For those who experience vision loss, it can be easy to retreat from the world, to stay indoors and avoid unpredictable surroundings. This is an opportunity to explore your creativity and challenge your design skills to conceive an architectural marvel that will provide a safe, pleasant and stimulating experience through architecture with a sensory journey throughout. The proposal will connect people experiencing vision loss to the dramatic surroundings of the black beaches of Iceland.
Our Visitor centre and Retreat for the Blind ask for a unique, dynamic piece of architecture that provides a tactile and sensory journey for those who are visually impaired.
The incredible location and dramatic characteristics of the site should be evident throughout, taking advantage of the geothermal properties of the area, including the heated water supply, and the fresh glacial drinking water.
The entrance to the retreat should be located above ground and easily visible, it is then up to the designer to decide which areas of the building will be underground and above ground, but the spectacular views of the area should be considered and should play a role in the in the design as not all the visitors will be completely without site.
Competition Website: https://www.larsenliverpool.com
Submission / Key Dates
Early Registration: 8 July – 31 September 2022
Standard Registration: 1 October – 31 December 2022
Final Registration: 1 January 2023 – 28 February 2023
Submission: 11.59pm (UK time) 28 February 2023
Results Announcement: 3 May 2023
Note: You can use Coupon Code – BBYPO40B09 – to get 10% discount on registration