Competition introduction

Competition organisers

Yoga House 
in the Bog

Known for its wide beaches, rich biodiversity, and vast green forest, Latvia is quickly gaining popularity as a tourist destination, especially for those looking for sustainable tourism destinations. And while tourism worldwide is slowly recovering after the pandemic – with the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) recording a 4% increase in international travel – central-eastern Europe is ahead of the curve, seeing tourism increase by 18% since 2020.


With sustainable travel and wellness tourism set to be some of the biggest tourism trends in coming years, Latvia seems to welcome more visitors than ever, looking to experience its lush and diverse landscape and spend some time in nature.

 

Latvia features over 500 km of beaches along the Baltic Sea coastline, with crashing waves along the Kurzeme coast and calmer waters from the Gulf of Riga hugging the coast at Cape Kolka. The country's most popular stretches of white sand beaches are in Riga and Jurmala, contrasting with the rocky beaches of Vidzeme. Punctuated by dunes, cliffs, sandstone outcrops, rocks, and caverns, the Baltic Sea coastline is home to charming and unspoiled fishing villages, imposing port cities, and the popular resort city of Jurmala.

 

Baltic Sea is famous for its amber fragments that are often washed up on beaches, appearing in a variety of shades which characterise Latvia. Originally formed from fossilized pine tree resin about 40 million years ago, the shiny specimens that wash up along the Baltic Sea coast sometimes contain plant and insect inclusions, from ferns to frogs and even dragonflies caught in the pine tree resin eons ago.

 

Roughly 20% of Latvia is protected land, with four national parks, 42 nature parks, 260 nature reserves, 355 nature monuments, seven protected marine areas, 24 micro reserves, and a biosphere reserve. However, these resources are finite, and so significant measures were taken to preserve them not just for their own sake but for the economic benefits that they provide in terms of tourism.


For the Yoga House in the Bog competition, participants are asked to submit designs for a yoga house located in a Latvian bog that is surrounded by forest and is a few hundred meters from Baltic Sea Beach. The location is a one-hour drive from Cape Kolka, a unique spot on the shores of Latvia where two seas clash. The entire region is the perfect place to experience the tranquil purity of nature and the local landscape.

Kolkasrags, known in English as Cape Kolka, is a cape near the entry of the Gulf of Riga and is the point at which the Gulf of Riga and the open Baltic Sea meet. The pronounced shore is part of Slitere National Park and is a source of great natural beauty, as two seas clash, and thousands of migratory birds fly overhead.


The yoga house should allow guests to experience and connect with nature during their stay. While they need shelter and protection from the elements – high temperatures in summer and strong winds, rain, and snow in the winter – the yoga house should make them feel a part of the environment, not separated from it.

 

The competition site is located in a Latvian bog which is surrounded by forest and is a few hundred meters from Baltic Sea Beach. The location is a one-hour drive from Cape Kolka, a unique spot on the shores of Latvia where two seas clash. The entire region is the perfect place to experience the tranquil purity of nature and the local landscape. 

 

For the Yoga House in the Bog competition, the jury panel will be looking for designs that interact harmoniously with the unique and sensitive environment surrounding it. It should be both an iconic design and a positive example of green building practices.


Download the full competition brief for more information!

The 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

The full competition brief can be downloaded as often as required; no additional information will be provided after registration.

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Prizes

10,000 € + Construction
Total Prize Fund
1st PRIZE
4,000 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
2nd PRIZE
2,500 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
3rd PRIZE
1,000 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
CLIENT’S FAVORITE AWARD
1,000 €
Publications 
Certificate of Achievement
BUILDNER STUDENT AWARD (more details)
1,000 €
+ 50 € ARCHHIVE BOOKS Gift Card 
+ 50 Points BUILDNER Architecture University Rankings 

Publications 
Certificate of Achievement
BUILDNER SUSTAINABILITY AWARD
500 €
+ 50 € AAPPAREL.com Gift Card 


Publications 
Certificate of Achievement
+ 6 HONOURABLE MENTIONS

 

CERTIFICATE:


Buildner will also acknowledge the outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.

Publicity campaign

The Buildner’s extensive global publicity campaign for the competition winners:

  • "SEEN BY" ONE MILLION Results published on buildner.com - one of the leading websites in the industry and is visited by over one million unique visitors each year.
  • "SEEN BY" 800 000 MORE Publications on Buildner's social networks (over 600,000 followers) and newsletter campaigns (over 200,000 subscribers).
  • INTERVIEW Exclusive interview published with the results and shared on Buildner's social networks.
  • MOVIE The competition winners will be granted and opportunity to submit a movie about themselves. The video will be published on the Buildner's website and social networks.
  • MEDIA PARTNERS The competition results will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured in the world’s leading architecture media outlets.

Jury panel

All communication regarding the competition should only be carried out with Buildner staff. For any questions please contact us on [email protected]

Buildner is committed to selecting the most qualified industry professionals to comprise its jury panels. Jury panels consist of architects, in addition to professionals from other professional backgrounds that are relevant to the competition topic, to guarantee the most objective competition results.

You may find the invited jury list from previous competitions here – https://architecturecompetitions.com/guest-jury/

Key dates

Closing date for registration

26 April, 2023

Closing date for project submission

07 June, 2023 (11:59pm London time)

Announcement of the winners

12 July, 2023

Competition Q&A deadline: 01 May, 2023

In order to guarantee equal opportunities to all competition participants,
no new questions will be answered after this deadline!

Registration fees

  • Advance Registration
    12 January - 08 February
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    125 €
  • Students
    115 €
+4.5% VAT
  • Last Minute Registration
    09 February - 26 April
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    155 €
  • Students
    125 €
+4.5% VAT

STUDENT REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS


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F.A.Q.

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 Sustainability 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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