International Architecture Competition

Sleeping Pods
on a Cliff

Results

Foreword

Competition organisers

Sleeping Pods 
on a Cliff

Official Partners

Sleeping Pods 
on a Cliff

The Sleeping Pods on a Cliff competition is the third collaboration between Bee Breeders and the Vale de Moses Yoga Retreat – a site located in the remote pine and eucalyptus forests of central Portugal, and a destination for hundreds of international guests each year. Like the previous competitions for the Vale de Moses Meditation Cabins and Yoga House on a Cliff, this event was a great success, drawing high-quality submissions from designers around the world.

The current infrastructure of the retreat consists of four once-abandoned stone farmhouse cottages that are now repurposed. For the Sleeping Pods on a Cliff competition, participants were tasked with proposing design solutions for simple sleeping pods that could accommodate a couple of guests at a time. Each sleeping pod was to include a basic sleeping zone as well as washing facilities.

This competition is part of Bee Breeders’ small-scale design competition series, focused on explorations for sustainable, compact projects that relate intimately to the scale of the human body. This focus is based on the notion that even the smallest projects can contain big ideas for the practice of architecture. Several of the winning projects will be exhibited in future publications by ARCHHIVE Books, which questions What is Small-Scale Architecture?

Bee Breeders worked with a jury consisting of: Marta Frazão, Filipe Rodrigues and Inês Vicente, Partners at Atelier Data, a Lisbon-based office; Ricardo Gomes, partner of Portugal’s KWY.studio; Samuel Gonçalves, founder of architectural practice SUMMARY in Porto; Jake Heffington, an architect based in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA: Mikhail Krymov, co-founder and CEO of Sleepbox; and Raulino Silva, an architect at the Escola Superior Artística do Porto, who runs an office in Vila do Conde, Raulino Silva Arquitecto Unipessoal Lda.

Bee Breeders and its jury would like to thank all participants for their time and contribution to this library of small-scale, sustainable design solutions.

1ST PRIZE WINNER+
BB GREEN AWARD

Project Name

DEW CATCHER

Country

Netherlands

Project authors

Marco Moretto
Maciej Abramczyk

jury commentary

The jury favorite, ‘Dew Catcher’, proposes an A-frame structure with a stepped, transparent polycarbonate roof over layers of nylon mesh that capture dew and fog and thus supply water to the cabin and surrounding vegetation. The submission claims such a construction has the capacity to collect 350 liters daily. The submission includes a set of fantastic renderings that describe the pod’s variability, with sidewalls that swing up open for summer months and remain closed in colder weather. The jury writes, “The formally simple, but well-designed proposal draws from the iconic image of the hut or tent as a refuge in the landscape, but opens to the scenic view in an unexpected manner. Sustainable and innovative.”  

 

2ND PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

Berço do Vale

Country

Russian Federation

Project authors

Evgenii Varlygin
Anastasiia Soshnikova

jury commentary

‘Berço do Vale’ is a rectangular pod with an outer perimeter of vertical lamella made of cork leather and an inner core of timber. The proposal is based on the concept of a ‘cradle’ – a favorable tool for a deep and peaceful night’s sleep. According to the jury, “Utilizing the leathered state of cork as a rain screen and light-diffusing cladding is a beautiful idea. The possibility for the "curtain" to open and reveal views and provide variable light conditions is a real opportunity.” One juror also recommended that the designer further study variation in the outer lamella, for example, using different densities related to interior space and views, or testing the location of the openings both at the top and bottom of the outer walls.

 

3RD PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

Bio-rig

Country

Australia

Project authors

Harsha Rajashekar
Christofer Cattell

jury commentary

‘Bio-Rig’ is a proposal for a pill-shaped pod, defined by two rings of curtains centered on an interior plant nursery. The exterior curtain of galvanized chain link and interior curtain of fabric offer the user a variety of micro-spatial opportunities. The jurors described the project as “a poetic proposal with an inner core with functional, sculptural elements and an open circulation space at the perimeter. A beautiful and accurate integration of all the ecological requirements. The final result is outstanding. Yet, needing a "reality punch" to enhance the thermal comfort of the internal space.” One juror noted that while the sustainable elements have been well-integrated, it is unclear whether the project benefits the ecology of the site – it may be over-complicated for this particular brief.

