Competition introduction

Competition organisers

Monte d'Oiro 
Wine Hotel

In Partnership With

Monte d'Oiro 
Wine Hotel

Monte d'Oiro Wine Hotel competition is the second in a series of competitions set in Portugal and in collaboration with Quinta do Monte D’Oiro, a family wine project located in the Lisbon Wine Region.

[from left] Grape harvest; ©Ricardo Reis // Quinta Do Monte D’Oiro is a family wine project

Quinta do Monte d’Oiro has been known for its idyllic wine-making conditions since the 17th century, with a privileged terroir resting on clay-limestone soils and with the influence of Atlantic winds. This unique combination has created wines with a great freshness, elegance, and balance for years.

Quinta do Monte d’Oiro has been known for its idyllic wine-making conditions since the 17th century.
[right] Image ©Luisa Starling

For the Monte d'Oiro Wine Hotel competition, participants are tasked with proposing designs for an extension to the current Quinta do Monte d’Oiro vineyard complex – a hotel that could accommodate visitors of the famous vineyard. The hotel should make full use of the vineyard’s beautiful views and landscape, and incorporate a range of supporting facilities to guarantee visitors have an unforgettable stay.

The participants are asked to focus on defining clear, coherent, and harmonized building volumetrics, and propose how new structures would fit within the existing building ensemble, as well as set the general architectural guidelines for the future development of the vineyard. The jury will be looking for designs that have the potential to become an iconic landmark while still remaining sensitive to the natural surroundings.

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.

- Competition brief - updated March 23, 2021 - plan’s scale fix, page 10;
- Competition brief - updated May 12, 2021 - text changed from “Zone 4 maximum building height” to “Zone 3 maximum building height”, page 16.

    • Regras do concurso
    • Regolamento del concorso
    • Reglas de la competencia


Total Prize Fund
5,000 €
Certificate of Achievement
2,000 €
Certificate of Achievement
1,000 €
Certificate of Achievement
Quinta do Monte d’Oiro 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

Catarina Ribeiro and Vitório Leite

founders of merooficina, Portugal

Tiago Krusse

professional journalist at Design Magazine, Portugal

Lera Samovich

architect at Fala Atelier, Portugal

Wayne Turett

Founder and Principal of The Turett Collaborative, USA

Kenrick Wong

OOA - Orient Occident Atelier, Hong Kong

Magic Kwan

OOA - Orient Occident Atelier, Hong Kong

Yu-Ying Tsai

architect at ZJJZ Atelier, CHINA

Xuanru Chen

architect at ZJJZ Atelier, CHINA

Sean Shen

architect at ZJJZ Atelier, CHINA

Joana Astolfi

ARTIST, architect and designer, and leads Studio Astolfi, PORTUGAL

Diogo Burnay

co-founding partner of CVDB arquitectos, PORTUGAL

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

15 July, 2021

Closing date for project submission

09 September, 2021 (11:59pm GMT+0)

Announcement of the winners

21 October, 2021

Registration fees

  • Registration Deadline
    30 April - 15 July
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    110 €
  • Students
    90 €


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.
At this stage participants should focus only on the architectural volumetric composition, as well as the relationships between the building zones, existing building complex, and the general context rather than the details.
Participants are not allowed to change the road that connects the hotel to the vineyard.
All buildings currently located within the defined competition site boundaries are beyond repair and will be demolished.
Yes, there was a mistake in the competition brief page 16. The text is now changed from “Zone 4 maximum building height..” to “Zone 3 maximum building height..“.
The building programme, shapes and sizes are a recommendation only. You may change the proposed zones’ functionalities. At this stage participants should focus only on the architectural volumetric composition, as well as the relationships between the building zones, existing building complex, and the general context.
Participants are recommended to follow the specified height limits, however we must remind all participants that, Bee Breeders and its juries encourage experimentation with the limits of architecture and its facets of representation. The jury may choose to reward projects that show a high degree of creativity, even if they breach brief guidelines, as long as design decisions are deemed to be justified.
The Chapel is not relevant for the competition, as it is private and only used by the owners. It was an old distillery and it was converted to a Chapel by Mr. José Bento dos Santos. We don't have pictures of the inside neither can it be visited. The exterior of the Chapel can be seen when arriving at the Patio.
Participants are asked to submit designs for 40 rooms (visitor capacity is not defined).
Defined maximum building heights are recommendations only. You may propose different building heights as long as there is a rational justification backing up your design decisions.
We would suggest you to try to follow the recommended circulation as it was defined by the client based on their needs to service the complex as well as to access the vineyards.
The winery is functioning and receiving visitors.

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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