Competition introduction

Competition organisers

The Last 
Nuclear Bomb Memorial

With the future in such a state of uncertainty and political relationships more strained than ever, there is one silent threat that could end up being more deadly and dangerous to humanity than a hundred pandemics: nuclear weapons.

It’s been 75 years since the US bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, effectively ending World War II and killing well over 100,000 people, the majority of whom were civilians. The bombing of Nagasaki was the second and final time a country deployed a nuclear weapon in combat. However, it wasn’t the last nuclear explosion, as testing of controlled explosions continued for years.

[left] The Trinity explosion; [right] Wrecked framework of the Museum of Science and Industry in Hiroshima, Japan 1945 © Everett Collection
Though officially banned in 2009, the US president was recently reported in the Washington Post to be discussing conducting the first US nuclear test explosion since 1992. This follows the Trump administration’s decision earlier this year to pull out of the ‘Open Skies Arms Control’ treaty which allows the US and Russia to fly over each other’s territory with elaborate sensor equipment to assure that they are not preparing for military action. These decisions could have serious consequences for US relations with other nuclear powers, as well as reverse a decades-long suspension of such activities.

Data from: Arms Control Association Source: Hans M. Kristensen, Matt Kordas, U.S. Department of State, and Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
On the recent anniversary of the bombing, Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue called on Japanese President Shinzo Abe and the central government to sign and ratify the 2017 United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. We support the call for a ban on nuclear weapons and are asking the international architecture community to create designs for "The Last Nuclear Bomb Memorial".

For this architecture competition, participants are tasked with creating a memorial in a decommissioned nuclear weapon testing site.  In response to the global silence surrounding the issue of nuclear weapons, participants in “The Last Nuclear Bomb Memorial” competition must submit their designs with NO DESCRIPTION TEXT. The architecture ideas must be communicated strictly with visuals. We are asking participants to design a building or structure in which the architecture would do all the talking.

The Last Nuclear Bomb Memorial competition must submit their designs with NO DESCRIPTION TEXT; Choose a site from the list (available for download below) of top testing sites for the world’s strongest nuclear weapons.
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

Michel Rojkind

Rojkind Arquitectos, Mexico

Jonas Dahlberg

founding director, OF PUBLIC INTEREST (OPI) , Sweden

Sebastian Letz

Partner at Milla & Partner, Germany

Katie MacDonald


Angelo Renna


Fernando Romero


Kyle Schumann


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

25 May, 2021 (extended)

Closing date for project submission

26 May, 2021 (11:59pm GMT+0)

Announcement of the winners

07 July, 2021

Registration fees

  • Overdue Registration
    22 April - 25 May
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    140 €
  • Students
    120 €
+21% VAT


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.
No specific site has been selected for this competition. Choose a site from the list (available for download above) of top testing sites for the world’s strongest nuclear weapons.
No, as there is no specific site has been selected for this competition.
We recommend participants to select one site, however as this is an ideas competition, alternative visions can be proposed.
Memorial can be proposed on the testing site or anywhere near it.
For this competition participants are not allowed to use any text, including, but not limited to, concept description, room tags (e.g.: auditorium, bathroom, etc.), view names (e.g.:floor plan, section, etc.), scale (e.g.: M 1:500, etc.) or project title.
The purpose of the “no text” requirement is to ask participants to communicate their design using only images (sketches, 3D perspectives, diagrams etc.). Substituting text with icons would not serve the initial competition goal.
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.
Engravings on the walls are allowed as long as they are not used as design/presentation annotations.
The Last Nuclear Bomb Memorial is an ideas competition. Participants should focus on the concept development rather than the technical execution.
As it is explained in the competition brief - for this competition no text is allowed. The concept must be explained by visuals only.

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.
Please contact us – [email protected] and we will address the problem directly.
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