Competition introduction

Competition organisers

Caramel Shore 
Traveller Rooms

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Caramel Shore 
Traveller Rooms

Rural tourism has been a growing trend in recent years. Apart from the blip caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, more and more travellers have been seeking out authentic experiences in nature. This ranges from a night under the stars to living with and helping local communities. It’s a chance for smaller communities to earn an income from rural tourism, everything from organic farms to local shops and regional distilleries.

Modern travellers are putting serious thought into how they can positively or negatively impact environments and communities. As one of the greenest countries in Europe, both literally and figuratively, Latvia is growing in popularity as a destination for rural tourism.

Latvia has been described as a vast, unspoilt parkland that is a tapestry of sea, lakes, and woods. With only one major cosmopolitan city, the capital city of Riga, Latvia is a small country that provides its visitors and inhabitants with a vast amount of personal space. Left - Aerial view of the Venta River bends © Bargais; Right - Coast of Baltic Sea in Latvia © Karlis Ansens

Latvia has yet to be properly discovered by the large tourist crowds, with the capital city of Riga still being the country’s main tourism hub. Left - Facade of an Art Nouveau Palace in Riga © Mauro Carli; Right - Riga Old Town skyline © A. Aleksandravicius
For the Caramel Shore Traveller Rooms competition, Bee Breeders Architecture Competition Organisers are asking participants to design a prototype for a sleeping cabin to be located in the Latvian town of Skrunda, on the golden-sand shores of the Venta River. The Venta River is home to the widest waterfall in Europe, and its brightly yellow caramel color sands make it an idyllic spot for rural tourists to visit.

 

The Venta River is home to the widest waterfalls in Europe, and its brightly yellow caramel color sands make it an idyllic spot for rural tourists to visit. Skrunda is a town in Latvia located roughly 150 km west of the capital city Riga. Its earliest references date back to 1253. Left - Aerial view of Skrunda town and Venta river © Bargais; Right - Lutheran church in Skrunda Municipality © Eriks Z

The most note-worthy aspect of Skrunda is the existence of a former Soviet secret city nearby, Skrunda-1. In its time, it housed two major radar installations during the Cold War. Left - Inside abandoned military building in Skrunda-1 © Martins Vanags; Middle - Abandoned military buildings in Skrunda-1 © Baigozin; Right - Abandoned white brick multi-storey house and rusty living area road sign © Bargais

Traditional Latvian architecture in the countryside and villages outside of the country’s main cities has long been constructed from wood. For centuries, Latvian villagers constructed their homes from timber that could be collected from nearby forests, and covered them with thatch roofing. While the homes were small and modest, they still had some architectural details that made them unique, such as the iconic forms of the gabled roofs. Left -  Traditional reed roof decoration © ingridagrants Right - Two vernacular homes with iconic roofs © Alfiya Safuanova


As the winning design will be considered for construction, project submissions should be unique, creative, environmentally friendly, and sustainably planned.

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

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Prizes

10,000 € + Construction
Total Prize Fund
1st PRIZE
5,000 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
2nd PRIZE
2,000 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
3rd PRIZE
1,000 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
CARAMEL SHORES FAVOURITE AWARD
1,000 €
Publications 
Certificate of Achievement
ARCHHIVE STUDENT AWARD (more details)
500 €
+ 50 € ARCHHIVE BOOKS Gift Card 
+ 50 Points BEE BREEDERS Architecture University Rankings 

Publications 
Certificate of Achievement
AAPPAREL SUSTAINABILITY AWARD
500 €
+ 50 € AAPPAREL.com Gift Card 


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

Nancy Beka

Studio Edwards, Autralia

Miguel Rusca Mestre

Nordest architecture SLP, Spain

Jordi Riembau Ribot

Nordest architecture SLP, Spain

Willem van Bolderen

Studio Puisto Architects Ltd, Finland

Mari Hunt

b210, Estonia

Suzanne Hunt

Suzanne Hunt Architect, Australia

Pablo Larroulet

LARROU ARQ - Pablo Larroulet Arquitectura, Chile

Marco Lavit

Atelier LAVIT, France

Ahti Sepsivart

architect, Estonia

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

20 April, 2022

Closing date for project submission

25 May, 2022 (11:59pm GMT+0)

Announcement of the winners

06 July, 2022

Competition Q&A deadline: 27 April, 2022

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

Registration fees

  • Advance Registration
    08 December - 26 January
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    115 €
  • Students
    95 €
  • Last Minute Registration
    27 January - 20 April
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    135 €
  • Students
    115 €
  • Advance Registration
    08 December - 26 January
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    115 €
  • Students
    95 €
  • Last Minute Registration
    27 January - 20 April
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    135 €
  • Students
    115 €

STUDENT REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS


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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.
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