Bee Breeders architecture competition organisers has once again partnered with the City Council of Liepaja, Latvia to initiate a design competition targeted at revitalising the coastal Latvian town of Karosta – an early-20th-century Russian military headquarters-turned Soviet naval base, vacated by its population of 20,000 following the fall of the Soviet Union in the 1990s.

This specific call for designs sought ideas for transforming small-scale-architectural elements at the heart of Karosta’s community, namely, its playgrounds, bus stops, benches and signage structures. This competition series serves as a forum for the discussion of Karosta, a town which boasts several unique examples of military architecture and planning, by which it holds historical significance, drawing artists and other visitors. Its distinctive building stock includes a prison, military bunkers, Soviet-era housing blocks and a man-made warship canal.

The ideas generated by the Bee Breeders architecture competition organisers competitions are intended to stimulate wider interest in the town of Karosta and to aid in reversing the town’s disrepair. Both Bee Breeders architecture competition organisers and the City Council of Liepaja would like to thank those who responded to this third international call for ideas focused on re-thinking Karosta’s micro-urban elements. A total of US $2000 has been awarded to three winning entries.

War Port Microtecture

1st Prize Winner

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Authors Reika Tatekawa, Guillaume Faas
Country France

2nd Prize Winner

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Authors Daniel Norell, Einar Rodhe, Aron Fidjeland, Axel Wolgers
Country Sweden

3rd Prize Winner

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Authors Alessandra Bragagnini, Caitlin Tobiasz
Country Canada

Honorable Mentions

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Authors Diego Luis García Estefan, Juan Gonzalo Bula López, Juan Pablo García Estefan
Country Colombia
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Authors Du Pierre-Alain, Poisblaud Timothée
Country France
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Authors Anouk Dandrieu, Delphine Quach
Country Switzerland
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Author Michael Stonikinis
Country United States
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Authors Ieva Stradiņa, Ieva Landmane
Country Latvia
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Authors Katarzyna Posiewala, Krystian Nowak, Piotr Krukierek
Country Poland
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Authors Roman Kovenski, Valeria Pestereva, Yakov Faibisovich, Alexander Shipunov
Country Russian Federation
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Authors Yuen Fung Cheung, Artur Nitribitt
Country Hong Kong