Iceland Volcano Lookout Point
Hverfjall in northern Iceland is a tephra cone or “tuff ring” volcano. Located to the east of the volcanic Lake Mývatn, the volcanic explosion crater is 1 km wide and roughly 140 meters deep, and is a popular hiking destination. Visitors can easily access many parts of the crater via public hiking trails, where its ridges can reach up to 200 meters in height.
Believed to have been created during a volcano eruption, Hverfjall is almost perfectly symmetrical, apart from a landslide that took place several years ago, and its dark, captivating colours make it a popular tourist attraction and photography spot. The site is protected, so visitors can only use the two approved hiking trails to access the crater, with all other areas restricted.
For the Iceland Volcano Lookout Point architecture competition, participants are tasked with designing an observation point positioned on the southern edge of the crater. Participants will need to consider the functional properties of this observation point and produce an impressive aesthetic that’s in keeping with the stunning Icelandic surroundings. The platform will need to fit a 10x10 m base, offering a view from the top overlooking Lake Mývatn and the Dimmuborgir Lava fields.