International Architecture Competition

Kemeri National Park Observation Tower

US$ 6,000 Prize
27 April, 2018 Registration deadline
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Competition

Third-largest national park in one of Europe’s greenest country, Kemeri is a stunning and eclectic mix of forests, lakes, swamps and ancient raised bogs. Situated just a 1-hour train ride from Latvia’s capital, Riga, the park is home to a wide range of fauna including rare birds like the black stork, as well as moose, deer, elk, foxes, wolves, and wild cattle and horses. These were all reintroduced into this unique ecosystem with some help from the World Wildlife Fund.



The park is criss-crossed with a large network of wooden boardwalks and nature paths that allow visitors to explore the natural wonders up close. The most popular trail being The Great Kemeri Bog Boardwalk. It offers visitors a chance to explore the bog and its inhabitants, taking them through the natural world of moss, small pine trees, deep pools, tiny dark lakes, all enveloped in the smell of wild rosemary. 


Kemeri National Park; © Daiga Ellaby


Board Walk; © Mihails Voloscuks; Kemeri National Park Pine; © Daiga Ellaby


For the Kemeri National Park Observation Tower competition, participants are tasked with designing a new tower that will allow visitors to view and experience the Kemeri Bog in a new way. Its main purpose should be to provide a new viewpoint to visitors, especially those with disabilities that are less able to enjoy the national park up close. As such the observation tower must have disabled access included throughout the entirety of its functioning.


Current park's infrastructure is not accessible to people with disabilities // Kemeri Park Observation tower; Boardwalk

As the Latvia Nature Conservation Agency has expressed an interest in the construction of this tower, designs will need to be both in keeping with the look and purpose of the national park, while having the potential to become an iconic landmark in its own right.

Download full competition brief for more information!

ELIGIBILITY: 

Competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum).

LANGUAGE: 

- Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English.
- All information submitted by participants must be in English

Prizes

Total prize fund
US$ 6,000
1st prize

US $3,000

Publications
Certificate of Achievement

2nd prize

US $1,500

Publications
Certificate of Achievement

3rd prize

US $500

Publications
Certificate of Achievement

BB STUDENT AWARD

US $500  (more details here)

Publications
Certificate of Achievement 

THE ACCESSIBLE TOWER AWARD

US $500

Publications
Certificate of Achievement

+ 6 HONOURABLE MENTIONS


CONSTRUCTION:

Winning designs for the KEMERI NATIONAL PARK OBSERVATION TOWER will be considered for construction by the Latvia Nature Conservation Agency as a way to help boost Latvia's tourism.

PUBLICATIONS:


The winners will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured on the Bee Breeders website and social pages

CERTIFICATE:

Bee Breeders will also acknowledge the outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.

Jury Panel

Jury members shall under no circumstances be contacted by competition participants or their representatives. Participants who attempt to contact jury members, shall be disqualified. 


All communication regarding the competition should only be carried out with Bee Breeders staff. For any questions please contact us on [email protected]

FULL JURY PANEL AVAILABLE HERE

KEY DATES & REGISTRATION FEES

Closing date for registration
27 April, 2018
Closing date for project submission
31 May, 2018 (11:59pm GMT+0)
Announcement of the winners
15 June, 2018

preliminary registration deadlines

Registration fees

Early Bird Registration
31 October - 12 January
Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
US $90
Students
US $70
Advance Registration
13 January - 02 March
Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
US $120
Students
US $100
Last Minute Registration
03 March - 27 April
Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
US $140
Students
US $120


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