Competition introduction

Competition organisers

Community Home

There is a growing modern trend of people abandoning their lives in large cities and opting instead to live in smaller communities. These intentional communities are an evolution of the utopian colonies and communes of the past, where individuals shared resources and responsibilities in equal measure. In the US alone, the number of intentional communities has nearly doubled in recent years, with 1,200 communities registered in 2016.

As the world reacts to the impact of COVID-19 and the changes societies have had to make to their lifestyles, more and more people are looking to leave the big city behind and begin building a new way of life in intentional communities.

The Spirala Ecological Village is a pioneering project focused on self-development and communion with nature. This community, based in Northern Portugal, follows the values of life, honesty, integrity, peace, sustainability, learning, self-responsibility, freedom, awareness, love, kindness, and cooperation. Founders Nitzan and Romy from Israel chose to establish this community in Portugal in order to create a social and physical platform for people to fulfil their potential as human beings.

The Spirala Ecological Village is based in Northern Portugal and focused on communion with nature
The Spirala Ecological Village will consist of 20 buildings within the community where residents live and work together. The village and community farm will be a place for people to connect with nature on a daily basis, and this connection will allow them to see first-hand how their actions and those of the community impact the planet’s complex and beautiful ecosystem.

“We believe it is our duty as humans to initiate and advance the transition to sustainable living by creating green corridors for all living beings and reducinge our ecological footprint on our planet.”

The village will be a home that brings people together, allowing them to cooperate, learn and bring their own uniqueness to share with others.

The Spirala Community Home competition is calling for submissions for a community home to be located in the heart of the Spirala Ecological Village. The home would need to be a space where community members can gather together and meet for events, workshops, or just socialise.

Founders Nitzan and Romy from Israel would like the concept of the new home to follow the name of the ecological village and its inspiration – the spiral – 'spirala' in Hebrew. It is a phenomenon they wish to learn from, as it’s in the structure of our very DNA.
The Spirala Community Home should have both indoor and outdoor space for members to meet and congregate, and that can serve different purposes throughout the year. It should have the functionality to serve as a saloon for the community, as well as host workshops; a space to co-create and be inspired in.

The competition site
As winning designs will be put forward for consideration for construction, the founders of the ecological village are asking participants to offer solutions that will best serve the various needs of the community, while also being a prolific example of green building practices and sustainable design.

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
Spirala Ecological Village 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

Greg Corso

Designer, SPORTS Collaborative, USA

Enlai Hooi

Head of Innovation at Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Denmark

Filipa Frois Almeida and Hugo Reis

founded FAHR 021.3®, Portugal

Gonçalo Marrote

Architect and CEO, Madeiguincho, Portugal

David Montalba

Founding Principal, Montalba Architects, USA

James Whitaker

Founder, Whitaker Studio, UK

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

02 June, 2021 (extended)

Closing date for project submission

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

Announcement of the winners

15 July, 2021

Registration fees

  • Overdue Registration
    30 April - 02 June
  • 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.
For the Spirala Community Home participants are asked to design only a community home for the Spirala Ecological Village.
There is no maximum building height defined. The height limit for the ceiling is 6,5m.

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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