Competition introduction

Competition organisers

Omuli Museum 
of the Horse

The Omuli Primary School first opened its doors on October 8th, 1936. Located in the small village of Omuli in Northern Latvia, near the Estonian border, the school was commissioned by then-president K. Ulmanis. Throughout the decades the number of students who attended slowly dwindled, with older students being transferred to other nearby schools.

[left] Ceremonial gate for the opening of Omuli School © From the collection of the Valka Local History Museum; [right] Omuli school construction © From the collection of the Valka Local History Museum
In the years that followed the structure was used as a post office, a farm office, an apartment, and a library, but has been unoccupied since 2013. In 2019, the property was sold to entrepreneur Eva Cildermane in the first-ever blockchain real estate transaction in Northern Europe.

Bee Breeders, in partnership with Omuli School, are calling for submissions to transform the structure and its surrounding property into a multipurpose complex with the primary attraction being a museum for horses. The museum will inform visitors about the nature and history of local horse breeds as well as offering hands-on workshops such as making your own horseshoe and other small crafts.

[left] Omuli School 3D model  (find link to the model here
[right] Omuli School site (find link to the site model here)


The Omuli Museum of the Horse will be located within the North Latvia Biosphere Reserve, one of the most beautiful and scenic locations in Northern Europe which is listed as a nature conservation area of international importance by UNESCO.

North Latvia Biosphere Reserve

The Omuli Museum of the Horse will look to become a regional example for green building practice. As competition winners will be put forward for consideration for construction, designs need to place a strong emphasis on sustainable, eco-friendly and cost-effective building techniques. Designs for the building complex in this competition need to include accommodation for visitors, an artists’ residence and, of course, the Museum of the Horse!

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

All information can be downloaded as often as required; no additional information or material will be provided after registration. 


10,000 € + Construction
Total Prize Fund
5,000 €
Certificate of Achievement
2,000 €
Certificate of Achievement
1,000 €
Certificate of Achievement
Omuli School's Favorite
1,000 €
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

Robin Dhar

Donald Insall Associates, Architects, UK

Diego Baraona

Architect and Founder, DBAA - Diego Baraona Arquitectos y Asociados, Chile

Joe Martinolich

Founder, JMM - Joe Martinolich Architect, USA

Meritxell Inaraja Genís

Founder, Meritxell Inaraja Arquitecta, Spain

Julie Nelson

Architect, BKSK, USA

Tod Poisson

Partner, BKSK, USA

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

24 May, 2021 (extended)

Closing date for project submission

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

Announcement of the winners

06 July, 2021

Registration fees

  • Overdue Registration
    24 April - 24 May
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    150 €
  • Students
    130 €
+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.


Competition results in media

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Competition related questions

This project has no set budget.
There are no limits set for the potential building interior and landscape alterations. It is recommended to preserve building’s facade in its current form (minor alterations can be proposed);
The building programme is flexible and open for modifications;
The exact exhibition programme is not currently defined. The place should be versatile enough to accommodate variety of exhibition types.
The roof structure can be changed and reimagined.
None of the buildings that are currently located within the site borders are occupied. You may propose functions for all of them.
There are no floor plans or 3D models for the surrounding buildings available.
There are no limits set for the amount of the construction for each phase, however we recommend it to start small and expand gradually
Yes, participants should propose parking solutions.
Yes, each bedroom should include the private bathroom.
There is no existing/specific exhibition that participants must consider for their designs.
Yes, you may propose landscaping solutions.
Yes, the furnaces are functional, however they are not an efficient heating system financially and labor wise. There are no legal requirements for them to be preserved.
The roof is in bad condition and would require a renovation/replacement.
There is some space in the attic that could be used to increase the second floor ceiling height.
There is no requirement for the separate ticket office.
Building is connected to electricity. Currently there is no connection to water, gas or sewage system.
You may propose alternative cladding for the building facade.
There are no additional sections available. Please use the 3D model to extract the necessary sections.
There are no additional sections available. Please use the 3D model to extract the necessary sections.
Participants are recommended to follow the specified functionality schedule matching the project development phases.

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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