Foreword

The Teamaker’s Guest House competition called for design proposals for an eco-friendly, cost-effective accommodations to house visitors to the Ozolini teamakers retreat, which is sited in a forest 100 kilometers southeast of the Latvian capital city of Riga. The retreat and tea farm is a popular destination for meditation and eco-fitness seekers, surrounded by a landscape of wetlands, meadows, pastures, trees, and a lake.

As an eco-tourist destination, the retreat must by definition be sustainable, and have a positive impact on its environment. The chosen competition site was focused on the remains of a two-storey stone barn built in 1850 once used for drying and storing tea. Participants were given the option to retain the stone barn, or to reimagine it in a new way. As the winning projects will be considered for construction, design proposals were judged for their sensitivity to the existing site and its natural environment, for their use of sustainable materials, and their constructability.

Projects were also judged for their responsiveness to the brief’s programmatic requirements: three guest bedrooms each accommodating two people; a common bathroom with toilets and showers; a common kitchen; a large open living area that can be used for gatherings, small events, meditation, and yoga sessions; and a naturally-lit tea-making workshop for up to 12 guests seeking to learn the process of cutting, drying, and packing herbal teas.

This competition was run in collaboration with the site’s owners, Ozolini, a generations-old producer of herbal teas. As part of Bee Breeders' design competition series focused on small-scale architecture, it was also run in partnership with ARCHHIVE BOOKS, whose Issue 2: Small-Scale Architecture, will be made available in 2020. Recently completed competitions that were also part of this design series include proposals for a Flamingo Observation Tower in Abu Dhabi, Pavilosta Poet Huts, Iceland Northern Lights Rooms, European Velo Stops, and Amber Road Trekking Cabins.

Bee Breeders thanks all the competition participants for the excellent quality of work and variety of design proposals well-suited to the needs and aspirations of the Ozolini tea farm.

COMPETITION ORGANISERS
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1st Prize Winner

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T-House

Author Johann Evin
Country New Zealand

2nd Prize Winner +
BB STUDENT AWARD

Project name

The Teamakers Guesthouse

Architecture vision competitions give participants the opportunity to act and design on architectural and social issues, attempting to solve real problems. We believe it is a good way to push ideas and abilities beyond the standard architectural practice, therefore increasing the freedom of thinking widely.

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Authors Virginia Pozzi, Alessandro Minotti
Country Italy
+146 points Buildner University Rankings

3rd Prize Winner

Project name

Leafhouse – The Teamakers’ Workshop

These competitions help us to practice and – most importantly – to develop our conceptual thinking, to explore our architecture’s boundaries. They allow us to follow freely our creativity and to find inspiration. They are also good opportunities to test the strength and the efficiency of our team.

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Company Studio BIS
Country Hungary

BB GREEN AWARD

Project name

THE LATVIAN (GREEN) GUESTHOUSE

By participating in a design competition, it stimulates and develops the creative mind. And it connects how we perceive and want to be involved in architecture. A design competition like this is where the most special and unusual results are achieved.

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Authors Martin van der Vijver, Bas van Oosterom, Baktash Ibrahimi
Country Netherlands

Honorable Mentions

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Project name

NEBULA

Authors Sophie Charier, Lisa Gaudin
Country France
Project name

Latvian Leaves

Author Mathieu Cardinal
Country France
Project name

Teamakers Guest House

Author Bianka Varga
Country Hungary
Project name

dèconnection

Authors Matthew Gatt, Daniel Attard, James Dingli
Country Malta
Project name

Heart(h) is Home

Project name

Teamakers Guest House

Authors Martin Hudec, David Král, Ondřej Kurečka
Country Czech Republic

Shortlisted projects

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T-House

Johann Evin

New Zealand

Teamaker's Guesthouse

David Holland

United Kingdom

Teamakers Guest House

Sidsel Sander

Jens Thalund

Denmark

Leafhouse – The Teamakers’ Workshop

András Gyökér

Júlia Losonczi

Adham Shakaki

Studio BIS

Hungary

TBARN

Gabriella Laszlo

Norbert Panovits

Zsofia Juhasz-szigeti

Orsolya Mehes

ZIP Architects Kft.

Hungary

SEQUENCE IN FRAME

Hyosil Yang

Juyoun Shin

South Korea

OZOLINI FARMS: FAMILY LEGACY EVOLUTION

Chloe Spiess

Anže Kotnik

Slovenia

Inverted + Mound

Nicholas Brown

United States

Ozolini Tea Hut

Eflatun fikret Ono yılmaz

Deniz Akyürek

Japan

Teamakers Guest House

Norbert Sipos

Hungary

TEAMAKERS GUEST HOUSE

Denis Avakov

Moscow architectural institute - MARKHI

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Russian Federation

The Teamakers Guesthouse

Virginia Pozzi

Alessandro Minotti

Italy

Melissa Ng

Nikola Nikolic

Canada

ECO-DESIGN IN NATURAL

Minkyu Choung

South Korea

Teamakers Guest House

Zhong Cai

Canada

tēja-vu

Kaidi Põder

Robin pierre Vinay

kxr architects

Estonia

Infinite space

Oh-Chul Kwon

South Korea

Teamakers Guest House

Mat Winter

Canada

Heart(h) is Home

Filip Remplakowski

Ben Lee

Anisah Bhayat

Daven Masri

United Kingdom

Into the wild

Anastasia Skorik

Lino Mercolli

Switzerland

Inhale / Exhale

Yan Guo

Torrens University Australia

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Australia

(EN)TRANCE

Sanghyeon Kim

Seunghyun Yun

Yukyung Lee

South Korea

Teamakers Guest House

Jonathan Gibb

New Zealand

Teamakers Guest House

Martin Hudec

David Král

Ondřej Kurečka

Czech Republic

TEAMAKERS GUEST HOUSE

Bartosz Puchalski

Anna Zgadzaj

Poland

Pupa

Pak Ka Wong

Ck, cheuk kin Kong

Wesley Fung

Hoi Yan Ma

Hong Kong

TEAMAKERS GUEST HOUSE

Akash Moish

India

dèconnection

Matthew Gatt

Daniel Attard

James Dingli

Malta

Immersion

Jacek Baczkowski

Nadya Angelova

Ivan Ignatov

Michal Kasperski

United Kingdom

Ozolini Organic Sanctuary

Gabriel Ciosu

Beatrice Anton

Switzerland

The Tea Elements

Idan Ben-hamo

Alon Lifshitz

Israel

The Shape Memory

Mitsuki Shibairi

Hiroshi Toda

Japan

Teamakers Guest House

Bianka Varga

Hungary

Ozolini Tea House

Julian Lengert

Alica Clemens

Technische Universität Kaiserslautern

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Germany

Teamakers Guesthouse

Christoph Bellmann

Netherlands

Latvian Leaves

Mathieu Cardinal

France

NEBULA

Sophie Charier

Lisa Gaudin

France

Journey to the Nest

Bradley Shakespeare ayton

Australia

TM Guest House

Or Hoyben

Israel

regeneration

Eedo Zigelbaum

Israel

Teamakers Guest House- Stone courtyard tea-house

Guangxin Xie

Capital Normal University

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
China

THE LATVIAN (GREEN) GUESTHOUSE

Martin van der Vijver

Bas van Oosterom

Baktash Ibrahimi

Netherlands

Ozolini Teamakers Guest House

Yixin Yang

Linru Wang

Canada

Ozolini Secret

Pedro Oliveira

Portugal

Ozolini Teamakers Guest House

Bertha a. Olmos

United States