Competition introduction

Competition organisers

Techno Booth

Berlin is the undisputed home of techno music in Europe, and probably in the whole world. The distinctive energetic music flourished in the underground scene of a newly-reunified Berlin at the start of the 1990s. Originally held in abandoned factories, hangars, and underground stations, illegal raves that celebrated life and freedom and were fuelled by techno music soon became legitimate clubs that still operate to this day.

It’s a long-held belief that Berlin is the home of techno music, and even though it originated in Detroit in the 1980s, techno music found its true home in Berlin in the 1990s. Following the fall of the Berlin Wall, many buildings were left abandoned and empty, allowing the newly-freed Berlin youth to turn the various power plants, bunkers, hangers, and underground stations into temporary dance clubs.

Berlin club culture played a major role in the establishment of techno music. What were once venues for illegal raves, fuelled by a desire to protest oppression, eventually transformed into legitimate and incredibly popular businesses that still operate today. There isn’t an electronic music fan in the world who hasn’t heard of clubs like Berghain and Tresor, each of which hosts its own brand of techno music.

Techno music clubs and raves have felt the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, with venues quickly being shut down to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The Berlin Techno Booth competition is a light-hearted initiative to help cheer up the tired and frustrated techno music community by introducing dance cabins to the streets of Berlin.

For this competition, participants are being asked to design a temporary structure that could accommodate a single dancer, allowing them to dance and enjoy Berlin’s best techno music, all while socially distancing. The only constraint is that the structure needs to have a maximum area of 4 m2.

While there are no specific requirements for design submissions, participants are encouraged to be as creative as possible, challenging the typical ideas of housing, design, and the community at large. Those projects that manage to merge blue sky thinking with an element of practicality will likely be the most successful.

Download full competition brief for more information!

Competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English; All information submitted by participants must be in English. 

Full competition brief

The full competition brief can be downloaded as often as required; no additional information will be provided after registration.


6,000 €
Total Prize Fund
3,000 €
Certificate of Achievement
1,500 €
Certificate of Achievement
500 €
Certificate of Achievement
500 €
+ 50 € ARCHHIVE BOOKS Gift Card 

Certificate of Achievement
BB GREEN AWARD (more details)
500 €
Certificate of Achievement


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


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

Jury panel

Dan Dorocic

designer ON/OFF, Germany

Falk Lehmann aka AKUT

urban contemporary artist and photographer, GERMANY

Gonzalo Lopez

partner at knitknot architecture, USA

Jürgen Mayer H

founding partner of J.MAYER.H und Partner, Germany

Kerim Miskavi

architect and founder of MAS - Miskavi Architecture Studio, Turkey

Alice Pasquini

street artist, Italy

Elke Sterling-Presser

Co Founder and Director of Sterling Presser Architects and Engineers, Germany

Nicolas Sterling

Co Founder and Director of Sterling Presser Architects and Engineers, Germany

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 jury members are involved in the evaluation based on their availability at that time.

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


Find the extended list of jury panel biographies here!

Key dates

Closing date for registration

06 July, 2021

Closing date for project submission

31 August, 2021 (11:59pm GMT+0)

Announcement of the winners

12 October, 2021

Registration fees

  • Registration Deadline
    21 April - 06 July
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    100 €
  • Students
    80 €


Contact us to receive special student rates for group registrations (discount applies for 3+ registrations from one university/school) and to receive further information and support for getting your students involved in architecture competitions. Send us request from your university email address along with basic information about yourself and your university/school. Please note that only recognized university staff can apply for the reduced student rate.


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Competition related questions

This project has no set budget.
You may submit a previously published design concept as long as you are the author and the project presentation materials are original and have not been published before.
No specific site has been selected for this competition.
As it is explained in the competition brief - for this competition participants are required to upload one A2 presentation panel. Presentation deliverables set listed in the competition brief is a suggestion only. Participants are not required to present the entire list. Please choose only the most essential information set that would explain your design in the most efficient manner.
The 4sqm restriction refers to the building footprint and usable floor area indoors (in the case of having more than one storey, your total footprint will need to sum up all floors). The non-essential external structural elements should not be included in the 4sqm allocation.

General questions

Click on "register now", fill in all the required fields, choose your payment method and submit your information. You will be forwarded to Paypal or CPS secure payment gateway, to cover the competition fee. Once we receive your payment, we'll send you an email with your username and password to upload your submission directly to the website.
You can add/remove/edit team member information as often as you want in the upload panel, up until the submission deadline.
Only one proposal per registration is permitted. Participants are entitled to register multiple times if they wish to participate in the competition with several proposals.
Yes we are in the process of negotiating with multiple international industry-related media representatives. The list of media partners is constantly updated on our website, please check it regularly to find latest updates.
Yes. If the jury panel selects a Student award's submission for the top 3, it will automatically be awarded both prizes.
Yes. If the jury panel selects a Green award's submission for the top 3, it will automatically be awarded both prizes.
No. Competition entries are evaluated anonymously. The participant registration type is only revealed upon the announcement of the results.
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