International Architecture Competition

Vale De Moses
Meditation Cabins

Results

Foreword

Competition organisers

Vale De Moses 
Meditation Cabins

Official Partners

Vale De Moses 
Meditation Cabins

The Vale de Moses Yoga Retreat receives hundreds of annual guests from around the world, who visit in search of a meditative and natural experience in the mountainous pine and eucalyptus forests of central Portugal.

The infrastructure of the remote site consists of four stone farmhouse cottages, once abandoned, but then carefully repurposed and given new life. The Vale De Moses Meditation Cabins challenge is the first in a series of competitions in partnership with Vale de Moses, seeking design ideas for the construction of additional structures for meditation, yoga, and other activities on the site.

Participants were tasked here with submitting designs for a replicable ‘cabin’ for guest treatments and meditation sessions. The cabin is to be a space that allows guests to connect with the surrounding forest and gardens as part of a meditative and personal experience. Each cabin should provide sufficient space for one guest and one therapist.

This competition is part of Bee Breeders’ small-scale design competition series, focused on concepts, ideas, and material explorations for sustainable, compact projects that relate intimately to the scale of the human body. This focus is based on the notion that even the smallest projects can contain big ideas for the practice of architecture. Several of the winning projects will be exhibited in future publications by ARCHHIVE Books, which question What is Small-Scale Architecture?

The competition received hundreds of excellent submissions from around the world, with proposals offering ideas ranging from 3D-printed pods to site-extracted stone and rammed earth structures. The winning entries displayed below were selected by the jury for their outstanding material and experiential qualities, for their ability to be implemented for construction, as well as for the quality of their advanced drawing and means of presentation.

Bee Breeders thanks all of the participants for their time and contribution to this library of small-scale, sustainable design solutions.

1ST PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

VagaLume

Country

Belgium

Project authors

Adélaïde Jandrain

jury commentary

This winning project consists of two stacked 2.9-meter cubes: at the ground level, a glass-enclosed therapy space, just large enough to house a massage table; and above, an open-air meditation space within a dense lattice of cork. The lattice structure is accessed by a ladder and supports a constellation of paper lanterns, in the vein of the japanese ‘kake-andon’. The jury writes: “A ‘lantern on the landscape’, the project is evocative and manages to create a distinctive and beautiful proposal that also resonates with its surroundings.” The perspective drawings are atmospheric, focusing on the scale of the body as well as the relationship with nature.

2ND PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

Komorebi

Country

United States

Project authors

Ying Qi Chen
Fui Srivikorn

jury commentary

“Komorebi”, as the project is titled, refers to the sunlight filtered through the leaves of a tree, or the curtain of light visible after the rain. Importance is given here to spatial sequencing - one begins within a small changing room cabin, then wanders along a tree-lined approach trail, before passing through a narrow corridor and crossing below a low threshold, and finally entering upon a meditation space and courtyard garden open to the sky. The axonometric is accompanied by a text narrative describing the experience as a story told in the first person. The materiality is relevant to the site - charred wood panels, polycarbonate, timber and gravel. The black-and-white drawings are excellent in their depiction of light and shadow.

3RD PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

komorebi

Country

Japan

Project authors

Duc Ngo
Piotr Pasierbinski

jury commentary

The project is a successful exploration in form. A circular platform topped by a three-sided, fragmented, and pyramidal roof supported by a wood frame. The jury writes: “The project establishes a very interesting relationship with the environment, and it manages to convey the sense of spirituality and tranquility.” The envelope peels back at points to provide glimpses to the natural surroundings, and to allow the entrance of light. The jury questions whether the project could do without the glass floor, and if the space could use more natural light on dark days. The renderings are helpful in describing the forms as reminiscent of a collection of trees dotting the mountainous landscape. 

BB STUDENT AWARD

Project Name

Meditation "h"earth

University

Ensa normandie

Country

France

Project authors

Yann Beuzit
Vincent Lecler
BB GREEN AWARD

Project Name

INSIDE THE EARTH

Country

Germany

Project authors

Charlotte Staeck
Michelle Bily

Honorable mentions

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Project Name

The retaining wall

Country

Belgium

Project authors

Pauline Tondreau
Manon Saint Ghislain

Project Name

inside|out

Company

Fala architektura

Country

Poland

Project authors

Kamila Szatanowska
Paulina Rogalska

Project Name

CORTIÇA CABIN

Country

United Kingdom

Project authors

Gianluigi D'Aloisio
Maria Pachi
Daniele Colombati

Project Name

Vale de Moses Meditation Cabin

Country

Belgium

Project authors

Hendrik Verlinden
Nathalie Havelange
Andreu Veléz Guillén

Project Name

leve mente

Country

Austria

Project authors

Oguzhan Zeytinoglu
Jasmine Auernig
Ece Atil
Gizem Dokuzoguz

Project Name

Strata

Country

Italy

Project authors

Thiago Jaconianni
Philip Kolevsohn
Toufic Rifai

Shortlisted projects

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Brazil

victor paixão
paula sertório
raphael nogueira

Poland

Gdansk university of technology

szymon kulikowski
szymon kowalski

Italy

ranieri luchetti
gianmarco vittorelli
riccardo rossi
gianluca gabrielli

Philippines

beatriz querubin
micaela manzano
nikolai georg fadul

Germany

charlotte staeck
michelle bily

Australia

christofer cattell
phillip chum

Italy

thiago jaconianni
philip kolevsohn
toufic rifai

United Kingdom

gianluigi d'aloisio
maria pachi
daniele colombati

United Kingdom

susana saramago
jamie willmer

United States

angeliki tzifa
sofia nikolaidou

Switzerland

daria domagala
josé algeciras-rodriguez

Austria

oguzhan zeytinoglu
jasmine auernig
ece atil
gizem dokuzoguz

Argentina

tomas esteban pont apostolo
julio ignacio paez
mauro andres alasino

Belgium

pauline tondreau
manon saint ghislain

Argentina

leon zorraquin
santiago gilardi

France

Ensa normandie

yann beuzit
vincent lecler

United Kingdom

ewa bartecka
michal bartecki
jan nowakowski

Belgium

hendrik verlinden
nathalie havelange
andreu veléz guillén

Italy

simona caruso
manuela capurso
valentina matarrese

United States

ying qi chen
fui srivikorn

Switzerland

margherita chiozzi
daniela burki
yindela iannazzone

United Kingdom

nicolas pople
muneeb ali khan
george sinclair
sophie woodhatch
sophie woodhatch

Switzerland

bertrand van dorp
cohann rémy

Poland

Fala architektura

kamila szatanowska
paulina rogalska

United States

phil reville
britt ambruson

United Kingdom

Liverpool john moores university

samuel kumar
james jones
 

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