International Architecture Competition

Stone Barn
Meditation
Camp

Results

Foreword

Competition organisers

Stone Barn 
Meditation 
Camp

Official Partners

Stone Barn 
Meditation 
Camp

The Stone Barn Meditation Camp architecture competition sought to create a refuge for individuals amidst the pristine natural beauty of one of Latvia’s most remote regions. The focus on balance was reflected in the submitted designs, showing a true respect and regard for the environment in which the camp was to be constructed.

It was this element that made successful projects stand out in the eyes of the jury, focusing on simple and elegant designs that made full use of the layout and existing structure to create an environmentally sound retreat. Bigger is not always better, and the modest size and design of the winning projects highlighted their focus on a thoughtful, balanced relationship with nature.

1st Prize Winner

Project name

Stone Barn Meditation Camp

Authors

Yulia Fedorenko
Aleksandr Fil
Anna Beketova
Bogdan Bondarenko

Company

Bondarenko group

Ukraine

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

The current cultural and economic conditions in Ukraine form an approach which is far from modern architecture samples. Participation in competitions allows us to be involved in the new history of architecture, be in the context, and keep up with its development.

Jury commentary

The first prize winner is successful in its provision of the architectural solution of volumes. The shape, structure and covering of the volumes, of both existing and added buildings, is in context with the structure’s rural and natural landscape. It sees a thatched main building and side buildings dispersed along the site, giving it a prominent rural appearance. The general strategy is simple, inserting an axis made of flowers along which the functions of the meditation camp are distributed. The close relationship with nature is well-conceived, with various forms of renewable energy incorporated, including geothermal, wind renewables and rainwater collection to lessen the environmental impact. The design’s strength comes from its clear and compact design, its effective use of space, and its effective sustainable strategy.

 

2nd Prize Winner

Project name

Medita

Authors

Raúl Carbajal
Roxana Mendoza
Ana Marcela Pérez
Veronica Castro

Company

Agave arquitectos

Mexico

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

It is fundamental, for us as a design firm, to participate in these types of competitions because it opens plenty of opportunities: it gives us a global vision of the architecture needs, it provides a bigger understanding of the importance of function and creativity and last but not least, it adds work experience to our office.

Jury commentary

The second prize winners were chosen for their clear approach, from the conceptual design level, to the general plan and architectural level. The stone barn is the focal point for this design, with new buildings planned surrounding it in order to create multiple courtyards. The different functions of the meditation camp are then served by an internal corridor.

3rd Prize Winner

Project name

Stone Barn Meditation Camp

Authors

Prajal Pradhan
Mahesh Maharjan
Prabina Sherstha
Sainaz Bajracharya

Company

A for architecture

Nepal

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

Architecture design competitions are a wonderful way of communicating your ideas and visions to a larger audience. For a small team from a small developing country like ours, it is very difficult to reach out to a larger audience by any other means.

Jury commentary

The success of the third prize winners comes from the project’s good preservation of the original stone barn, and creative positioning of adjacent structures. The iconic looking building does well not to break visual links inwards or outward. The design integrates the landscape, in the form of roof gardens, into its insulation strategy, combining it with renewable geothermal energy to power the barn and its surrounding structures. The new design embraces the old, as it hugs the earth with sunken trapezoidal structure with a moat and platform, and retains its visual links to and from the existing structure.

BB STUDENT AWARD

Project name

Stone Barn Meditation Camp

Authors

Oleksandr Kostevych
Mariia Chorna
Weronika Różyło
Julia Gawlik
Piotr Migas

University

Politechnika wrocławska
+72 points!

