The Pape Nature Park in the south west region of Latvia is a birdwatching paradise, and home to some of the region’s most unique and majestic species found in the wild. In addition to being a home for some 50,000 migratory birds each year, the Pape Nature Park is now renowned for its reintroduction of several large herbivore species into the wild. Most notably was the reintroduction of wild horses, who had been driven from the area by human agriculture and settlements.

Spreading over some 51,000 hectares, the core of the park is the Papes Lake and the Nidas Marsh, along which there are several walking and hiking trails that allow park visitors to get up close and personal with the diverse nature found there.

© Gaston Lacombe, Pape Nature Park wild horses

© Gaston Lacombe, Pape Nature Park auroxen and bisons

The Pape Nature Park Gateway competition is the second collaboration with “Pasaules Dabas Fonds”, the official WWF associate partner in Latvia. For this architecture competition, participants are asked to design an entrance point to the nature park; one that serves a practical function as well as enhancing the look and appeal of the nature park. 

The entry point will need to include a ticket booth, visitor accommodation, a terrace for campers, and a playground for the kids. Project designs should consider that this will be the face of an internationally recognisable landmark, and should have the potential to become an icon in itself, with all winning designs being put forward to the “Pasaules Dabas Fonds”, the official WWF associate partner in Latvia for consideration for construction.

Pape Nature Park competition site; 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

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