International Architecture Competition

Omuli Museum
of the Horse

Results

Foreword

Competition organisers

Omuli Museum 
of the Horse

The Omuli Museum of the Horse competition tasked participants with redesigning and reimagining a historic educational building within the UNESCO-recognised North Latvia Biosphere Reserve, on a forested site 4 kilometres from the Latvia–Estonia border. Winning submissions will be considered for construction. 

The Omuli Primary School, a 785 m2 building originally constructed in 1936, is planned to become a museum to educate visitors about the nature and history of local horse breeds. The 2.37 - hectare site is also intended to offer guest houses and artist-in-residence living and work spaces. The project is intended to be completed in three construction phases: 1- an artists' day workshop; 2- a long-term stay facilities for residencies; and 3- a guest house and a Museum of the Horse, comprised of exhibition halls or other suggested spaces.

The current owners of the building asked that participants be respectful of the structure’s historical significance in form and materiality. Designers were given the option to either restore and retain the building or reimagine it in new ways while making use of its existing envelope. As part of Bee Breeders’ drive towards sustainable innovation, and in tandem with the owners’ aspirations, Omuli Museum of the Horse will look to become a regional example for green building practice with cost-effective designs that place emphasis on sustainable building techniques. The jury panel focused on selecting proposals with strong, clear concepts that made use of natural materials.

Bee Breeders collaborated with an excellent team of jury members with a wide range of experience in equine-related architecture, sustainable construction, use of local materials, and complex conservation projects. The full jury panel included: Diego Baraona, founder of Chile-based DBAA – Diego Baraona Arquitectos y Asociados; Robin Dhar, Director at UK based historic building specialists, Donald Insall Associates, Architects; Meritxell Inaraja Genís, founder of Meritxell Inaraja Arquitecta in Spain; Joe Martinolich, founder of JMM – Joe Martinolich Architect; and Julie Nelson and Todd Poisson, partners at New York City-based design firm BKSK.

Bee Breeders and the competition jury panel would like to thank each of the participants for their outstanding proposals.

1ST PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

Reflection of Life

Country

China

Project authors

Dian Luo
Xiang Liu
Guisong Zhang

jury commentary

The winning proposal highlights a quote by Luis Barragan, “A garden must combine the poetic and the mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy.” The corresponding design consists of a simple horseshoe-shaped addition that creates an outdoor room to mediate between the existing school structure and the new building. According to the jury, “The proposal creates a beautiful precinct with appropriate deferential qualities to the landmark building. The spatial sequence here is particularly successful, as the new structure is revealed after experiencing the historic one. The incorporation and celebration of the exterior spaces is commendable. The new low-rise construction is respectful of the original building.” There were also criticisms of the proposal’s lack of focus on infrastructure for the site’s horses, and of the size and scope – with its expansive glazed walls – that may be too ambitious for the intended project.  

 

2ND PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

Site as a Museum

Country

United Arab Emirates

Project authors

Doruk Alpsar
Amina Meslem

jury commentary

The ambition of this proposal is to create a museum that equally celebrates the exhibitions and landscape. It is defined by three linear sunken forms housing the artists’ workshop and museum. The layout of this addition simultaneously creates a semi-enclosed courtyard that follows the dimensions of the existing building. According to the jury, “The strategy of the below-grade addition that forms a courtyard deftly celebrates the school structure yet integrates it into a whole site strategy. This project successfully addresses the challenges of public-private circulation and separation in a way that is surprising and spatially rich. The language of the addition, the proportion of rooms, simplicity of form, and integration with landscape through green roofs is particularly sophisticated.” The presentation was also praised for its clear linework and restrained color palette, which reinforce the project’s key ideas. The jury notes that the proposal could consider stronger visual or architectural linkages between the interiors of the existing building and those of the new.

