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Pavilosta Poet Huts International Architecture Competition

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Pavilosta Poet Huts International Architecture Competition

The Pavilosta Poet Huts International Architecture Competition, organised by Bee Breeders has been recently opened for entries, tasking architecture enthusiasts with creating an inviting retreat within the quaint fishing village on the western coast of Latvia.


Organised by Bee Breeders, the Pavilosta Poet Huts International Architecture Competition is tasking architecture enthusiasts with creating an inviting retreat within the quaint fishing village on the western coast of Latvia. Already a popular European tourist destination, Pavilosta is known for its long sandy beach and idyllic Baltic Sea waters.

The small port town of Pavilosta is located on the western coast of Latvia, at the mouth of the Saka river in Courland. Known for its long sandy beach and idyllic Baltic Sea waters, the town is a popular tourist destination, and is populated with seafaring locals from tenacious fishermen to some of the world’s toughest windsurfers.

The architecture of the town is predominantly low-rise housing, with almost all roads leading to the sea, whose crystal clear waters attract creative people to this small town to rest, rejuvenate, and be inspired.

Traditional Latvian architecture in the countryside and villages outside of the country’s main cities has long been constructed out of wood. For centuries, Latvian villagers constructed their homes from timber that could be collected from nearby forests, and covered with thatch roofing. While the homes were small and modest, they still had some architectural details that made them unique, such as the iconic forms of the gabled roofs.

The Pavilosta Poet Huts architecture competition is tasking participants with delivering designs for residences for visiting poets. The key function of the complex would be to offer free residence to selected poets where they could live and work for a defined period of time.


Designs will need to include plans for a multifunctional space (able to accommodate small local exhibitions, performances, poetry readings and meditation sessions), dining room that would be able to host and serve all the visitors, a common kitchen as well as, of course, the poets’ huts themselves.
The participants are required to design 5 huts in total ranging in size from single rooms to double rooms for up to four people per room.
The layout of each hut should be simple, providing guests with a bed, a desk and a kitchenette, basic washing amenities and a small storage space. The huts should provide the visiting poets a solitude allowing them to let go of external world and reconnect with their souls in nature’s wild perfection.
The Pavilosta Poet Huts will be operated by the family who are the current land owners. As such participants will need provide a comfortable home for the family as well. The host’s private accommodation must be separate from the poet huts. It can be under the same roof, however the circulation must clearly divide the two areas. This part of the building must provide a bedroom, a living room, a bathroom and a small kitchen. The participants are also asked to think about the landscape. A terrace with a roof is suggested to host events in the summer, as well as a relatively secluded open sky area that can also be used for meditation.


Be a comfortable accommodation for all its occupants in all weather conditions - resistant to the elements of heat, cold, rain, snow and wind;
Practice environmentally responsible and resource-efficient construction methods;
Low maintenance in terms of effort and costs;

With competition winners being considered for construction, designs for the Pavilosta Poet Huts should focus on eco-friendly and cost-effective building techniques. As Latvia has a reputation as one of Europe’s greenest countries, the structure should have the potential to become a regional example of green building practice.

Submission requirements:

Participants are required to upload 4 x A2 landscape-orientated presentation boards (must not exceed 5mb per jpg) with sketches, renderings, plans, sections, elevations, diagrams, and/or other presentation tools to explain their proposal.
No video files are accepted.
All information provided in writing must be in English.
All submissions must be uploaded via the upload panel.

Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum).

The construction of the Pavilosta Poet Huts is expected in 2020 with all winning and honourable mention designs to be put forward for consideration for the final design of the building.

Registration period close on 16 Aprile, 2019, but you can submit your project until 4 June, 2019, (11:59pm GMT+0).

Consultative jury will select 40 shortlisted from all submitted entries, after that core jury panel will evaluate the 9 finalists and select the top 3 winning projects and 6 honorable mentions.

The winners will be announced on 25 June, 2019.

Entry fees:

Early Bird Registration (October 25 - December 4) is US $90, instead for a students is US $70.
Advance Registration (December 5 - February 12) is US $120, instead for a students is US $100.
Last Minute Registration (February 13 - April 16) is US $140, instead for a students is US $120.


This competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required.


Bee Breeders will award a total of US $6,000 in prize money to competition winners as follows:

1st Prize US $3,000
2nd Prize US $1,500
3rd Prize US $500
BB Student Award US $500

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

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

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