Competition introduction

Competition organisers

Home for the
Blind

in partnership with

Home for the
Blind

Architecture and design are primarily thought of as visual mediums, with visual aesthetics at the heart of many aspects of modern architectural home and workplace design. But more than being appealing to the eye, great architecture needs to be functional. No one knows this better than those with functional variations that mean they have limited senses and rely on good architecture and great design on a daily basis.



The Home for the Blind competition is the first in the Bee Breeders accessible architecture series which focuses on exploring the relationship between architecture and accessibility. Architects and designers have a unique opportunity to reinvent accessible architecture by putting accessibility at the forefront of design, rather than leaving it as an afterthought. How can architecture influence how a person moves through a home? How can it help people to feel safe, comfortable, and independent?



For the Home for the Blind competition, participants are asked to submit designs for a semi-detached house for a single blind occupant. The property would need to include all the basic amenities of a typical home, such as a kitchen, bedroom, living room, and bathroom, as well as a small courtyard.



Participants are asked to create designs that enhance the lives and living experiences of the inhabitants. Materiality, circulation, and zoning are just a few of the things that participants should focus on in their project submissions.

There is no specified site for this competition, so participants are asked to select a theoretical site from their own home country.

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.

  • - (!) FULL COMPETITION BRIEF [ENG]
    • Regras do concurso
    • Reglas de la competencia
    • Regolamento del concorso

Prizes

6,000 €
Total Prize Fund
1st PRIZE
3,000 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
2nd PRIZE
1,500 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
3rd PRIZE
500 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
ARCHHIVE Student Award (more details) 
500 €
  + 50 € ARCHHIVEBOOKS.com gift card  

Publications Certificate of Achievement
BB GREEN AWARD (more details) 
500 € 
Publications Certificate of Achievement
+ 6 HONOURABLE MENTIONS


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

Jos Boys

The DisOrdinary Architecture Project, UK

Maya Mahgoub-Desai

OCAD University and Moriyama Teshima Architects, Canada

Chris Downey

Architecture for the Blind, USA

Rosa Lorenzo Downey

Architecture for the Blind , USA

Alan Dunlop

Alan Dunlop Architects, UK

Anonymous

So & So Studio, 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

02 November, 2021

Closing date for project submission

07 December, 2021 (11:59pm GMT+0)

Announcement of the winners

16 February, 2022

Competition Q&A deadline: 08 November, 2021

In order to guarantee equal opportunities to all competition participants,
no new questions will be answered after this deadline!

Registration fees

  • Registration Deadline
    08 September - 02 November
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    120 €
  • Students
    100 €

STUDENT REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS


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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F.A.Q.

Competition related questions

There is no minimum/maximum building area defined.
The aim for this competition is to try to develop designs that would benefit their worst case occupants. Therefore the participants should design the house for the single blind occupant without the seeing eye dog.

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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