Nestled within Latvia's lush landscapes, the Sansusī Music Festival is a harmonious blend of nature, music, and communal joy. Celebrated for its innovative fusion of classical chamber music with the liberating atmosphere of a rock festival, Sansusī has evolved from an event into a cherished cultural phenomenon. Surrounded by forest, attendees experience a range of performances, from orchestral to contemporary, set against Latvia's natural beauty.



Following the success of the initial architectural competition, Buildner announces the second competition to enhance the festival's infrastructure, aligning with sustainability, creativity, and community engagement. The essence of Sansusī is its Musician Standoffs, where performers prioritize wit and spontaneity over technical skill, creating a unique festival highlight.

Sansusi Sound 
Official partner
Sansusi Sound 

Buildner calls on architects, designers, and visionaries to design a stage that reflects the Musician Standoffs' innovative spirit. The challenge is to create a wooden, sculpture-like stage that also functions as a musical instrument, embodying the event's essence and enhancing the festival's acoustic experience. This competition explores how architectural forms can generate sound, inviting designs that serve as both visual and auditory landmarks for Sansusī.


The Musician Standoff at Sansusī is a captivating feature of the festival, where musicians engage in dynamic duels that showcase their spontaneity, wit, and skill in an unconventional performance format. These standoffs, less about technical prowess and more about engaging the audience, bring an electrifying and interactive element to the festival, celebrating the art of live musical improvisation.



This design challenge offers designers a chance to potentially see their winning design realized as a key feature of future festivals. This competition aims to celebrate the synergy between architecture and music, creating a lasting tribute to the innovative and communal spirit of Sansusī. 

It's important to note that the winning team will not be required to physically build the project. If their design is selected for realization, their participation in the construction phase is optional. They may choose to join as volunteers in the building process, but there is no obligation to do so.


See the 2023 Sansusī winners construct their winning project

Embark on a fun summer adventure with us in this short film as we follow the winners of the Buildner's Sansusi Forest Food Court architecture competition on their trip to Latvia. Join the excitement as they bring their top prize-winning project to life—a lively food court for the Sansusi Music Festival.

Download the 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.

The full competition brief

The full competition brief can be downloaded as often as required; no additional information will be provided after registration.

(!) Full Competition Brief
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10,000 €


5,000 €


2,500 €


1,000 €

Buildner Student Award

1,000 €

(more details)

Buildner Sustainability Award

500 €

(more details)

6 Honorable mentions & certificates

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

Publicity campaign

Buildner's publicity campaign offers extensive exposure to the architectural community, ensuring that the results of the competition are seen by a vast audience:

Buildner's two million

The results are published on, a leading website in the architecture industry, attracting over one million unique visitors annually. Additionally, the campaign extends to Buildner's social networks, which boast over 800,000 followers combined, and through newsletter campaigns reaching over 200,000 subscribers.

Interview and movie

Winners will have the opportunity to submit a movie and an interview, boosting their recognizability and helping to build their name in the industry.

Extensive media network

Buildner leverages an extensive network of media industry leaders to publish the competition results. This broadens the audience further, ensuring that participants' work is showcased across multiple platforms known for their influence and reach in the architecture and design sectors.

Key dates

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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]  

Paula Gāgane

Architect, editor of the creative industries platform Fold.


Uldis Trapencieris

Tehnical director at Latvian National Symphony orchestra, founder of concert hall TJZK


Armands Siliņš-Bergmanis

Opera singer and board member of association Sansusī


Ivars Veinbergs

Architect at the NRJA


Oskars Kotello

Architect and co-founder of MERU arhitekti


Marija Katrina Dambe

Architect and founder of NOMAD architects


Trucks can access the unpaved back road for loading and unloading. Materials can then be transported to the site using wheelbarrows or by carrying them manually.
The 3-5 day timeframe focuses on assembling the new stage. Material sourcing and site preparation, including demolishing old stages and cleaning up the area, will be done in advance.
To register, simply click on "Register Now," fill out all necessary fields, select your preferred payment method, and submit your details. You will be redirected to PayPal or a card payment gateway to settle the competition fee. Upon confirmation of your payment, we will send you an email containing your Unique Identification Code (UIC). You must then log in to your Buildner account using your credentials and validate your UIC to complete the process. Learn more here -
You can add/remove/edit team member information as often as you want in the upload panel, up until the submission deadline. Learn more here -
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 Sustainability 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 -
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