 

BB STUDENT AWARD

Project Name

Nature Amplifier

University

University of california, berkeley

Country

United States

Project authors

Xinwei Chen
Maple Lin
Bee Breeder's university rankings
+72 POINTS
CLIENTS FAVORITE

Project Name

Sleeping Stone

Country

Canada

Project authors

Yanja Tumurbaatar
Sara Lolarga
Mini Cheon

Honorable mentions

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Project Name

LIGHT OF NATURE

Country

Germany

Project authors

Ugo Felici Giunchi
Nathalie Esposito
Assia Cirillo

Project Name

Thirty Steps

Country

Germany

Project authors

Lukas Mühle
Victoria Konuk
Timm Traxler

Project Name

Sleeping Veranda

Country

Italy

Project authors

Pietro Dardano

Project Name

"AME " - A Meditation Escape

Country

France

Project authors

Gabriela Rolka
Jonathan Bourhis
François Barcelo Chatellier

Project Name

Casca

Country

Netherlands

Project authors

Pedro Henrique Figueiredo Magalhaes

Project Name

The Square

Country

Croatia

Project authors

Lucia Kalogjera
Maja Genc Kalogjera

Shortlisted projects

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United States

neil capangpangan
n. isaiah capangpangan

Lithuania

Vilnius Academy of Arts

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+22 POINTS
ieva stripeikaitė
agnė Šedytė
indraja Černiauskaitė

Sweden

Chalmers University of Technology, Chalmers tekniska högskola

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+22 POINTS
oskar gideon lundqvist
ulrik brokvist
vilhelm anderson
ludvig jönsson

Italy

antonio bettuelli
andrea barla
emilia amoretti

Canada

yanja tumurbaatar
sara lolarga
mini cheon

United Kingdom

yonatan buchhandler
valerio nelli

Romania

iulia iatagan
diana mirela banica
liviu marian ion

United States

jasmit rangr
zachary whiteman

Greece

Nicosia

jai mexis
loukas oikonomakis
mike gkouliamakis

Italy

Politecnico di Milano / Polytechnic University of Milan

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+22 POINTS
lorenzo bagagli
federico ghezzi
gianluca rosa

Germany

ugo felici giunchi
nathalie esposito
assia cirillo

Poland

Silesian University of Technology , Politechnika Śląska

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+22 POINTS
mariusz piwkowski
jakub ciszewski
tomasz klepek

Italy

virginia pozzi
alessandro minotti
konstantinos venis
diogo andré gonçalves ferreira

Netherlands

De bever architecten

ioana birgaoanu
stefan de bever
stefania pojar
anna manka

Netherlands

pedro henrique figueiredo magalhaes

Czech Republic

bachir benkirane
megi davitidze
fadri horber

Spain

jose carlos menasalvas gijon
cristina jimenez lima

Netherlands

marco moretto
maciej abramczyk

United States

University of California, UC Berkeley

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+72 POINTS
xinwei chen
maple lin

Germany

lukas mühle
victoria konuk
timm traxler

Greece

National Technical University of Athens - School of Architecture

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+22 POINTS
ioannis katsiavos

Australia

harsha rajashekar
christofer cattell

Russian Federation

evgenii varlygin
anastasiia soshnikova

United States

sizhe chen
david bell
jesus sanchez
isabelle ndoumy-kouakou

Italy

francesca culcasi
francesco santulli

France

gabriela rolka
jonathan bourhis
françois barcelo chatellier

South Africa

clara cruz almeida
nico van loggerenberg

Croatia

lucia kalogjera
maja genc kalogjera

Lithuania

lukas jusas
elena paleckyte
magdalena beliavska
 

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