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The Omuli Museum of the Horse competition tasked participants with redesigning and reimagining the historic Omuli School building into a multipurpose space that would function as a museum for horses, located within the UNESCO-recognised North Latvia Biosphere Reserve.
First prize winners – Dian Luo, Xiang Liu and Guisong Zhang from China – submitted a proposal which highlighted a quote by Luis Barragan, “A garden must combine the poetic and the mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy.” The corresponding design consisted of a horseshoe-shaped addition that creates an outdoor room to mediate between the existing school structure and the new building.
Our second prize winners were Doruk Alpsar and Amina Meslem from the UAE, whose - “Site as a Museum” project was defined by three linear sunken forms, housing the artists’ workshop and museum. Third prize winners, Vassil Vandov and Gergana Georgieva from Bulgaria, were also awarded the Green Award for their project involving timber, corrugated sheet metal, and polycarbonate panels which integrated respectfully into the setting, and its equine focus.
Other awards for this competition include the Client’s favourite award presented to Eliska Turanska, Jana Stofan Stykova and Katarina Stachonova from Slovakia, as well as the ARCHHIVE BOOKS Student Award presented to Claudiu Zidarescu, Irena Dunda, Teodora Maria Escu and Delia Teodora Rapsigan from "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urban Planning in Romania.
Visit architecturecompetitions.com/omulimuseum for full jury comments as well as high-res images of entry projects.
3rd and Green prize