Competition introduction

Competition organisers

Sleeping Pods 
on a Cliff

In Partnership With

Sleeping Pods 
on a Cliff

The Sleeping Pods on a Cliff competition is the third collaboration with the Vale de Moses Yoga Retreat, located in the remote forests of central Portugal. Featured by the likes of NatGeo UK Traveller, Forbes Magazine and The Guardian as one of the best yoga retreats in the world, Vale de Moses regularly welcomes over 500 people from 60+ countries worldwide.

The Vale de Moses Yoga Retreat located in the heart of the Portugal;
For the Sleeping Pods on a Cliff competition, participants are tasked with creating designs for simple sleeping pods that could accommodate a couple of guests at a time. Each sleeping pod will need to include a basic sleeping zone as well as washing facilities. The pods will be located on the mountain rock slopes of the Vale de Moses property that cannot be used for food cultivation.

The Vale de Moses Yoga Retreat founders Vonetta and Andrew;
The jury will be looking for projects that have green, sustainable construction and operation at the core of their designs. They will need to provide a solution for naturally cleaning the grey water system of the pods so that they can be used to irrigate the forest slopes below. While it’s expected that designs for the sleeping pods be green and self-sustainable, the jury will favour those designs that actually have a positive impact on the environment.

The Sleeping Pods on a Cliff competition is a chance to conceive innovative solutions for turning the impact of a human dwelling from a negative to a positive one. The presence of human habitats could actually benefit the plant and animal life living on the forest slopes with the right sustainable development.

Participants are being asked to create designs for a sleeping pod that could be replicated in any number of spots throughout the retreat

As the competition winners will be put forward for consideration for construction – and the sleeping pods are planned to be located throughout the property – winning designs need to utilise the very best eco-friendly practices for both construction and operation.

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
Vale de Moses Yoga Retreat 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

Jake Heffington

Founder and Executive Director, Diversify Architecture, USA

Filipe Rodrigues, Inês Vicente and Marta Frazão

Partners at Atelier Data, Portugal

Samuel Gonçalves

Founder, SUMMARY, Portugal

Mikhail Krymov

Co-founder and CEO, Sleepbox, USA

Ricardo Gomes

Partner,, Portugal

Raulino Silva

Architect, Raulino Silva Arquitecto Unipessoal Lda, Portugal

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

31 May, 2021 (extended)

Closing date for project submission

01 June, 2021 (11:59pm GMT+0)

Announcement of the winners

13 July, 2021

Registration fees

  • Overdue Registration
    28 April - 31 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.


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Competition related questions

This project has no set budget.
No, the 16sqm sleeping area does not need to include the toilet and storage area.
The participants are asked to submit one design that could be replicated and placed anywhere within the site boundaries. You may propose the potential locations, however this is not part of the assignment.
There is no maximum visitor capacity defined.
The storage would be used primarily by the visitors.
The minimum/maximum size of the toilet is not defined.
The balcony/deck/terrace may be proposed as a non-essential part of the design. The design should be functional without this feature.
There are no maximum height restrictions for the structure defined.
There is no maximum building footprint area defined, however, the participants should try to minimise the building footprint as much as possible.

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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