International Architecture Competition

Amber Road Trekking
Cabins

US$ 6,000 + CONSTRUCTION Prize
27 September, 2017 Registration deadline
Register now

Competition

The AMBER ROAD TREKKING CABINS architecture competition, in partnership with the Latvia Nature Conservation Agency, is calling for designs for a series of trekking cabins to be situated along the immense and beautiful Amber Road trekking path. The path will span the full length of Latvia, running along the Baltic Sea beaches which are an undiscovered gem of Northern Europe's pristine natural beauty.

The Amber Road trekking path is planned to allow long-distance hikers to traverse the country, reaching from the Latvia-Lithuania border to the Latvia-Estonia border. Receiving its name from the shiny specimens that wash up on the beaches to this day, the total length of the trekking path would be 530 km, and it would be included as part of one of the European long-distance paths, a network of 12 paths designated by the European Ramblers Association. Path E9 is a hiking trail that follows the coastline, branching out from the Baltics to include countries like Germany, Belgium, France, Portugal, and Spain to name a few.

For the Amber Road Trekking Cabins architecture competition, participants are tasked with producing unique and creative designs for a series of cabins that could be placed along this long and arduous route. The designs should be suitable for the various different terrains that will be encompassed along this hiking trail, taking special consideration to be constructed in preserved environments.

The Trekking Cabins should be in keeping with Latvia’s heritage, and their design should comfortably adapt to suit various environments, with the potential of becoming an iconic part of the landscape themselves. Working within a modest budget, the trekking cabins must provide guests with safe and comfortable lodgings, allowing both hikers and their guides the facilities to rest and enjoy the natural scenery.

Winning designs for the AMBER ROAD TREKKING CABINS will be considered for construction by the Latvia Nature Conservation Agency as a way to help boost Latvia's trekking tourism.

Download full competition brief for more information!


Baltic Sea is famous for its amber fragments that are often washed up on beaches, appearing in a variety of shades which characterise Latvia


Latvia features over 500 km of beaches along the Baltic Sea coastline


The Amber Road trekking path is planned to allow long-distance hikers to traverse the country, reaching from the Latvia-Lithuania border to the Latvia-Estonia border


left: Seashore at Ķurmrags, Latvia; right: For centuries, Latvian villagers constructed their homes from timber that could be collected from nearby forests, and covered with thatch roofing


ELIGIBILITY: 

Competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum).

LANGUAGE: 

- Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English.
- All information submitted by participants must be in English

Prizes

Total prize fund
US$ 6,000 + CONSTRUCTION
1st prize

US $3,000

Publications
Certificate of Achievement

2nd prize

US $1,500

Publications
Certificate of Achievement

3rd prize

US $500

Publications
Certificate of Achievement

BB STUDENT AWARD

US $500  (more details here)

Publications
Certificate of Achievement

BB GREEN AWARD

US $500  (more details here)

Publications
Certificate of Achievement

+ 6 HONOURABLE MENTIONS


CONSTRUCTION:

Winning designs for the AMBER ROAD TREKKING CABINS will be considered for construction by the Latvia Nature Conservation Agency as a way to help boost Latvia's trekking tourism.

PUBLICATIONS:


The winners will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured on the Bee Breeders website and social pages

CERTIFICATE:

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

Jury Panel

img Jānis Dripe Former Riga City Head Architect
img Ērika Kļaviņa Project “NAT-Programme” manager
img Raits Čakstiņš Director of Kurzeme Regional Administration
img Andris Širovs Director of Pieriga Regional Administration

KEY DATES & REGISTRATION FEES

Closing date for registration
27 September, 2017
Closing date for project submission
25 October, 2017 (11.59pm GMT)
Announcement of the winners
09 November, 2017

preliminary registration deadlines

Registration fees

Early Bird Registration
16 May - 07 June
Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
US $90
Students
US $70
Advance Registration
08 June - 28 July
Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
US $120
Students
US $90
Last Minute Registration
29 July - 27 September
Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
US $140
Students
US $120


STUDENT REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

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.

 

 

Competition’s Media partners

logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
Register now
To access competion downloads please enter your email address:
OK
To access competion downloads please enter your email address:
OK