT (USD 15)
– Standard Registration Ends: April 25th 2021 (USD 30)
– Submissions End: April 25th 2021 23:59 GMT
– Results Announced: May 25th 2021


– Winner x 1 = $1000 + Certificate + Publication in our Annual Issue + Blog Post
– Runners Up x 4 = $250 + Certificate + Publication in our Annual Issue + Blog Post
– Participation Certificates for All Teams

Visit the official competition website and download the competition brief here!


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