3RD PRIZE WINNER+
BB GREEN AWARD

Project Name

Omuli museum of the Horse

Country

Bulgaria

Project authors

Vassil Vandov
Gergana Georgieva

jury commentary

This project of timber, corrugated sheet metal, and polycarbonate panels was a clear favorite among the jurors for its respectful integration into the setting and its equine focus. It is defined by a linear addition with a separate events space and stables topped by a single roof. The existing Omuli School building is opened up to natural daylight with a new translucent roof. The jury writes, “Deferring to the historic building's axial siting, this proposal steps aside and offers a flanking yet complimenting and delicate wing, beautifully rendered. The integration and strong inclusion of the horse stables and outdoor spaces is appealing and clearly distinguishes this as a museum about horses! The opportunity for interaction and observation of live horses seems absolutely spot-on. The simple form of the new structures is reminiscent of the type of working agricultural buildings that would be associated with horses of the area.” 

BB STUDENT AWARD

Project Name

Concentric

University

“ion mincu” university of architecture and urban planning

Country

Romania

Project authors

Claudiu Zidarescu
Irena Dunda
Teodora Maria Escu
Delia Teodora Răpsigan
Bee Breeder's university rankings
+72 POINTS
CLIENTS FAVORITE

Project Name

Omuli Horse Museum

Country

Slovakia

Project authors

Eliska Turanska
Jana Stofan Stykova
Katarina Stachonova

Honorable mentions

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Project Name

Omuli Museum of the Horse

Country

United States

Project authors

Carley Chastain

Project Name

XYZ nature

Country

Israel

Project authors

Matan Gal
Dana Lieber

Project Name

Omuli Museum of the Horse

Country

Greece

Project authors

Minas Kosmidis Architects

Project Name

THE-O-MULI-SEUM

Country

Malaysia

Project authors

Haipng (Heffrence) Teow
Lapzhen Wong

Project Name

Museum of the Horse

Country

United Kingdom

Project authors

Wilber Ilett
Tim Hatch

Project Name

MOMU - Museum of Omuli


Country

Germany

Project authors

Fiorentino De Martino
Laura Kranich

Shortlisted projects

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France

Novo architectures

barthelemy simon

Japan

kasa/ kovaleva and sato architects

Germany

Hochschule Mainz: University of Applied Sciences, Fachhochschule Mainz - University of Applied Sciences

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+22 POINTS
daniel ercin
erdem aydin

Romania

Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism - UAUIM

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+72 POINTS
claudiu zidarescu
irena dunda
teodora maria escu
delia teodora răpsigan

Denmark

Aarhus School of Architecture - Arkitektskolen Aarhus

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+22 POINTS
otto arlien-søborg
alexander ivanoff

United Arab Emirates

doruk alpsar
amina meslem

Bulgaria

vassil vandov
gergana georgieva

United Kingdom

University of Bath

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+22 POINTS
greg ferguson
ed davison

Germany

fiorentino de martino
laura kranich

Russian Federation

nikita morenov
pavel makarchenkov
polina vasina

Poland

damian poklewski-koziell
marcin gierbienis

France

pierre-yves fondecave
carlo donvito

Poland

Wroclaw University of Science and Technology (Politechnika Wrocławska)

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+22 POINTS
aleksandra jodlowska
gabriela szczerba
martyna apczyńska

Poland

weronika dardzińska
jakub biernacki
michalina dębska
kaja kirilenko

Slovakia

eliska turanska
jana stofan stykova
katarina stachonova

Romania

cristina iordache
ana dinca
carina davidoiu
lucian cornea

Romania

Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism - UAUIM

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+22 POINTS
bogdan radulescu
monica iliescu

Poland

Wroclaw University of Science and Technology (Politechnika Wrocławska)

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+22 POINTS
julia kochańska
marcelina terelak
weronika lis
aleksandra wasilenko

France

National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA Strasbourg), The Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Strasbourg

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+22 POINTS
alex renard

China

dian luo
xiang liu
guisong zhang

Malaysia

haipng (heffrence) teow
lapzhen wong

Italy

renato magni
marco bossi
chiara corchia

Romania

diana-maria lazar
carmen-mihaela placinta

Italy

renato righi
pedro escoriza torralbo
 

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