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Unbelievable Challenge: Win a 10-week paid internship with SnøhettaNovember 20th, 2017

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Want to win a fully paid 10-week internship with the world-renowned architecture firm Snøhetta? If so, you’ll need to help out Santa Claus. Finnish company Rautaruukki launched The Unbelievable Challenge, an open architectural ideas competition for a very special fictional client who needs help with his huge pile of gifts leftover every year. Participants are asked to renovate a mall facade in Poland into an epic Winter Wonderland Outlet to store all of Santa Claus’ gifts. The winner will receive a paid 10-week internship with Snøhetta in Oslo, Norway. The deadline for the competition’s first phase is November 20, 2017.

November 20th, 2017

November 20th, 2017



The submitter of the winning proposal is awarded a fully paid 10-week internship for one person at Snøhetta, the international architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and brand design company in Oslo, Norway. The internship takes place in Autumn 2018 (the precise time is to be negotiated later on). 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 Oslo). The details of the internship will be agreed more specifically between the winner and Snøhetta. Additionally, the jury will award the winning proposal and a minimum of four (4) other proposals with a cash prize of €1,000 each, and may also give honourable mentions.


Please upload your entry at > Submit your entry. The deadline for the entries is at 12 noon EET, 20 November 2017. Please be advised that only entries based on the design template provided by the competition organiser are accepted. The entry should include the layout template in landscape format (pdf, max. size 20 Mb) and the main exterior view as a separate jpeg file (height 3,000 px, max. size 6 Mb). Please see the competition brief for details.


MICHAŁ ŚWIERCZYŃSKI (Board Member and Head of Asset Management, Echo Polska Properties, Poland)

ELI SYNNEVÅG (Senior Architect MNAL, Snøhetta, Norway)

KARI KORKMAN (Founder and Director Helsinki Design Week, Finland)

ALEXANDRU OPRITA (Architect & Winner of 2014 Competition, Romania)

MR. SANTA CLAUS (Investor Korvatunturi, Finland)

PETTERI LAUTSO (Architect, Ruukki, Finland / Secretary of the jury)