Foreword

Bee Breeders architecture competition organisers, in collaboration with the City Council of Liepaja, Latvia and a collection of regional artists, has called for designers to submit visionary ideas for the revitalisation of the small but historically significant coastal Latvian town - Karosta.

This former military headquarters was constructed first under the Russian Empire at the turn of the 20th century, and later functioned as a Soviet naval base until its population of 20,000 deserted the town in the 1990s with the dissolution of the Soviet Union. While many of its buildings have fallen into disrepair, the built skeleton of Karosta serves as an important record of a very specific form of military architecture and planning. The town features such buildings as the St. Nicholas Orthodox Marine Cathedral, the Karosta Prison, military bunkers and Soviet-era housing blocks near to the sea and a man-made warship canal. While the site has become a destination for tourists and artists, many wish to more actively revive Karosta’s community life and restore its buildings.

Over 160 submissions were received offering ideas for a multi-purpose cultural complex at the heart of Karosta, with the potential to generate increasing population and further tourism for this town of about 6,000 inhabitants situated 10 kilometres north of Liepaja. The requested program includes an exhibition hall, a library, conference centre, recreational areas, and spaces for retail and restaurants. Designers could choose to respect the City Council site requirements, but were also given the opportunity to present visionary ideas that worked outside of these requirements. An international jury has chosen, after much deliberation, three winning submissions to be awarded a total of US $10,000.

COMPETITION ORGANISERS
Ghost Town Challenge

1st Prize Winner

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GHOST TOWN CHALLENGE

Authors Fabien Grousset, Hélène Besson, Julien Colom, Guillaume Friolet
Country France

2nd Prize Winner

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GHOST TOWN CHALLENGE

Authors Gilles Retsin, Isaie Bloch
Country United Kingdom

3rd Prize Winner

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GHOST TOWN CHALLENGE

Authors Johann Bertelli, Gustavo Deleu Nogueira, Julie Deglesne
Country France

Honorable Mentions

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GHOST TOWN CHALLENGE

Author Diego Perez
Country Chile
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GHOST TOWN CHALLENGE

Authors Stefano Privitera, Francesco Quadrelli
Country Italy
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GHOST TOWN CHALLENGE

Author Dace Gurecka
Country Latvia
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GHOST TOWN CHALLENGE

Authors Jonathan Palazzolo, Antonia Wai
Country United States
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GHOST TOWN CHALLENGE

Authors Uldis Amars, Reinis Predelis, Liva Vilcina, Anna Vaivare
Country Latvia
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GHOST TOWN CHALLENGE

Authors Hansjörg Göritz, Melissa Morris, Brandon McCloy
Country Germany