Competition introduction

Competition organisers

Painters'
Lake House

Buildner Architecture Competition Organisers are asking architecture enthusiasts to submit designs for a painters' residence to be located on the beautiful shore of Cernostes Lake, in one of Europe’s greenest countries, Latvia.

Latvia lies in Northern Europe, on the eastern shores of the Baltic Sea and the north-western part of the East European Craton, with a mixed and diverse cultural history birthed from having at some point been invaded by almost every regional power. Latvia has yet to be properly discovered by large tourist crowds, with the capital city of Riga still being the country’s main tourism hub. The dynamic capital is a unique city that boasts beautiful Art Nouveau architecture, traditional cobblestone lanes, the historic Old Town, and steeples as far as the eye can see.

 

Latvia provides endless opportunities for both locals and visitors alike to enjoy the pristine natural beauty of this sparsely-populated country; providing an ideal setting for hiking, cycling, and nature-watching in a variety of natural settings.


Buildner Architecture Competition Organisers are asking architecture enthusiasts to submit designs for a painters' residence to be located on the beautiful shore of Cernostes Lake, in one of Europe’s greenest countries, Latvia.

 

The house that is currently on site was once owned by two brothers who lived there with their families. The current site owners are now looking to transform it into a prime example of a sustainable environment, which respects the basic principles of nature.

The new residence would need to function as a temporary home and workshop for painters. It would need to replace the current building and accommodate two painters who would move in with their families and live in the new house for three months. These artists would then vacate to make room for another two painters to replace them.

 

The wooden house that is currently located on-site was once owned by two brothers who lived there with their families and who owned and operated a linseed oil mill. The current site owners are now looking to transform it into a prime example of a sustainable environment, which respects the basic principles of nature.


The key space of the building would be an inspiring painters’ workshop that would need to be a versatile space that would offer plenty of natural light, with the option to be transformed from one large area to smaller, more private work zones if required.

The residence would need to offer a balance of privacy and interaction so that both families could live together comfortably for a prolonged period of time.

As winning designs will be put forward for consideration for construction, the jury will be looking for projects that focus on eco-friendly and cost-effective building techniques, in keeping with Latvia's reputation as one of the greenest countries in Europe.

Download the full competition brief for more information!

The 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.

  • - (!) FULL COMPETITION BRIEF
    - SITE PHOTO&VIDEO
    - SITE PLAN CAD&PDF

Prizes

10,000 € + Construction
Total Prize Fund
1st PRIZE
4,000 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
2nd PRIZE
2,500 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
3rd PRIZE
1,000 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
CLIENTS FAVOURITE AWARD
1,000 €
Publications 
Certificate of Achievement
BUILDNER STUDENT AWARD (more details)
1,000 €
+ 50 € ARCHHIVE BOOKS Gift Card 
+ 50 Points  Buildner Architecture University Rankings 

Publications 
Certificate of Achievement
BUILDNER SUSTAINABILITY AWARD (MORE DETAILS)
500 €


Publications 
Certificate of Achievement
+ 6 HONOURABLE MENTIONS

 

CERTIFICATE:


Buildner will also acknowledge the outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.

Publicity campaign

The Buildner’s extensive global publicity campaign for the competition winners:

  • "SEEN BY" ONE MILLION Results published on buildner.com - one of the leading websites in the industry and is visited by over one million unique visitors each year.
  • "SEEN BY" 800 000 MORE Publications on Buildner's social networks (over 600,000 followers) and newsletter campaigns (over 200,000 subscribers).
  • INTERVIEW Exclusive interview published with the results and shared on Buildner's social networks.
  • MOVIE The competition winners will be granted and opportunity to submit a movie about themselves. The video will be published on the Buildner's website and social networks.
  • MEDIA PARTNERS The competition results will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured in the world’s leading architecture media outlets.

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 Buildner staff. For any questions please contact us on [email protected]

 

Find the extended list of jury panel biographies here!

Marta Maccaglia Founder of Asociación Semillas Peru
Tom Schroeder Patkau Architects Canada
Francesca Perani founder of Francesca Perani Enterprise Italy
Marco Lavit founder of Atelier LAVIT France
Sam Brown Co-founder of O’DonnellBrown Scotland
Marta Frazão Partners at Atelier Data Portugal
Filipe Rodrigues Partners at Atelier Data Portugal
Inês Vicente Partners at Atelier Data Portugal
Benedikt Hartl Opposite Office Germany

Key dates

Closing date for registration

03 November, 2022

Closing date for project submission

08 December, 2022 (11:59pm London time)

Announcement of the winners

16 February, 2023

Competition Q&A deadline: 09 November, 2022

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

Registration fees

  • Registration Deadline
    10 September - 03 November
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    145 €
  • Students
    115 €
+4.5% VAT
  • Registration Deadline
    10 September - 03 November
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    145 €
  • Students
    115 €
+4.5% VAT

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.

Competition related questions

Participants should focus on a family consisting of two parents and two kids.
For this competition, there is no site topography available. Participants may use Google Earth as a reference for the site's topography.
Participants may propose the removal of some of the trees.
Participants may reuse the timber from existing buildings.
Participants may propose additional building functionality.
The proposed functionality and location is a suggestions only. Participants may propose different development strategies.
Yes, materials such as soil, wood, and stones can be sourced locally.
The old well is still used as the water source; however, the participants may propose new water sources.
The Cernostes Lake is a freshwater lake.
Participants may propose construction near the lake shore as long as there is no construction on the water.
There is an "on-request" rubbish collection service available.
Site is connected to the electricity grid.
Phone and internet connection (4G) are available on the site.
There is no gas connection available on the site.
Post delivery is available on the site.

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.
The short answer is yes, you may submit a previously published design concept as long as you are the author. Before re-submitting your project, please carefully read the following clarification points listed here - architecturecompetitions.com/resubmit-your-design
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