Competition introduction

Competition organisers

Humble Architecture:
Everest Challenge

The global climate crisis has highlighted the impact of construction and architecture on the environment, and the importance of humble but thoughtful designs that would improve the lives of users and treat their surroundings with respect.

However, a culture of ego-driven architecture is quickly becoming a problem in our profession. An architect’s desire to be noticed only for glitzy and pompous facades, often neglecting the real, hidden design challenges, is not what the world needs right now.

Therefore, Bee Breeders has launched its Humble Architecture competition series. Each ideas competition in the series is set in a different world-famous location and seeks to solve a problem universal to all of them - bathrooms. Toilet design is not usually something that would be featured in the front pages of your portfolio, however, we believe these challenges can be much more complex than they first appear, and solving them can be unexpectedly rewarding.

Humble Architecture: Everest Challenge 




The world’s tallest mountain, Mount Everest, has long been a popular tourist destination, but the environmental impact of trekkers not having a place to relieve themselves is causing a real problem. Human waste particles can contaminate the snow, and even become airborne and cause illness in other travelers and locals. Not to mention the unpleasant fact that almost every step you take will have you stepping in excrement.

Because of this, tourists are not always thought of fondly by local communities, and the damage caused by tourism could end up negating the economic benefits of it, especially in vulnerable areas.


Mount Everest, has long been a popular tourist destination, but the environmental impact of trekkers not having a place to relieve themselves is causing a real problem.
For the Humble Architecture: Everest Challenge, participants are tasked with designing sustainable toilet facilities on Mount Everest that seamlessly blend into the environment. There are few, if any, toilet facilities on Everest past Base Camp, and therefore participants can choose to use this competition as a tool to critique existing facilities or to design completely new ones.

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
    • Reglas de la competencia
    • Regras do concurso
    • 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 € ARCHHIVE BOOKS 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

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] 

Bee Breeders is committed to selecting the most qualified industry professionals to comprise its jury panels. Jury panels consist of architect, in addition to professionals from other professionals backgrounds that are relevant to the competition topic, to guarantee the most objective competition results.

You may find the invited jury list from previous competition here - https://architecturecompetitions.com/guest-jury

Key dates

Closing date for registration

15 November, 2021

Closing date for project submission

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

Announcement of the winners

01 March, 2022

Competition Q&A deadline: 22 November, 2021

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

Registration fees

  • Advance Registration
    16 July - 20 September
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    100 €
  • Students
    90 €
  • Last Minute Registration
    21 September - 15 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.

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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