Poland

BB GREEN AWARD

Project name

A Stone Barn

Authors

Konrad Kowalczyk

Poland

Honorable mentions

VIEWclose HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Project Name

Stone Barn Meditation Camp

Country

United Kingdom

Project authors

Alida Bata
Sarah Ho

Project Name

Stone Barn Retreat

Country

Spain

Project authors

Filipa Sousa Lopes
Pilar de Mazarredo Aznar
Jhony Chavesta Custodio

Project Name

Re-Meditating Latvia

Country

Spain

Project authors

Jorge Cuartas Martínez
Teresa Páramo Larrondo

Project Name

Stone Barn Meditation Camp

Country

Lithuania

Project authors

Andrius Pakulis
Andrius Serapinas
Vitalijus Rudokas
Gintarė Kabalinė

Project Name

Meditation Center

Country

Hungary

Project authors

Viola Bálint
Ábel Bálint
Nóra Debrei

Project Name

Illumination Cycle

Country

Peru

Project authors

Ana Loayza
Rolf Soldtwedel

Shortlisted projects

VIEWclose Shortlisted projects

United States

megan burwinkel
david burwinkel

Spain

jorge cuartas martínez
teresa páramo larrondo

United States

The University of Texas at Arlington, UT Arlington, UTA

+22 points!
collin anderson
miquel lopez
saul martinez

Spain

alejandro ayllon blanco
carlos gonzalez santamarta

Poland

Wroclaw University of Science and Technology (Politechnika Wrocławska)

+22 points!
piotr pańczyk
magda palczowska

Italy

roberto bologna
maria rosaria di gennaro
andrea sichi
giulio hasanaj

United States

eric gronning
philippe pessotti
michael field

Netherlands

karolis macernis
twana gul

Poland

Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk , Akademia Sztuk Pięknych w Gdańsku

+22 points!
irma kovalke

Poland

Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk , Akademia Sztuk Pięknych w Gdańsku

+22 points!
marta ostrowska

Poland

Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk , Akademia Sztuk Pięknych w Gdańsku

+22 points!
aleksandra wisniewska

Poland

Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk , Akademia Sztuk Pięknych w Gdańsku

+22 points!
karolina zylka

Poland

Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk , Akademia Sztuk Pięknych w Gdańsku

+22 points!
maria glowinska

Poland

Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk , Akademia Sztuk Pięknych w Gdańsku

+22 points!
ksenia polyakova

Poland

Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk , Akademia Sztuk Pięknych w Gdańsku

+22 points!
paweł retkowski

Poland

Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk , Akademia Sztuk Pięknych w Gdańsku

+22 points!
ewa wiszniewska

Poland

Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk , Akademia Sztuk Pięknych w Gdańsku

+22 points!
hanna brzozowska

Australia

wesley spencer
mathilde polmard
jade whittaker

Hungary

viola bálint
Ábel bálint
nóra debrei

Slovakia

Brno University of Technology (Vysoké učení technické v Brně)

+22 points!
jana balciarová

Poland

Wroclaw University of Science and Technology (Politechnika Wrocławska)

+72 points!
oleksandr kostevych
mariia chorna
weronika różyło
julia gawlik
piotr migas

United States

anthony harrington
emmanuelle thion
maja mrdalj

Mexico

humberto marquez rangel
jorge alberto medina balderas
jesus hernandez martinez
sandra carpinteyro urban

Lithuania

andrius pakulis
andrius serapinas
vitalijus rudokas
gintarė kabalinė

China

Universität Stuttgart

+22 points!
rongxing lin
li kang
xu zhang

Brazil

renata wuerkert
victor ortiz
pedro herman

Belgium

anaïs duquesnoy
lucien desmenez

United States

david raschka
brooke borelli

United Kingdom

amanda indriyanto
kollin akbar
rizki nindito
andrew kusuma

Ukraine

maxim badyornij
artem zanegin
kirill maikhopar

Hungary

Szent István University, Ybl Miklós Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering

+22 points!
gabriella szaniszlo
tímea abonyi
józsef gubacska

Ukraine

Bondarenko group

yulia fedorenko
aleksandr fil
anna beketova
bogdan bondarenko

Nepal

A for architecture

prajal pradhan
mahesh maharjan
prabina sherstha
sainaz bajracharya

Spain

filipa sousa lopes
pilar de mazarredo aznar
jhony chavesta custodio

Australia

Markco studio

philip che
jason fung
samantha lay

Mexico

Agave arquitectos

raúl carbajal
roxana mendoza
ana marcela pérez
veronica castro
 

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