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A recent contest, launched by competition-organizing company Bee Breeders with CDS NORD Property Developers, called for a shelter distilled to its most basic functions—a place to rest, relax, and rejuvenate—designed for hikers navigating isolated Icelandic landscapes. Toronto studio Origins designed the first-place entry, the three-roomed Terra Firma, articulated with gabion walls filled with local volcanic stone. A 3,500-square-foot timber and polycarbonate roof covers two sleeping areas as well as interior and exterior gathering spaces. CDS NORD plans to construct the first Iceland Trekking Cabin, which could be any of the top three winners, next year.

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